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They Almost Always Come Home

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When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died…and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness sav ...more
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Published December 1st 2009 by Abingdon Press
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Lacy Williams
Nov 03, 2010 Lacy Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-reads
You know those books that change your life, stick with you long after you've reached "the end," and you know you'll read them over and over? This is one of them.

Women's fiction is not my favorite genre - I'm a romance junkie - so I always start out reading these books a little "skeptical"... well, by about page three Ruchti had grabbed me with her character's voice and the unique beginning of this tale. "I couldn't put it down" sounds so cliche, but it is SO TRUE about this book!

THE STORY: Libby
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V. Gingerich
What a pleasant surprise, this book.

A Christian fiction novel about a middle-aged couple with marriage problems? Not my usual read. I bought this book because the ebook was free for a while and because the title and cover intrigued me; I read it because a favorite blog recommended it and interviewed the author, who came across well.

The voice of the main character and narrator, Libby, is unique and rather delightful. Witty, somewhat whiny and bratty, true-to-life, and darkly humorous. (I don't c
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Cindy Meilink
Mar 07, 2012 Cindy Meilink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll begin this review simply...I loved this book!

Never having read anything by Cynthia Ruchti, I wasn't quite sure of what to expect. The story description sounded interesting so I dived in...glad I did.

Libby's husband, Greg, has gone off on one of his wilderness encounters in Canada, camping out, enjoying the outdoors--everything Libby tends to avoid. When Greg doesn't arrive home on his expected date, Libby becomes concerned and contacts Greg's father. When more days pass and Greg remains mis
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Lisa
Jun 07, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THEY ALMOST ALWAYS COME HOME
Abingdon Press
ISBN-13: 9781426702389
Publication Date: May, 2010
Author: Ruchti, Cynthia

Retail Price: $13.99

From the publisher: When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died…and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists
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Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Do dead people wear shoes? In the casket, I mean. Seems a waste.
Then again, no outfit is complete without shoes!”

The first sentence startled me, but kept me reading. I was so happy to receive a review copy of Cynthia’s thought provoking and honest debut novel.

Libby’s husband Greg, went camping and hasn’t returned. How long do you wait to report someone missing? Cynthia Ruchti has the reader experience all the emotions and thought process someone might go through when they discover their husband
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Rel
Aug 03, 2010 Rel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cynthia Ruchti's debut novel is a deeply moving and honest exploration of one woman's physical search for her husband while confronting a painful examination of her own heart. With compelling and beautiful prose and one of the best first person voices I have read, Cynthia shares deep insights into Libby's pain over the loss of her young daughter, the estrangement from her husband and the rendering of her faith. As Libby, her devoted friend and gruff father-in-law tackle the magnificent Canadian ...more
Deb Haggerty
May 18, 2015 Deb Haggerty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deb’s Dozen: Canoeing for clarity. Lightning for light? Faith and family are everything!

I bought and read Cynthia Ruchti’s book, They Almost Always Come Home, about a year ago after reading an advance copy of and loving All My Belongings—and was equally entranced.

Libby’s husband, Greg, is missing. He’s not come back from a wilderness canoe trip. Things were a bit rocky before he left on the trip and she’s left wondering if he’s left her for good. Greg has never gone on a solo trip before—Libby i
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Elaine
Jun 11, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
As I'm reading this, I'm getting the sense of the Canadian wilderness. The trek through the woods while slapping at mosquitoes. The discomfort of sleeping on the ground. I can picture as they pause in their row boats on the lake and the stillness that is only interrupted by the sound of an animal.

Libby's husband Greg was suppose to return from a solo trip to this wilderness. Because he didn't, she, a friend and Greg's father make the trip to discover what they can. He signed in at the station b
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Debbie
Jun 03, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"They Almost Always Come Home" is a Christian general fiction novel with a lot of suspense. The characters were interesting and complex, and they dealt with realistic problems. The world-building was excellent, especially for the wilderness trip. The story came alive in my imagination, and it felt like these events really could have happened.

The first thirty-two pages were mostly Libby thinking about her situation and doing little but worrying about the various possibilities of what could have h
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Deborah Boutwell
My full review will come out in the June issue of Exemplify. The book releases in May.

