Where Do I Go by Neta Jackson is the first in a new series about Manna House, the homeless shelter that was featured in Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series. First I have to get this out of the way: Ahhhhhhh!!!! You can't end a book that way! What a cliffhanger! How long am I going to have to wait until the next book? I'm going to go crazy waiting! Ok, that said, let me fill you in on the book. Gabby Fairbanks has been uprooted from all that she knows as her husband starts a new business in Chicago. She's left her fulfilling job as the recreational director of a senior citizen's center, her two sons are still enrolled in their private school back in Virginia until the end of the school year, and she has no friends or support system in a huge city. On her first day in town, she meets a homeless woman named Lucy, slices open her foot, embarrasses her husband and his business partners, and meets the fatherly doorman, Mr. Bentley, at her building. Every one of these events will shape Gabby's future in Chicago. After sending Lucy to Manna House, a nearby women's homeless shelter, Gabby stops by to make sure Lucy is ok. Gabby quickly becomes a regular at the shelter, becoming attached to the director and many of the volunteers (this is where the cast from Yada Yada comes in), so when a job there opens up perfectly suited to her schooling, Gabby jumps at it. But her husband views the job as unnecessary and possibly as harmful to his new business. Gabby has to decided between her family and the job that fills her heart and soul. The reader is introduced to Gabby when she runs through the sand barefoot and dips her feet into the icy waters of Lake Michigan, and her engaging personality is immediately winning. She is smart and loving and funny, and when her husband verbally abuses her, you want to reach into the book and smack him up alongside his head! Jackson has an incredible ability to write sympathetic characters you want to bring home and make your friends for life, and while I really enjoyed the Yada Yada series, she's created something completely new in Gabby Fairbanks. Of the over 400 books I've read this year, I have to say this is one of my absolute favorites! Fantastic characters, inspiring plot, moving faith in a familiar setting makes for a book I can't wait to pass on!
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