As many of you know from reading my blog, reading is one of my passions. I enjoy books from many different genres, and always love losing myself in a good book. As I wrote in a previous post, I thoroughly enjoyed the Yada Yada Prayer Group series by Neta Jackson. The characters in this series are so real and easy to relate to, and I feel like I could be a part of their group. Neta has also written the House Of Hope series, SouledOut Sisters, and parallel novels with her husband Dave.
I am extremely honored to share with all my readers that Neta allowed me to receive an advanced reader’s copy of her latest book, Grounded, to read and review. I was absolutely excited beyond belief to receive the ARC because I will admit that I just couldn’t wait for it to come out in the stores. I hope that you enjoy my review on Neta and Dave’s newest book, and use it to make an informed decision about reading it in the near future.
- ISBN-13: 9781617950001
- Publisher: Worthy Publishing
- Publication date: 5/7/2013
- Series: Windy City Neighbors , #1
- Pages: 320
General Overview: Grounded begins with an introduction to Grace Meredith, a Christian Contemporary recording artist. She is a young, single woman who has a very demanding and public career. She has what she thinks is the perfect husband-to-be and a wonderful career. Things go wrong, and she suddenly finds herself rethinking her life and what her music stands for. Even though she is young, she has the maturity of a person far older. She had things happen in her past that reflected on her lifestyle in the present. And unexpected storm grounds her at home with a new friend, and she begins to re-evaluate her life. The break up in her personal life soon leads her in a new direction in her professional one, one that is fueled by her renewed faith in God.
My Thoughts: I have to admit, this turned out to be another one of my favorites. While I don’t have anything in common with the main character Grace, I found her to be a very real character. I enjoyed getting to know her through this story, unlike Kat the main character from the SouledOut Sisters books. There is just something very reachable and believable about Grace that was not present in Kat’s story. Having read all the other books in the Yada Yada series, it was easy for me to visual the current plot happenings. A great thing about the newest book is that you don’t have to read any other Yada Yada first in order to understand Grounded, but I found that I enjoyed the book even more because I did read the other Yada Yada’s first. I will also say that I was sad to read the last page because I knew I had to wait a while for the next book to come out. I especially liked hearing more about Henry and Estelle Bentley. They were characters that always showed the true meaning of God’s grace and how it is extended to everyone.
Final Notes: All in all, I really enjoyed Dave and Neta’s newest book. If you are a fan of christian fiction, this is a book that you should definitely put on your must read book list. If you have ever been to Chicago(I finally got there last July and will be returning again this July), you can get a real sense of where these stories are happening. I think that is one of the reasons why I got so excited to read her new book because I recognized some of the places from our trip in the details mentioned in the book. It made the book even more personal to me. I look forward to the next novel coming out in October of 2013, and I hope that I will be able to do another review for the Jackson’s.
You can find Grounded May 2013 in paperback at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and Christianbook.com. It is also available in e-book format as well.
I received an advance reader copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.