Friday, June 22, 2012

Lucy Come Home book review

About the book:
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 the authors:
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.
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My Opinion:
I was ecstatic to receive this book for review because I've read all of the Yada Yada, House of Hope and Harry Bentley series.  I just knew that this would answer so many questions about the homeless lady named Lucy that appears in many of the previous books.  Dave and Neta Jackson didn't let me down, this book was phenomenal!  I was so caught up in reading Lucy's story that I let my laundry pile up until I had Mount Washmore(yes I name my laundry piles), I could not put the book down until I found out if Lucy was reunited with her family.  This book could be read as a stand alone book BUT if you have read all of the previous books you will feel right at home, like you are among friends since most of the characters have been introduced at one time or another in several of the other series.  You won't want to miss Lucy Come Home, it's got a little something for everyone like mystery, history, travel, friendship and of course romance.
My 12 year old daughter Makenzie has started a mission called Punky Monkey Missions and she loves to crochet scarves and hats for the homeless in our town.  She really has a heart to serve others because she also gets donations of gently used clothing from friends and family plus gyms, churches and restaurants that want to clean out their "lost and found" box.  We wash them all and then hand them out to the homeless with a Blessed to Bless Bag.  Each time we do this I always wonder what is their story and why are they homeless.  I know that the Jackson's have just fabricated this story but it makes you realize that many homeless people have heartbreaking stories and not all of them are addicted to drugs or alcohol like you hear about many times.

Thanks for reading,

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