Friday

Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich

Cassandra Higgins has decided to go to the Collectors’ Convention on her own this year since her best friend Margaret can't make. There she finds a snowglobe containing the figures of three dogs and a little girl. Although it is a bit on the expensive side, she decides that she must have it since it reminds her of when she was a young girl and one of the dogs resembles her own pet when she was young. She can’t resist purchasing this unique globe - even if means wrestling another shopper for it!

But after a strange– “flurrious” as Cassie deems it– moment happens with the remarkable snowglobe, through flashbacks Cassie is reminded of her beloved Grandpa Wonky, the stray she rescued as a child, and the painful roots of her relationship with her mother, “Bad Betty” Kamrowski.

This was a unique and very enjoyable story. Ms. Baumbich definitely has a talent for bringing small town and its inhabits to life. This is a story about relationships, about coming to terms with the past and making the best of the present, but mostly it's about healing. All the characters were well-written and even the more unsympathetic ones were likeable in the end. It did take me a while to get into it, but once I was in, I didn't put it down until I finished it. It was a bit on the predictable side but that still did not take away from the charm of it. This was a very light and quick read and although this is categorized as Christian Fiction, it was not preachy and can definitely be enjoyed by everyone.

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of Stray Affections to giveaway.

As allways, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment (extra entries for follwers, Twitter, sidebars, facebook, etc.).

Rules: This contest is open internationally. Winners will be drawn Friday, September 18.

61 comments:

Crystal said...

This looks really good, please enter me.

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Charlene Ann Baumbich said...

Dear Nely,

"This is a story about relationships, about coming to terms with the past and making the best of the present, but mostly it's about healing." I love that summation and am extremely grateful for your time and kindness. I'm putting a link to your contest on my FB FAN page.

Thank you!
Charlene Ann Baumbich
Author, Stray Affections

Charlene Ann Baumbich said...

Dear Nely,

"This is a story about relationships, about coming to terms with the past and making the best of the present, but mostly it's about healing." I love that summation and am extremely grateful for your time and kindness. I'm putting a link to your contest on my FB FAN page.

Thank you!
Charlene Ann Baumbich
Author, Stray Affections

haleyknitz said...

yay! I'm a follower on rss and twitter, and I posted this on twitter (twitter.com/haleymathiot)

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Mary said...

Sounds like a good book. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

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booklover1335 said...

Sounds like my kind of read. Please enter me

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Samantha said...

Dear participant of the genre challenge,

I am happy to announce that the genre challenge blog is finally up and running! Due to some real life problems, this has taken longer than planned, but now that it’s finished, I invite you over to come and take a look. It’s at http://genrechallenge.blogspot.com/

According to my information you have already completed the challenge, and as such, you are eligible for the prize drawing. You can read about the (changed!) prizes at the new blog, and the winners of the prize drawings will be announced there on 2 November 2009. Also, after you’ve checked out the new blog, could you fill in this small questionnaire? You can just leave the answers in a comment under the Prizes and People Eligible For Them post. Thanks in advance!

1. What do you think of the set-up of the new genre challenge blog?
2. What did you like best about the genre challenge?
3. What didn’t you like about the genre challenge?
4. What could be done better next time?
5. Which genres would you like to see included in some way in the challenge?
6. Would you join the challenge again (running from 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2010)?
7. Would you be interested in a mini-challenge based on the genre challenge, only this time reading a novel, a short story, a collection of poems, and a play?

Thanks for joining this challenge!

Happy reading,

Samantha

Wanda said...

I would absolutely love to be entered in your draw for this wonderful book. Thanks! wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Wanda said...

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I also subscribe via Google Reader.
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Darla Smith said...

Yes, I want to enter your drawing. I have enjoyed all of your books so far. Can't wait to read Don't Miss Your Life and Stray Affections.
I also get twinkle gram and traveling laughs. They always come at just the right time. I don't twitter tho maybe someday.

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds good. I would love to be entered.

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Teri Dunaway said...

Please enter me! I love Charlene Ann Baumbich!

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flowerchild said...

sounds great please count me in..thanks

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wade said...

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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Mystica said...

Thanks for keeping it open for overseas readers - very few book giveaways do! Please count me in.

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Karen H in NC said...

This book sounds good...please enter me in the draw.

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holdenj said...

Please count me in, it looks like a really good book.
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Addicted Book Reader said...

Awesome contest, thanks! I'm a follower.
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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
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Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
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CherylS22 said...

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carol said...

I'd love to read this book. I had a snowgobe that I treasured for years. My daughter always wanted it so I gave it to her for christmas last year.

carol said...

I'm a follower

carol said...

I follow on twitter

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I'm a follower :)

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Mom of 5 Boys said...

Count me in! I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway--I'll be sure to put this book on my ever-growing wishlist.

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Marjorie said...

The review sounds really good, please count me in.


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Marjorie said...

I am a loyal follower and would
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RAnn said...

No need to enter me in the drawing, but I have Mr. Linky up on my post about Stray Affections, if you want to add a link

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Kira R. said...

I would like to enter.

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Kira R. said...

I am a follower.

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Ooh, joining!

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Beth said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the chance. Stray Affections looks so good.

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Veens said...

God! Am i late.. Am I late?!

This sounds good and please ener me if I am not late :) :)

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Please include me in your giveaway


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