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Review and Giveaway: Derailed by Neta and Dave Jackson November 13, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:32 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Worthy Publishing (October 8, 2013)
Dave and Neta Jackson


As a husband/wife writing team, we are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together we are the authors or coauthors of over 120 books. (You can see our Publication Record by clicking HERE.) In addition to writing several books about Christian community, we have been privileged to coauthor numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

But over the years the we have especially enjoyed writing for children and young people! This includes our award-winning TRAILBLAZER series, historical fiction about great Christian heroes and heroines for young people ages 8-12, and the four-volume HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Great Christians, and the companion book, Heroes in Black History.

Somewhere along the way, our own children grew up! Son Julian is Director of Experience Design for the Alder Planetarium in Chicago where he “provides the experience of exploring space” for visitors. He has two sons, Liam Isaac and Elijah David. Daughter Rachel graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and after working in the field of rape-crisis prevention went on to earn a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Illinois. She is now a counselor at “Uni High School” in Champaign, Illinois. She is the loving mother of Havah Noelle (our first grandchild!) and Noah Zion, our youngest grandchild. The Jackson family also includes a Cambodian foster daughter, Samen Sang, who has four children.

We live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years we were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. We are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Derailed, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

It’s always fun to read series where you get to see the other parts of stories and this is what happens in the Windy City Series.

The first book in the series, Grounded, shares the story of Grace and in her story you meet Harry Bentley and his wife.

In Derailed you find out exactly what was going in their lives while Grace was going through her stuff.

Harry is a very likeable character and will be familiar to Neta and Dave Jackson fans, along with his wife, Estelle.

Harry is in  a strange place in his life, a place I believe many older adults can find themselves in. Taking care of a grandchild, a wayward child comes to live with him, a mother who they have to place in assisted living. Just a lot to deal with. I believe we often think when we get older life gets easier, but that isn’t always the case.

Some valuable lessons can be learned through this book. I am sure Neta Jackson fans will be very pleased with this new edition.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by November 19th at 5:00 pm to be entered in a drawing to win your won copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


22 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Derailed by Neta and Dave Jackson”

  1. Pam K. Says:

    I’ve read several of Neta’s books and liked them very much. She always has such interesting characters. I like how the characters intertwine in the books; it’s like meeting old friends again. I have the first book in this series so it would be great to win a copy of Derailed. Thanks for the chance.

  2. karenk Says:

    love this series….thanks for the chance to read DERAILED 🙂

  3. chris granville Says:

    Just found you as Christian authors
    Your book sounds great
    God bless you

  4. The Trailblazer Books are the best! Especially, The Queen’s Smuggler. Would love to win this new book. When clicking on the Derailed first chapter link, it says, “coming soon.” So… hope it does come soon, to my mailbox! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  5. Merry Says:

    My daughter gave me a glowing review of the first book in this series, Grounded. I would love a chance to win Derailed. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. Faith Says:

    My sister read and loved book one! 😀 Thank you for this giveaway. 🙂
    Faith, mickeydog AT myfairpoint DOT net

  7. Hi Melissa. Thanks for hosting Neta and Dave. And, for a chance to win this book. Sounds like they are busy people.Please enter me. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot))com

  8. Melanie Backus Says:

    Great review. Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Sounds very interesting. Would love to win this book. Thank you.

  10. Beth C Says:

    What a great book this sounds like! Please enter me.

  11. Congrats to Pam. chose number 1 this week!

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