Derailed (Windy City Neighbors Series #2)

Derailed (Windy City Neighbors Series #2)

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by Neta Jackson

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Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a detective. Receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring and suspicion rises about his own son's involvement in a major drug cartel.


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Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a detective. Receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring and suspicion rises about his own son's involvement in a major drug cartel.

The second in the Windy City Neighbors series, Derailed is a contemporary, and often humorous, tale in an urban setting, featuring ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. Intersecting with Grounded (book one), the Jacksons employ their innovative storytelling technique of "parallel novels." Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters' lives become intertwined and affect one another. Derailed transports you to Beecham Street—a typical, isolated American neighborhood . . . until hope moves in.

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Windy City Neighbors Series, #2
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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By Neta Jackson, Dave Jackson


Copyright © 2013 Dave Jackson and Neta Jackson
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ISBN: 978-1-61795-303-3


I'm usually willing to help out at Manna House, the shelter for homeless women where my wife works as a cook, but their idea of a Valentine's party is seldom as kick-back comfortable as watching the Super Bowl had been with my Yada Yada Brothers. So when my iPhone sounded its Law and Order ring, I welcomed the opportunity to leave my plate of tasteless white cake—definitely not something Estelle had baked—and slip out into the lobby.

I didn't recognize the number on the screen, but it was a Chicago area code, so I answered with a roll of my eyes. "Yeah, Bentley." Estelle bugs me about my gruff greeting, but soundin' like the cop I once was has knocked more than one telemarketer off his game.

"Hey, bro. How's it goin'?" The nasal twang was definitely not that of a brotha, but it sounded familiar.

"Uh ... Okay, I guess."

"Great! Roger Gilson here. Might have somethin' for ya."

Gilson ... Roger Gilson. Of course. "Ah, yes, Captain Gilson."

"But not with the CPD. Moved over to Amtrak."

"Amtrak ... as in trains?"

"Oh yeah. I cover from here all the way to the West Coast ... along with one other captain, that is. Can you believe it?"

"What happened to the CPD?"

"Ah, you know. Budget mess. The police pension fund doesn't look so secure anymore. But then you already know that, and that's why I called."

Gilson's Internal Affairs had helped me nail my corrupt boss about a year ago. But it's hard for any cop to like Internal Affairs, and I still wasn't sure I trusted Gilson. So I cautiously asked, "What's up?"

"Like I said, I'm at Amtrak now, and we're in a bit of a tussle with the TSA. They're all over us to tighten up security or they'll take over. But with the mess they've made of the airlines, nobody wants them running the nation's trains. Know what I mean?"

Sounded like Gilson had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. If the Transportation Security Administration took over security for Amtrak, Gilson might lose his job. "So ... why'd you call me?"

"You had some trouble with your eyes, right? Went blind for a while?"

"Yeah, I had a problem." A problem that'd scared me spitless because it might've been permanent. Had surgeries, wore eye patches for a while, even had to remain face down 24/7 for two whole weeks. It was a horror movie from which God alone had rescued me—but I didn't want to get into all that with Gilson.

"Anyway, I'm lookin' for a few men I can trust to work undercover. Know what I mean?"

He waited while I coughed off to the side to keep from laughing at him continually saying, Know what I mean? "Yes, Gilson. I know what undercover is."

"Well, we place undercover officers just about anyplace—in a station restaurant having coffee, sitting next to other passengers on trains, or in bathrooms mopping up."

"Ha! So you're lookin' for a black man to work undercover as a janitor. I don't think so—"

"No, no, no. You don't understand. I was thinkin', with you having been blind ... you can see now, though, can't ya?"

"Good enough." I could see just fine, but the man wasn't listening, so why explain?

"Great! Then here's the deal: you could work undercover as a blind man, wander anywhere ... even up and down the aisles of a train. I can see it now." I could imagine Gilson waving his hand through the air like he was painting a panorama. "You staring blankly here and there from behind a pair of wraparound shades, but actually seein' everything. Nobody would even notice you. Know what I mean?" He stopped.

The idea galled me. What was the civil rights movement about if it didn't include helping black people be noticed as valuable, contributing members of society? Finally, I said, "Yeah, I know what you mean, but like Jesse Jackson used to say, 'I Am Somebody!' But you want me to pose as a nobody."

