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.
As mentioned above this is the third in a series and I really don't think it would work as a stand alone very well. It's supposed to be about the neighborhood and how each new family gets drawn in together (I'm already guessing which neighbor the next book will be about!) so there is a lot of back story that you'd need to read this book well.
For review: I kind of felt like this one took forever to build up to the climax, which I also partly saw coming, and then resolved too quickly. Neat little packages don't always happen in real life. That being said, I did appreciate how Michelle Jasper started to learn that being a Christian doesn't mean you too busy doing all the right stuff to actually have real time with God and your family. As part of the series, I really enjoyed it.
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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 received this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.