I had a hard time putting this book down. It’s one of those stories that really drew me in and made me forget that it’s a fictional tale. The journey these characters embark on – the spiritual one, especially – kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read. By the end, I found myself wishing I was on the road trip with them. 🙂

Mallory and Connor are both struggling with real fears. They’re not sure their love can withstand the obstacles in their way. They’re hurt and scared. A quirky road trip throws them together, along with an eleven-year-old foster child who is desperate to belong. God meets these three on the road with some unexpected blessings in various forms.

I couldn’t wait to see where their travels were going to take them next. I couldn’t wait to see if love and courage would indeed save their marriage. This contemporary story is full of heart and a deep call for faith in God during the unknown. It doesn’t hide the hardships. Instead, it points us to our Hope.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.


About the Book

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 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.

But as new challenges pop up around each bend, Mallory and Connor are surprised by the strengths they see in one another–and how they complement each other. Their first year of marriage hasn’t been the arm-in-arm togetherness they expected . . . but can they find a new beginning when the road ends?


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About the Author


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.