I had listened to the Dearest Dorothy series on audio books (great to put them on my mp3 player!) and loved them. I read the quote by author, Cassandra King, about Stray Affections and thought yeah, right, a novel is going to change my life! Was I ever wrong! The book definitely helped me with issues I have been dealing with all my life. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Charlene Baumbich is my favorite author, because she has helped me to extend grace to myself and others. Also, the stories were entertaining, endearing, and ALWAYS left me wanting more! What a blessing God is bestowing through her writings.
This book looks like it contains a very simplistic story. I caution potential readers, do NOT let that fool you. Cassandra, Betty, and the supporting cast are all deep, well-drawn, realistic characters, and their interactions are incredible. Charlene Baumbich did a great job of presenting both sides of the "Bad Betty" story, so that instead of seeing the typical abused girl with a horrible mother, we as readers get to see inside both their experiences with personal pain, and watch them truly heal. The snowglobe motif, and its spiritual implications, are both fascinating--you know, with unbelievable clarity, that Jesus' fingerprints are all over this incident in Cassandra's life. Some small bits of the plot felt coincidental and "too happy," but on the other hand, these are indeed small flaws in a great book. This one gets a hearty recommendation--I can't wait for more!
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness. Let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice, Charlene starts her book out quoting Psalm 51:6-8 and begins to bring some of that scripture to life inside the pages of this book.This story is nestled in the middle of a quaint town where you discover friends and their families youll just adore. I loved how Carlene shows the funny, honest and serious side of family relationships and how they can work together. I believe its only by the grace of God that we can bloom and grow where we are planted. It takes courage to face your fears and let God have his way in your life, and in the lives of the people you are in relationship with.The main character Cassandra heads out to a Collectors Convention alone. Her best friend Margaret cancels at the last minute. Her husband Ken encourages her to go anyway. Hes got the kids, she needs take a break from lifes routine; go out and have fun. Little did she know how that little trip would change her life? Are we ever ready for when God intercedes on our behalf to put us on the path He would have us be on? Letting go and letting God be in control is not something any of us feel comfortable doing. Cassandra soon learns this on her trip.Will Ken and Cassandra trust God to work all things out for His glory and their good? Youll want to read this story and join in the mystery and fun as the author weaves a tale of healing, unconditional love, and second chances. Youll want to read Charlene Ann Baumbichs Dearest Dorothy series, with quirky, close-knot Midwestern small-town feel characters youll grow fond of just like the ones in this book. Thanks to publisher for a review copy of this book.Finding Hope Through Fictionwww.psalm516.blogspot.com
In the beginning I moved slowly through Stray Affections, but by the third chapter, I was in deep! This is not to say that the book moved slowly, it was just how it began to build for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Stray Affections. Cassie seemed like wonder woman to me. I couldn't quite understand why she didn't give herself the credit that she deserved, but then I realized it is the power of the way you are raised. The words of the mouth have a strong impact on a child. Well actually they have a strong impact on an adult as well. :)The story flowed well with me enjoying each character as I got to know them through the story. It was a mildly funny and touching story that was seriously charming. The author has a way of bringing up difficult issues but doing so with care, grace and softness. Each item was handled appropriately but truthfully which is not easy to do.I am very interested in Charlene Ann Braumbich's Dearest Dorothy series as well. I haven't picked one up yet, but I really appreciate her characterizations.