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Who Do I Lean On? by Neta Jackson

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Who Do I Lean On? by Neta Jackson

Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff

"Neta Jackson has such a way of weaving story elements together that it’s so full of reality, yet entertaining as a story."

Neta Jackson is at it again with her third novel in the Yada Yada House of Hope Series, Who Do I Lean On?. Gabby Fairbanks is finally recovering from her sudden separation and has been able to get on her feet after a stay at the shelter where she works. In order to get her boys back, she had to find a suitable place to live, and that she did with the help of her lawyer, Lee Boyer.

As life in Chicago seems to settle down for Gabby, she begins to feel God calling her to purchase the six-flat in which she lives, in order to provide a home for some of the mothers and children in the shelter, a sort of halfway home where they can begin to really get on their feet and gain their independence. However, it’s not going to be easy. Gabby has to learn to put her faith completely in God, especially when her husband begins to show interest in talking with her and possibly even mending their relationship. Things get really complicated as Gabby notices that Lee seems to have an interest in her, as well.

As Gabby struggles with decisions and all of the work on her House of Hope project, she begins to pray with a friend, Jodi Baxter. It’s through these times of prayer that Gabby begins to truly grow. Even when she realizes that her husband is in a deep gambling debt, Gabby learns to lean on the One who has seen her through all of the trials she’s been through thus far.

In reading this book, I could feel the character’s emotions; the author, Neta Jackson, has such a way of weaving story elements together that it’s so full of reality, yet entertaining as a story. Not only that, but the story weaves in facets of the Christian faith in a way that is easily applicable to any life. She has a way of truly touching hearts through the characters, through various scenarios, and through the tough times that they encounter. It’s an inspirational book for any reader, but especially for women, as we can all relate to that bonding that comes only between girlfriends, even through prayer partners. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who seeks a story that is much more than just an ordinary story.

Melissa Lockcuff: Mel is a homeschooling mom who never tires of reading with her two adventurous little boys. After working as a nurse and a teacher, she realized where her personal priorities truly lay, and she made the decision to stay home with her boys. Mel has since found a true passion for writing. Right now, she writes articles and short pieces, and she is also learning how to write literature for children. She loves all things blogging, and her personal blog, Real Heart Prints, has topics like motherhood; homeschooling; recipes; devotionals; crafting; reviews on books, movies, and other products; giveaways; and all things home and garden; etc. She currently writes reviews with the TOS Crew, and she has also partnered with a friend and fellow writer to form MamaBuzz, where she enjoys writing reviews for children's products and ministering/writing to women through that venue. She has started work on her first book, which she hopes to finish within the next few months.