Finding Our Way Home
by Charlene Ann Baumbich
I received an advance reading copy from WaterBrook Press, but the book I received did not look like the book to your right; the one with the light blue background…no, the one I received had a pretty pink background and although it’s not really part of the story, my personal taste leans more towards the pink cover than the blue. After searching the web for a pink cover (to show you the difference), I finally found one and I will post it at the end of my review for you to see. I’m using the blue as the main photo since it’s the one that I is showcased on the publisher’s website and so it must be the one they decided to print.
Finding Our Way Home takes place in a small town in Wanonishaw, Minnesota where Sasha Davis, a well known and exalted ballerina, has decided to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Her career came to a crashing end when she suffered an injury during one of her performances. To make matters worse, the injury happened when she was dancing with her partner and husband, Donald Major. Although she is aware of Donald’s innocence in the accident, she still can’t bear to have him see her in such a state; mostly when his career is still going strong, and so she separates herself from him. Her only helper in recovering is the new aide she has hired, Evelyn. Evelyn is a young nineteen year old whose positive attitude becomes a major encouragement to Sasha. As their friendship grows, Sasha discovers that life is more than ballet but after all she has put her husband through, will he even talk to her again?
Although I liked the overall message of this book, I wasn’t drawn into the story as much as I would of liked. I think part of the reason was the characters. I never really connected with them or their story and as much as I wanted to be part of their world and experiences, I never truly was. Somehow they just never fully engaged me or felt real enough which made the 300+ pages seem to long for the story being shared. As for the lessons in the book; overcoming obstacles, receiving and giving grace, trusting others, and learning to forgive – they were all woven into the story and are worthwhile practices we can all learn and grow from, but they were more told to the reader than discovered.
Since this book has a good moral fiber, I would recommend this book to any teenage reader or older. The story is geared towards women as the two main characters are women but there are also a few men mentioned in the book, although I would still categorize this as a woman’s read.
If you are interested in reading a preview before purchasing the book, you can view an excerpt on WaterBrook’s product page – Finding Our Way Home excerpt.
Now for the original cover art of the book. The book cover on the left is the cover seen on the reading copy I received. This is my preference from the blue one pictured above. I wish I had a larger copy to share so you can see more of the details, but there are a few subtle changes between the two – more than just the color. Maybe you prefer the blue?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”