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Monday, June 25, 2012

Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

When professional ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career ending injury at age thirty eight, she leaves her Boston-based company and home and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha's injuries limit her as much as her mother's death haunts her. Concluding she cannot recover on her own, she reluctantly hires a temporary live-in aide.
Enter the super capable Evelyn Burt. As large boned as Sasha is delicate, Evelyn is her employer's opposite in every way. To top it all off, nineteen year old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shining opportunity.

Evelyn soon discovers, however, that Sasha needs to heal more than simply 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 when it is performed out of love.

Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich was an excellent novel, filled with bonding moments and life changing realizations. The plot line flowed smoothly and easily transitioned from past memories to present situations. The change in point of views from Sasha, Evelyn, and Donald were clear and helped the reader understand the full unfolding situation. There were not any huge twists or mysteries in the story, but it was extremely well written and kept the reader tied to the novel to see what would happen to Sasha and Evelyn.

The characters were well developed, complex and enjoyable to read about. Sasha started as a prickly and depressed woman, but as she began to process her injuries, her life, and her role in the world with Evelyn's help, she transformed into a woman capable of love, kindness, and following after God. Evelyn was a hilarious and truly enjoyable character. She was somewhat eccentric as well as bold, rash, and unafraid to speak her mind. Her growth through caring for Sasha and issues with her fiance was inspiring and her return to her parents and their love was wonderful to see. Donald was less developed as the two primary women in the novel, but his characteristics were still clear. He was a man unafraid to show his emotions and incredibly patient in his love and wait for Sasha.

Overall, I truly enjoyed Finding Our Way Home with its complex and beautiful characters and interesting plot line. I would highly recommend this book to anyone needing an incredible read filled with the bond of love, growth through hard times, and relying on God when all else fails.

I received this novel for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.

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