"Ah, come on, Bentley. Don't play the race card on me now. We're talkin' undercover, and I'm tryin' to offer you something."

I snorted. "Gilson, you oughta be selling used cars, but this isn't for me." The doors from the shelter's multipurpose room swung open, and I was glad to see Estelle out of the corner of my eye. "Oops, here's the wife. Gotta go, Gilson. But thanks for thinkin' of me. You take care now!"

I didn't wait for his response. Just touched the red End bar on my phone. "Whew!" I turned to see Estelle's eyebrows arched high in question.

"Ah, just a guy from back in the day with the police department. Wanted me to come work for Amtrak."

"Hmph. Been askin' all over for you. But it's like the ladies don't even recognize you since you shaved your gray horseshoe beard."

"Whaddaya mean? Handsome black man, bald head, just about this tall, seen hangin' around here all too often, and they don't recognize me?"

"Well." She folded her arms and studied me dubiously. "With that little beard you got goin' on around your mouth there, they say you look more like Louis Gossett Jr."

"And that's bad? Come on, now ... Della Reese!"

Now she laughed. "Hey, you know I can't sing like her."

"But you sure can touch me like an angel." I winked, big.

She grabbed my arm and gave me one of those light-up-my-life grins. "Oh, come on, you. We're outta here." She glanced back over her shoulder. "Let someone else clean up the kitchen for once—we still got groceries to get, remember?"

I sighed. But with snow still piled high after one of Chicago's heaviest snowstorms, I didn't want to chance her getting stuck.

"Yeah, I remember, babe. Let me get our coats."

Twenty minutes later we were in the Jewel, and I was driving the grocery cart behind Estelle. We were paused in the produce section while she carefully examined each item before putting it into the basket when my phone rang. Gilson again. I was tempted to send him straight to voice mail, but I'd learned not to burn my bridges. Couldn't keep the sarcasm out of my voice though.

"What now, Gilson?"

"Ah, good. Now don't hang up on me again, Harry! I'm just tryin' to get you on the team here. And I've come up with a better idea. You worked K-9 for a while, didn't you?"

I hesitated. "Yeah ... I'm still certified, but that was before I joined Fagan's unit."

"Great, then you know how to handle dogs. We're trying to expand our K-9 unit. Had a young officer complete her training with the smartest dog I've ever seen, but now she's on maternity leave and not likely to return since her baby has severe birth defects. So we have a dog—cost us thousands—without a handler. How 'bout that?"

I frowned. "How 'bout what? You wanna team me with someone else's dog?"

"Corky's young and like I said, smart, very smart. She could make the transition."

"Wait a minute. Handlers are what? Officers? Sergeants? You'd bust me down from a detective?"

"Oh, c'mon. We can work somethin' out. Meet me halfway here, Harry. I'm tryin' to reel you in. I'm sure we could—"

"Gilson! Would you shut up a minute?" The man sounded like he was on too much Vicodin, and it felt good to tell him to shut up. I was a private citizen now who didn't have to kowtow to anyone.

There was silence ... for five seconds. "Sorry, Harry. Just gettin' into my creative mode. I'm a creative guy, ya know? That's what I love about this job. But seriously, we'd like you to come on board ... like all aboard." He laughed at his stupid joke. "It doesn't have to be K-9, but I'm puttin' together a team, and they have to have integrity. That's why I thought of you. You proved yourself when you stepped up to nail Fagan."

Matty Fagan had been my boss, corrupt as they come, shakin' down drug dealers and stealing their guns and dope to resell ... until I blew the whistle on him.

"Hey," Gilson continued, "how much were you makin' before we asked you to take early retirement?"

"Doesn't matter. I'm not interested." Of course I could use the money, but ... "Sorry, Gilson. Don't think I'm up to travelin' all over the country. I like trains and all, but I'm a family man now."

"Ah, but that's the thing! Sure, you go out on runs, but then you're home for several days where you can focus on—hey, I didn't know you were married! And kids too? Man, you work fast. But you'll actually get more time with the family. Plus the benefits are great, free rail privileges for you and the family. Think about that."

