Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 12/9/2014
My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Tucker Series #2
In the second installment of the gripping Tucker’s Way series, Tucker faces the biggest crisis of her life.
Tucker has finally overcome a lifelong fear of trusting others and let her kind neighbor, Ella, into her heart. Despite their different backgrounds, Tucker and Ella share a deep affection and, together with their good friend Smiley Carter, they support one another and care for Tucker’s three troubled grandchildren.
As Tucker’s bonds with Ella and Smiley deepen, Tucker’s grandson disappears and the bank threatens to foreclose on her farm. Then the worst happens—Ella is diagnosed with lung cancer. How can Tucker find her faith during a time when God has never seemed farther away?
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Master storyteller, David Johnson returns with the second installment AN UNEXPECTED FROST, for a riveting and emotional story of faith, love and forgiveness.
Meeting Tucker in Book One, with TUCKER’S WAY, readers learn the pain, suffering, and tragedy she has encountered in her life. However, an unexpected angel, Ella was sent her way; A neighbor, friend, and woman she grows to love and respect. Two opposites learn from another. Now this beloved friend’s cancer is back and it is Tucker’s turn to help her, to the bitter end and grant her wishes. In addition, April is still fragile, March goes missing, and Tucker is in jeopardy of losing her home, due to unpaid property taxes, and with more land to sell.
With the help of good friend Smiley Carter, Tucker, April, and August they all come together to say their good-byes, while at the same time unexpected gifts are granted for a heartwarming and inspirational story which will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
If any of you have read my review of Tucker’s Way, you will realize my excitement of this series. I will reiterate, David Johnson has a gift, as he reaches down and grabs you by the heart and speaks through his flawed characters, as they come alive on the page, and they soon become your best friend as you care about their everyday lives and future.
As I mentioned in my previous review, if you are a fan of Tyler Perry’s Madea, you will love David Johnson’s main character, Tucker—as despite the rough exterior, they stand up for what is right; however, they they also have a nurturing side. Both characters offer humor and wit, mixed with the tragedy and loss. Best of all an inspiring takeaway for a thought-provoking message for us all. In order to live our life, we must forgive those who have hurt us, in order to move on. (the tree analogy was amazing).
The poem written by August to Ella was poignant and bittersweet, and be sure and have some Kleenex handy. Johnson has been added to my favorite author list, and look forward to reading the remainder of the books in this incredible series. (I can envision Tucker in the purple dress).
His vast background is again reflective throughout the pages of AN UNEXPECTED FROST, a wonderful gift of writing, and have already started on Book 3, APRIL’S RAIN. After Book 4, let’s hope there will be a Book 5 for August. I cannot say enough about this author and series, thank you for telling this remarkable story of faith, and hope to see a movie or series forthcoming. Another 5 Star winner!