Rating: 4/5 Stars
Emmalyn Ross decides to move to Madeline Island, one of the islands of the Apostle Islands of Luke Superior, while her husband is in prison. There are just months left of Max’s 5 year prison sentence. Emmalyn needs to figure out her life and whether or not she and Max will be able to work on their marriage. Emmalyn makes wonderful, encouraging friends who care for her on the island. While Emmalyn restores the island cottage and works on hope and restoring herself, she takes in a young girl who needs love.
As Waters Gone By is a heartbreaking and heartwarming tale. I felt invested in the Emmalyn and Hope’s live and wished the best for them. As events and circumstances happened to them I was almost in tears. Cynthia Ruchti did an amazing job creating a storyline that draws you in and makes you fall in love with the characters. That being said, there were some typical “Christian fiction” elements including the best friends who were perfect at giving advice and grace, the dog that just happens to come and go when people need her in their life, and the little girl who has had extreme tragedy in her life. I thought it was weird that the story started when Max was almost out of prison. It didn’t seem very realistic that 3 years went by without Max and Emmalyn talking, they never wrote or called or emailed and she had never visited him before and then both of them just happened to be Christians, who then were able to communicate with each other and their relationship worked.
Despite all of the typical Christian fiction elements I still enjoyed the story and it didn’t stop me from wanting to devour the whole story in a short period of time. Sometimes a happy ending story is something delightful to read.
I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press through NetGalley.