After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next doorElla seeks solace on the same country road after overcoming cancer Although she is Tucker s peer agewise, she was raised in a world of privilege and opportunity Still, Ella shares a tragic part of Tucker s experience she also suffered abuse Hers was at the hands of her husband, a prominent judge in the community and Tucker s sworn enemyWhen Tucker finds herself at risk of losing custody of her beloved youngest grandchild and worse, the child s mother is murdered, she draws support and strength from her new friendship with Ella These two women from disparate backgrounds form a fierce bond, and they weather life s storms together with faith, love, and determinationRevised edition Previously published as two volumes, Tucker s Way and For Tucker, this combined edition includes editorial revisions


10 thoughts on “Tucker's Way / For Tucker

  1. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Wow, TUCKERS WAYThe Tucker Series Book 1may be one of the best books of 2014 You know you have discovered a winning book, when you begin sending out recommendations to all of your reading friends, before you are even fifty percent through the book. I love discovering new found authors David Johnson s TUCKER S WAY is a powerful, heartfelt and emotional story of one woman s journey from A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Wow, TUCKERS WAYThe Tucker Series Book 1may be one of the best books of 2014 You know you have discovered a winning book, when you begin sending out recommendations to all of your reading friends, before you are even fifty percent through the book. I love discovering new found authors David Johnson s TUCKER S WAY is a powerful, heartfelt and emotional story of one woman s journey from incest, abuse, poverty, to the raising of her three grandchildren a book of love, loss, faith tragedy and triumph, filled with humor Tucker is dirt poor with a lack of education and social graces A single grown woman, living on welfare, and raising her three grandchildren in rural northwest Tennessee She has experienced a hard life, with years of abuse since childhood, and practically raised herself Now her youngest grandchild April will not speak and social services is threatening to take her way, so she turns to her new neighbor for help and Tucker does not do help well Tucker has made plenty many enemies in the small Tennessee country southern town, as loves to carry an axe, and use it when needed, and can fight like a man She has hardened herself and does not trust others with a temper however, she is fearless when it comes to protecting those she loves.When she finds out her main enemy The Judge s ex wife has moved in next door, she is furious Ella, has a difficult time breaking down the walls to try and befriend her neighbor Tucker too funny However, Ella has experienced cancer, a cheating and abusive husband and a son following in his dad s footsteps, so she knows heartache, as well When these two meet, both from different walks of life, they learn from one another in so many ways When troubles surface, they learn their lives connect in many different ways and develop a friendship and an unbreakable bond, leaving you smiling For fans of historical fiction Dollbaby, by Laura Lane McNeal, and Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, TUCKER S WAY and The Tucker Series is for you These were two of my most beloved books and this one sits next to them A bittersweet must read series which will keep you laughing and crying, at the same time I am so delighted I saw the popup ad on the Goodreads they work when I read the summary, knew this was going to be a special book to treasure and immediately requested it through NetGalley David Johnsonknows southern fiction, from the country southern dialect, the setting, and the characters You care about the characters, as if you were there in the log cabin next to the fire, or sitting on the swing or rocker on the porch, or listening to the words of the southern songs Johnson s extensive background with over over thirty five years as a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master s degree in social work and over a decade of experience as a minister, speaks throughout the pages with in depth insights into social issues, poverty, human behavior, family dynamics, abuse, incest, dysfunction, emotions of the heart and life s lessons Now, I am dying to read the other books in the series, and have been busy requesting as have to find outabout Tucker, Ella, April, March, and August Tucker has seen and experienced abuse like no child, teen or adult should ever see, which has hardened her heart however, she reminds me of Tyler Perry s Madea, with her manly rough and tough exterior, keeping you in stitches with her wit and humor, and a true fearless best friend to those she protects and loves A huge fan of Madea, as have seen all the movies, and had to laugh when I read other reviewers with the same thought. Love the relationship between Ella and Tucker, from two different backgrounds This book would make a great movie I also enjoyed reading about the author s inspiration for writing the series, to help others who find themselves in similar circumstances, as they overcome tragedy Next on my list All available, 12 9 2014 An Unexpected Frost The Tucker Series Book 2 Currently reading April s Rain The Tucker Series Book 3 March On The Tucker Series Book 4 Will keep my fingers crossed to get an ARC, as do not think I can wait until Dec 9 to learn the fate of my new friendsJudith D Collins Must Read Books


  2. Lori Lori says:

    This was a wonderful story of love, friendship and resilience I have to admit it started off a lil bumpy parts of the story felt forced and a bit far fetched However, Johnson found his way and ended up writing a very memorable novel I really oved Tucker and think she will be one of those characters that years from now I ll still be thinking about Solid 4 stars.


