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

About the Book

  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 the ways 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 Christian 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.

Releases September 21, 2021 from Kregel.


About the Authors

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope through novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and speaking events. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a frequent speaker at writers conferences across the country. Find out more at

Becky Melby is an author and speaker, with more than twenty books to her name, including four cozy mysteries for Guideposts’ Secrets of Wayfarers Inn series. Find out more at

Both make their homes in the heart of Wisconsin with their respective retired spouses, and are longtime best friends.

My Review of Spouse in the House:

Spouse in the House is the first nonfiction book I’ve read by Cynthia Ruchti and first book, ever, by Becky Melby. I loved how they said almost from the beginning this book isn’t for all spouses who find themselves together 24/7. Some spouses have little challenge with the shift from being apart to being together all the time, but this book is for those who are finding the adjustment challenging.

I work from home and am used to many interruptions from children, animals, etc. When we find my husband home more often than usual, I enjoy knowing he’s around and we have built a good work/together balance. However, I loved this book because not ever marriage finds lots of togetherness as enjoyable as we do.

This book is as much about retirement and blending two lives together all the time as it is about communication, mutual respect, and a host of other skills that only enhance one’s marriage. It’s a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed all the wisdom these women shared.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Audra Jennings and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are strictly my own.

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