Recovery & Discovery
Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich is a novel about a dancer (Sasha) who is the victim of a life ending fall and her caregiver (Evelyn). Sasha is a famous dancer and when she is released from the hospital moves into her mother’s home in a small town in Minnesota. Everyone in the small town of Wanonishaw knows who she is: she was after all a famous ballerina who grew up in their town. Sasha employs Evelyn to help her around the house and to guard her from prying eyes and reporters who are constantly hoping to talk with her.
Evelyn is an 18 year old who has chosen to stay home from college because of her fiancé and moves in with Sasha partly to gain independence. As she works for Sasha she begins to minister to her. Throughout the book the relationship between these two independent women deepens and they become close friends.
Evelyn becomes more and more curious about Sasha’s life as she receives repeated calls and letters from the same person. Is this man someone from Sasha’s life before she moved back to Wanonishaw? Why won’t Sasha talk to anyone? Evelyn’s own life gets more and more confusing. What should she do? As Sasha’s health improves, will she lose her job?
This is a relatively light feel good sort of read. One woman’s road to recovery and healing intersected with another woman’s journey to discover what she wants out of the next few years of life. If you’re interested in an inspirational story that touches on real life bumps in the road, this may be a good read for you.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.