Nutshell....Libby's husband doesn't come home from his yearly camping trip to Canada. The authorities put it off as a husband that had skipped town. Libby was planning on leaving him anyway, if he would just come home. Now she has to struggle to come to terms with her feelings for him while she and her best friend & father-in-law search for him.

I thought it started a little slow and then all of a sudden I
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Haley Mathiot
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti
Genre: Christian Fiction
ISBN: 9781426702389
Rating: DNF, 3

Greg goes on a trip into the Canadian wilderness—and never comes home. But Libby was thinking about leaving him anyway… so should she care that he's missing? Should she find him? Libby sets off with her best friend and her step-dad on a journey to find Greg. But for Libby, the journey is more than to find her husband. It's a journey of faith.

They Almost Always Come Home had potential to be ama
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Michelle Rayburn
In “They Almost Always Come Home,” debut author Cynthia Ruchti puts to pen and paper what many women don’t dare say aloud. Libby’s story lets the reader into the thought process of a woman who wonders if her husband’s delayed return from a Canadian wilderness trip means he’s left her or if he’s lost, or worse, dead.

Libby gives a voice to every woman who has ever wondered if her marriage was worth saving, wondered if her husband cared, and wondered if she wanted him to care. She’s the woman so lo
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Bill Garrison
Nov 30, 2011 Bill Garrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cynthia Ruchti's THEY ALMOST ALWAYS COME HOME is a fascinating tale of a woman's journey from despair to hope and from bitterness to forgiveness. Ruchti is a talented author and her writing grabbed me from page one as she introduced Libby Holden as a wife and mother burdened with the overwhelming pain of her daughter's murder a few years ago.

After twenty years of marriage, Greg and Libby Holden lose their daughter to a mindless act of violence. Faced with incredible pain and grief, their marriag
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Carly
Apr 14, 2010 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-favorites
When I first received my copy of They Almost Always Come Home, I thought it sounded like a good story. When I first started reading it, I was intrigued, for a little while. I soon found the story slow and I started to get bored. I was actually on the verge of giving up and not finishing the book, but a little voice told me to keep going. I mean, I really did want to see how it would send, so I kept reading. I can honestly say that if I had quit reading the book, it would have been a huge mistake ...more
Cheryl
Jun 07, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libby Holden never imagined that when her husband, Greg left for his fishing trip in Canada that it would be the last time she would see him again. Greg was supposed to be home in time to go to church. Instead Libby receives a phone call from the Canadian Mounties. They suggested that it is possible that her husband just walked out on her. Libby doesn’t believe it at first. Though, when she starts reading his journal, Libby realizes that there are things about Greg that she never knew.

Libby dec
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Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 Valerie Comer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Do dead people wear shoes? In the casket, I mean. Seems a waste. Then again, no outfit is complete without the shoes."

So the question is: Who’s dead? The answer: No one. But Libby’s husband is late returning from a solo canoe trip. Right from the beginning, I could relate. Tell me I’m not the only one who starts worrying about the worst case scenario way too soon! Well, me and Libby. After all, They Almost Always Come Home.

But here’s the big difference between Libby and me. Libby is just plain
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Delia
Apr 11, 2010 Delia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Libby’s husband Greg doesn’t return home from a trip to the Canadian wilderness, she's not sure whether to be sad or glad. In fact, if he did show up, she just might divorce him. Their marriage has been a farce since their 12-year-old daughter’s death, for which Libby holds her husband responsible.

The police investigation seems haphazard at best, as they’ve pretty much decided Greg used his annual trip to Canada as a way out of a failing marriage and a career he despised. Despite her own d
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Kolleen
Aug 23, 2012 Kolleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
So after signing up for e-mails for free Kindle books and downloading a bunch of duds, I was about ready to give up. I started to assume that most free books had a reason to be free, but this one changed it for me.

