28 June 2012

Lucy Come Home, Book review

Publisher: Castle Rock Creative, Inc. 
ISBN-13: 978-0982054437


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?

My thoughts:

Have you ever seen a photo of something you simply cannot forget? A tangible reminder that you are blessed and should appreciate all that you have perhaps?
'Lucy come home' and its haunting resume was such for me. Scroll down and see the photo I posted at the end of this review and I think you will agree!

The Yada Yada Journey of Hope series which includes 'Lucy come home' and authors Dave and Neta Jackson were new to me.
This 416 page fictional work was a tad unusual as I prefer historical novels but the Yada Yada series is so well known, I wanted to give it a shot and see what it was all about it. 

'Lucy come home' is a remarkable work of human warmth and compassion in a world where too often we forget to be 'as Jesus'! 
Written in the present tense with flashbacks to the Fourties, you discover the true story of this 80 year old homeless everyone knows as Lucy. She has been on the streets for decades but who is she?

Back during wartime, the then 16 year old traveled with her migrant family, working the fields from sunup to sundown. Despite harsh living conditions and too often the pains of hunger, Lucy aka Cindy knew love and care with her family. When a traveling carnival appears nearby, she discovers a brand new world!
A tragic event however will see her leaving all that she loves behind and in the newly found company of a handsome young carney, she runs away.

As you read this novel, you soon feel totally engrossed in this startling novel! Well written with haunting details, it shows every possible emotional facet!
'Lucy come home' is a profound story of love and hope, with glimpses of the stark reality of marginal living for homeless people like Lucy! This book will make you laugh, sigh and cry! 
Dave and Neta Jackson have a gift for storytelling and their Christian novels have provided many with heartwarming stories!

So go ahead and find out who is Lucy and what she is doing on the streets of Chicago, the windy city! 
A story to read and remember always!

I give it 5 stars!

Note: This photo has been in my collection for a long time and has often haunted me!

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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I received this book free from LITFUSE as part of their blogger review program.
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