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Review and Giveaway: Stray Affections

September 11, 2009

Stray Affections

Cassie Higgins has a busy life – she’s married, has four young boys (all under the age of 7) and runs an in-home daycare.  She and her best friend, Margret, go to The Collectors Convention together every year.  Margret can’t go this year, so Cassie ends up going alone.  She spots a beautiful, old snowglobe that contains a young girl with three dogs.  The girl resembles her as a child and one of the dogs looks like her childhood pet.  The snowglobe is expensive, but she feels like she has to have it.  A few days later, as she inspects the snowglobe at home, she has a “flurrious” moment that causes her to reflect on her life.

Through flashbacks, we learn that Cassie had a difficult childhood.  Her father committed suicide and her mother, “Bad Betty,” became bitter after years of working long hours and struggling to make ends meet while raising three children.  Cassie’s  Grandpa Wonky was her saving grace, but then he passed away.   There was a sad moment in Cassie’s childhood that has caused her relationship with her mother to be strained ever since.

Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich is a story of forgiveness, grace and acceptance.  It’s sweet, pleasant and light, but it was a little slow for me, because I found it pretty predictable.  That’s not to say it’s not good – the story and message are uplifting and the characters in the small town are quirky and charming.  There is a spiritual undertone, but it’s not preachy – it’s more about grace and love.

Here’s a clip of Charlene Ann Baumbich reading from the book:

Review copy provided by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.

Thanks to the publisher I have an extra copy of Stray Affections to give away.  To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Wednesday September 23, 2009.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, September 24, 2009.

69 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2009 7:48 am

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. September 11, 2009 8:25 am

    Even though I like quirky characters, I don’t think this one is for me. Nice review and thanks for sharing the video.

  3. September 11, 2009 8:40 am

    The video was interesting Kathy. Sadly, I never got to this one, as I did not think I would enjoy it.

  4. September 11, 2009 9:02 am

    I would love to win this one for my mom. I think she’d really enjoy it!

  5. September 11, 2009 10:27 am

    I don’t always have issues with predictable if the book itself is brilliant (like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet). I’m not sure if this would qualify. Personally? I love to have my socks knocked off when I least expect it!

  6. September 11, 2009 10:44 am

    Don’t enter me, but I just wanted to compliment you on getting to the point ***concisely***, as usual! :–)

  7. CherylS22 permalink
    September 11, 2009 11:29 am

    This looks like an interesting book – please count me in ! Thanks!

  8. September 11, 2009 11:53 am

    I especially like the video. I’d like to read the book now. I will probably hear the authors accent in my head as I read. Actually, I like predictable. It’s why I like romance novels. I just want to know how they get to the end.

  9. Beth permalink
    September 11, 2009 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  10. BeckyM permalink
    September 11, 2009 1:20 pm

    Would love to read!

  11. Julie H. permalink
    September 11, 2009 1:43 pm

    What a nice review–and I like that the predictability of the story didn’t necessarily negate your enjoyment of it. I’d love to be entered! Thanks.

  12. September 11, 2009 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a book my stepmother would really like. She’s all about “uplifting”. LOL.

  13. September 11, 2009 3:18 pm

    No need to enter me, my friend. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this up at Win a Book for you.

  14. etirv permalink
    September 11, 2009 3:46 pm

    Always looking for good books to read, please count me in!

  15. Wanda permalink
    September 11, 2009 4:19 pm

    This is a book I would dearly love to win. Please enter my name in your wonderful draw. Thanks!

  16. J.E. permalink
    September 11, 2009 4:24 pm

    need a good fall read…thx for the contest..

  17. September 11, 2009 4:41 pm

    this sounds like a very moving book-please count me in

  18. Teresa W permalink
    September 11, 2009 5:33 pm

    I’d like to be included!

  19. Carrie permalink
    September 11, 2009 6:04 pm

    Mother of 4 boys under the age of 7! That sounds like a whole story right there! I’d like to read it.

  20. September 11, 2009 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the chance.

  21. September 11, 2009 6:22 pm

    Please sign me up for this one! Thanks!

  22. September 11, 2009 7:11 pm

    Hi, could I be entered for this contest too, please? Thanks!

  23. September 11, 2009 10:54 pm

    You have been busy with the giveaways – now if I could just get lucky and win one!

  24. amandasue permalink
    September 11, 2009 10:57 pm

    I’d like to read this thanks for the chance!

  25. September 12, 2009 9:25 am

    I’d love to enter this giveaway. Reach me at

  26. September 12, 2009 9:44 am

    I’d love to enter for this giveaway. I love reading edifying stories like this.

  27. September 12, 2009 9:51 am

    I LOVE the cover! Please enter me.

  28. DarcyO permalink
    September 12, 2009 11:03 am

    Sounds like a great book! Please enter me!

  29. Debbie D permalink
    September 12, 2009 12:11 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  30. September 12, 2009 12:56 pm

    I’d love to be entered!


  31. September 12, 2009 1:49 pm

    Thank you for “…a story of forgiveness, grace and acceptance.” Good recap! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, even though you felt it predictable. YAY! I appreciate your time and for running the contest.

    Your blog (love the name ) looks to have lots of great action. Good going! I’m pointing to it on my FB FAN page.

    Peace and grins,
    Charlene Ann Baumbich
    Author, Stray Affections
    Book #1 in the Snowglobe Connections series

  32. cheryl c. permalink
    September 12, 2009 1:53 pm

    This sounds like a story I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    castings AT mindspring DOT com

  33. September 12, 2009 2:04 pm

    I cannot wait to read Stray Affections. I loved all the Dearest Dorothy books and I know this one will be just as enjoyable.
    I love chatting with Charlene on Facebook. She is an amazing lady.

  34. Jean Jeske permalink
    September 12, 2009 2:09 pm

    Read all of C. Baumbich’s books. She has become a seasoned author. Her last two Dearest Dorothy’s were very interesting. I am looking forward to her character development in this new series.

  35. September 12, 2009 9:49 pm

    I’ve read a few reviews of this one and it sounds like a comfort read for sure. Great review and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  36. September 12, 2009 10:49 pm

    Thanks for including the YouTube! Loved it!

  37. September 12, 2009 10:55 pm

    An early HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Please do enter me. Thanks.

  38. Sue permalink
    September 13, 2009 12:00 am

    I’d love to give this one a read. Thanks!

  39. September 13, 2009 8:19 pm

    I’d love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!


  40. September 13, 2009 9:23 pm

    No need to enter me. I just thought your review was excellent. I think the book would appeal to me when I get in the mood to slow down and read the uplifting kind of books like this one. That’s usually around the Christmas holidays. Right now I am hyped up with horror/suspense and paranormal because of the Halloween season coming up.

  41. September 14, 2009 2:42 am

    Awesome review, but I don’t think this one is for me… so please dnt enter me!

  42. September 14, 2009 4:30 am

    Good review and please count me in.


  43. Karin permalink
    September 14, 2009 9:01 am

    Your review piqued my interest in reading this book–

  44. Karina Worlton permalink
    September 14, 2009 9:18 am

    I once had four boys under 7! (I ended up with 5 boys in 10 years.) I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 14, 2009 11:20 am

    This is on my wish list, please enter me.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  46. Shari D permalink
    September 14, 2009 2:28 pm

    Sounds like a great addition to my library of books.

  47. heatherzilla permalink
    September 15, 2009 4:18 am

    This sounds like a good book. Please include me in the giveaway.

  48. September 15, 2009 6:33 pm

    Looks like my kind of book!!!

    lelou2 AT ymail DOT com

  49. Marie permalink
    September 15, 2009 8:14 pm

    I would love to read this one!

  50. Stephanie permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:54 am

    I think it sounds really interesting. Please enter me!

    stephaniefleischer889 [at] gmail [dot] com

  51. diana mack permalink
    September 16, 2009 6:08 pm

    you read some of the best books
    this one sounds really good

  52. justicejenniferreads permalink
    September 17, 2009 11:25 am

    Not entirely sure if I’d enjoy this one, but I’d love to give it a shot. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

  53. September 17, 2009 11:28 am

    I would love to read this book too! Thanks!

  54. Cherie J permalink
    September 18, 2009 12:30 am

    Please enter me. Thank you!

  55. Glenn permalink
    September 18, 2009 7:30 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. September 19, 2009 4:15 am

    I would like to be entered Kathy! Thank you SO much!

    x0xx AMY (Park-Avenue Princess)


  57. September 19, 2009 7:27 am

    Wow, another interational giveaway! You rock! Please enter me for this one too.


  58. September 19, 2009 9:29 am

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  59. karen k permalink
    September 19, 2009 12:39 pm

    Please count me in…thanks.

    karen k

  60. September 19, 2009 3:09 pm

    Add me for this one. Thanks, Kathy.

  61. September 19, 2009 7:25 pm

    I think this sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  62. Judy Cox permalink
    September 19, 2009 7:27 pm

    Please enter me, I love all kinds of genres and all degrees of books. Thanks!!

  63. Piroska permalink
    September 20, 2009 2:42 am

    Please enter me. The book sounds like good reading.

    piroska at tbaytel dot net

  64. Lisa Garrett permalink
    September 21, 2009 6:21 pm

    Please enter me. Thank you!

  65. September 22, 2009 12:12 am

    Sounds like an great book. Please accept my entry. Thanks!

  66. September 22, 2009 11:58 am

    I tried to win this on another giveaway but didn’t, so I’ll try again! I’d love to read this. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  67. September 23, 2009 9:13 am

    Please count me in and thanks for opening the competition for overseas readers.



  68. Anita Yancey permalink
    September 23, 2009 10:10 am

    This sounds like a very interesting book. Please enter me. Thanks!


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