  3. Tulay Tulay says:

    Wonderful story.Must be read by everyone Author David Johnson writes about two women, life they lived and living so completely different, but they became true friends Tucker, abused by her father, no education and raising her three grandchildren on welfare.Ella is educated, divorced from her abusive husband, who s a judge Recovering from breast cancer, moves to rural northwest Tennessee Her closest neighbor is Tucker Book is filled with humor, faith, tragedy and loss Two very strong female Wonderful story.Must be read by everyone Author David Johnson writes about two women, life they lived and living so completely different, but they became true friends Tucker, abused by her father, no education and raising her three grandchildren on welfare.Ella is educated, divorced from her abusive husband, who s a judge Recovering from breast cancer, moves to rural northwest Tennessee Her closest neighbor is Tucker Book is filled with humor, faith, tragedy and loss Two very strong female characters Will be reading all the books in this series Enjoyed very much narration by Laural Merlington


  4. Patty Patty says:

    Tucker is poor, really poor, she was abused in every way as a child At 16 she was pregnant and on her own Her parents are both deceased She has a small farm, a barn and a house that has cardboard in place of drywall, the outhouse is outside, of course Her three grandchildren live with her One of the children, the smallest, April doesn t speak, and if Tucker can t get her to speak then child services is taking her away from Tucker Ella moves in next door into a house that has all modern con Tucker is poor, really poor, she was abused in every way as a child At 16 she was pregnant and on her own Her parents are both deceased She has a small farm, a barn and a house that has cardboard in place of drywall, the outhouse is outside, of course Her three grandchildren live with her One of the children, the smallest, April doesn t speak, and if Tucker can t get her to speak then child services is taking her away from Tucker Ella moves in next door into a house that has all modern conveniences Ella has just gone through chemotherapy for breast cancer and she is bald She is the ex wife of The Judge, who was anf still is physically abusing her Ella and the The Judge have one son The Judge is Tucker s worst enemy and she has plenty of reasons to feel that way Tucker and Ella are very different people Tucker is rough and tough, strong and forceful and has no time for nonsense Ella is sweet and well brought up, and she has compassion for others But soon Tucker Ella form a friendship Tucker has never trusted anyone in her life, except for two people, and she is suspicious of Ella, but nevertheless the develop a friendship What is so striking about this book to me is the subject of poverty vs having the funds to live a normal life But as human beings we all have certain things in common such as the ability to trust, to love and to respect each other However when you have been abused all your life, trust, love and respect doesn t come easy if at all This is a story about having to trust someone, it is about grief and poverty, and the results of abuse There is a touch of Christianity throughout the book and it really added a realness to the story for me What songs are sang at a funeral What prayers are said at the dinner table The one thing that bothered me about this book is that the author didn t address an issue with April that I found paramount, and that needed answered,.perhaps in the follow on novel


  5. Noel Noel says:

    I liked this book, I thought it was engaging and the characters were reasonably well portrayed i listened to the audible version and had a hard time understanding some of the names It s the story of Tucker, a woman from a very poor rural area in Tennessee who grew up abused by her father, a mother herself at 16, not only brings up a daughter but later on has to raise her daughter s three children She does so as best she knows how, with little education and no funds She s crude, rude, honest, I liked this book, I thought it was engaging and the characters were reasonably well portrayed i listened to the audible version and had a hard time understanding some of the names It s the story of Tucker, a woman from a very poor rural area in Tennessee who grew up abused by her father, a mother herself at 16, not only brings up a daughter but later on has to raise her daughter s three children She does so as best she knows how, with little education and no funds She s crude, rude, honest, and a bit of a broken human being A woman moves in next door who is everything that Tucker isn t Educated, with enough of an income to have indoor plumbing and warm hearted they form an unlikely friendship Both of them have been abused, both are resilient, strong women in different ways.There s also a mystery involving Tucker s daughter Maisie and an issue with one of the granddaughter s speech impediment.Was the book amazing Not really But it was enjoyable and engaging


  6. Ann Wilson Ann Wilson says:

    Wish I could give this book a ten rating David Johnson s writing is superlative His characters are so touching and true I cried several times reading thirdbook about the strong and honest woman Tucker The sad thing is these things happen to real people and animals everyday I was so happy for her friendship with another strong and wise woman Ella The characters in this sorry we re so real and narcissistic like Tucker and Ella s only children Or some kind hearted like the sheriff and Smiley Wish I could give this book a ten rating David Johnson s writing is superlative His characters are so touching and true I cried several times reading thirdbook about the strong and honest woman Tucker The sad thing is these things happen to real people and animals everyday I was so happy for her friendship with another strong and wise woman Ella The characters in this sorry we re so real and narcissistic like Tucker and Ella s only children Or some kind hearted like the sheriff and Smiley Carter Turkey s grand daughter was an injured little soul that you cheered for when she was helped by the wisdom and kindness exceptof Ella I don want to give any of this wonderful story awayOrphan Annie


  7. Trudy Trudy says:

    4.5 stars Story centered around the bond of two women from completely different backgrounds It will make you alternatively laugh,gasp, and sigh Some parts were difficult to read because of the extreme poverty and abuse However, I m so glad I stuck with it because a three star beginning became almost five stars by the end I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories of women who transform their lives after discovering their own power.


  8. Glenna Pritchett Glenna Pritchett says:

    I just couldn t give itthan two stars The story was good, but the execution of it was lacking It seemed contrived, with events forced in order to make the storyline work.


  9. Linda Linda says:

    Riveting As good a story as I have read in some time Compelling characters whose stories are woven together masterfully Rich, lush description.


  10. Ginger Gritzo Ginger Gritzo says:

    The ending was not a big surprise.