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Grounded (Windy City Neighbors #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  747 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Grace's fiance bothered by her outspoken stance on purity and her near-constant travel, has broken off their relationship. Exhausted and unwilling to continue her current tour, she books a flight home. Traumatic events result in a paralyzing fear of flying. Stuck at home due to a major snowstorm, Grace begins, for the first time, to connect with the residents of Beecham St ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Worthy Publishing
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Amanda Caldwell
Review originally posted at The Book Babe.

Grace Meredith's life couldn't get better. She has a successful career as a Christian pop star, she's engaged to a great man who makes her feel "worth the wait", and she's on tour doing what she loves- sharing her purity message. Grace has always been a good Christian girl and she loves to share messages about abstinence with the teens and young adults who come to her concerts. However, things don't always go as planned and life can get complicated reall
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grounded started out a little bit slow to me. When Grace gets stuck at home in the snow without anyone to talk to (in part because she can't!), I wanted her to get out and meet some of the Jacksons' cast of characters we all love so much. I was so happy when the Bentleys moved in across the street!

I was ready for Grace's to confess her secret that's weighing her down to someone, anyone. Maybe just because I am impatient!

While Grounded does have all the trademark Jackson elements I love {characte
Brenda Tuner
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grounded, started slow, and I wasn't an immediate fan of Grace Meredith. But true to Neta Jackson's style, Grace is flawed like us all, and once you begin to confess your sins and trust in God's holy word you grow spiritually.

There were times in the book when I felt lost and confused--why didn't she know any of her neighbors?, where were her friends? how was there no one else in her life? These things troubled my spirit. She's an artist, but she seems to have a sense of entitlement, and that to
Rating: 4.5

The first in the Windy City Neighbors series, Grounded is an uplifting, contemporary story about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. The series employees the innovative storytelling technique of “parallel novels,” each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Grounded welcomes you to Beecham Street—a typical, isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.

I ab
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Grace Meredith has been touring the country sharing her message of purity and that her fans are worth the wait as part of her contemporary Christian music tour entitled New Year, New You. She feels the passion of God speaking to her heart and finds literally after every concert at her Meet and Greet sessions that talking with young people about their decision to remain pure until marriage is something God's called her to do. She's even telling them that she is waiting in her own engagement to Ro ...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Grounded is Book one in The Windy City Neighbors series and thank goodness there are more to come! When I finished it there were so many unanswered questions and I’m already eagerly anticipating book two!

I am so impressed that Neta and Dave Jackson as a husband and wife writing team could collaborate so cohesively together on a book! My husband and I can’t agree on what’s for dinner so I can’t imagine what it would take to put together as wonderful a book as this.

Grace Meredith is a Christian re
Nicole Overmoyer
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this in a FreeReads giveaway here on Goodreads. It sounded like a good story, so I entered. The story is good. A singer on the cusp of making it big on the Christian music scene but realizing she needs more in her life than just her music is an interesting enough premise for the story. It made me keep reading. That and I wanted to make sure she didn't end up going back to the idiot fiance who dumped her and tried to get her back. If she had, I was throwing the book away.

The reason a good,
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got hooked on Neta Jackson's books when I read Yada Yada Prayer Group. The diverse cast of characters became my friends and I couldn't wait to catch up with them in the next book, and the next, and the next...Then it seemed that that series had run its course. If I wanted more Neta Jackson I would have to venture out to her spin-off series. Reluctant to leave my old friends, I wasn't willing to leave Neta Jackson. So I went on to the next series. And what a pleasant surprise! I made new friend ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I was very excited to win this book as an advanced reader copy and autographed besides. I have mixed feelings about the book because i liked the book very much. But then the book stopped! I got to the end and felt like the book just stopped rather than ended. It has so many unfinished plots going on that I was very disappointed. Further, two new characters were introduced near the end of the book and to learn more about them I would have to read a parallel book. I like a book to have a beginning ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was a goodreads giveaway recipient for this novel.

The premise of the Windy City novels is an interesting notion. Each novel deals with an issue that conflicts or coincides with Christian values that has the reader follow along with the lives of individuals dealing with Christian relevant issues. Grounded is the first of these novels, and the ever-present theme from what I gathered is the issue of sexual relations before marriage. I would have given this book a higher rating, but the character
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Denise Glisson
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is book 1 in her newest series, "Windy City Neighborhood". I had a hard time at first understanding where the book was going but because I so love Neta Jackson's books I kept on reading. The main character is a Christian Singer named GRACE MEREDITH. At the start of the book she is engaged and on tour with her main message theme on Purity and Worthiness. Many things hit her all at once and she finds herself unsure and unworthy of the message she'd been sharing. Due to overextending her voice ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This is a very spiritually moving story about how the grace of God is freely given to all who ask.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Book had a slow start for me. Seemed like more of a romance novel to me at first, but there was good substance toward the end. I will definitely continue the series.
Wasn't sure whether to give this 3 stars or 2 simply because, as many have said, I think the main character is selfish and a prima donna. I also thought it odd Grace had no friends (at all! Didn't she grow up in Chicago?? She had to grow up somewhere - where were her friends?) But I actually ended up with 3 stars instead of 2 b/c I think Grace's portrayal as a spoiled brat is well done. It isn't hidden. It's out there. Her flaws are written on almost every page. And though she doesn't grow much, ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Grace Meredith has a successful career singing contemporary Christian music. On tour doing her New Year, New You theme for young people, encouraging them to wait for marriage before involvement in intimacy, Grace encounters life-changing experiences. She had hoped her fiance would join her for her last night on tour, to support her in her singing career and her ministry to young people across the country. What she got instead was a broken engagement and disappointment. Although struggling with a ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the first three books in Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series and really enjoyed them so I was excited to jump into this new series.

