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?
Lucy Come Home is the first book I have read by Dave and Neta Jackson. It is also book one in the Yada Yada Journey of Hope series. From the first page was captivated by Lucy’s story. Her story starts in the present day where Lucy is currently an 80 years old, homeless and living in Chicago. The story flashes back and forth from present day to the1940’s where we meet Cindy (Lucy) as a young teenager, living in Michigan during the time of the dust bowl. Times are hard for many families and Lucy’s family is working the beet fields on a migrant farm to help feed their family.
As the story progresses we learn how Lucy has ended up homeless. She is secretive and distrusting and tries to make a life for herself inspite of her circumstances.
The writing is very descriptive and I felt like I had gone back in time. The Jacksons give us a true glimpse of how difficult life must have been back in the 1940’s and how different the world was during that time.
Lucy’s story is heartbreaking and heartwarming. Beneath her tough exterior is Lucy’s true self. Reading Lucy Come Home makes me stop and think that every homeless person comes from somewhere and has a story to tell. If we are only willing to listen.
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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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