Book info and Review
About the book: Penny Wiseintroduces 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.
My thoughts: PENNY WISE might be the third book in the Windy City Neighbors series, but it easily stands alone. I have the first two books in the series but didn't have time to read them before this one and I wasn't lost at all. It also uses some characters from previous books in the books the Jacksons wrote.
PENNY WISE wasn't as engaging as the others I read. I didn't fall in love with Michelle, the main character, like I did with some of the characters in the other series. I did feel bad for her with her busy life, busy family, concerns about the sad situations she worked with and with her own children entering the dangerous teenage years... I wasn't surprised by one event, and some of the things brought tears to my eyes. I loved the penny theme. Fantastic message on God's provisions and care.
If you loved the Yada Yada Prayer Group or any of Neta Jackson or Dave and Neta Jackson's other books theen you won't want to miss PENNY WISE. I give it 4 stars, since it is well-written with a great message. I just didn't fall in love with the characters.
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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.
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