"Harry!" It was Estelle, twenty feet ahead of me with a gallon of milk in her hand. "What good's the cart if I gotta hold this?"

"Sorry, Gilson. But I really can't talk now. I'm in the store helpin' my wife with shopping. Like I said, family man!"

I shut the phone off and hurried to catch up.

* * *

I can hoof it with the best of 'em when walkin' or even joggin', but slow shoppin' is worse than snow shovelin' as far as my back is concerned. So when we finally got home, I flopped down on the couch beside my thirteen-year-old grandson, DaShawn, who was celebrating no homework over a five-day weekend by watching nonstop TV. The holidays hadn't been triggered by the huge storm, but for the kids it was as good as a "snow week." Thursday they were off for staff development, Friday for Lincoln's Birthday, then the weekend, and Monday for President's Day. You'd think they could have combined Lincoln with the other presidents, but not in Illinois.

Estelle was standing at the kitchen counter opening mail. "Harry ... here's one for you." She flipped an envelope my way, and I caught it like a Frisbee, glancing at the return address. From my son? Rodney's name was followed by a long inmate number and the address of the county jail on Memorial Drive in Atlanta. My shoulders sagged. How'd he get himself arrested again? I'd visited that gray-towered bastille on police business and knew it didn't qualify as anyone's "home away from home."

Swearing under my breath, I ripped the letter open and turned it away from DaShawn, glad for once that he was glued to American Idol. The boy didn't need to deal with his father being in jail again.

I'd been estranged from Rodney for over ten years until the Department of Children and Family Services brought me his son a couple of years ago—a grandson I didn't even know I had—while Rodney was in Cook County Jail. We'd managed a few contacts, and I'd lined up an attorney who got his case dismissed. Thought things were going better between us. Then he went down to Atlanta "to put his life back together." We texted a couple of times, and then he quit answering. Made me mad, so I quit trying.

I scanned his scrawl. He'd been picked up on a drug charge, but this time he wasn't claiming it was a bogus setup. "It was my mistake, Dad. I never should've—" Dad? He called me Dad? I sat up a little straighter and kept reading. Rodney said he'd completed a drug treatment program that qualified him for early release—middle of February—provided he had "suitable accommodations." Meaning he needed a place to stay. "But I don't really want to go back to staying where I was. I'm afraid I'd just get back into the old patterns. So, I'm wondering if I could come live with you guys for a while?"

I slapped the letter closed and looked around the room as if someone was going to catch me reading such an outrageous request. Slowly I opened the letter and reread the words: "So, I'm wondering if I could come live with you guys for a while?"

No way was Rodney gonna insinuate himself into our happy family! Wasn't gonna happen! Outta the question!

I started to fold the letter and return it to its envelope when I realized there was a second sheet of paper, a printed form from the Criminal Court of DeKalb County. Rodney had already filled in his name and inmate number at the top. All it needed was my name, address, relationship to the inmate, and a dated signature to create a formal invitation.

Of all the nerve!

I put everything back into the envelope and stuffed it into my pocket just as Estelle called, "Y'all shut that trash off and come to the table now. The pizza's gettin' cold."

We held hands and I said a blessing, pretty much the same short prayer I usually prayed, but the thought of what we were doing struck me as I said amen. We were a family, the kind of family I'd never provided for Rodney. His resentment of my too-busy life while I'd been a Chicago cop had taken its toll, and when I was home, I drank too much.

God had given me a second chance to be the kind of a father to DaShawn I'd never been to Rodney, and I wasn't gonna risk that by ...

I looked around the kitchen table. There was something wrong with this beautiful picture. I knew God had forgiven me, but that didn't mean the past didn't still hang heavy over my head.

"So," Estelle said in a voice meant to perk us all up as she poured Pepsi into our glasses from a two-liter bottle, "what'd Rodney have to say?"

"My dad? Did he call?" DaShawn's eyes went big as he tried to corral his mouth full of pizza.

I sighed and gave Estelle a thanks-a-lot look. "No, son, he didn't call. I got a letter from him today." I glared at Estelle, but she ignored my distress. "He's still in Atlanta, but—"

"But what?"

"He just wanted us to know he's okay, and he's thinkin' about us." What else could I say? "And ... and he wishes he were here."

