Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Who Do I Lean On? - 3rd in the Yada Yada House of Hope series
Author: Neta Jackson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Chicago
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Neta's Website/Blog: www.daveneta.com
These absolutely wonderful books are continuing in all their glory. The story of a young woman, Gabby, who is working through a failed marriage; trying to retain the custody of her two sons; and, rebuilding her life by working at a homeless shelter, is still a tale to be read with joy.
In this third book, Gabby has said goodbye for good to her husband’s penthouse and moved into the bottom apartment of a classic Chicago brick with bay windows. She finds it extremely nice to be away from the dizzying heights of her old home with her husband, who has become a literal stranger to her. She has managed to bring the boys back home from their grandparents house to live with her, and her lawyer, Lee, is ready to go to the courts to make Gabby the primary custodian for the kids.
Her husband, Phillip, is still a jerk. Now he’s gotten himself in a bind with his own company. Drawing funds from his business, Phillip has no way to pay the money back and he’s about to be in big trouble. He’s gone to the gambling tables, again, and tried with no luck to get himself out of the mess. Not only does he owe the company, his gambling addiction is taking over his life.
Gabby tries with all her might to "prop" herself up with her group of wonderful friends that work at the shelter. My favorites: Lucky, the streetwise bag lady who takes care of Gabby’s mother’s dog, Dandy, is back, and as hysterical as always. Mr. Bentley, too – the doorman at the old penthouse that Gabby and her husband shared – is also back. He’s retired from the penthouse and is raising his grandson, and still trying to woo Estelle, who works in the kitchen at the shelter.
A silver lining is found for Gabby when she receives her part of the inheritance that her mother left behind. She wants nothing more than to buy the brick apartment building that she currently lives in and turn it into the House of Hope – a home for pregnant teens who need a good, healthy start in life. However, her husband knows about the money, and is doing everything in his power to guilt Gabby into giving it to him to save his behind.
The story is fantastic; the characters we all love and care about are written much more in-depth this time around; and, we feel for Gabby as she deals with the fact that one of her boys is just not "that into his mom." It seems he’d much rather choose Dad’s side and be done with it.
As always, I couldn’t put the book down and I was rooting for Gabby and her friends from the word go. It’s nice to think that no matter what issues we face, that there’s someone "up there" watching out for us and trying to see us through the darkness…giving us, above all, hope.
Until next time, Amy
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