Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
2.5 Llamas


So…this book got 2.5 Llamas because it was soooooooooooo sad! I mean, it was good, just sad. There is a lot of really depressing moments in the book that I was not expecting. The book was sent to me by Baker Book House, so I am giving my honest review.

The book was about a women who is going through a really difficult time. Her husband went to Africa 3 years ago and she is just trying to keep her family together, while he is gone. But when tragedy after tragedy strikes; will she be able to piece her family back together and keep her faith in God?

I did semi enjoy the book; however… IT WAS SUPER SAD!!! I won’t spoil anything, BUT there is mention of suicide, overdose, drowning, grief, depression, DEATH…  But there also mention of hope, support in times of troubles, and love that overcomes anything. So I guess it’s half and half. Mostly good, with hints of super sad parts. (I would say this book is 16 and up. Just because of the sad parts and all…)

Over all, I really wouldn’t suggest this book to teens… It is a super sad book for adults and I do think some people would enjoy it more than others. But only if you REALLY like a sad read. -The Young Llama Reader.


  • It ended happy?


  • This was a very, VERY sad story…..

While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she’s supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.

Then Liam’s three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.

With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won’t soon forget.

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