Monday, October 4, 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.

I was really intrigued by the concept of this book. I am not at a stage in life where I am with my spouse 24/7, but those days are not far away. Spouse in the House is co-authored by Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby. 

Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby have written a very timely book, as many in the past year have found themselves in the home with their spouses 24/7. Families have made several changes in the last year, with working from home vs, at the office. Also, many families have Home Businesses. Spending so much time together can be nerve wrecking, but it also can be a good thing for a marriage. Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby apply God's word to the concept of this book and encourage the reader on how to work together and don't let time spent with each other make dents in the marriage. 

I have to say this book is very practical for anyone who is desiring to know how to keep their marriage in check, especially when being with one another 24/7. Last summer my husband worked from home for about 5 months. While it was out of necessity, it was also a little crazed. We had to learn how to give each other a bit of space at times and be able to do our own thing at times. We have about 10yrs or so until we are 24/7 together, but some of the advice and tips given in this book could apply now for us, especially on weekends. Spouse in the House is a WONDERFUL book filled with Godly wisdom for couples looking to keep things peaceful during those retirement years and also work from home situations! 

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. 

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