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Review of Miles from Where We Started


About the Book


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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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,


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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.


My Thoughts


Mallory and Connor Duncan have not even been married a year, but their marriage seems headed for divorce.  But then circumstances force the two together on a trip of  a lifetime along with a 11-year-old boy named Judah.    Imagine traveling in a tear-drop trailer that really only fits two people, but there are three people who need to sleep.  They are taking this trip because Connor and his partner in a marketing firm represent RoadRave, the company making the camper.  The partner Nathan (and Judah’s uncle) unexpectedly gets summoned for jury duty, so Mallory and Connor plan to take the trip together before going in their own directions.  Connor feels he has a certain death sentence for his health and refuses to make Mallory go through the trauma of losing of watching him die.  On top of it, they agree to become temporary foster parents for the 11-year-old and agree to take him with them. The book is down-to-earth and easy to read.  I had a hard time putting it down.  I really loved all the adventures they had while traveling, including having only twenty dollars a day to feed the three of them.

One of my favorite parts of this book comes from the incredible people they meet along the journey.  From the older gentleman whom Judah believed was keeping the ashes of his dead wife on his fireplace mantle.  Instead they discover the ashes from cookies she had burnt on the numerous times she cooked them.

Another favorite part of mine was when they met the large family with the restaraunt and Mallory ended up helping deliver her baby because there was no time to get to the hospital.  I love how the family worked together and demonstrated their love for each other.

I also loved how they wound up in a tiny house community and ultimately found their way back to each other, while Judah stayed with a man and his father after Connor broke his leg.  All of the people, the three ran across in their adventures caused Connor to reunite with his parents and helped him realize he wanted to stay with Mallory.

Because of my own difficult relationship with my own father, I could appreciate Connor”s dilemma in dealing with his father.  Because I do not know whether my own father is dead or alive, I was glad Connor had the opportunity to make peace with his father.  Both Mallory and Connor come to the realization of what is important and where their focus needs to be.  I love how they are able to set aside their difficulties and focus on the future.

So if you are looking for a book with a grand adventure, check out Miles from Where We Strarted for yourself.

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31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith – Day 31

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So today is the final day of my series – 31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith.  I have enjoyed bringing you these Scriptures for the last month.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the Scriptures.  Today’s passage is from the book of Philemon.  This passage incorporates both faith and love.

31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy, and Faith- Day 31

If you would like to see all my posts in this series, click here.