Stray Affections, Snowglobe Connections Series #1   -     By: Charlene Ann Baumbich
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Stray Affections, Snowglobe Connections Series #1

WaterBrook Press / 2009 / Paperback

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The last thing Cassie Higgins expects at the convention is to wrestle a fellow collector for a mesmerizing snowglobe! It brings back memories of her grandpa, a stray dog she rescued as a child, and her mother, "Bad Betty." But one "flurrious" moment with the antique and her family will never be the same again! 304 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307444716
ISBN-13: 9780307444714
Availability: In Stock
Series: Snowglobe Connections

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Publisher's Description

The last thing that Cassandra Higgins expects out of her Sunday is to be mesmerized at a collectors’ convention by a snowglobe. She’s enjoying some mommy time, with husband Ken at home tending their brood of four young boys, when she’s utterly charmed by the one-of-a kind globe containing figures of three dogs and a little girl with hair the color of her own. She can’t resist taking the unique globe home– even if means wrestling another shopper for it!

The beautiful snowglobe sparks long-dormant memories for Cassie, of her beloved Grandpa Wonky, the stray she rescued as a child, and the painful roots of her combative relationship with her mother, “Bad Betty” Kamrowski. Life in Wanonishaw, Minnesota is never dull, though, and Cassie keeps the recollections at bay, busy balancing her boys, her home daycare operation, and being a good friend to best pal Margret. But after a strange–flurrious, as Cassie deems it–moment happens with the remarkable snowglobe, Cassie and the people she loves are swirled into a tumultuous, yet grace-filled, and life-changing journey.

With the quirky, close-knit Midwestern small-town feel that made Charlene Ann Baumbich’s acclaimed Dearest Dorothy novels so popular, Stray Affections invites you to experience the laughter and the healing of second chances.

Author Bio

Charlene Ann Baumbich is a popular author and speaker and an award-winning journalist. In addition to her Dearest Dorothy series of novels, she has written six nonfiction books of humor and inspiration. A bungee-jumping, once motorcycle-owning grandma and unabashed dog lover, Charlene lives with her husband and rescued dog Kornflake in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She loves telling stories, laughing whenever possible, and considers herself a Wild Child of God.

Endorsements

“Charlene Ann Baumbich takes us to a town populated with characters so delightfully quirky they must be real and shows us the power of love and forgiveness. Even the tiniest miracle is still a gift from God.” — Joan Medlicott, author of The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love, first in the nine book Covington Series

“Do you believe in mystery? After reading Stray Affections, you will understand that the Almighty works in mysterious ways! Charlene Ann Baumbich creates mystical meaning from a snow globe, canine friends, and an intriguing cast of characters. A real treat.” — Angela Hunt, author of Doesn’t She Look Natural

“A tender story by a writer who understands the magic of second chances and the redeeming power of unconditional love.” — Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of Tending Roses and Word Gets Around

“Through a handful of wonderfully imperfect and vulnerable characters, some unforgettable four-legged companions, and one extraordinary treasure – a simple snowglobe – Charlene Ann Baumbich unfolds a story that shows us the strength of hope and faith, of forgiveness and acceptance, and above all else, the resilience of the human spirit. Stray Affections is a heart-warming, delightful read.” — Gail Fraser, author of The Lumby Lines, Stealing Lumby, and Lumby’s Bounty

“Stray Affections is a story so joyous and so magical that it should come with a warning label: Do not pick up this book unless you, like Cassie and the unforgettable characters who are part of her world, are prepared for a journey that will change your life!” — Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife

Publisher's Weekly

Inspirational novelist Baumbich (Dearest Dorothy series) presents readers with a lovely story of forgiveness, restoration and a dash of hopeful whimsy thrown in for pure pleasure. Baumbich, whose nonfiction is frequently self-deprecating and thoroughly comedic, offers her fiction fans a tale that is “flurrious” with the unexpected and unimagined as Cassandra Higgins, mom to four young boys and day-care provider, sets upon a course of self-discovery after purchasing a snow globe. Cassandra, whose father committed suicide and whose mother barely, and bitterly so, continues to face life one day at a time, revisits her childhood pain as she gazes into this glass globe containing three dogs and a girl resembling herself. This young mother realizes that even with a loving husband, children and a life absent of any major catastrophe, the past continues to wield a mighty force that shapes present-day attitudes and lingering emotional afflictions. Baumbich reaches deep into the heart’s recesses, but does so with the precision of the most skilled emotional physician. For that, her readers will feel nothing but gratitude. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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Praise for
Stray Affections

Stray Affections is a story so joyous and so magical that it should come with a warning label: Do not pick up this book unless you, like Cassie and the unforgettable characters who are part of her world, are prepared for a journey that will change your life!”
–Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife

“Charlene Ann Baumbich takes us to a town populated with characters–so delightfully quirky they must be real–and illustrates the power of love and forgiveness. Even the tiniest miracle is still a gift from God.”
–Joan Medlicott, author of nine Ladies of Covington novels

“Do you believe in mystery? After reading Stray Affections, you will understand that the Almighty works in mysterious ways! Charlene Ann Baumbich creates mystical meaning from a snow globe, canine friends, and an intriguing cast of characters. A real treat.”
–Angela Hunt, author of Doesn’t She Look Natural

“A tender story by a writer who understands the magic of second chances and the redeeming power of unconditional love.”
–Lisa Wingate, author of Tending Roses and Word Gets Around

“Through a handful of wonderfully imperfect characters, some unforgettable four-legged companions, and one extraordinary treasure–a simple snowglobe–Charlene Ann Baumbich unfolds a story showing the strength of hope and faith, of forgiveness and acceptance, and above all else, the resilience of the human spirit. Stray Affections is a heart-warming, delightful read.”
–Gail Fraser, author of The Lumby Lines, Stealing Lumby, and Lumby’s Bounty

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