Lucy Come Home by Dave and Neta Jackson ~ Litfuse Blog Tour & Review

 My Review: Wow! So much more than the cover implies, the back cover description did not do this book justice at all.

I was taken away in the early 1940's before WWII broke out and people were still recovering from the Great Depression. Times were tough, and Cindy Tucker finds out just how hard life can be when the death of her boss sends her off with the kind young man from the traveling carnival. The tale is interwoven with another from the present day, about Cindy, now Lucy, a homeless woman who happens upon a young woman and her family who need her. The two tales entwine into a wonderful tale of love and overcoming hardship through faith.

 I loved the characters in this book and being with them as they overcame the many challenges in their lives. I think my favorite part was the part set in the 1940's because it was more of a love story and it showed how the seed of Cindy/Lucy's faith had been planted. Things certainly weren't easy for her in any part of the story.
Lucy Come Home was written in an easy to read fashion, that was both engaging and fit the story perfectly. The parts that were about Lucy in the present were in first person, while the past was in third person. I liked the realistic-ness of the tale and how things weren't easy. I think that Cindy and Bo might have been a little overboard with their trying to keep their identities a secret, but then I could see that jail would be a terrifying option and Bo was trying to keep them safe. I liked the human-ness of the characters and how they felt real, because they weren't perfect. Bo wasn't perfect, but he was a good guy.

Overall this is a book I would definitely recommend, and even though I am not familiar with the Yada Yada Series' at all, I was able to really enjoy this book that stood very well on its own. I really liked the dogs in the story, Jigger and Dandy, and thought they were a great way to add a certain depth and tie some things together. This book is so different than how I first thought it would be, and y'all should totally check it out :)

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thanks.

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.

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

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