I’m going to have a reader’s hangover in the morning.
You know about those, right? No alcohol involved. It’s when you stay up way too late because you get wrapped up in a book, and then you feel all out of whack the next day. You guys. It’s way past my bedtime, but I had to write this down. Today I had so much to do…and I got some of it done, and then honestly, I was just sitting there kind of listlessly. If that’s a word. Grammarly didn’t correct it, so that’s a good sign. Sometimes this happens. Sometimes I check out. It’s not a good feeling. So I figured I could at least check my calendar and see which book I needed to review next. Let’s see…Miles from Where We Started. Almost divorced couple goes on a road trip. Sounds like fun. Maybe I’ll read a few chapters and fall asleep in the book.
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
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Laughed loud enough to wake the neighbors. And cried a little too. Finished the book in one sitting. And it wasn’t a short book, I just…stayed up WAY too late. Two words. Waterfall sweat.
If I have read any book that should be made into a movie this year, this is it.
It would make a great road movie. What happens when an almost divorced couple and an at-risk foster kid end up taking a road trip in a tiny camper for a publicity stunt? Well, I can’t tell you. That would be…telling.
Maybe I can tell you a little. Lots of awkward moments. Middle school humor (did I mention the kid is 12?). Hilarity ensues. A Yoda-type character, a baby born (not in the camper), unexpected friendships, tiny houses, deep questions about why we believe one way and live another. And…hope. You guys have to read this book. I’m a little stingy with that 5th star, but this one gets it. Really well done, Cynthia.
Miles from Where We Started is on Tour with Celebrate Lit!
About the Book
Book Title: Miles from Where We Started
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Genre: Christian Romance/Family life
Release date: October 16, 2018
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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About the Author
Cynthia 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,
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!!
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