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Saturday, finding friendship and home…

A Black Cat Book Review

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Finding Our Way Home

by

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!

Finding Our Way Home was sent to me free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.

8 thoughts on “Saturday, finding friendship and home…

  1. Thanks for that review. We all know that it takes time and energy to maintain friendships and I think that it is worth it.

    1. I agree, Judith. And with families far apart, and in my case, little family and none within hundreds of miles friends are my family. Friendships are valuable treasures worth the (sometimes) hard work to nurture them…

  2. I love your love of books and your reviews are so good. 🙂 I used to read more, but am struggling to get anything other than blogs read these days. haha! God has given me some new friends and it is so wonderful. 🙂 The extra work translates into extra joy.

  3. A wonderful review Patricia. A timely reminder not to take our good friends for granted. I’m so blessed to be part of a great group of friends who are always there for each other.

    1. I think it is too easy to take good friends for granted…like we deserve them and they will always be there. But in truth they are gifts of grace to be mindful of and thankful for.

  4. Another excellent review. Alas, since last fall, I haven’t had as much time to read. Busy with other things. This sounds like another great title to add to my staggering list.

    BTW, I love hollycat_thumb (monogram?)

    1. I really liked this book. I am so blessed with friends and this just resonated with the value of girlfriends.

      I don’t know where I found the dollycat image–somewhere on the www. It so reminds me of my Dolly who died just before Christmas–her picture is at the top–reading just like her Mama.

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