Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing, not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer, is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?
Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti was a perfect addition to my holiday reading this year, and because it’s a novella, it’s one of those stories you can read it in between shopping trips, or while you’re in line getting that perfect gift for someone!
I’m one of those people who love the home renovation shows and the characters in Restoring Christmas were similar to the ones I love in “real life”, so I loved the storyline and the characters here. It was such an amazing story of not only restoring a home, but also restoring your soul. Readers are reminded that God can do amazing things in our life.
This is a story of characters who are on very different paths in their life. With a little bit of faith and some friends, Alexis Blake, Gabe Langley and Elsie experience the ups and downs of life, and are able to make it through the other side. Restoring Christmas is a great read that gives readers hope, and I recommend it to everyone this holiday season!
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events, nonfiction books, and devotionals, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. She has a total of 18 books on the shelves, with more contracted. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
Cynthia spends her days diving into words, worship, and wonder and celebrating 44-plus years of marriage, three grown children, and five outrageously adorable grandchildren. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she served as the assistant director and a faculty member of the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference, the Green Lake Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff and faculty for the Write-to-Publish conference, WriteCanada, and teaches at other conferences as opportunities arise. She speaks frequently for women’s groups, at mother-daughter banquets, and for women’s refresher days and retreats. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and Creative Arts team. Rather than “busy,” she likes the term “active.”
You can connect with Cynthia Ruchti at her Official Website HERE!
What others are saying about Restoring Christmas:
♦ “Restoring Christmas is a tug at your heart, laugh-out-loud, wonderful read for Christmas!”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author
♦ “Restoring Christmas is filled with all the things you want in a Christmas story: charming characters, beautiful reminders of the best holiday traditions, and a plot that keeps the tension building all the way to the end, which is—like Christmas stories of old—filled with wonderful and satisfying surprises. Keep the tissues handy.”—Dan Walsh, best-selling author of The Unfinished Gift and Remembering Christmas
♦ Reading Restoring Christmas is like settling in with a plate of frosted cookies and a cup of hot tea on a snowy afternoon—perfectly satisfying. Get your Christmas fix today!”—Sarah Loudin Thomas, author of the Inspy Award-winning Miracle in a Dry Season
♦ Come in from the cold, wrap up in this tale, and sit back as your heart fills with hope right along with Alexis, Gabe, Elsie, and the Fieldstone House. A master builder of stories, Cynthia Ruchti has taken the splintered edges of life, gathered them close with grace, and using her trademark tools of symbolism and character, constructed a refuge of healing to find shelter in this season. Restoring Christmas glows warmth into the darkness of winter with soul-deep themes, heart-stealing sparks between characters, a thread of mystery to intrigue and inspire, and just as the title promises, the restoring joy of Christmas.” – Amanda Dykes
I was provided with a review copy of this book as a First Look Blogger for Worthy Publishing without cost in exchange for this, my honest review and unbiased opinion.