Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Review: Finding Our Way Home

Book Details
Title: Finding Our Way Home
Author: Charlene Ann Baumbich
2012, Waterbrook Press
ISBN: 978-0-307-44473-8
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction

Book Summary:
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 uber-capable 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.

My Review:
This was such a sweet story! I loved the characters of Sasha and Evelyn who were complete opposites, but needed each other so much. I used to dance ballet and loved the references to dance and felt that the author (although she confesses she knew nothing about ballet before starting this book) did an awesome job of portraying the world of dance. 
Sasha is bitter, angry and depressed. Her dance career is over and she has left everyone she loved behind and moved home. She even shuts out her husband of over 10 years - also a dancer in the Boston dance company.
Evelyn is newly engaged to the town bad boy (although of course she doesn't see him that way) and has declined numerous letters of acceptance to colleges to stay in her small town and find her own way. She starts a business doing odd jobs which is how she comes across Sasha. Amazingly, Evelyn is able to put up the the cranky ex-dancer and help her to heal.
Meanwhile, things with Evelyn's personal life start to unravel. Relations with her parents is on the rocks and she's not sure what to think of her engagement. A healing Sasha helps to guide Evelyn through some trials.
Throughout the story we are reminded that grace heals all and covers all. This is a lovely story of grace and much healing through trials, friendship and even love. Not only does our Heavenly Father grant us grace, but also those who love us.
I would definitely recommend picking up this book - very good.

Thanks to Waterbrook Press for the opportunity to review this book.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine. 

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