Finding Our Way Home     -     By: Charlene Baumbich
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Finding Our Way Home

WaterBrook Press / 2012 / Paperback

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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 restrict her movement and her recently deceased mother's absence haunts her. Since she can't recover alone, she is forced to hire a temporary live-in aide.

Enter the |bercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is tiny, Evelyn is her employer's opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha's urban chic, outgoing warmth to Sasha's aloof iciness, and idealistic where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307444732
ISBN-13: 9780307444738
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Series: Snowglobe Connections

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Publisher's Description

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 Bio

Charlene Ann Baumbich is the author of the Dearest Dorothy series, Stray Affections, and Divine Appointments, as well as several nonfiction books of humor and inspiration. She is also a popular speaker, an award-winning journalist, and lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Endorsements

"Fans of Jan Karon will adore Charlene Baumbich's warmth, wisdom, and inspiration." — SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, New York Times best-selling author of Call Me Irresistible

"An endearing read of gifts…unlikely friendships, perseverance of will, enduring love, and without pause, the ever present gift of grace…all discovered amidst life's most untimely hardships." — TRESA MOTT, The Next Chapter Book & Gift Boutique and Tresa Mott's School of Dance

"Descriptive passages of this story immerse one in a tender tale of hope and love. This touching story is a reminder to all of us that even the dark moments of our lives can be transformed through our own power and through true friendship." — KENNETH VON HEIDECKE, world-renowned choreographer

"The book is an enthralling read that made me both laugh and cry. I literally couldn’t put it down. I suspect you will feel the same way." — Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, reviewer Alma Bond

"A heartwarming story of how life's dance should always be done with partners—even when those partners are surprising ones. Charlene’s true-to-life characters find their way into your heart and stay there for a long time after the final chapter is done. You know them, love them, root for their happiness, and smile for hours when it comes. Charming, surprising, familiar, and just downright wonderful." — ALLIE PLEITER, author of Yukon Wedding and Bluegrass Blessings

"Charlene Baumbich does it again. She's written an unusual, charming, and touching story. Two unusual heroines—an awkward teenager and a wounded ballerina - find the true meaning of loving and being loved. I devoured this book. Loved every unique word!" - LYN COTE, author of La Belle Christiane

Publisher's Weekly

For her third novel in the Snowglobe Connections series, Baumbich (the Dearest Dorothy series) returns to smalltown Wanonishaw, Minn., where Sasha Davis retreats to her childhood home to recover when an injury ends her career as a prima ballerina. Shutting out her husband and dance partner, Donald, Sasha copes with pain and depression. Comfort comes from memories, a mystifying snow globe that her mother gave her at the beginning of her dance career, and from an unlikely source: her 19-year-old easy-going, upbeat personal assistant, Evelyn, who is working through some problems of her own. Small acts of kindness lead to unexpected, strong bonds of friendship between the two women in this gentle tale of grace, second chances, leaps of faith, and finding a way through difficult circumstances. Baumbich’s technique of telling the story from inside the head of each character creates sympathy for them despite their flaws, but proves tedious in propelling the plot because the reader is too long in the dark about why Sasha won’t see her husband, why he stays away for many months, and why Evelyn abandons dreams of college to become engaged against her parents’ wishes. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller. (Mar.)2012 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Finding Our Way Home

"Fans of Jan Karon will adore Charlene Baumbich’s warmth, wisdom, and inspiration."
—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times best-selling author of Call Me Irresistible

"An endearing read of gifts…unlikely friendships, perseverance of will, enduring love, and without pause, the ever present gift of grace…all discovered amidst life’s most untimely hardships."
—Tresa Mott, The Next Chapter Book & Gift Boutique and Tresa Mott’s School of Dance

"Descriptive passages of this story immerse one in a tender tale of hope and love. This touching story is a reminder to all of us that even the dark moments of our lives can be transformed through our own power and through true friendship."
—Kenneth von Heidecke, world-renowned choreographer

"The book is an enthralling read that made me both laugh and cry. I literally couldn’t put it down. I suspect you will feel the same way."
—Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, reviewer Alma Bond

"A heartwarming story of how life’s dance should always be done with partners—even when those partners are surprising ones. Charlene’s true-to-life characters find their way into your heart and stay there for a long time after the final chapter is done. You know them, love them, root for their happiness, and smile for hours when it comes. Charming, surprising, familiar, and just downright wonderful."
—Allie Pleiter, author of Yukon Wedding and Bluegrass Blessings

"Charlene Baumbich does it again. She’s written an unusual, charming, and touching story. Two unusual heroines—an awkward teenager and a wounded ballerina—find the true meaning of loving and being loved. I devoured this book. Loved every unique word!"
—Lyn Cote, author of La Belle Christiane

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  1. IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sometimes it's a long way home...
    June 30, 2013
    Bookie
    IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The concept of having to find your way home as an adult has many layers. Sasha Davis' life is centered around being and breathing ballet in Boston. Due to a major injury she must end her career and return to her childhood home where her mother has recently died. Where and what is home?? She has left her husband and life that she loved to return to what she had left behind long ago. Only now she is incapable of independence. In order to recuperate she must hire help which comes in the form of her opposite: Evelyn Burr. The two start off as polar opposites. Sasha fine and delicate, reserved and polished, and alone. While Evelyn is large boned, very outgoing and newly engaged. This warm and thoroughly grasps you by your heartstrings novel takes you on the journey of Sasha truly coming home and learning what home can be and is. And what a true friend can be in spite of first impressions. This novel is a must read You will find it one you will want to share with those kindred spirits in your life.
  2. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprisingly sweet read
    October 12, 2012
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have to admit, I wasn't overly excited about reading this book, at first. Initially, it took me a while to get to know the characters and be pulled into the novel. Once I began reading, I was immediately pulled in and wanted to know more and more about the characters.

