About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Spouse in the House by Cynthia Ruchti & Becky Melby: Review & Giveaway with Read with Audra



A frank and funny look at what to do when together is too close

Two’s company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens when—due to retirement, working from home, or even running a business together—spouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners coexist without co-exhausting each other?
Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes. They dig into what God’s Word has to say, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.
For any couple who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for all—not just themselves—and who wants to know they aren't alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable, charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.
Click here to read an excerpt from Spouse in the House. 



We often hear of wives who have a hard time adjusting when their husbands retire and are home all of the time. but this book certainly isn't just for couples of retirement age. After living through a pandemic, and experiencing, for many months, 'home together, all of the time', this is a book that we all can relate to. Authors Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby have joined together, with the aid of several other women, to offer us a 'how-to' on the subject of togetherness, and they've even asked their own spouses, Ruchti's 'Wonderhubby' and Melby's 'Dr. Snuggles', to add their male perspective to the mix!

'Most of us, no matter how old we are when we marry, are woefully clueless about the many layers hidden between "for better, for worse", and "as long as you both shall live."'

Spouse in the House takes a realistic look at this new stage of existence, when couples are together all of the time, and suggests ways to adjust to this togetherness. Along with the mentions of problems and struggles, there are also many nuggets of wisdom and inspiration. Encouragement is freely given, God's Word is abundantly shared, and humor makes it a joy to read. This book is a wonderful resource that you will want to share with others!

I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publishing but there was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events, retreats, writers’ conferences, and workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.”

Ruchti’s more than thirty books have garnered reader, retailer, reviewer, and other industry awards. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a founding board member of the Deliver Hope ministry and is part of the worship team at her church. She’s also a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management.

Ruchti and her husband, Bill, live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.

Learn more about Cynthia Ruchti and her writing at cynthiaruchti.com or by following her on Facebook (@CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage)Instagram (@cynthiaruchtiauthor), and Twitter (@cynthiaruchti).

Becky Melby has authored more than twenty novels and novellas. Spouse in the House is her first non-fiction book release.
The Melbys have four sons and fifteen grandchildren and make their home in southeastern Wisconsin. When not writing or spoiling grandchildren, she may be found touring the country with Bill in their camper or on their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.
Find out more about Becky Melby’s books at beckymelby.com or follow her on Facebook (becky.melby.9) and Instagram (@beckymelbybooks). She also shares short blog posts each Friday on the Fill My Cup, Lord
 page on Facebook.


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