Monday, June 25, 2012

Lucy Come Home by Dave & Neta Jackson

Title:  Lucy Come Home
Author:  Dave & Neta Jackson
Year:  2012
Pages:  424
Publisher:  Castle Rock Creative, Inc.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for this honest review.
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                Wow!  The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this work of fiction by the Jacksons.  Dave and Neta Jackson keep the readers spellbound throughout the book by using flashbacks with their main character named Lucy.  Lucy was raised in a family who eked out a living working at migrant farms and living in migrant camps.
                Lucy becomes very mature at a young age as she learns to care for her younger siblings, almost becoming like a second mother to them.  As Lucy begins to enter her teenage years and her body changes, the adventure begins to take a dangerous turn.  Bo is a young man who has a similar background though he has mainly worked in carnivals traveling all over.  Starting as a friendship, they begin a journey through their growing up years with them sometimes being together and other times apart.
                Within the pages of this fictional work, we see friendship, faith, God, and other themes running from beginning to end of the Lucy Come Home.  There are times when we see what life was like for Lucy as she was growing up as well as when she falls in love.  The time frame of the story begins with the Dust Bowl, and then on to the Depression as well as World War II and beyond.
                While you read this book, you see the depth of love and friendship people have for each other.  You might be reminded of all that could happen in a lifetime, and be thankful for the times you have with family.  This is also a story of looking for one lost lamb in a sense, one who has a hard time understanding the love of God as well as the love of family. 
                Times were sure hard then, trying to put food on the table was a daily struggle for life for all families.  Yet Lucy’s family was blessed with another whose faith she remembered in her later years.  A story like this tugs at your heart and reminds us what is most important in life, especially when one encounters life-changing events.  Grab the book, a tall cool drink, a quiet place to curl up and get lost in a wonderful tale.
My rating for this book is five stars.

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