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They Almost Always Come Home

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,805 ratings  ·  208 reviews
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 wilderne ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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Lacy Williams
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!

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
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!!

Rutchi's book is filled with adventure, scripture and mystery with a constant reminder that Jesus is with us no matter what life brings.
The books that boost me out of reading slumps get a special place in my heart...this one did just that. A few short days extend through this book, but lead to many questions, many fears, many revelations of God's working through the difficulties of Greg and Libby's marriage. I loved this story because it wasn't the often typical "girl meets girl, there's tension, and they get together at the end." There was a realness to it that I truly appreciated. While there are a lot of emotions waring throu ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nora St Laurent
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“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
Cindy Meilink
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Aug 03, 2010 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
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The highly original plot and stunning ending make Ruchti's book hard to
put down. Tender spiritual discoveries will assist readers with their own faith journeys.
Libby and Greg's marriage hasn't been good for a while. When he fails to return from a solo canoe trip in Canada, Libby thinks maybe he has left her. The police concur, but when Libby does some research, she grows afraid something terrible might have happened to Greg. Along with her father-in-law and her best friend, Libby sets off to ret
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This debut novel has similar qualities as Ruchti’s book As Waters Gone By. There is an absent husband causing angst on the part of the wife. There is an issue of a child lost and a couple’s infertility. And like Ruchti’s other book this is full of symbolism and a great friendship that helps to carry the load of another.
They Almost Always Come Home is full of authentic action, as a father; a wife and a friend go looking for a missing man, in the Canadian wilderness. This book has a better balanc
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Cynthia Ruchti book and I can assure you it won’t be my last.
Haley Mathiot
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Bill Garrison
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Three years ago when tragedy took the life of their 12-year-old daughter, Libby closed her heart to her husband Greg. Now she's decided that she's going to leave him when he returns from his annual trek into Quetico Provencial Park. The only problem with the plan is that Greg is a few days late returning from his wilderness journey. More than grief or worry, Libby is furious that whether by choice or by accident Greg has found a way to get out of their marriage before she did.

As she goes through
Deb Haggerty
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"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
Michelle Rayburn
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Deborah Boutwell
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2012 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
Susan B
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jonathan Edward
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Bert Long
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and through speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by many top industry readers', reviewers', library, retailer, and other honors. Cynthia is the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a literary agent with Books ...more
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