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Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5September 7, 2009Christy LocksteinStray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich is a Snowglobe Connections novel, the first in a series. Cassandra Higgins has lived her entire life with a huge hole in her heart. Told by her grandfather that she would be the best veterinarian in Minnesota, she counted on that dream to make up for the way she felt she betrayed her childhood dog, Toby. But when she couldn't pass the classes, Cassie felt as though she failed Toby and God, so she settled for a life as a day care provider and mother of four rambunctious boys. She finds an unusual snowglobe with a little girl (whose hair matches Cassie's) holding three dogs. The purchase of the globe begins a chain reaction of events that shatters Cassie's peace of mind, upsets her relationship with her mother, and will end up changing their entire community. This unusual novel will keep readers guessing. Baumbich makes even the unsympathetic characters lovable. The power of the novel is in seeing how small seeds are planted and produce fruit through Burt's gentle affection and the mysterious snowglobe. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Dawn5 Stars Out Of 5August 31, 2009DawnI'm halfway through my Advanced Reader Copy and can't wait to finish this book! Baumbich's characters resonate with life as they deal with such issues as childhood neglect, infertility, parenting and friendship. In fact these characters have become so real to me that I found myself uttering a prayer for 'Bad Betty' this morning on my way to work! This story of mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and best friends will delight your spirit!