By Dave and Neta Jackson
Published by Castle Rock Creative
417 Pages

Back Cover: 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?

"Belching black smoke and steam, the Grand Western born down on the train station in Laspeer, Michigan, with a series of jerks and ear-splitting squeals. But not all the squeals originated from the train's under-carriage where the rusty brakes gripped the huge metal wheels."

The book opens with this paragraph. Love how they set a mood in very few words. Dave and Neta Jackson have a gift of putting the reader in the middle of the action, I can picture the scene like the one I've quoted to make them feel like they are there! I like their writing style and the pace of the story. The adventure unfolds in the future but then flashes back to 1940 when Lucy was growing up. The authors flip from current time to the past and back again smoothly. It really added to the story. I was hooked in both story lines.

This is a tender love story it's also a story of survival against all odds. It features Lucky Tucker aka Cindy in her youth. Lucy is a frequent guest of the Manna House Shelter. This book focuses on Lucy's Life up-close and personal and a time long ago.

If you've enjoyed the Yada Yada Prayer Group book series and/or any other of these authors books you'll enjoy this one too.If you haven't read any of these authors book this is a GREAT book to start with!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network CEO


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