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Song of Silence
Start date
July 1, 2016
Finish date
July 31, 2016
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Jessica White
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Sam B
This was an amazing book!

I have to admit that it did start slowly, but I had read so many great reviews for Cynthia Rutchi's books that I wasn't about to give up on this one because of a slower pace. I'm so glad I stuck with it!

The story was incredibly touching, the characters so real, and their struggles heartbreaking.
I honestly didn't want to finish the book because I wanted to spend more time in this little town, with the Tuttles, Dr Handley and the HHATT book club :)

I know for sure this is
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words blog:

Poignant … elegant … intelligent … funny … compelling … a classic. A gem of wisdom and inspiration. A musical composition that speaks to the innermost recesses of the heart. Song of Silence is all this and more. Serious life situations are dealt with, but the injection of a delightful wit and humor keeps readers smiling.

On the one hand, this is an engaging story with complex characterization. But look further and you will discover spiritu
May 04, 2016 added it
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I definitely related with Lucy. I know what it is like to have quiet and enjoy every minute of it, to have it interrupted with returning children back to the nest. Families are messy and noisy, that doesn't mean it's bad it's just what it is, and Lucy is experiencing noisy in spades. After loosing her job as a music teacher to cut backs she is home with time on her hands.
The book flows from chapter to chapter with ease, I laughed out loud, and was brought to tears. This book will remain with me
Lisa Johnson
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Song of Silence
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Pages: 320
Year: 2016
Publisher: Abingdon
My rating is 5+ stars.
This is a very moving tale that won’t soon be forgotten by this reviewer. This is a story about a woman who taught music only to lose her job 19 years later. Readers will journey with her as she deals with the emotional ramifications. The program she ran was originally started by her father and now she feels as though she has failed him because of the closing of the program.
What follows after
Catherine Richmond
Lucy has been pouring her passion into the school music program her father began, when the budget ax falls. She mourns, but her retired husband rejoices - more time together. How will Lucy survive?

This book has so many zingers, I don't know which one to pick for my Zinger webpage. It also has humor and the wisdom of a dozen counselors. Song of Silence has heroine I can identify with - I, too, say "sure" when I should say "no," and growl at God when He redirects me from wallowing. Plus, there's a
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel opens with a music teacher losing her lifelong passion as the arts program at her school is completely eliminated. Her grief is complicated by her husband's eagerness to stick close--too close--by her side during every moment of the day. Adrift, she seeks to find a way to bring the song back to her heart, only to discover the depths of real grief after a boating accident. I didn't want this novel to end, and I will look for more by this author.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Song of Silence is an exquisite masterpiece. It is rich in depth and flows beautifully. I loved this story!
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