Sunday, March 18, 2012

Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

What a sweet, enjoyable book! This book, Finding Our Way Home focuses on two individuals, Sasha--a famous ballet dancer forced into early retirement by a tragic injury and heart irregularity, and Evelyn--a 19 year old girl just out of high school and looking to fulfill her dreams for the future.

I do not want to go into much detail, because I'm hoping you will read the story yourself! I will say that it is a very nice book, very clean book, and very enjoyable to read! The two main characters have very strong personalities and each of their lives are involved in quite a bit of drama. From boyfriend/fiancee/husband issues, to parental relationship issues, to issues of depression and physical accomplishment, many different conflicts come into play in this book. They are all dealt with ultimately through Evelyn's word, "Grace".

Though the book is published by a Christian publisher, it does not seem at all like a "Christian" book to me. It doesn't really address God or His moving in their lives, though they do focus on "Grace" (but it seems to be more of a grace received from people rather than from God). It also includes a little ongoing story line about a kind of mystical snowglobe which gives a taste of superstition.

I liked the book, it was a gentle nice read, not objectionable to me (other than a little uncomfortable due to the kind of magical qualities attributed to the snowglobe). The characters seemed real and easy to identify with. Best of all, it had a happy ending :) which is what I like to see in fiction! Yes, I know that real life is not full of happy endings, but hey, when I'm reading fiction, that's what I like to see! :)

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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