DaShawn nodded with the understanding of a boy who'd been disappointed too many times.


Estelle's plus size bounced our bed as she flopped down beside me, half sitting up against the pillows. "So ..." She waited until I looked up from reading my Michael Connelly novel. "What did Rodney's letter really say?"

"Ah, not much. He's still in Atlanta." I shrugged and turned back to see how Detective Harry Bosch was going to catch the bad guys in the pages of my novel. I liked Harry ... especially his name.

"Harry Bentley, I'm a real person talkin' to you here, not ink on some dead trees. What did Rodney have to say? I know it wasn't good, 'cause I can read your body language better'n you can read that book."

I closed it reluctantly and sighed. "He's back in jail—"

"Oh no. Harry, I'm so sorry. How come?"

"Got busted for drugs, I guess. Says he's up for release. But this time ..." Don't know why I felt the need to defend him, but I pressed on. "This time he's gone through a drug treatment program, and ... and he even called me 'Dad.' "

"Really?" There was genuine wonderment in Estelle's voice.

"Yeah, and he signed it, 'Merry Christmas, Rodney.' "

She nodded slowly. "Well, that sounds hopeful—though he's a little late with the Merry Christmas." Estelle sighed like she'd just finished climbing the stairs to our little apartment. "Well, I sure do hope he can turn it around this time—not just for his sake, but for DaShawn. But Harry ..." She hesitated a moment. "I don't know how long it'll last unless he makes a clean break with his runnin' buddies. I had my doubts when he went down to Atlanta sayin' he was gonna hook up with some old friends." She shook her head. "He needs to get away from 'em—all of 'em, Harry!"

"I know." I nodded in agreement as Estelle tied a night scarf around her head to protect her 'do. "You're right. He needs help—" I grimaced. "—and that's the other reason he wrote. He, uh, asked if he could come stay with us. Actually, it's a requirement for his early release, someplace to go. He even included a form from the county he wants me to fill out." I watched Estelle's mouth slowly drop open. "But don't worry, babe. It ain't gonna happen."

She didn't speak for a long moment, and I wondered what she was thinking. Her fingers toyed with the edge of the sheet. "Well, that's right, of course. We just don't have the room. He'd be all up in our business—I mean, we wouldn't have any privacy, not to mention we gotta think of DaShawn now."

"I know, I know! It's an outrageous idea. Out of the question."

Estelle pulled the blankets up to her chin, staring blankly at the foot of our bed as she slowly nodded her head. I turned to look at the same nothingness and nodded my head in unison.

"Though ... you know, Harry, sometimes I wish we did have a big enough place where Leroy could come. I really do."

Long-term sorrow filled Estelle's voice. Estelle had an adult son too, but Leroy was schizophrenic and had nearly died in a house fire when he was trying to live alone. His burns were still not fully healed.

"I know, babe. But you know he needs to be in an institution where he can get his whirlpool sessions and those pressure sleeves put on—"

"But it won't be that way forever. He's almost healed."

Her pain about Leroy was deep. "The burns are almost healed," I said softly, "but he still needs full-time care, Estelle."


