Title: Finding Our Way Home
Author: Charlene Ann Baumbich
Review: I enjoyed this story of two women finding their way back to what they had lost. Young or old we all have things we have done or haven’t done that we regret. I think as we age the things we haven’t done pick at us more than the things we have done. What would happen if you couldn’t do something you loved? Something that was your way of living, literally and monetarily? Well you never really know what tomorrow holds and this is a sweet tale of getting back to normal, from a tragedy that changed everything, at least back to the ‘new normal’.
Grace is a huge reason for the changes in these women’s lives and I think we all need to remember that it is Grace that helps us in every way every day. If you enjoy sweet stories about friendship building, getting back to those you love and recovery of self, you will enjoy this book. This book is Christian Fiction, in the way that God is present in all of our lives but not overly religious at all. Happiness, friendship and love pop-up in places we would expect. This book made me appreciate what I have, warts and all.
Life throws us curves all the time. A favorite quote of mine is, “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” I don’t know who said it, except the friend of mine who likes to quote it constantly. Get out there and enjoy what you have, don’t constantly whine about what is missing in your life. Instead of whining, learn to love what you have been given and if you want more than set a goal and work for it. No one deserves anything in this world unless they work for it. And when you work for something you always enjoy it more anyway. Life is what you make of it. Make it memorable.
Publisher: Published March 13th 2012 by The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Sent by the Blogging for Books for review.
Synopsis: When the road home becomes daunting—sometimes a very capable girl on a bicycle can help find the way.
“Charming, surprising, familiar, and just downright wonderful.”
—Allie Pleiter, author of Yukon Wedding and Bluegrass Blessings
When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries limit her as much as her mother’s recent death haunts her. Concluding she can’t recover alone, Sasha reluctantly hires a temporary live-in aide.
Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is delicate, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing to Sasha’s iciness, and undaunted where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity.
Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even the smallest act done in the name of love. Finding Our Way Home is a story of second chances and lavish grace.
Author Biography: Author, Speaker, Humorist. Sixteen books under her belt (including the Dearest Dorothy series and the Snowglobe Connections series), Charlene is still going strong, finding writing more enjoyable than ever. Visit her website at www.charleneannbaumbich.com for more information."
What she is most excited about for 2012 is the release of FINDING OUR WAY HOME. She says she learned more from her characters in this book than any other she's written. "It's awesome when my characters bless me." Like Evelyn is fond of saying, "Grace, Amen."