Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lucy Come Home by Dave and Neta Jackson - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Lucy Tucker has been on the streets of Chicago for 50 years. Why won’t she come home?

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 the 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 ageing 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?

My Thoughts:

I will trust in the Lord, until I die.” (p312)
Sometimes trusting the Lord is the hardest thing to do….especially when we think we’ve done something He can’t forgive.  When we don’t trust Him, and we take on the role of god in our own lives we often, and most always, suffer tragic consequences.  Lucy Tucker has almost reached her 80th birthday living on the streets of Chicago.  God is still pursuing her…He has been faithful to do that throughout her lifetime.  But Lucy has pushed God, and everyone else away, because  she feels so badly about things that happened in her past…things that haunt her memories and dreams.
God brings Gabby, and the eclectic collection of characters that inhabit Manna House into Lucy’s life, and once again, God is pursuing her through a series of circumstances and people that just want Lucy to have a place to call home.  Never, in a million years, would Lucy believe that her past can be redeemed and that she is indeed loved with an everlasting love.
Dave and Neta Jackson have taken two very different storylines and woven them into a story that will touch you deeply.  Lucy Come Home is a very real look into the human heart and the great lengths that our hearts will go to outrun the pain of our past. This is truly a brilliant story…weaving effortlessly between past and present until they are so closely knit that the ending will just take your breath away.
Seriously folks, this is a book you don’t want to miss.  If you are not thankful  to God for all of His blessings by the time you reach the final pages of this book, check to make sure your heart is beating! This is brilliant!
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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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