After much anticipation, I finally got to read the final book in the Yada Yada House of Hope series. It was definitely worth the wait, but I was distressed to see that she has no plans for any further “Yada Yada” books. As I have mentioned in other posts, I really was able to connect to the characters in her books. They are real, approachable, and they feel like they are your real life friends.
In this final book, Neta wraps up many of the questions surrounding what was going to happen to Gabby and Phillip. After reading the first 3 books, and knowing what Phillip put Gabby through, I wasn’t sure if I wanted things to work out between this couple. I was impressed with how Phillip seemed sincere with his apology to Gabby in the hospital. But what touched me the most about this book, was Gabby admitting to Phillip that she did play a major part in the demise of their marriage. She admitted to him that her decisions to apply for the job, and to bring her mother home were life changing decisions that they should have discussed together.
I enjoyed the story that was introduced in this book regarding Lucy, the homeless woman who was the main reason Gabby and Phillip started having major problems in Chicago. It was heartwarming to see that this feisty old woman had a softer side to her, and that her family didn’t just abandon her, as I first thought when I began reading this series.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and I hope that Ms. Jackson will write more Yada Yada books, hopefully in the near future!