Book Review + Giveaway!: Miles from Where We Started

29 Oct

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About the Book

Miles from Where We Started

Book Title: Miles from Where We Started

Author: Cynthia Ruchti

Genre: Christian Romance/Family life

Release date: October 16, 2018

These no-longer-newlyweds want out of this road trip—and their marriage. Too bad they can’t find the off ramp.

Weeks away from their one-year wedding anniversary, Mallory and Connor Duncan can’t even agree on how to end their marriage. But when a last-minute crisis lands them on a three-thousand-mile road trip together, Mallory wonders if their story may not be over after all.

The trip begins to unravel before the key is even in the ignition, and an at-risk, trouble-seeking missile of an eleven-year-old is unexpectedly launched into their travel plans. Close quarters get even tighter, and the couple believes this whole experience will spell disaster.

Their first year of marriage hasn’t been the arm-in-arm togetherness they expected. How can they find a new beginning when the road ends?


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My Impressions:

I have been a big fan of Cynthia Ruchti for a while now. I read her debut novel, They Almost Always Come Home, and was hooked! She always delivers highly readable and thoughtful books with big messages. Miles from Where We Started, her newest offering, is no exception. The characters drive the story, but the foundation of a road trip adventure adds fun and interest. I give this one a highly recommended rating.

Ruchti’s three main characters — married couple Connor and Mallory Duncan and 11 year old Judah — fill the pages of Miles from Where We Started with heart. With a marriage on the rocks and a foster kid with lots of trust issues, they make an unlikely trio for a trip that will promote the joys of micro-camping. As the social media world follows their wanderings on the back roads of America, with hikes to secluded waterfalls and interactions with people along the way, the three navigate love and life. I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of Connor or Mallory at the beginning of the book, but as they grew in their relationship with each other and God, they grew on me 😉 . Judah, though, was an intriguing and sympathetic character right from the start. I couldn’t help but love and cheer on the troubled and sometimes trouble-making pre-adolescent. Secondary characters are a treat and make a big difference in Connor, Mallory, and Judah’s attitudes and understanding of God. RoadRave, the company that hires Connor’s PR firm to embark on the adventure, determines their course, but it soon became apparent to this reader (and the characters) that God had a bigger hand in the travel plans. As Mallory and Connor discover there’s “A path carved for us by a creative imagination bigger than our own.” (p 326.)

Miles from Where We Started is written with a light hand in spite of some heavy situations. I loved the wit and wisdom that is expressed along the way. I think this novel would be perfect for a book club — there’s so much to talk about. So grab this book and some friends and head out on a fun reading adventure.

Highly Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

(Thanks to Gilead Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


About The Author

cynthia ruchtiCynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope through novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and speaking events. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences across the country. She married her grade school sweetheart, and the two live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.


Guest Post from Cynthia

I have a confession to make. I heart millennials.

My other novels have had a few millennial characters. Some even played starring roles. But I knew there was more to the heart of millennials than I could gain from listening to the often unfair sighing or comedy routines about that generation. As a person, I wanted to know them better—what are they really like? What challenges do they face with which previous generations saddled them? What strengths to they offer our culture?

Until now, I hadn’t written a story about a millennial couple whose marriage was in crisis. Like, serious crisis. I-don’t-want-to-be-married-to-you-anymore. That kind of crisis.

As any good novelist knows, part of what we do to our characters is make the situation worse. So, millennial couple, approaching their one-year anniversary, ready to call it quits because “This marriage thing is really hard. Is it supposed to be so much work?” But what if…? What if they were forced to be together for three weeks…in a micro-camper…on America’s backroads…with an 11-year-old foster boy troublemaker…and both the husband’s AND the wife’s jobs depended on the trip’s success?

Plot idea in hand, I set off to write Miles from Where We Started, not entirely sure when I began the journey where they would end up or how they’d get there. It was an education for me in so many ways. The impact of the turning point of the story? In the words of my millennial friends, “That’s lit!”

Side note: I’m a big fan of a young teen musician at our church. The boy has mad skills as a keyboard artist. He approaches life as if it’s an endless game of Ninja Warrior. Why walk when you can vault into the room? Why walk up a flight of stairs when you can hop four at a time? He also sports a perpetual smile and is famous for his kindness, but his eyes give away that a little mischief may be hiding behind that smile. I asked Judah’s permission to use his name (and a little bit of his personality) as the foster child character in Miles from Where We Started. I can’t wait for him to read the part he inspired.

Can’t wait for you to read it, too.

Hemmed in Hope,


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To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away a grand prize of the Adventure begins” large tote bag, “This way to adventure” travel notebook, “Home is Where We Park It” metal wall hanging, a teardrop camper birdhouse, PLUS a $50 gift Visa gift card…to start your adventure fund!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

2 Responses to “Book Review + Giveaway!: Miles from Where We Started”

  1. susiesellnergmailcom October 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Miles from Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti. My husband and I adopted our foster daughter, and I’m curious what mischief the foster boy created for those fictitious parents. It sounds like such a “meaty” story with great potential for God’s grace to abound.

  2. Debra Branigan October 29, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    Thank you for the review. Good luck to the author on the new book.

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