Well, first of all Cynthia Ruchti is one of my all-time favorite authors. In Song of Silence, Lucy and Charlie have an empty nest and he is retired. Lucy is ensconced in teaching music in a school program her father started. It’s the air she breathes. Lucy comes to life as Cynthia Ruchti writes her inner, ongoing thoughts as she interacts with Charlie, her kids, and her fellow school employees. I related to Lucy as her experiences are similar to ones I have encountered which made reading this book so intimate for me. She struggles with her faith and what she is supposed to feel and act as life happens. Charlie wants to help her and yet sometimes his ideas are far from what she needs. Here’s a conversation between the two of them.
“Lucy, you know I’m on your side, don’t you?” “In what?” “Battling this depression.” “I’m not depressed.” I’m sad. That’s all. Incredibly, deeply, and soul-woundingly sad.
“Sometimes … when a woman reaches your age …” She bit the side of her tongue. “Menopause? You think this is from menopause?” She’d check a mirror later for broken blood vessels in her eye.
I found myself chuckling and weeping throughout Song of Silence. It touched my soul. Cynthia Ruchti has a beautiful way of creating such emotions in each of her books. This one has depth, reality, and encouragement. Her characters discover truths that are worth underlining. I love it!
I hope you will read Song of Silence. I highly recommend it!
I received a copy of this book from the author as part of her release team and am giving my honest review. Thank you, Cynthia!