Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Restoring Christmas

Restoring Christmas
Cynthia Ruchti
(Worthy Inspired)
ISBN: 978-1617957079
October 2017/240 pages

Alexis Blake set out to restore a neglected building.

What she didn’t expect was to restore a life…

Alexis has one chance to land her own show on the Heart-and-Home Network, and nothing–not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer–is going to stand in her way.

Elsie Raymond, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise.

Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and save Christmas memories from being lost forever?


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.


From my first glimpse of the title, I knew this was going to be another of Cynthia Ruchti's extraordinary books, and I was right. Restoring Christmas is so much more than a Christmas novella that will get you "in the mood" for the season. In her signature style, Ruchti pens a captivating tale infused with hope, wisdom, and love that will stir your soul even as it touches your heart. Alexis, Elsie, and Gabe made me forget I was reading fiction as they drew me into their world. All three bear scars that impact their interactions with each other as well as their views of Christmas and the project of restoring Elsie's house. To say too much would be to spoil the experience of reading it for yourself, but suffice it to say that this is a book to savor, contemplate, and read again and again. And I highly suggest reading it with a highlighter in hand as there or so many nuggets of wisdom tucked among the pages. Restoring Christmas is certain to become a much-loved classic. Don't miss it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Inspired Publishing and Cynthia Ruchti. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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