Thursday, December 18, 2008

Where Do I Go?

My review is at the bottom of this post. :-)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Where Do I Go?

Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2008)


Neta Jackson

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. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, the Jacksons have coauthored numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.

They're trying something new! Not just new for them, but something completely new in Christian fiction: “Parallel novels,” two stories taking place in the same time frame, same neighborhood, involving some of the same characters living through their own dramas and crises but interacting with and affecting one another … just the way it happens in real life.

It’s something that only a husband and wife writing team could pull off. While Neta has Where Do I Go?, her husband Dave has written Harry Bentley's Second Chance.


A story of seeking-and finding-God's will in unlikely places.

Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree, spirited young woman she was when she married her husband fifteen years ago. But when the couple moves to Chicago to accommodate Philip's business ambitions, Gabby finds the chance to make herself useful. It's there she meets the women of Manna House Women's Shelter; they need a Program Director-and she has a degree in social work. She's in her element, feeling God's call on her life at last, even though Philip doesn't like the changes he sees in her. But things get rough when Philip gives Gabby an ultimatum: quit her job at the shelter or risk divorce and losing custody of their sons. Gabby must take refuge, as in the song they sing at Sunday night worship: "Where do I go when there's no one else to turn to? . . . I go to the Rock I know that's able, I go to the Rock."

Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “Exquisite characters coupled with God's mercy and love emanate from each page.”

Publisher's Weekly adds, “Jackson's Yada Yada series has sold half a million copies, and this new offshoot series ... promises the same.... The book's dramatic ending ... leav[es] readers eager for the next installment in the series.”

To read the Prologue and first Chapter of Where Do I Go?, go HERE

Pattie's Review:

OK, for all you "Friends" fans, you'll remember what a "freezer book" is. It is in the third season and you can read it here.

I started reading this book, and about halfway through I thought I could see where it was going. I didn't actually put it in the freezer (we didn't have room), but I did set it aside for two days. I couldn't bear to see what was going to happen.

While my dire prediction to myself didn't exactly come true (this is the brilliant Neta Jackson's book, after all, thank goodness!), Gabby is certainly left in a few predicaments. Yes, the book ends with a lot of loose ends left dangling. I forgot that she did that with the Yada Yada series too; I read that series after the first six were all available, so I went from one to the other with no thought of waiting till the next one was published.

So, I have a wonderful book with a terrific character, Gabby. She's left with a song on her lips and a newfound faith, and her life in shambles.

And I have to wait for nine more months until the next book.

If you want to read this book, I highly recommend it.

Just leave room in the freezer.

1 comment:

Madame Rubies said...

My review is up on Amazon. I got it from their Vine program. I felt about the same as you. I too had forgotten how the Yada Yada books left you hanging. Most of them were out when I started, as well. So, can't wait for the next book. I am impressed Neta sucked me in so well. Spin offs aren't always great.