A Black Cat Book Review
Finding Our Way Home
Charlene Ann Baumbich
Evelyn Burt is young and in love. She has put off going away to college to stay in her hometown to be near the one she loves. Sasha Davis is not as young and in love. She has returned to her hometown to hide from the one she loves. The two women are in the same town, right where they need to be, to learn about loving.
Sasha is a ballerina whose career has been cut short by a devastating accident. The accident not only injured her physically but brought about a depression that threatens to destroy what is most important to her. She thinks dance is what is most important but while her body is healing so is her broken heart. With healing she will learn the truth of what is important.
Evelyn wants to be independent to show her parents that the choices she is making are the right ones. She goes to work for Sasha as a live-in aide and assistant. Her youthful exuberance and innocence try Sasha’s patience but also open Sasha’s eyes to what her depression has not let her see. And Evelyn learns, from Sasha’s experience, that right choices are not always forever choices; often they are just steps to better ones.
What starts out as a business relationship, employer and employee, becomes much more. Evelyn and Sasha learn that their strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. Evelyn’s determined take charge impulsiveness gets Sasha moving again and Sasha’s quiet acceptance of life’s challenges gives Evelyn new perspective and direction.
As their friendship blossoms so does their faith; Evelyn’s faith is affirmed and Sasha’s is renewed as they find their way to where home really is.
Baumbich writes a sweet and affirming story about the friendship of women. The need we have to share our lives with one another, our worth as women at any age, how we comfort and encourage each other through the good and not so good of life. She reminded me that young women need the perspective of older women to see beyond today and older women need the energy of the younger to leave the past.
If you are at a point where you are thinking that maybe friendship is not worth the work it sometimes takes–read this book!