Facing the Dawn Review and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Tour for Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti. This book belongs on every TBR list. I’m not even kidding. Find out more in a minute when I share my review.

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About the Book

Facing the Dawn Review and Giveaway!Facing the Dawn
Author Cynthia Ruchti
Published by Revell
on March 2, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Women, Christian, Romance
Pages: 320

While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she's supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.
Then Liam's three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.
With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won't soon forget.


My Perspective

This is the most emotional, heartfelt, beautifully written story I have ever read. Yes you will need tissues. There are such heart wrenching moments written in the pages of this book that it really took a lot out of me. And I mean that as a compliment. Ruchti doesn’t hold back on emotion, nor does she shy away from difficult topics. I, for one, love that. Life isn’t always bubbly. It isn’t always a happy ending. Sometimes really things happen the shake us to our core. Mara certainly experienced that in this novel. And while I would love to touch on the specifics, I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read. Just grab the tissues and start reading.

Here’s what Ruchti is so great at – giving a reader hope. I think what touched me the most about this book is that Mara didn’t have hope right away. I know that probable sounds backwards, but honestly it made me connect with her character more. She wasn’t immediately “all is well in the world” after all the bad things happened. It took time. A lot of time. And that’s ok. That is real life. Ruchti brings real life to the novel, and that is something a reader can not only learn from, but understand and connect with. Knowing how emotional I was reading this story, I cannot even imagine what it was like for her to write it. It must have been draining – for real. You’ll understand once you read.

Guys this is not a light read my any stretch of the imagination. But it is a book that will touch your heart, take you on an emotional roller coaster, and show you the power of hope and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book to all readers. Just make sure you take your time, read it slow, and allow yourself time to feel the story. I think you’ll find yourself changed in the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Cynthia Ruchti Revell Facing the Dawn

Cynthia Ruchti
 is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the novels Afraid of the Light, Miles from Where We Started, As Waters Gone By, Song of Silence, A Fragile Hope, and They Almost Always Come Home. Her books have been honored with more than 40 readers’, reviewers’, and retailers’ awards, including Romantic Times’s Inspirational Novel of the Year, four Selah Awards, and five Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and has been a finalist for many others, including the Carol and the Christy. Former president of and current professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Cynthia lives in Wisconsin and can be found online at www.cynthiaruchti.com.

Guest Post by Cynthia

When I sit down to write a novel, I sometimes have little more than a title or a single scene in my head. For Facing the Dawn, I had a mental picture of a woman who felt like circumstances had drained all the “color” out of her life, as if she were a piece of fabric that had been left out in the sun too long. Faded. Threadbare. Bleached out.

Where was I supposed to go from there? What would have made her feel like that? (Oh, I could imagine, but I needed to know THIS character’s story.) I visualized her called in the principal’s office at her kids’ school, not knowing which of the three was in trouble this time. But it was her. The ridiculousness of it all was almost enough to push her over the edge. Ever been there?

For Mara in the story, a long string of disappointments clogged her life like a backed-up sink (which she also had). Then true tragedy struck. And again. But I couldn’t leave her in that place.

When I wrote the last few words of the story, my heart was full. Tears fell on the pages—or the keyboard. And I reflected back on all the symbolism in the story that actually revealed bits of hope embedded in its fabric.

I’m excited to see how readers respond when they discover those little bits—a cardinal in a stand of birch trees, an oil painting with unusual brushstrokes, a papered wall, a cup of soup, a long-forgotten song, an envelope of ashes…

A story comes to life when readers dive in. I’m looking forward to hearing what they find when they do.

Blog Tour Schedule

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 4

lakesidelivingsite, March 4

Through the Fire Blogs, March 4

Rebecca Tews, March 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations , March 5

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 6 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 6

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 7

Reviewingbooksplusmore, March 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 8

Kathleen’s Blog, March 8

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 8

Texas Book-aholic, March 9

Cats in the Cradle Blog, March 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 10

Simple Harvest Reads, March 10 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, March 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 11

Artistic Nobody, March 11 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Older & Smarter?, March 12

deb’s Book Review, March 12

The Christian Fiction Girl, March 13

Inklings and notions, March 13

Pause for Tales, March 13

For Him and My Family, March 14

Mary Hake, March 14

By The Book, March 15

Christian Bookaholic, March 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 16

Spoken from the Heart, March 16

Southern Gal Loves to Read, March 16

A Baker’s Perspective, March 17

Writing from the Heart Land, March 17


To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a DrinkCo Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated BPA-free beverage container (keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours/hot up to 12 hours), two Sunprint Notecards (Cynanotype art by Anna Atkins), an autographed copy of the novel Facing the Dawn, two Hemmed in Hope magnets/notecard inserts to encourage you or a friend, a Hemmed in Hope flash drive, and Facing the Dawn bookmarks (not shown in picture above)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


What part of this book do you look forward to reading? Share in the comments!

3 responses to “Facing the Dawn Review and Giveaway!

  1. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds

    Thank you for sharing. Sounds like one I would love to read. Blessings