Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich is a wonderful book!!
Here is a brief summary:
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 snowglobe containing figures of three dogs and a little girl 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 snowglobe, Cassandra and the people she loves are swirled into a tumultuous yet grace-filled journey. Stray Affections invites you to experience the laughter and the healing of second chances.
At first, I was a little hesitant to read this book due to the recent loss of our beloved dog, Gracy. But, once I started reading, I was drawn into the characters and couldn't put it down. I love how Cassandra and her mother, Betty, gradually change their relationship with each other. God uses Burt, the town butcher, to show Betty His grace and mercy and that it is never too late to change. God is a God of second chances and Stray Affections is a wonderful example of just how He works. I would highly recommend this book!! It is great!!
According to the Acknowledgements, this looks to be the first in a series called Snowglobe Connections. If that is the case, I am looking forward to the next books being written and published.
To learn more about or purchase Stray Affections at Random House, click here. I am also including a video link of Charlene introducing the book to readers. The video is available on Facebook and/or YouTube.
Charlene Ann Baumbich is a popular author, 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.