Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Who Do I Talk To? - 2nd in the Yada Yada House of Hope series
Author: Neta Jackson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Neta's Website: www.daveneta.com
I am always so excited when I get to be the "first" to read the next offering from this absolutely fantastic writer. Before working for this website, I had never read any of the Yada Yada Prayer Group books which means that I never would've been introduced to the House of Hope series. And, I have to say, I would've lost out on a truly fantastic and heartwarming set of novels.
This is Book 2, (so my advice, of course, is read Book 1 first because this IS definitely a continuation, not a separate stand-alone story.) Here, we continue to follow Gabby Fairbanks. She was once a housewife, living in a high-rise condo with her husband and children. Well, of course, the husband turns out to be a schmuck - one of those men that believes Gabby doesn't need a career - especially down at that "grungy" homeless shelter for women where she works.
So, at the beginning of this story, we find Gabby not only working at the shelter - but also as a resident OF the shelter. She's been locked out; her kids have been shipped to grandma's house; and Gabby is literally falling apart. In one fell swoop her life has been taken away from her simply because she wanted to help people put the pieces of their lives back together.
We meet up once again with Lucy, the bag-lady (who I just love, by the way. She may be homeless, but she lives her life the way she wants and I admire her for that.) We also "dip" a little into the Yada Yada Prayer Group, as the two series come together to help Gabby out. We are also frightened when an intruder breaks into the shelter and brings media attention to the small home, placing Gabby in a strange, unsettling place.
Ms. Jackson's series is award-winning...and should be. Not only do these books give us hope, but they allow us to see that there are no barriers or restrictions in life - only the ones we put there ourselves.
I look forward to the next book...as always. :)
Until Next Time, Amy
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