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Book Review: Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

find our way home, charlene ann baumbich, ballet novel, ballet fictionI read the previous book in this series (Divine Appointments), so I was excited when I saw this one. It was nice to get a glimpse into a professional dancer’s life and what happens when they are hurt and have to leave the profession. I loved the characters and the differences in their personalities. Sasha (the dancer) is small and quiet; Evelyn is tall and loud, but they compliment each other nicely.

I have to say I liked the previous book better. I think the characters and story were more real somehow. But this was a nice read. It covered depression, bad relationships, stubbornness, and a lot of other things that we all go through. The author did a great job of showing how God can get us to change the way we see things. The book did tend to have a little superstition in it. I would have liked to see more Holy Spirit as opposed to a snow globe with powers. But there were aspects of God in the book. Evelyn brought God’s grace to light when Sasha really needed it.

For the most part, the book is well-written and enjoyable to read. Thank you Ms. Baumbich for another great book in this series.

Thank you to Water Brook Press for sending me this copy to review.

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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren

My Foolish Heart book review, susan may warren, deep haven, minnesota, lake superior, lake superior fiction, lake superior novelMy Foolish Heart is a fun book to read that goes deeper than most books that are centered around romance. The book deals with fears that can keep someone from living life like they should. It shows nicely how God can move someone beyond their fears to accomplish what they didn’t think possible.

One of the stories in the book involved a competition to see who would become the new high school football coach. Without giving anything away, I enjoyed how neither one was made to be the bad guy. They were both good guys, vying for the same position. I liked how it played out.

The end was tied up a little to neatly in my opinion. But I’m one who likes endings that are a little more realistic and leave some things undone, but giving the reader the idea that it’s moving in the right direction. Almost all of the characters, even some of the secondary characters, in the book experienced growth or heart-change throughout the book.That was a plus.

Overall, this was a great read. I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn’t reading the book. This is a really good author, and I’ll look for more of her titles to read. There are other books in this series that come before this one. I didn’t realize that when I picked up the book, but all of the background needed for this story was filled in nicely, so I wasn’t lost having not read the previous books

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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