I read a few other books by this author so I picked this book based on that without even reading the description. Do you do that when you pick out books? I find that I have authors that I like and there isn't a book that they have written that I don't like so when a new one comes out, it doesn't really matter what it is about, I want to read it. Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti was the next in my review pile and I was excited to dig in.
Charlie and Lucy Tuttle are committed to each other for life, but that
life isn’t turning out quite like they expected. Charlie retired early,
but Lucy planned to continue in her position as a music educator in a
small Midwestern K-8 school indefinitely. And then the day came when she
was forced to retire. Lucy was devoted to the program her father
started years ago and now she can only watch as it disintegrates before
her eyes. The longer she is separated from the passion of her heart, the
more the music fades from her life and she wonders if her faith’s song
is fading too. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever,
a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and
I really enjoyed this book and it helps to really put your own problems in prospective. I don't think that the description does the book justice but it was an amazing journey following Lucy through her process of self discovery after the music program that her father built and she spent her life working with the children was cut from the school. Instantly, she lost the song in her heart and had to try to figure out her new life. In the process of self discovery, she goes to see a psychologist to try to work through some of her feelings. She joins a book club which ends up being made up of a group of wonderful women who help her try to rebuild her life without her job. More twists and turns happen including her daughter, son, daughter in law and her son move into their little home and even though they are totally crowded, this new life starts to take on so much meaning for her. I loved watching the journey and the horrible pains that she goes through to make sure that she ends up leading a more positive life. I think that all of us get down with our daily life whether it is because it isn't going according to our "plan" or because it is just exhausting. It is hard to stop and think in the middle of everything going wrong that we have lots of other blessings like a wonderful husband or beautiful children even if they are driving you crazy right now. Enjoying all of life is a great message to take away and watch the changes in Lucy. I hope that you check out this book and others by this author because I think that even if you aren't going through the same situation, you can still relate to needing a little silence to try to get back on track. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!
**I was given a copy of the book for my review and honest opinion. All opinions here are my own.