Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other
people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained
distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged
into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever
quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.
betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he
reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the
strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will
what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that
holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that
Ruchti (Song of Silence) creates a brilliant portrait of a man who is forced to question everything he thought he knew. Josiah Chamberlain, marriage counselor and bestselling author, thought he had a happy marriage. His wife, Karin, had a different opinion and made plans to leave. When a tragic car crash changes those plans, Josiah is forced to confront the reality of his life and the secrets his wife was keeping. He must make excruciating choices and wrestle with God, his faith, and an unfeeling money-hungry literary agent who orders him to start working on his next book. The choice to tell this story in limited third person is a major key to its success, creating a profoundly intimate portrayal. The vast majority of the story takes place inside Josiah's head; readers watch the action while also experiencing it through Josiah's eyes and heart. The reader simply cannot turn away from either the outside drama or the journey of self-discovery. Ruchti, who professes to write stories "hemmed in hope," delivers an amazing rumination on what it means to hope when all seems lost.
This is a wonderful, deeply emotional story!
I was captivated by the plot of this novel. Josiah is written with an incredible depth. His confusion, heartache, and feelings of betrayal were palpable.
I found I had to read this book in short sessions to keep myself from falling into a deep funk. At the same time I NEEDED to find out how the story ended. I wanted things to work out for Josiah and his wife Karin. Not finishing the book was never an option.
I loved seeing the source of wise words and encouragement that came alongside Josiah. It is always great when we are surprised by the people that step up to help us cope in a crisis.
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
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