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.
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About the authors: 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.
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This is the third installment of the Windy City series. There were things I liked, and things that I just didn't. Michelle and Jared are way too busy, they haven't learned how to say the word NO, which happens to a lot of young couples with growing kids and being active in a church. I remember those days, and learning to say NO was hard to learn, yet so freeing when you do.
I didn't care for the racial attitude in the book. Meaning the way one character would have thoughts about another based on ethnicity or religious difference. I lived in the beach area of Virginia for six years and I don't have a stomach for racial tension. Being a military brat and wife, I lived and hung out with all different types of races. I knew people not skin color.
All in all I would give this book 3 ***.