    In Finding Our Way Home, we meet Sasha Davis a former ballerina that has had a terrible fall. The fall is so pronounced that it has left her unable to dance again. In the aftermath of the fall, Sasha becomes bitter and angry and she returns to her childhood home to "recover", cutting off friends and even her own husband.

    Reluctantly, she hires Evelyn, a young happy go lucky girl, to care for her and tend to her needs. Ironically, in all the ways that Sasha is a petite, quiet, ballerina, Evelyn is a boisterous, large, out-spoken girl. And it is the words that slip out of Evelyn's mouth, along with her kind heart, that eventually bring about nuggets of change in Sasha.

    Two very different people are brought together by God and learn what it means to walk alongside a friend. Together they learn what forgiveness and grace mean lived out.

    It was a tender story that was surprisingly sweet to read. You can go to this link to download the first chapter!
  3. rural NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Satisfying read!
    October 2, 2012
    homesteading
    rural NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sasha Davis, a retired principal ballerina in a Boston Dance Co., retreats to her deceased mother's home to recuperate from an injury that has ended her career. Her journey to healing and hope is a poignant one and touches on some deep emotional issues that many of us experience in life.

    Her young companion, Evelyn, is a real spitfire. She is outspoken to Sasha's reserved nature. Despite the two being total opposites in personality and size, they become friends and fulfill a role that each needs in the others life.

    I found this story quite touching. Sometimes we need someone that will push us just a little, at just the right moment, in just the right way to do and be more than we think we are capable of doing or being.

    Even though there are no big mysteries or super heart pounding moments in this story, it fully resonates with a spirit of love and compassion through giving and receiving with no expectation of anything in return. As Christ loved, we must also love.

    If you enjoy a well written and thought provoking story, then you will want to add Finding Our Way Home to your collection of satisfying reads!

    WaterBrook Multnomah provided a copy for review purposes. I was not required to writer a positive review, just my opinion of the book, which I have done. No compensation has been received. Reading guide can be downloaded from publishers website.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace, faith and hope abound in this moving story
    July 8, 2012
    LaTawnia Kintz
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book I have read by Charlene Baumbich and I have to say I was completely entertained from beginning to end. She is a wonderful writer with strong characters and an equally strong plot. She must have a great sense of humor because I found myself chuckling often over the antics of Evelyn. Charlene also has a strong faith in God because grace and faith was a central theme throughout the story.

    I found myself sighing with Sasha while she dealt with continuous pain during her healing process. I also emphatically felt the thrill and excitement of each leap and jump she completed in her dances as she replayed them in her mind.

    But the what I especially enjoyed was the relationship between Evelyn and Sasha. Watching it develop from an employee and employer relationship to one of deep friendship, was beautiful, hopeful and quite moving.

    Evelyn was not only Sasha's helper, she brought light and music back into Sasha's life. Sasha was not only Evelyn's boss, she brought stability into her life by providing a place to work and live.

    The two of them were almost as different as night and day, yet there was plenty of shared laughter, tears and shared secrets that made their relationship work.

    This e-book was made available for review through Blogging for Books. I am under no obligation to give a positive review.
  5. Union, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness, Friendship, and Love - Wonderful Read
    July 4, 2012
    CarliAlice
    Union, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a book about a renowned ballerina, Sasha Davis, who has essentially lost the only life she's ever known. In the midst of her hurt and anguish she moves back to her home town which she has hardly visited since her career set hold. Unable to care for herself she hires a local girl (Evelyn Burt), very much her opposite, to help care for her and the home. Evelyn is full of spunk and energy. Nothing sways her. As Sasha finds hope for a future, Evelyn's world starts falling apart. The two develop a friendship and start to help each other through.

    What can you say about a 300 plus page book that is so engaging you read it in one day? The book focused on forgiveness, friendship, and love, and had just the right amount of romance thrown in. The main characters, Sasha and Evelyn, are well thought out. Ms. Baumbich spares no detail, from thoughts, to scenery, to clothing it is all there. You can play every detail in your mind. If there could have been anything more, it would have been the addition of more religious detail. While you can see God playing a role in the characters lives it really wasn't a main element or theme.

    Regardless, I literally couldn't put the book down. I wanted to know Evelyn and Sasha. I wanted them to be my friends. It was as if I was feeling their emotions and I loved every minute of it!

    This book is a must read. I'm so thrilled that I had the opportunity to review it. The only time it will be missing from my bookshelf is when I read it again
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