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Derailed: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the next book. I love the parrellel approached that the authors are taking with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was concerned at the beginning, It started kind of slow, but then it really picked up. Maybe because I read the prior one in the series and this one gives the perspective from Harry Bentley, It is still a great book and I truly enjoyed reading it. I love these authors and have read every Yada Yada series. Still a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this series - interesting, enjoyable, some suspense - well written
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried my hardest on a few different occasions to read this book to the end but I was unable to actually finish reading it. The writing style (in Book #2 - "Derailed)" was so different from book #1 and it felt like it was written more from a male perspective, which is fine, but I was just unable to connect with Harry's character and even get into the book. This book also covered much of the information that had already been presented in the first novel ("Grounded"). I hated having to write this low scoring review because I have been a Dave & Neta Jackson fan since the Yada Yada prayer series. But I definitely enjoyed book #1 and I look forward to finishing the Windy City neighbors series as more novels are written. I will give it some time and try to finish reading this book all the way through. The reason I would still recommend someone else to read this particular novel is because you may have a different perspective than what I have. Whatever you decide, happy reading to you! I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I love it when you find a true treasure in a great series of books. The kind that make you sad when you finish one because you have to wait for the next one and often times it could take awhile. Such is the case with The Windy City Neighborhood Series by authors Dave and Neta Jackson. After reading Grounded, their first novel in the series, the second book, Derailed has finally picked back up with our favorite characters we met in the first one. Perhaps by far, my favorite character is Estelle Bentley, because she has the faith that most would dream of having. The kind that offers up simple prayers as easily as having a one on one conversation with a close friend. But what we discover is that even those prayers are offered up, they are not always answered in the way we would like to. Even when it seems that the steps we take are guided by God, it soon leaves us second guessing if we didn't in fact step out on our own instead. This novel is based on the Harry Bentley, Estelle's husband that was once blind but now can see, is asked to go undercover as a blind man in disguise working for the police on board the Amtrak trains. It takes us into the back story of Harry that we only glimpsed in passing in the first novel. Since Harry is new to the Christian faith, living with Estelle as a strong woman of faith makes him question his own actions at times. I love this honesty of how the life of faith isn't an easy one to walk and at times, we all find ourselves questioning whether we are doing what God would want or simply our own desires. He struggles being the head of the house and financial provider of learning to reverse the roles of putting his family first instead of his job. Not an easy one for men to live up to. The Bentley's life hasn't been an easy one but is a true testament of what faith can do when it is applied correctly. Harry's son, Rodney has been in prison but now upon his release is looking for ways to turn over a new leaf. Since his son, DaShawn has been living with Estelle and Harry, Rodney is hoping to secure a decent job and find a way to start a new life for him and DaShawn. Perhaps my favorite part of this book, isn't really the individual stories but one of how they all interact with their neighbors. It shows us an example of what a faith based community should look like even if our neighbors are not believers. It shows us how to respond in love and kindness and role models what we all can hope to obtain by being better people to those around us. I received Derailed by Dave and Neta Jackson compliments of Worthy Books and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. I can't wait for the next book in this series Penny Wise which you get a sneak peek at in the conclusion of this novel. There are also discussion questions included to make this a great novel for book clubs. I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by these awesome authors. I love the "parallel" style of books they are doing. This book is a fun read but has some read depth of characters and thought-provoking text. I really look forward to book #3 in the Windy City Neighbors series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous series so far! I find myself working through my own faith struggles as the characters work through theirs. The Jacksons have found a way to combine a totally engaging web of storyline, people you would like to have in your own life and a daily devotional and keep you wanting more. Keep writing!!! Just two words: THANK YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I inhaled the first book and felt uplifted and inspired by it. I expected a continuarion of ghe first story and eagerly spent the money to buy the new book . I am very dissppointed. This book is nothung but the regurgitated first story, told from another person's point of view. Not inspiring of anything other than sheer boredom. As a reader, i feel taken advantage of by this writer. When you publish your writing exercises under the guise of a "new book" that is just plain WRONG. I will give anyfurther offerings by this person a wide berth in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No surprise that Derailed is yet another in an amazing collection of work from the Jacksons. I loved getting to see Harry Bentley in a way vastly different than the way he first appeared as the Fairbanks' doorman. This inside look into his personality, his marriage, his experience as a father/grandfather, his battles with