Friday, September 11, 2009

Blog Tour: Stray Affections & Giveaway

This is the newest book I read for the WaterBrook Multnomah "blogging for books" blog tour. It was definitely an "interesting" concept. I liked the beginning a lot but it did get a bit "odd" the further the story line went. The main character has four boys plus day care kids. Yeah, that was a pretty familiar thing here. The main character loves animals and dogs. I'm not of the same caliber but I do like me a canine friend or two. She also loves knick-knacks and water globes. My hubby may disagree, but I don't feel I'm to her level - yet. Overall I thought it was a fun & easy read but I could have done without the "flurrious event" mentioned in the book.

Here's what the publishers summary shares about the book:

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.

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.

You can purchase a copy of the book at Random House, Inc. Enjoy!


I do have a copy of Stray Affections to give away. Just leave a comment. I will pick a winner by next Friday, the 18th. I couldn't get any easier than that right?

1 comment:

  1. OH! I LOVE Charlene Baumbich! Have you ever read her "Dearest Dorothy" series? If not, you SO should! She's got a great writing style too!


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