Monday, April 2, 2012
Review: Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich
Finding Our Way Home is a story of two women and their unlikely friendship. Sasha Davis a 38 year old principal ballerina suffers a career ending injury and returns to her childhood home in Minnesota to heal. Her physical and emotional injuries have taken a huge toll on her and she requires the help of a temporary live in aide. Evelyn Burt is the opposite of her employer. She is outgoing, happy, capable, and determined to conquer whatever life throws at her. Sasha and Evelyn's friendship begins to grow as Evelyn helps Sasha begin to heal. Evelyn soon finds out that she needs a friend in Sasha too.
I liked the story of an unlikely friendship growing between two women with completely different backgrounds and goals in their lives. I thought it was very sweet that they found that they weren't all that different after all and had a lot of common ground. The story as a whole disappointed me. Using the word "grace" a few times throughout a story does not in my eyes make it a "Christian Fiction." In fact there was more superstition and idol (snow globe) worship in this book than there was an out pouring of grace and faith. That was an area that could have and should have been better developed and resolved in a more satisfactory way. Also, Evelyn's whole story was not given enough of a completed ending. Throughout the whole book her story builds to an incident that we never find out the resolution to. The answer of, "some things are just not ours to know," was simply not good enough to me and I thin it really short changes the reader.
I received a complimentary copy of Finding Our Way Home for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.