A testament to friendship, lasting marriage and, above all, grace, Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich follows the lives of two women as they struggle with life’s major ups and downs. While ex-ballerina Sasha David suffers the effects of a career-ending accident, her caretaker assistant Evelyn Burt struggles with the temptation to fall into lust in her relationship with her fiancé. Evelyn has skipped out on college for the time being. Hoping to marry in two years, or sooner, she keeps a positive outlook on life; this is the complete opposite of Sasha, who deals with depression and is afraid to confront old friends, including her husband, Donald. As Evelyn and Sasha form an unlikely friendship, they gradually learn to trust each other with their secrets and both find God’s grace in their lives.
Readers may take a while to find their way home. Baumbich’s book is no page-turner. But its slower pace is quaint and fits the small town setting of the book, as well as the long journey characters take to recovery and grace. That journey ushers readers down a delightful road as Sasha and Evelyn find new visions for their future. While the plot may remind readers of other books or movies, they won’t be disappointed with the relatable characters, small surprises, and strong message of redemption. Christian themes are robust throughout the book. Baumbich never mentions Jesus, but her characters often pray or speak of God and grace. As Paul writes of God in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My [God’s] grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Baumbich makes grace the theme in Finding Our Way Home, and, in many ways, readers will equate grace with home and will find a bit of grace of their own. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The road home can be daunting—and sometimes it takes a very capable girl on a bicycle to help find the way.
When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries restrict her movement and her recently deceased mother’s absence haunts her. Since she can’t recover alone, she is forced to hire a temporary live-in aide.
Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is tiny, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing warmth to Sasha’s aloof iciness, and idealistic where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity.
Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even the smallest act done in the name of love. Finding Our Way Home is a story of second chances and lavish grace.