Jul 24, 2014

Penny Wise ~ Windy City Neighbors series by Neta & Dave Jackson ~ #review

About the book: Penny Wise introduces us to yet another family in "the neighborhood"---the Jaspers, busy with demanding jobs, busy with church, busy volunteering, parents of three active teenagers, juggling sometimes crazy schedules. All good things. Until all those "good things" feed into a series of crises
that affects the whole family. Something's gotta change!

The third in the Windy City Neighbors series, Penny Wise is a contemporary peek at an urban family wrestling with the spiritual and practical challenges of real life. The series employs the innovating storytelling technique of "parallel novels," each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters' lives become intertwined with their neighbors and affect one another. Welcome to Beecham Street---a typical, isolated American neighborhood that is beginning to come out of its shell . . . for better or worse.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/yLCKz

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.

Find Neta and Dave online: website

My Review :
This is the first book I have read in this series and I can honestly say it can be read as a stand alone story.  It was quite slow in the first several chapters and took me quite a while to really get into the story.  The setting is great - it is set in a Chicago neighborhood where most of the families are mixed races and barely acknowledge each other.  Once the Bentley's move in, they work hard to change the way neighbors view each other, striving to bring them together and get involved in praying for each other.

What a wonderful way to show Christ's love and His desire for us to "love our neighbor as ourselves."  The story is well written, though the flow could be better, especially in the first several chapters.  I love that the main characters are Christian parents trying to raise their children to Love the Lord.  That the main family have real life issues yet are a devoted and faithful family.

The characters are engaging and once into the story, they keep the reader wanting more. The ending was ok, but left me wishing it was a bit different.  Overall a good read and one that did leave me wanting to read more books by Neta and Dave Jackson.

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