things that make life hard, and his very real desire to see how God is working in it all is refreshing. As always, Dave and Neta have created a character who touches the heart of anyone who has ever had to face life head-on. I'm excited to see what comes next in this series of novels whose characters continue to cross paths, whose stories will weave into one another's, and whose walks with Christ will be an encouragement and inspiration to me as I share my own journey with theirs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Derailed is a great stand-alone novel, though its charm is that it the fleshes out the details of a what appears, on the surface, to be a sleepy Chicago suburb. After having met sweet Grace in Grounded, we have the opportunity to explore her neighbors, the Bentleys. The intrigue of Harry Bentley's job, while working out the complexities of his past, his relationship with his ex-con son, raising his grandson, and supporting his wife makes for an compelling read. I truly appreciate Harry's struggles as "life" re-arranges his plans and he seeks to find his way in the midst of the turmoil. Terrific read. It is a great read for teens and older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So thankful that I found the "Yada Yada" series by Dave and Neta Jackson several years ago. I have loved getting to stay in touch with all of those characters and getting to meet new ones in the spin-off series. "Derailed" is the next book in the Windy City Neighbors series. It's a great book filled with characters who grab hold of your heart. They make me wish I lived on their street! If you love books driven by great characters, these books are for you. You will be drawn in and won't be able to put the book down. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I was ecstatic to receive my copy and immediately sat down to read. Derailed was billed as book 2 of the Windy City Series, but as this is a parallel, companion novel, it really is more Book 1.5. The Windy City Series interweaves some new characters and a new neighborhood into the familiar Yada Yada and House of Hope Series and characters. If the reader expects a continuation of the story that began with Grounded, he/she will be disappointed! This book offers Harry Bentley's perspective on the events that happened in Grounded. The reader comes to know how the Bentley's ended up buying the house on Beecham Street, how Rodney came to live with his father, why Estelle baked and delivered cinnamon rolls to all the neighbors, how Harry ended up working security at Amtrak, why Meredith Grace sang at Mother Bentley's funeral and other matters. Like most of the Jackson's novels, I enjoyed this one too. Because it is written mostly by Dave (my assumption) and the story is told from a male's perspective, it is a more difficult read for me (meaning that the language does not flow as well for me and the humor may be more 'boy' than I like). As a wife and mother, Harry's perspective, for me, is important because men and women see things differently, process them different and act on them differently! In essence, I see this as an opportunity to have insight into how/why my husband, sons and father think differently. However, I love that Neta and Dave take ordinary people in ordinary situations and share their thoughts, fears and FAITH! How often have I questioned whether I really heard God's plan for me? When things blow up, as they sometimes do, don't I question whether this was really God's plan? Reading about Harry's struggles and crisis of faith is reassuring that we all go through these. And we learn to double-down and lean on others to get us through. Though, I enjoyed this book, I am looking forward to a continuation of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Yada Yada books and the following series and enjoyed them all. I enjoyed this book as well. It's part of the new Windy Cities Series but really feels like it's a continuation from the Harry Bentley books. If you liked those you will probably like this one as well. This book is a parallel book to Grounded. I was expecting it to take off from where that ended and go forward from another point of view. However, this was the same time period as the first book. I found it enough different that it didn't feel repetitive though. I really enjoyed continuing with Harry and Estelle's story and catching a few glimpses of my old favorite characters. I liked the action in this one with Harry having gone back to police work, this time for Amtrak, mixed in with sensitivity with Harry's mom and Mattie. I found myself trying to guess which characters might be the subject of the next books and looking forward to finding out about them. I really liked the feeling I can see building of "neighborhood" the kind that rarely exists anymore. I was given an advance copy of this book in return for my impartial review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jordahl -Well Dave and Neta Jackson did it again. A wonderful parallel book about Harry and Estelle Bentley, their faith, their doubts, their ups and downs in life. the Jacksons make their characters so real, we can all relate to them. Buying a house, Harry's mothers failing health, Estelle's son and grandson, Harry going back to the PD to work all of it makes for a fascinating read. Can't wait for the next book to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Dave & Neta Jackson! I loved the Yada Yada books and all that came after. It's great to see those original characters pop up from time to time as this story continues. The fact that this book centered around Harry Bentley was great for me because he's one of those characters that I've come to love. :) I actually liked this book better than Grounded, the first book in this series, because it had more of the characters that I'm familiar with. I'm still intrigued with the Parallel Novel technique that these two are using in this series. Usually you only get to see one part of the story. Here, you're seeing all of the different pieces and how they fit together. I can't wait to see what's coming up next! Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Wynn-Wynn Media in return for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I received no monetary compensation for this review.
