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About Stray Affections

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.


Praise for
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

About Charlene Baumbich

Charlene Ann Baumbich is a popular author, speaker, and award-winning journalist who is passionate about rejuvenating lives through humor. Her writing includes the best-selling Dearest Dorothy series and Stray Affections, the first Snowglobe Connections novel, and seven inspirational nonfiction books. Charlene lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Product Details

320 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 15, 2009

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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A few furry heroes and one unusual snowglobe are about to remind Cassie that even the most problematic relationships can be redeemed and forgiveness is never far away.

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By Chris Jager

Dear Readers, Some of you will recognize Charlene Ann Baumbich's name from her Dearest Dorothy series. The funny and lovable series about an 80 year old who was always on the go. She even made me tired. In Stray Affections we meet up with Cassandra and all her friends and family. If what you liked about the Dorothy series is all the quirky characters, then you will like this book also. If you just liked the good story, then no problem...

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By Hannah Nielsen

A small Minnesota town. A mother of four young boys who runs an in-home daycare, who is plagued by guilt. Her best friend, who has been trying, unsuccessfully, to have a baby for years and years. Everything starts when Margret, the friend, cancels on Cassie. They were supposed to attend the annual Collectors' Convention, like they do every year. Cassie goes alone, and is smitten by a snowglobe containing three dogs and a girl with hair the...

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By Pamela Morrisson

Stray Affections is a tender-hearted tale guaranteed to appeal to animal lovers. Overflowing with quirky characters, humor, and a touch of mystery, this story enchants and entertains and leaves the reader totally satisfied at the end. A story about faith, hope, second chances, and the power of love, Stray Affections is an absolute must read.

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By Carly Kendall

I am probably one of the world's biggest dog lovers. I get silly and goofy around dogs like most people do around babies (don't get me wrong, babies are wonderful, but there is something about dogs that gives me tremendous joy). When I heard about Stray Affections, I knew I would enjoy it, but I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. Any dog lover will find a certain magic in this book, but also any parent or anybody, for that matter,...

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