Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff
Who Do I Lean On? by Neta Jackson
"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.