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Making it Home is the newest addition to Jones' the Jackson's Pond series, but any reader can enjoy this volume as a stand alone. Would I recommend to read the other two for a foundation to the series? Of course! But if you happen to find the opportunity to pick this one up, feel free to do so without having read the others. Jones does a wonderful job of providing enough backstory when necessary in order to be fully present in this story.
There is a profound amount of representation in this book. We encounter characters of different races, backgrounds, and, one that I find is most notably excluded usually - ages. Jones does what she does best with these characters - she invites the readers into these characters' lives as they were living, breathing beings.
I feel that Jones reaches another level (is that possible??) with her writing because what we have in Making It Home is a story of racism and intolerance. It is very much mirroring current history, and I appreciate the decision to write about such difficult topics. It can't be easy to make such a heavy subject matter into a complete and compelling novel. It was a great decision, however, because fiction that reflects "real life" should cause a stir in our emotions just as the real world things do as well (I hope!).
All in all, in reading Jones' Making It Home, you will encounter a story that will make you think and feel. If that is something you are ready for, please take some time to pick up this book!
Although her fiction tends to be set in West Texas, her characters’ lives embody issues not bounded by geography of any particular region. Families and loners; communities in flux; people struggling, others successful; some folks satisfied in solitude and others yearning for connection populate her work. And they all have in common that they are more human than otherwise.
Jones grew up in a small Texas town, Iowa Park. Earlier she worked as a nurse, a nurse educator, a nursing college administrator, and as a nurse practitioner in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. For the past twenty years, she and her husband have lived in the rural West Texas Panhandle where he farms and she writes.
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