Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: Finding Our Way Home by Baumbich

This is a great novel. Ms. Sasha Davis is a world class ballerina.... who has been reduced to the role of hermetic invalid after a tragic fall. Evelyn Burt is her cheerful, capable nineteen year old live-in assistant, who is newly engaged and has left home for the first time.This book takes you through a journey of healing, friendship and humbling ones self.

I really enjoyed it.I feel like I know people like both Sasha and Evelyn. I thought the ballet portions were extremely realistic and was surprised afterwards to read in the author's note that Baumbich had known nothing about ballet before this book. The women aren't the only realistic characters. I thought both of their love stories were realistic and engaging.

One odd element was "Our Lady of Dance", an antique snowglobe treasured by Ms. Davis. It was in line with lots of literary symbols and was fine. I just thought in a Christian book the kind of guidance lent by this snowglobe to Sasha's character would probably be better coming directly from God. That's not to say God doesn't play a part in the novel, because He does, but the snowglobe has a large role. (I just noticed this is a "Snowglobe Connections" novel, so I suppose it must be a device to connect this with other novels. That's fine, but it was still strange.)

This book definitely gets my recommendation. I enjoyed it and had a good time reading it. Baumbich's characters are excellent!

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.

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