Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lucy Come Home

I fell in love with Neta Jackson years ago when she introduced me to my friends in the Yada Yada Prayer Group.  I devoured all 7 of the books in the Yada Yada Prayer Group Series and couldn't wait to find out more about my friends (and meet some new friends, too) in the House of Hope Series.  I was sad when I finished the fourth book of that series, but excited to find out that my friendship with dear Lucy could continue through the Yada Yada Journey of Hope series in this first book, Lucy Come Home.

With her purple crocheted hat and her no-nonsense approach to life, Lucy Tucker brings back precious memories of my great-grandmother.  My great-grandmother was one tough lady -- just like Lucy.  She was loyal to her friends and a companion to all animals -- just like Lucy and Dandy.

The kids and I were invited to pick blueberries last week and I couldn't help but think of the Lucy's family as we picked.  The historical aspect of the Dust Bowl and families forced to become migrant workers to keep their lives together in Lucy Come Home touched my heart.  I watched my own children pick one blueberry and eat two and thought about sweet Lucy.  Oh, how her mother must have prayed over her family.

And just this morning I was mixing up banana waffles and thinking of the special banana cake that Lucy's mom made for birthdays.  That's the kind of mom I want to be -- the one who makes even the hard times special.

As in all of the Yada Yada books I have read, Neta Jackson weaves faith and hope (and prayer and scripture, too) throughout the pages of Lucy Come Home.  A page-turner that I simply did not want to put down, we are reminded as we read that GOD is the GOD of HOPE.  What people appear to be on the outside is most often not what they are at all and only GOD knows their entire story.  We are simply called to LOVE like JESUS.  Lucy was a victim of circumstances and misunderstandings but in the end, HOPE prevailed.  Read her story today and see how GOD NEVER FAILS.

LitfuseAbout the book:
Lucy Come Home
| Dave and Neta Jackson

Fifteen-year-old Cindy worked long days beside her migrant worker family in Michigan's sugar beet fields in the early 1940s -- the "war years" -- until she met a dashing young man from a traveling carnival, bringing some joy and fun into her hard-scrabble life. But a tragic twist of fate -- and a dead field boss-- sent the two young people on the run, leaving behind family and everything she'd ever known.

Lucy Tucker, the crotchety old bag lady from the popular Yada Yada House of Hope series, is a veteran of Chicago streets and not about to give up her independence, even as she approaches her 80th birthday.

Until, that is, a young displaced woman with her gentle aging mother and a dog named Dandy seem to need her -- unsettling the secretive Lucy, who doesn't let anyone get too close. But just when it seems her past is catching up with her to bring her in out of the cold... Lucy disappears again. How these two tales intersect and intertwine between past and present gradually shines light into the dark corners of Lucy's murky past. But... why won't Lucy come home?
About Dave and Neta: 
Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set.

As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.

Visit http://www.daveneta.com for more info.

Neta Jackson has long been one of my favorite authors and now I gladly add her husband Dave to the list.  This book was simply wonderful -- one of those "can't put it down" books that I wholeheartedly recommend.  I really do enjoy Christian fiction and this husband and wife writing team do an excellent job of inspiring me in my daily walk with CHRIST.

Stop by and pick up your copy of Lucy Come Home right now!  Make sure to see what my friends had to say about Lucy Come Home when you check out the other reviews in the Lucy Come Home Blog Tour.

Disclaimer:  I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review this book.  The opinions stated are mine and mine alone.  I was not paid to share my thoughts with you.  I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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1 comment:

  1. I remember reading some of the Yada Yada books and thought they were great. Thanks for sharing this one so that I can put it on my wish list too!


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