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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

 Read with Audra Blog Tour: Spouse in the House by Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby

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.

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 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 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. 

I thought this book was very timely for many of us. As our lives have changed due to economy and a virus some people find themselves at home with their spouse twenty-four hours a day.  My husband retired last year so we have spent more together than ever. I enjoy being with him, but sometimes we need our own space.  

The authors do a great job of giving us practical tips while sharing fun stories to help us cope with the changes in our lives. It is easy to forget about your spouse when you are use to being at home alone. In this book, we hear great advice and I especially liked reading what their husbands thoughts were. 

The book has helped me adjust a bit more to being with my husband day and night but I sure wouldn’t trade those days for anything. We all have our ups and downs, but the book reminds us to work together and find humor when possible. What a great gift this would make for couples to read together as they enter into a new season in their marriage. 

I received a copy of this book from Read With Audra Blogging Tour. The review is my own opinion.


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