When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died.and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance.if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby’s presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.



A 2011 CAROL AWARD finalist. ACFW’s Carol Award is among the most prestigious honors in Christian fiction.


Readers' Choice Finalist 2012Nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Inspirational Book of the Year 2011.


2011 Retailers’ Choice nominee.



“…a great premise…crisp dialogue…imagination and promise…”

– Publishers Weekly


“The highly original plot and stunning ending make Ruchti’s book hard to put down. Tender spiritual discoveries will assist readers with their own faith journeys. 4.5 stars!”

– Romantic Times


“A captivating picture of the depths of marriage, They Almost Always Come Home is part wilderness adventure, internal exploration, and relational journey. Ruchti’s ability to mingle anguish with humor and authenticity keeps the reader not only turning the pages, but enjoying them as they read.”

– Mary DeMuth, author of theDefiance Texas Trilogy, Zondervan


They Almost Always Come Home is a stunning debut novel by Cynthia Ruchti. Exquisitely written, the novel delves into a woman’s innermost feelings as she comes to grips with her own failings in her search for her missing husband. Highly recommended!”

– Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper’s Daughter and the Rock Harbor series


“More than a storyteller, Cynthia Ruchti is an artist. They Almost Always Come Home is a novel to be savored, to linger over and allow each phrase to swirl around your tongue. Clearly the author is a lover of the melody and texture of words. Each line is sculpted. The reader will delight in layers of dual-connotation and ribbons of sometimes startling humor in this story of Libby Holden’s search for her husband, herself, and hope.”

– Becky Melby, inspirational romance writer, co-author of nine Heartsong Presents novels


“From the first sentence to the last, Cynthia Ruchti’s They Almost Always Come Homeis a glimpse into the heart of a woman whose story I’ll not soon forget. Characters became friends as the story of Libby and Greg captured my heart and made this book impossible to put down until the last page was turned and the last tear shed.”

– Kathleen Y’Barbo, author of The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper


“Cynthia Ruchti has written one of those rare novels that will live in your heart forever. So achingly beautiful and stunningly written, it’s hard to believe this is her debut effort.”

– Deborah Raney, author of Almost Forever and Beneath a Southern Sky


“A tenderly wrought tale of two sojourning souls in search of hope, renewal and assurance. Thoughtful and poignant from the first page to the last.”

– Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy