Stray Affections

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The last thing that Cassandra Higgins expects out of her Sunday is to be mesmerized at a collectors’ convention by a snowglobe. She’s enjoying some mommy 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!

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The last thing that Cassandra Higgins expects out of her Sunday is to be mesmerized at a collectors’ convention by a snowglobe. She’s enjoying some mommy 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.

With the quirky, close-knit Midwestern small-town feel that made Charlene Ann Baumbich’s acclaimed Dearest Dorothy novels so popular, Stray Affections invites you to experience the laughter and the healing of second chances.

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Stray Affections

Stray Affections is a story so joyous and so magical that it should come with a warning label: Do not pick up this book unless you, like Cassie and the unforgettable characters who are part of her world, are prepared for a journey that will change your life!”
–Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife

“Charlene Ann Baumbich takes us to a town populated with characters–so delightfully quirky they must be real–and illustrates the power of love and forgiveness. Even the tiniest miracle is still a gift from God.”
–Joan Medlicott, author of nine Ladies of Covington novels

“Do you believe in mystery? After reading Stray Affections, you will understand that the Almighty works in mysterious ways! Charlene Ann Baumbich creates mystical meaning from a snow globe, canine friends, and an intriguing cast of characters. A real treat.”
–Angela Hunt, author of Doesn’t She Look Natural

“A tender story by a writer who understands the magic of second chances and the redeeming power of unconditional love.”
–Lisa Wingate, author of Tending Roses and Word Gets Around

“Through a handful of wonderfully imperfect characters, some unforgettable four-legged companions, and one extraordinary treasure–a simple snowglobe–Charlene Ann Baumbich unfolds a story showing the strength of hope and faith, of forgiveness and acceptance, and above all else, the resilience of the human spirit. Stray Affections is a heart-warming, delightful read.”
–Gail Fraser, author of The Lumby Lines, Stealing Lumby, and Lumby’s Bounty

Publishers Weekly

Inspirational novelist Baumbich (Dearest Dorothy series) presents readers with a lovely story of forgiveness, restoration and a dash of hopeful whimsy thrown in for pure pleasure. Baumbich, whose nonfiction is frequently self-deprecating and thoroughly comedic, offers her fiction fans a tale that is "flurrious" with the unexpected and unimagined as Cassandra Higgins, mom to four young boys and day-care provider, sets upon a course of self-discovery after purchasing a snow globe. Cassandra, whose father committed suicide and whose mother barely, and bitterly so, continues to face life one day at a time, revisits her childhood pain as she gazes into this glass globe containing three dogs and a girl resembling herself. This young mother realizes that even with a loving husband, children and a life absent of any major catastrophe, the past continues to wield a mighty force that shapes present-day attitudes and lingering emotional afflictions. Baumbich reaches deep into the heart's recesses, but does so with the precision of the most skilled emotional physician. For that, her readers will feel nothing but gratitude. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307444714
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: A Snowglobe Connections Novel Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 481,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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 six 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.
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Preoccupied by troubling news, Cassandra accidentally broiled a batch of cookies. She didn’t realize her error until after she’d corralled all four of her young sons into a corner of their backyard, away from the assured danger the smoke alarm proclaimed. In the midst of their huddle, it struck her: the problem wasn’t in the oven.

Once again, the problem was her.

The commotion caused her neighbor, outside hanging clothes on the line, to stick her head over the fence.

“We’re all out!” Cassandra hollered through the blare. “But if you could come over for a minute and watch the kids while I run back in and check something, I’d sure appreciate it!”

Glenda popped the latch on the gate and flew through the opening. Cassandra passed eleven-month-old Bradley from her hip to Glenda’s, who wrapped her arm around his chunky waist. With her free arm–and the focused eyes of a herding dog–Glenda set to work funneling the rest of the boys through the gate into her yard, where they turned and stared at their crazed mommy.

“MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T GO BACK IN THERE!” Glenda wailed as she watched Cassandra’s backside disappear into her house, startling Bradley into panicked screaming.

Within a few moments, Cassandra reappeared through the back door, coughing, a charbroiled cookie tray filled with black smoking wads held at arm’s length in front of her. She looked angry as she hurled the whole mess, red plaid oven glove and all, to the ground.

“CAN YOU KEEP THE KIDS A LITTLE LONGER?” she screamed over the sounds of the alarm.
Glenda nodded.

“I’LL BE RIGHT BACK!”

Shortly after she reentered the house, a fierce pounding, loud enough to rival that of the smoke alarm, radiated through the open back door.

Inside, wildly swinging the broom handle, Cassandra beat the ear piercing alarm until it careened off the ceiling, thankfully crash-landing with a silencing thud. Glenda and the kids–plus the neighbor across the street who’d wandered over–watched as one window in the house after another flew open. Each time, Cassandra stuck her head out and yelled, “I’M FINE! EVERYTHING’S OKAY! I’LL BE THERE IN A MINUTE, BOYS.”

The way she swiftly appeared and disappeared in and out of the windows, her red hair flying this way and that, reminded six-year-old Chuck, Cassandra’s oldest, of that Bop ’em Sock ’em machine at the
Pizza Party House, the game where every time you pounded that crazed-looking animal’s furry head, it popped up someplace else. When his mom’s head next popped out the bathroom window, he broke into a fit of giggles. Chuck’s laughter struck Bradley so funny that he finally stopped crying, sniffled, wrinkled up his nose, snorted, and started laughing, setting off the other two boys. They were all still giggling when Cassandra, huffing and puffing, finally trudged up beside them.

“So you think this is funny, huh, boys?” she asked, grin on her face, hands on her hips, trying to catch her breath. She raised an eyebrow at Glenda, whom she could tell was biting her tongue to suppress her own laughter.

“Wait till Dad hears this!” Chuck said, doubling over and holding his side.

Cassandra knew there was no point asking Chuck not to tell Ken, for two reasons: honesty, which they always preached in their family, and the fact that the house would no doubt smell like smoke for days, if not weeks. Plus, if she couldn’t laugh at herself, she was doomed. Thankfully, a warm fall breeze blew through southeastern Minnesota that day. The house could remain open to air out, and it wasn’t too cold for the kids to be stranded outdoors without their coats.

“Were the cookies on fire, Mommy?” wide-eyed three-year-old Howie asked.

“No, sweetie,” Cassandra said, smoothing her hand across the top of his wavy hair. “They were just smoking.”

“Why?” Harry, Cassandra’s two-year-old, asked, as he grabbed hold of her leg.

“Because Mommy accidentally set the oven to broil instead of bake, then your brother had to go potty and…”

Howie’s face puckered up. He was her sensitive child, vulnerable to every harsh word or errant blame. She noticed the waistband to his pants was torqued. With Harry still clinging to her leg, she leaned over and straightened Howie’s waistband, neatly tucking in his shirttail as she went, then hugged him. Harry detached himself, so she squatted down in front of Howie to look straight into his eyes. “It’s not your fault Mommy made a mistake,” she said, brushing his cheek with the back of her fingertips.

“At’s okay, Howie. It was an axiden,” Harry said, parroting his parents’ words for when he or one of his siblings spilled a glass of milk.

“Thank you, Glenda,” Cassandra said, reaching for Bradley. He gladly held his arms out for his mommy to take him; he’d endured quite a bit in the last few minutes and appeared dazed. When the alarm went off, he’d been snatched out of his highchair so quickly that it toppled over, and then he’d been passed off like a hot potato. “Boys, tell Mrs.Caruso thank you, then let’s head back inside.”

After a chorus of “thank yous” and an “I owe you one, but I promise it won’t be from this batch of cookies,” launched over Cassandra’s shoulder, they returned home.

As soon as they entered, with great drama Chuck announced it smelled “too rotten terrible” to stay. Cassandra agreed and proclaimed they should all go to the park for an hour. Ken would be due home from work by then, and he could drag out the fans. One of the perks of living in a small town like Wanonishaw: you didn’t have to worry about locking up your house every time you left.

“Can I please have a cookie now?” Howie wanted to know.

“Pwease?” Harry added, shoring up their bid.

“We’ll pick some up at Blanchard’s Bakery on the way to the park,” Cassandra said, reaching for her handbag and the keys to the van.
“Thank goodness it isn’t a day-care day.” She hadn’t meant to say that out loud, but there it was. She hated to think what little Megan’s mom would have to say about this, although she had no doubt her own little blabbermouth, Chuck, would tell Megan the next day anyway. Theonly child she knew who delighted in tattling more than her son was Megan. And the only person who delighted in repeating a tattle more than Megan was Kerri, Megan’s mother. The downside to living in a small town was there was no such thing as anonymity or hidden error.

But the only person who could–and surely would–make her feel even worse about the incident than she already did was her own mother, Betty. Cassandra sighed just thinking about the overblown fallout sure to come. She loved her mom, but sometimes…

With Chuck’s help, Cassandra got the last of the boys seat-belted in. She looked at her wristwatch. Her mom should be home from work by now. She might as well stop by and get it over with before Betty heard it from someone else. Maybe the boys could even talk Grandma Betty into coming to the park with them. Cassandra doubted her mom would join in; she almost never did anything spontaneously. Betty rarely invited them over, and she often declined invitations to come to their house for dinner, even with a week’s warning. “I’m just too tired,” she’d say.

Betty, at sixty, always looked and sounded tired, truth be told. Cassandra knew that her mom’s factory job at Nodina Industries sapped all her energy. So many years on the assembly line running one of those punch presses had taken its toll, but her mother had never been educated or trained for anything else. Like Betty said, it paid the bills. After Cassandra’s dad’s untimely death, Betty had shored herself up and done what she needed to do to keep the family–Cassandra and her two older brothers–afloat. Her job wasn’t hard physical labor, but it took concentration to stay safe while working around machinery. Manufacturing was loud and tedious work. Historically, Betty had taken any and all overtime opportunities, grateful for the extra money, which was always in very short supply, especially when the kids were little.

Nonetheless, both Cassandra and Ken kept trying to pry Betty out of her pitiful rut. There wasn’t much they could do about her job, but they wanted more for Betty and their boys.With Ken’s parents in California and her father deceased, Cassandra longed for her sons to enjoy a solid relationship with their only available grandparent, especially since her brothers lived out of state and remained somewhat estranged from the rest of the family. Before Cassandra entered high school, they’d each graduated and moved on, leaving Wanonishaw and hard times behind them.

“Why don’t I just spend my time plucking my nose hairs?” she’d said to Ken after each new disappointment with her mom. He would remind Cassandra that she was a kind and caring person, and that was just one of the reasons he loved her so much. “Yeah, well, life might be easier if I were a ratfink,” she said once. Ken still teased her about the line.

Things had never been smooth between her and Betty, not even when Cassandra was young. “Wishing doesn’t make it so, Cassandra,” Betty often sternly said when her starry-eyed daughter began a sentence with something hopeful. “We can’t have everything we want” and “Many things are not meant to be” rounded out Betty’s favorite trilogy of doom.

Cassandra once described her mom to her best friend, Margret, as Our Lady of the NoWishing, Wanting, or Being. She’d laughed when she said it, but in reality the girls both knew there was nothing funny about Betty.

The deeper issue was that no matter how hopeful the young Cassandra had tried to remain, after years of hearing those downers, eventually she began to believe them.

Eventually, hope waned.

Eventually, Cassandra stopped believing, especially for her heart’s greatest desire to come true.

Even after becoming a mother herself, Cassandra felt that the loss of her dream was her darkest heartache, one she no longer spoke of.

Perhaps that’s why the phone call, the one that caused her to accidentally set the oven to broil instead of bake, had been both devastating and so utterly distracting. Before the call, Cassandra knew she could at least count on one annual event to indulge in the illusion of surrounding herself with animals, even fake ones, but now…

Nonetheless, off to Grandma Betty’s house they traveled. Even if Cassandra had stopped believing in the fulfillment of her heart’s desire, when it came to the rest of life, she didn’t stop doing the stoic, right thing. After all, she was her mother’s daughter.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    This book could be subtitled Cassie's no good terrible bad day/w

    This book could be subtitled Cassie's no good terrible bad day/week. I felt sorry for her, with so many difficult things happening to her in a week, as well as in her childhood. After she learns to accept forgiveness for what she believes are her failures, it was nice to see how she begins to overcome; everyone in her life benefits, especially her mother. Not the best book I've read, as the first half felt like having a friend dump on you endlessly, but it picks up a bit and has a very sweet ending. Love the characters of optimistic Burt, and Cassie's understanding husband Ken, plus the touching flashbacks of her Polish grandpa. The snow globe added a bit of mystery to it too.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    Looking For A Quick Read

    I bought the book because I loved Charlenes' Dearest Dorothy collection and I thought that she probably had another good read. I wasn't dissapointed, and finished the book in less than 1 week. Looking forward to more in the Globe series. Recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    A Real Winner!

    This is a wonderful, heartwarming book. I simply couldn't put it down until I finished reading the whole book.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    A True Escape Into a Town I'd Move Into!!!

    In the beginning I moved slowly through Stray Affections, but by the third chapter, I was in deep! This is not to say that the book moved slowly, it was just how it began to build for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Stray Affections. Cassie seemed like wonder woman to me. I couldn't quite understand why she didn't give herself the credit that she deserved, but then I realized it is the power of the way you are raised. The words of the mouth have a strong impact on a child. Well actually they have a strong impact on an adult as well. :)

    The story flowed well with me enjoying each character as I got to know them through the story. It was a mildly funny and touching story that was seriously charming. The author has a way of bringing up difficult issues but doing so with care, grace and softness. Each item was handled appropriately but truthfully which is not easy to do.

    I am very interested in Charlene Ann Braumbich's Dearest Dorothy series as well. I haven't picked one up yet, but I really appreciate her characterizations.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Stray Affections is a must have for anyone.

    How wonderful it would be to be able to see God's blessing unfold before you, and see how He works in all our lives. Charlene gives the reader this kind of experience with Stray Affections.

    In this book, you get to experience something unique. A glimpse of just how awesome God is, and how His blessings for you can have a ripple affect to those around you. When God opens the floodgates of His blessings for you, one blessing can, in turn, overflow into a blessing for another person or family. This is very thought provoking to me, because you never stop to think how a blessing will affect anyone else but you and your family. When God works in your life, big things can happen.

    For me, the beginning of the book started off a little slow, but after the first few chapters the book turned into a tear jerker story of how life can really beat you, only for God to send in blessings and healing , in ways you never knew you needed. Definitely have a box of tissues handy.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Three dogs and a little lady

    The story starts out by introducing us to Cassandra and her brood of 4 boys. We soon learn that she has a penchant for collecting knick-knacks of "critters" - usually dogs.

    She attends a Collectors' Convention, without her usual companion Margret, and gets swept away by a snow globe that contains three dogs and a young girl. She impulsively buys it - paying more than she probably should have - but pleased with herself anyway. Unfortunately the day end by her getting popped in the nose by a large bag, having her wallet stolen, and then being interviewed on TV as both her eyes are developing bruises.

    Her mom, Betty, sees the news and is immediately all over Cassandra with the "I told you so's". Cassandra and her mother have never had a great mother/daughter relationship. Cassandra's father passed when she was young and her mother was constantly putting her down, to the point where Cassandra and her friend Margret started calling her Bad Betty.

    The snow globe seems to be the only high point recently in Cassandra's life. Upon looking into it - soon after she purchased it - she has what she can only describe as a "flurrious" moment - where the snow in the globe twirled to the point of a white out. When it calmed down, the dogs and the little girl where gone.

    My thoughts: I enjoyed this book very much and read it in just a couple of sittings. I liked the way that all the story lines seemed to be in upheaval at the same time - and that they all could see the changes that were being made or needed to be made. I actually liked Bad Betty. It gave, what appeared to be a perfect life (Cassandra's) a little tension. I would recommend this book to a friend - good book to read in front of a cozy fire!

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    The Brain Lair on Stray Affections by Charlene Baumbich

    Summary
    Cassandra Higgins loves animals. She grew up rescuing them whenever she saw they needed help. She especially loved her dog Toby. Now Cassandra lives in a small town, in a small house, with four boys, a husband, and a living room full of animal collectibles. After what happened with Toby she doesn't trust herself around real animals anymore. So, each year, she satisfies her heart's longing by attending a convention and finding a material animal for her shelf. She'll never forgive herself, or her mother Betty, for what happened twenty-four years ago.

    My Thoughts
    I really enjoyed this book. I felt as if I as able to get inside Cassandra's head and find out why she felt the way she did. I also understood Betty. Sometimes, as a single mom, you have to make tough choices and you can't always make the right ones. But they usually feel right when you make them.

    I thought Baumbich introduced too many characters though. The addition of Cassandra's friend Margret, Marget's husband Leo, and Margret's family felt like I was trying to keep too many people straight. Also, Ken, Cassandra's husband, was a little too good to be true. When Margret told him things about Cassandra's past that he didn't know, he just accepted them and moved on. He didn't really talk to her about being open and honest with him. That said, I still liked the way he took care of her.

    The plot was a little predictable, you could figure out how things were going to come around long before the story wrapped itself up. But, it moved at a nice clip and I kept turning the pages. I actually read the entire book in one sitting.

    Stray Affections was an easy, relaxing read that made me pause and think. I liked how Baumbich showed her love for God without making me feel condemned or damned. The book showed a promise without making all the characters immediately repent and turn from their ways. The broken relationships didn't heal overnight but there were quite a few "feel good" moments. And I absolutely loved the twist with the snowglobe. That was unexpected and brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Stray Affections

    This book, while good, is not what I really expected it to be. I suppose I thought it was about a woman who rescued dogs; however, this is a much different story than I originally thought.

    Cassie's journey of healing is long and roundabout, full of interesting encounters, twists and turns, and redemption coming from prayer, forgiveness long withheld, and yes, dogs.

    Sometimes the passage of time, especially in the latter third of the novel, seems rushed. And while I understand the need for it, it's a little bit awkward as the book races on toward its conclusion.

    I liked Cassandra. Cassie is a woman who would make a really good friend.

    The town boasts a few quirky yet loveable characters as well. Burt and his Durves especially.

    All in all, Stray Affections is a good book with a strong message of grace and a healthy sprinkling of dog adoption.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Relationships Work by the Grace and Mysteries of God

    Stray Affections
    By Charlene Ann Baumbich
    Published by WaterBrook Press
    ISBN#978-0-307-44471-4
    308 Pages

    Back Cover: Cassandra Higgins, daycare provider and mother to four little boys, is at a Collectors' Convention when she's utterly charmed by a one-of-a-kind snow globe containing figures of three dogs and a little with hair the color of her own.

    She can't resist buying the beautiful globe, and it begins to spark long-dormant memories for Cassandra, of her beloved grandpa, the stray she rescued as a child, and the painful roots strangling her relationship with her mother," Bad Betty" Kamrowski. When a strange-flurrious, as Cassandra deems it-moment happens with the remarkable snow globe, Cassandra and the people she loves are swirling into a tumultuous yet grace-filled journey. Stray Affections invites you to experience the laughter and the healing of second chances.

    REVIEW: .."Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness. Let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice," Charlene starts her book out quoting Psalm 51:6-8 and begins to bring some of that scripture to life inside the pages of this book.

    This story is nestled in the middle of a quaint town where you discover friends and their families you'll just adore. I loved how Carlene shows the funny, honest and serious side of family relationships and how they can work together. I believe it's only by the grace of God that we can bloom and grow where we are planted. It takes courage to face your fears and let God have his way in your life, and in the lives of the people you are in relationship with.

    The main character Cassandra heads out to a Collectors' Convention alone. Her best friend Margaret cancels at the last minute. Her husband Ken encourages her to go anyway. He's got the kids, she needs take a break from lifes routine; go out and have fun. Little did she know how that little trip would change her life? Are we ever ready for when God intercedes on our behalf to put us on the path He would have us be on? Letting go and letting God be in control is not something any of us feel comfortable doing. Cassandra soon learns this on her trip.

    Will Ken and Cassandra trust God to work all things out for His glory and their good? You'll want to read this story and join in the mystery and fun as the author weaves a tale of healing, unconditional love, and second chances. You'll want to read Charlene Ann Baumbich's Dearest Dorothy series, with quirky, close-knot Midwestern small-town feel characters you'll grow fond of just like the ones in this book.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    1st in Snowglobe Connections series is full of faith and love!

    Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich is a Snowglobe Connections novel, the first in a series. Cassandra Higgins has lived her entire life with a huge hole in her heart. Told by her grandfather that she would be the best veterinarian in Minnesota, she counted on that dream to make up for the way she felt she betrayed her childhood dog, Toby. But when she couldn't pass the classes, Cassie felt as though she failed Toby and God, so she settled for a life as a day care provider and mother of four rambunctious boys. She finds an unusual snowglobe with a little girl (whose hair matches Cassie's) holding three dogs. The purchase of the globe begins a chain reaction of events that shatters Cassie's peace of mind, upsets her relationship with her mother, and will end up changing their entire community. This unusual novel will keep readers guessing. Baumbich makes even the unsympathetic characters lovable. The power of the novel is in seeing how small seeds are planted and produce fruit through Burt's gentle affection and the mysterious snowglobe. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    intriguing family drama

    Cassandra Higgins needs some mental time away from her spouse and their four sons. She looks at a snow globe and muses about her childhood while staring at the three dogs and the little girl inside. Cassandra thinks back to beloved Grandpa Wonky and her dysfunctional relationship with her mother Bad Betty Kamrowski; she also recalls her love of helping injured animals that drove her closer to her Grandpa and away from her mom.

    Her husband assumes Cassandra is going through some sort of inexplicable female nonsense while her sons wonder what is going on with their mom; her best friends are worried that she is heading into a deep depression. However, none of those concerned about Cassandra's mental health understand the magic of this snow globe. Soon she and her loved ones will learn of dreams as they take a "flurrious" journey accompanied by a remarkable snow globe.

    This is an intriguing family drama with a strong cast including the snow globe in which the mom seems to be losing it starting with broiling cookies. As she regains her lost dreams and ergo her equilibrium, her husband, kids, and neighbors become concerned with her mental state; that is until the trek. Whimsical in a sort of Brigadoon way, STRAY AFFECTIONS makes a strong case that no matter how old you are follow your dreams instead of discarding them with regret.

    Harriet Klausner

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