At times poignant and other times humorous, “Lucy Come Home” is a gripping story that draws the reader right into it. It is the story of eighty year-old Lucy, a homeless street person who sometimes frequents the House of Hope shelter although she seems to be much happier on the street if the weather is good. For anyone who has ever wondered how or why the homeless have ended up that way, Lucy’s tale should be an eyeopener. As it switches back and forth between Lucy’s current life and the events of her younger year, it is easy to imagine the tragedy, pain, and hopelessness that led her to her present circumstances.

Appearances by familiar characters from earlier Jackson novels including the Yada Yada Prayer House and House of Hope series are welcome and help provide a comfortable backdrop for the story. The plot moved at a steady pace and the contrasting time periods changed with perfect timing. I found it easy to keep up with what was going on. Lucy was a memorable character with a caring heart and plenty of spunk despite her history. As in their previous novels, the Jacksons have woven a strong message of faith throughout the narrative. The heavy burden of unresolved guilt is strongly emphasized.

I hesitate to add more for fear of giving too much away. I thoroughly enjoyed “Lucy Come Home” and would recommend it to both men and women.

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This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


Lucy Tucker, the feisty old bag lady we all loved from the House of Hope series, has confounded everyone. Why won’t she come off the streets of Chicago? How did she ever end up there in the first place? Why did she disappear again? We didn’t mean to leave you hanging, but now we can tell the whole story.

It all started back in the summer of 1942 when she and a dashing young man from a traveling carnival ran away together to escape a murder charge … Oh, but you’ll want to read the whole book yourself about carnivals, migrant camps, the war, and true love lost and found.

Fifteen-year-old Cindy worked long days beside her migrant worker family in Michigan’s sugar beet fields in the early 1940s — the “war years” — until she met a dashing young man from a traveling carnival, bringing some joy and fun into her hard-scrabble life. But a tragic twist of fate — and a dead field boss– sent the two young people on the run, leaving behind family and everything she’d ever known.

Lucy Tucker, the crotchety old bag lady from the popular Yada Yada House of Hope series, is a veteran of Chicago streets and not about to give up her independence, even as she approaches her 80th birthday.

Until, that is, a young displaced woman with her gentle aging mother and a dog named Dandy seem to need her — unsettling the secretive Lucy, who doesn’t let anyone get too close. But just when it seems her past is catching up with her to bring her in out of the cold… Lucy disappears again. How these two tales intersect and intertwine between past and present gradually shines light into the dark corners of Lucy’s murky past. But… why won’t Lucy come home? Pick up a copy here.


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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