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.
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.
I was so excited to get this book and tp be chosen to be part of the Blog Tour. I have read all of the Yada Yada series done by Neta and Dave and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Each series and book has a familliar family from a previous book that you have already gotten to know. This helps with the continuity of the books and for me shows a lifetime rather than just a point in life. The Bentley’s new life in the neighborhood brings a nice tie in to the other books as they struggle with the changes in their own life as well as getting to know the neighborhood. The Jasper’s are the “new” addition and the reader gets really caught up in the business of their life.
At first I thought this book was a disappointment in that in seemed slow and redundant. The tiny little details of everything got to be a little much but I kept reading. Whether it was intentional or not, by going over the tiny details and every aspect of their busy lives, I found myself being exhausted and worn out by everything “to do”. It worked to get me caught up in Michelle’s life and I found myself wanting to change not only her, but me. The transformation in their lives was refreshing, encouraging and hopeful.
The thing I love about all their books is that every person and every situation in the book is believable. A person will find someone or some situation in each book to relate to. They address issues of race, prejudices, financial problems, generation gaps, church vs religion, relationship, and many other issues all in one book. By the end of this book I wanted to save pennies (Don’t want to spoil anything!) and start a prayer group in my “neighborhood”. This book was fun, convicting and inspiring books to read and I recommend it for everyone!
Disclaimer: I received a free book in exchange for a review.
I have not received any compensation for this review.