Behind every skyline there are neighborhoods, relationships, people, and stories …
By Dave and Neta Jackson
To be a father like God, to have God as his father ...
Perhaps he was being given a second chance at both.
Having retired from the Chicago Police Department, Harry Bentley was lying low with only one thing looming from his past: He’d blown the whistle on a gang of rogue cops and was awaiting the day when Internal Affairs would call him to testify and help put their leader, Lieutenant Matty Fagan, behind bars.
His cover was working as a simple doorman in a highrise luxury apartment building on Chicago’s lakefront. And then Gabby Fairbanks and her husband, Philip, moved into the building’s penthouse. Gabby brought home a dumpy old bag lady, got a job at the Manna House Women’s Shelter, found her life falling apart, and managed somehow to entangle Harry Bentley in the whole affair when she was faced with the dilemma of Where Do I Go? (Neta's parallel novel to this story.) But there was an upside. Through Gabby, Harry meets the classy Estelle Williams, a volunteer at the shelter, and envisions a second chance at romance.
Harry also gets involved with the Yada Yada brothers—Josh Baxter and his father Denny, Peter Douglas, Carl Hickman, Ben Garfield—who provide a new circle of friends to replace his old CPD cohorts. But when Harry discovers he has a grandson he didn’t know about, will he find the faith to take on the boy as a “second chance” to be the father he’d failed to be to his own son—even when the boy creates new dangers in Harry’s fight against corruption, and may derail his “second chance” at love?
Janelle Clare Schneider, author and devoted Yada Yada Prayer Group fan says, “Harry Bentley's Second Chance beautifully captures the flavor and style of the Yada Yada books, yet gives a different perspective on these ladies we've come to love. Though Harry's story alone is engrossing, it was an added layer of delight to follow his journey as he met and came to know each of the ladies and their husbands. I hope there are many more Yada Yada Brothers novels to come!”
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From the beginning, Harry Bentley was a friend to Gabby Fairbanks, the main character in Neta's House of Hope novels, but you’ve seen Harry only through Gabby’s eyes and may not realize he is a retired Chicago cop who put himself on the line by blowing the whistle on a corrupt and dangerous colleague.
He and Estelle are “an item,” but have you been on a date with them?
He’s raising his grandson, but why?
He saves Gabby’s estranged husband from being shot, but how?
He’s found faith through the Yada Yada brothers’ Bible study group, but can it carry him through the most frightening experience of his life?
The Yada Yada Brothers novels by Dave Jackson parallel Neta’s House of Hope novels and represent a different kind of reading enjoyment, three-dimensional literature, if you will. It’s something that only a husband and wife writing team could pull off. Each novel stands alone but takes place in the same time frame, same neighborhood, involving some of the same characters living through their own dramas and crises but interacting with and affecting one another … just the way it happens in real life.
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