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Not the animal lover September 11, 2009

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 1:47 am
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Most people who know me realize that although I love, love, love children…I am simply not an animal person.  I just finished reading the book Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich.  It is all about a woman, Cassandra, who is quite the tender-hearted  animal lover.  I quite frankly was pretty sure that I would not be able to relate with this character at all, but then I found out that she is also the mother of 4 small boys.  So I decided to give it a try.

What a delightful book!  People that love animals, particularly dogs, will REALLY love this book.  However someone like me will enjoy the characters, the twists and turns of the story and particularly the themes of grace and forgiveness woven throughout this sweet novel.  I am hoping the story will continue in a book 2 because I truly fell in love with Cassandra, Ken and their little brood of boys.

I have included the summary and author bio info below.  You can purchase this book online or at a local bookseller near you.  Give it a whirl because it was an easy but fun read!

Book: Stray Affections

Author: Charlene Ann Baumbich


In Stray Affections, the last thing that Cassandra expects out of her Sunday is to be mesmerized at a collectors’ convention by a snowglobe. She’s enjoying some shopping time, with husband Ken at home tending their brood of four young boys, when she’s utterly charmed by the one-of-a kind globe containing figures of three dogs and a little girl with hair the color of her own. She can’t resist taking the unique globe home—even if means wrestling another shopper for it!

The beautiful snowglobe sparks long-dormant memories for Cassie, of her beloved Grandpa Wonky, the stray she rescued as a child and the painful roots of her combative relationship with her mother, “Bad Betty” Kamrowski. Life in Wanonishaw, Minnesota is never dull, though, and Cassie keeps the recollections at bay, busy balancing her boys, her home daycare operation, and being a good friend to best pal Margret. But after a strange—flurrious, as Cassie deems it—moment happens with the remarkable snowglobe, Cassie and the people she loves are swirled into a tumultuous, yet grace-filled, and life-changing journey.

“As a believer, I know the power of forgiveness and new beginnings, and of a God, and family and friends, who love me the way I am,” Charlene Ann Baumbich says.  “The heartbeat of change flows through those wonderful gifts.”

With the quirky, close-knit Midwestern small-town feel that made Charlene Ann Baumbich’s acclaimed Dearest Dorothy novels so popular, Stray Affections invites readers to experience the laughter and the healing of second chances.

Cover art:

Stray Affections

Author Bio:

Charlene Ann Baumbich is a popular author and speaker and an award-winning journalist. In addition to her Dearest Dorothy series of novels, she has written seven nonfiction books of humor and inspiration. A bungee-jumping, once motorcycle-owning grandma and unabashed dog lover, Charlene lives with her husband and rescued dog Kornflake in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She loves telling stories, laughing whenever possible, and considers herself a Wild Child of God.


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