This is a story about Libby, whose husband goes missing, or rather never returns from a trip he's taken into the Canadian wilderness. Since their marriage was in shambles when he left, she can't help but wonder if something happened to him or if he had well-laid plans to just take off
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Rachel Lynn Sterling
More like 4 1/2 stars! I loved this book! The thoughts, feelings, & emotions of Libby were very real and relatable to me. I do think it would be a little difficult for a man to relate to and understand her thought process, so it might not be a comfortable read for men. It deals with some pretty heavy subjects, but never depresses you, only gives you a feeling of hope. There are a lot of biblical references which are key to the characters thoughts and actions, but that’s one of the things I l ...more
Susan B
Sep 03, 2011 Susan B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libby's lacklustre marriage is on the verge of complete disintegration when her husband, Greg, disappears in the Canadian wilderness during a solo canoe trip. The authorities conduct an investigation and have searchers fly over the area of Quetico Park he was supposed to be in, although they suspect he's not run into trouble, but deserted his wife.

Despite their marital problems, Libby knows Greg is too faithful and loyal to leave her. Taking the search into their own hands, she, her father-in-la
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Jonathan
May 09, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read over 300 books and very few have the sparkle that this books holds. "They Almost Always Come Home," will be placed on my '5 favorite books of all time' list.

Majestic writing, breathtaking details, heartwarming spiritual truths. Ruchti receives a spirited two thumbs up!

Your heart will break for Libby, be refreshed by Jen and tickled by Frank. What an amazing character trio. As they set off in an adventure deep in the Canadian wilderness, Ruchti will have you falling in love with the
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Melissa
Jul 31, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Well written

Well written

Well written it keeps you interested and is a quick read.
It was interesting in a way that keeps you guessing how it will end.
Sarah
Oct 19, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Despite its appearance as typical Christian fiction, this book surprised me with rather solid writing. It could have used with a reduction of 50-75 pages of introspection right out of the middle as that got rather tiresome after so much whining, but by the time I got to the end of it, I really couldn't put it down. I was also pleased that this book sports no "happily ever after" ending as is so common to its genre. Instead, the ending showed genuine finesse. In fact, I surprised myself by almost ...more
Jalynn Patterson
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Finalist - 2011 Carol Award and 2010 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice AwardWhen Libby s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn t died . . . and if Greg hadn t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her fai
...more
Melissa
Jul 10, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a free Kindle download so I didn't realize it was Christian fiction. The constant religious stuff was a little too much for me.

The plot of the story itself is good, but I found myself quickly scanning through some pages that were filled with fluff - over describing walking on a muddy bank, a story about moths in the car, repetitive internal monologues about God.

I didn't connect with the MC at all - she seemed incredibly boring to me. She had no hobbies, no interests, no passions. What
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Bert Long
Jul 26, 2011 Bert Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. It took a long while for it to truly get going, and I actually contemplated multiple times pitching it aside. However, I am glad I stuck it out to see what the novel was truly about.

In the end, I thought it was very well written, with a great deal of introspection.

I would have given it five stars if it had grabbed from the start.

Nonetheless, it was well worth the time and cost of the book. Read it.
Cindi Chase
Apr 16, 2012 Cindi Chase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book and over looked the formatting issues.

You will be reminded that you never know how much someone really means to you until they are not there. The story makes you think about your own life, marriage and the people in it. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have right in front of you till it’s gone.

Don’t pass this up because of the formatting issues it’s a very heart wrenching/healing book.
Autumn
Jul 01, 2010 Autumn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big Christian Lit fan, but this one wasn't too bad. I thought Libby's character was a little morbid and rude on the outset but eventually she got a little more positive in her outlook. I thought there could have been a little bit more explanation as to what happened to their daughter considering it was such a huge event in their lives. Overall, I did end up liking the story and was happy with the ending.
Stacey
Jun 27, 2011 Stacey rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacey by: Those that enjoy adventure stories, outdoors, Christian Books.
A GOOD 4.5 stars... actually debated giving it 5 stars, very close to a 5 star book for me. The Kindle version formatting is slightly messed up, but you get used to it as you read, and it's well worth the inconvenience. The story in excellent, although the beginning maybe takes a little to get into. If you like adventures, or the outdoors, you'll enjoy this book!
Chandra
Jul 22, 2012 Chandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book makes me think of that classic song "you don't know what got, til it's gone." When her husband goes missing on a nature trip, Libby begins to question her marriage. While searching for her husband she begins to realize that he is not the only one "missing" and she begins to finds herself…along with her God, who was growing distant.
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Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and Carol Award n ...more
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