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Musicaljean More than 1 year ago
If you love stories that feature real, down-to-earth people, life issues, and drama; if you are searching for true help in dealing with your own real-life issues and drama; if you enjoy laughing, crying, growing, and being stretched, this is a book for you! Dave and Neta Jackson are the BEST at pulling the readers into the story and making them feel like the characters are their best friends. Having previously read all the Yada Yada, House of Hope, Harry Bentley, and Souled Out Sisters books, as well as this book's parallel story, Grounded, I was absolutely delighted to get so well acquainted with my "friends" Harry and Estelle. I knew they would be living across the street from Grace, the main character in Grounded, but to live through all that transpired in the finding of, moving into, and being able to afford to keep that house, was fun at times, despairing at others. Finding out "the rest of the story" of Grace's experience on the train made it hard to lay the book down! Meeting more neighbors on Beecham Street was extremely interesting, and only makes it all the harder to wait for the the next book in the Windy City Neighbors series. Dave and Neta Jackson exhibit pure genius in their ability to tell simultaneous stories from two different perspectives. Another GREAT book!
readermontana More than 1 year ago
DERAILED by Neta and Dave Willie Jackson This book is wonderful – I love the way Dave does the Parallel Novel with the first book in the WINDY CITY NEIGHBORS – GROUNDED. It is like being in the same book, but with a different view of the people and surroundings and events. What made this book even more interesting to me was being on the Amtrak train, as I took a cross-country trip in May. Everything in this book is just like being on the train – I loved it. Being with the beloved characters Harry and Estelle Bentley was great, and seeing how they dealt with things in their lives, leaning on the Lord for understanding, and getting to know their neighbors made me realize even more how much we need to reach out and help others. Grace seems like an old friend from the first book and DERAILED shows new things about her from GROUNDED, which I enjoyed. Being back in SouledOut church was like coming home to my church – with all the friends from the previous series of books. Nothing is lost in reading this book – and I am anxious now to read the next book in this series. Keep on writing these books Dave and Neta – I love them. My book club is anxiously waiting to start this series soon. Thank you for letting me read an advanced copy. Your readers are in for a wonderful trip. I highly recommend it for anyone to read. You will be blessed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave & Neta Jackson do it again!  This book weaves a wonderful story of God's love and grace, His yearning for us to draw close to Him.  In going back to work, Harry Bentley discovers what true love and forgiveness mean for a son that hasn't lived up to his desires and expectations.  The Jackson writing team brings to the pages the struggles that all of us face - a child who isn't what we thought they should be, our own prejudices, our own short comings, everything.  This is a book you won't put down until you finish.  Thank you Dave & Neta!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave and Neta Jackson have perfected the concept of parallel novels to the nth degree. I have personally never heard of it until I discovered this pair of remarkable writers in their group of novels, The YaDa YaDa Prayer Group, YaDa House of Hope, and the Harry Bentley books. The Windy City Neighbors series has begun more adventures for some of the characters we have met before in the YaDa books. In particular, the first novel, Grounded, provided one story about a Christian music artist who had experienced some lifeshaking setbacks. Within that story we reconnected with Estelle and Harry. Now in Derailed, we see the story that started with Grace Meredith from a new perspective...Harry's. I love how this concept of parallel novels takes us on a whole new adventure while reminding us of parts of Grace's story. But Harry's part in the story fleshes out details that were incidental in the first novel. We learn about how God is really teaching Harry to rely on Jesus to have the power to bring Harry through events in his life, rather than needing to know beforehand exactly how certain circumstances are going to work out. As Harry says himself, "Maybe it was okay if I still didn't understand it all. If I could get my comfort from seeking Jesus rather than wrestling everything to the ground, then maybe I ws being equipped to pass the same comfort on to other people." This particular writing avenue seems unique to the Jackson duo of Dave and Neta. I love it! And I can't wait for the next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Christian fiction authors Neta and Dave Jackson since reading the Yada Yada series a few years ago. This is the second in the Windy City Neighbors series and a parallel novel to Grounded. The Jacksons have a talent for making the characters in their books seem like family, and this book is no exception. The characters we are introduced to in Grounded take center stage in Derailed, and the questions we were left with get answers. As usual, this book has a few twists and turns and enough suspense so you don’t want to put it down. But the intrigue and mystery started in Grounded is finally solved in the last chapter of Derailed. After reading many of their books, my expectations are very high, and this book definitely exceeded them. Highly recommend this book, but be sure to read Grounded first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book Derailed by Dave and Neta Jones.  It was a great parallel story to complement Grounded, the first novel in this series.  It is a Christian fiction series about every day people living lives like ours, making similar decisions.  Though it is fiction, there are many life lessons tucked away in the story.  It was nice to see a man strengthen his spiritual self.  I recommend it.