Lucy Come Home truly took me by surprise. I had never read anything by Dave & Neta Jackson before, but I only have good things to say about their gift for writing.
Written in a parallel story form, we get a first-person look into Lucinda Tucker’s life. From her childhood as the oldest of a large family of migrant farmers, to her older years on the streets and everything in between, Lucinda is an honest, vulnerable person that quickly captured my heart.
The authors did a remarkable job of painting the numerous settings of the story, from the whimsical carnival grounds to the dusty migrant camps and cramped, rented apartments, I felt as if I was following along with Lucinda and her “romeo”, Bo. As much as I love to read, I often struggle with the first few chapters until I become acquainted with the characters. However, this was not the case with Lucy Come Home. From the opening lines, I was drawn into the story.
Everything in my being was hoping for the very best for Bo and Cindy. When Bo left for war, I felt as if I was waiting for his next letter alongside Cindy. Their young love was so innocent and pure, and my heart broke for them as their relationship was strained.
To be transparent, I have to admit that I’m a lover of happy endings. I like a good fairy tale, and the conclusion of this book wasn’t something I was prepared for. But it granted me a huge insight towards understanding how circumstances in life can shape us. I have often struggled to comprehend what makes older people the way that they are. Lucinda was dealt more than her fair share of tragedy in her life, and while she was certainly a survivor, had she turned to Christ much earlier in her life, how different her journey could have been!
If you enjoy fiction, I highly recommend this captivating, inspiring tale.
Rating: 4 out of 5