Book Review: Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti

It’s rare that a book holds my attention for long these days (who can concentrate with twin toddlers around?), but I finished this in less than twenty four hours. I didn’t want to stop reading it!

Cynthia Ruchti masterfully weaves together a story of tragedy, grief, and hope in Facing The Dawn. Even the way she chose to reveal the events was done in a way that perfectly reflected the chaos and confusion (leaving the reader wondering what was going on, much as the main character, Mara, would have been feeling). I’m being intentionally vague as to not give spoilers, but this touched me personally in a way I didn’t expect.

I also loved the humor and sarcasm throughout – it balanced the weight of the premise so well and provided for a respite from the reality of grief.

Facing the Dawn is powerful, relevant, thoughtful, and filled with wisdom. The analogies and metaphors used to convey that wisdom have continued to run through my mind even after finishing the book. I highly recommend this book, especially if you’ve experienced unexpected loss. It just may help in the healing process.

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