If you are looking for an entertaining story, or one that will cheer you up, or if you want a sweet romance, you should probably look elsewhere. But, if you would like a story that might make you think deep thoughts and possibly even examine your own actions toward your loved ones, “A Fragile Hope” might be a good choice.

It is not a fast-moving plot but then how could it be. Most of the book is spent in the ICU waiting room or at the bedside of Josiah Chamberlain’s wife after a tragic accident has left her in a coma. Circumstances around the accident give Josiah reasons to believe the worst and he struggles with feelings of betrayal. Day by day as he reviews their life together, he realizes his many shortcomings in his own marriage even as he has gained an amount of fame telling others how to improve their marriages. Strongly emotional at times, “A Fragile Hope” is strongly introspective and stresses forgiveness . It also offers hope even in the direst of situations.

I especially liked the quotations at the beginning of each chapter from Karin’s Seedlings and Sentiment inspirational cards . I would actually love to have the opportunity to purchase some of these cards – they seemed like something unique that I would enjoy sending to my friends.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Litfuse Publicity. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

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