I was not disappointed. Neta and Dave have laid the perfect "ground" work for a great series.

This series runs parallel stories with the different characters in the neighborhood that Grace (the main character) lives in. What that means is that the other books in the series are stories that are actually happening at the same time as the book you are rea
DJ Sakata
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of Grounded as a Goodreads first reader. Not actually bad but really not my cup of tea. The story was too repetitive, preachy, and extremely slow moving. It just doesn't really go anywhere but hovers or circles for most of the book. When the story finally starts to progress, it is during the last few chapters, creating loose ends to set up the sequel, which I find even more annoying. The main character has the same tired phrases/thoughts/circular logic over and over, to th ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
In the beginning (there was God, course), but in the beginning of this book, I ran up with some serious issues. Grace's persona made my head hurt, it seemed she was the only character throughout the first half of the book, I had guessed her safely guarded secret in chapter two (or was it chapter three?). Needless to say, I didn't like it at all. But then, when Grace confessed her dark secret, I didn't feel sorry for her---I UNDERSTOOD her. And then the storyline that "mercy is not getting what y ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Solid christian fiction, but the main character development felt a little shallow. Had a bit of trouble connecting with her. Glad to see a return of the Bentley's from Neta Jackson's other series. Honestly felt this was more of a prequel to the new series than a novel worth standing on it's own. Not a bad book, just not super. *shrug*
Shalawn James
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially grew very annoyed with the main character, her whiny, whoa is me attitude irritated me enough that I was tempted to put the book down. However, have read many other books by this author I knew there would be a jewel waiting for me and oh how right I was. Slow start but well worth it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!!!
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love all the Neta Jackson books; especially how they intertwine, yet each has its own story!
Lisa Johnson
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: Grounded (Book #1 in Windy City Neighbors Series)
Author: Neta & Dave Jackson
Pages: 320
Year: 2103
Publisher: Worthy
Prolific writers such as the Jacksons bring to their readers interesting, captivating and faith-filled fiction. The latest series set in Chicago, Illinois, is one that has many themes including romance, redemption, mystery, and listening for God’s voice. The main protagonist is a young woman, who is a Christian vocalist, named Grace Meredith. She has recently completed a to
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of anything Neta Jackson writes, so I was beyond giddy to have the opportunity to review GROUNDED, the first in "The Neighborhood Series". In this novel, we meet Grace, a contemporary Christian singer who is currently on tour encouraging teenagers to respect themselves enough to save sex until marriage. Promotional sales are wildly successful and Grace is on top of the world, giddy in the realization that she will soon marry her fiance, Roger, and enter into a world of marital bli ...more
Lily Tamplin
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Debbie Phillips
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult Christian Women
My children really enjoyed reading the Trailblazer books when they were younger. When I saw book 2 (reading that one now) of this series on the new books shelf at the library and saw the authors I just had to look up book one and read them both. Now, I am a pretty good and pretty fast reader, but I can tell how well I like a book, most times, by how long it takes to read it. I read this book in LESS than 24 hours. I started it Monday evening. I could not put it down and read until 1am. First thi ...more
Pathway Midland
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christian music artist, Grace Meredith, is introduced in the Jackson’s first book of the Windy City Neighbors series. With her voice giving out, she struggles to complete her grueling tour schedule focusing on the theme of purity. Her fiancé “dumps” her in hasty phone call and her assistant is called away to a family emergency, leaving Grace to care for the details to wrap up the tour and get home safely to Chicago. She undergoes a degrading security check in the airport that dredges up her buri ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of Dave & Neta Jackson's previous works, I couldn't wait to sit down with their new book. It was a little hard for me to get in to at first, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down!

I've read Neta's previous Yada Yada Prayer Group Series and loved each book. Then, moving on to the House of Hope books, I loved getting to read a new story while seeing old characters that I'd grown to love. With the House of Hope series, Dave began to write "parallel" novels to go with the ser
Ok, not great. It's hard to like the main character, Grace Merideth. She's selfish, entitled, and just kind of annoying.

Other problems I had with the book - Grace's reaction to the event at the airport seemed way overboard. I kept thinking if it was as bad as she made it seem, she should have filed a police report. Or at least a complaint with his supervisor. But to give up flying completely? I don't get it. The author's mentioning of Grace's breasts multiple times seemed odd. Did we need to kn
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grace Meredith appears on the surface to have it all--successful singing career, handsome fiancé, great family, a strong faith--but underneath, her perfect life is crumbling until she hits a standstill. She's stranded at home in a Chicago snowstorm and realizes she needs help from her family, friends, and neighbors whom she barely knows, if she's going to ever get back up again.
Sometimes our facades have to be broken down, and past failures forgiven, in order to move on in our lives. We think w
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