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Song of Silence wins 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award

Romantic Times (RT) recently announced its 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti won in the Inspirational category. The award ceremony took place at the RT Booklovers Convention on May 4 in Atlanta. These awards honor the best romance books of the previous year, and winners are selected by over fifty reviewers from the RT staff. For a complete list of winning titles, please click here.

Author Cynthia Ruchti said it was an honor to represent Abingdon Press at the award ceremony in Atlanta.

“Who would have thought a novel with a 56 year old heroine and a 62 year old hero would have found this kind of recognition? I’m grateful to Abingdon Press for inviting me to tell the story, to the readers and reviewers who turned the pages and walked beside the characters, and to the Author of hope.” 

Song of Silence (Abingdon Press; ISBN 9781426791499; $14.99)

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 16 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin. Visit her online at

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