Song of Silence
Written by: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Month, Year: April, 2016
A brief summary from Abingdon Press:
Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?
Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.
Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her form the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.
When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.
In true Cynthia Ruchti form, Song of Silence will pull at your heartstrings, so be sure to keep a box of tissues close by – you’re going to need them!
When the music fades from her life, Lucy Tuttle struggles to identify her purpose in life. After the school cuts the music program, Lucy is forced into an early, unwanted retirement and unlike her loving and laid-back husband, Charlie, she is not content to spend day after day in an empty house with no agenda. Slowly sinking into depression, she begins to crave busyness…but where to find it? Her husband’s worm farm idea is disgusting and she has no desire to teach music ever again. When her two grown kids suddenly move back home, Lucy’s life turns upside down again and all of the change gives her the courage to finally seek some much needed help with counseling.
Song of Silence deals with some major seasons of life: happiness, depression, loss of jobs, new life, and the list goes on. While I enjoyed reading this book, I found Lucy to be sort of whiny and disliked how she constantly lashed out at her husband and the people closest to her. I realize this attitude stemmed from her depression and the drastic upheaval in her life, but I found it quite hard to relate to. I do think my dislike of Lucy lends to how well Cynthia Ruchti wrote this novel, because if she didn’t write her characters so deeply and fully, I wouldn’t feel so impatient with the leading heroine. I also really enjoy the secondary characters, Charlie and the kids, who brought around some much-needed comedic relief and I absolutely LOVED how Cynthia wove musical expressions throughout the plot. You could really feel the musical heartbeat of Song of Silence!
As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, will Lucy’s faith song go silent, too? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, Song of Silence. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.
Celebrate the release of Song of Silence with a blog tour and giveaway. Two winners will be chosen!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of Song of Silence
- A $150 Visa cash card
One second place winner will receive:
- A copy of Song of Silence
- A music-themed prize pack filled with goodies hand-picked by Cynthia
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 9th. The winners will be announced May 10th on Cynthia’s blog.