Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?
Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. While Charlie retired early, Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.
Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.
When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.
There are books you love from the very first page. Song of Silence is not one of those books. Instead, Song of Silence slips into your heart without you noticing. Halfway through it, I noted, “I can’t get into this book as much as the previous two books by Ruchti that I’ve read. Not sure why, but it could be because I can’t connect with the lead character.” I don’t know what it’s like to have your career ripped away from you.
For Lucy, music was more than a career; it was her life’s passion. Suddenly, she was at home, annoyed by her husband’s idiosyncrasies. He might have meant well by his actions and response to her being laid off, but he wasn’t helping! Then, their grown children moved back home which brought about new problems. Yes, there were elements I enjoyed during this part of the book, such as the HHATT (“He’s home all the time”) group Lucy joined and her encounters with former students that highlighted the influence she’d had on them.
It wasn’t until the final quarter of Song of Silence that I began to feel the emotional pull of the book. This is when one false step forced Lucy to re-evaluate her life. It became impossible for her to return to the life she had known and she realized that there were other options for her. This is where Cynthia Ruchti’s creativity shines its magic and what makes her one of my favorite contemporary fiction authors. Her writing is deep without being difficult to comprehend. I’d recommend her books to anyone, and I’d include Song of Silence in that recommendation.
Thank you to Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary copy of Song of Silence, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
This review is part of a Litfuse Publicity blog tour
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Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 05 April 2016
Page Count: 320