They say when God closes a door, He opens a window, so what do you do when the ceiling comes crashing down on you This inspirational story of a secular man s faith walk is improved by the fact it s wrapped around a heart warmingly sweet, side splittingly funny love story The Romantic Comedy outshines the faith walk at times, but isn t our love for each other a gift from the Almighty Dicky s a Godless soul and he likes it that way He scrapes out a living in his undergound world of The Colony by stealing scraps and cheating the automated systems But even a Thief has a conscience, so when Dicky sees a kid in trouble, instincts propel him into action The Kid introduces Dicky to a world he never knew existed and a woman he could only imagine in his wildest dreamsLeah hasn t got much of a life in The Colony because conformance to the rules has never been her forte as her family has pointed out at every turn Her only escape has been helping to care for Itzick, the sole surviving son of an important elderly couple Itzick is far than just the end of a family line, though, and Leah is one of the few who knows the truth about the KidWhen another cave in brings the walls crashing down, Leah s own brother disowns her as dead weight and she finally decides she s had enough, to But she can t leave without Itzick The Kid s been taken in by a Thief, so Leah must enter a world she d only seen from a distance and come out again without losing her heart to a lost soul named Dicky


10 thoughts on “Coming Home (Dicky's Story)

  1. Trevor Veale Trevor Veale says:

    Before reading Coming Home Dicky s Story , I noticed it had already garnered several five star reviews What s with that I wondered Then I started reading it and stopped wondering.This is a stellar work of fiction Former rocket scientist Sarah R Yoffa has launched a moonprobe of a masterwork, with a sparkling array of characters and a storyline that rolled me along in its variegated vapor trail.After a little hesitating at the start after all, I don t read rom coms or faithwalk stories , I Before reading Coming Home Dicky s Story , I noticed it had already garnered several five star reviews What s with that I wondered Then I started reading it and stopped wondering.This is a stellar work of fiction Former rocket scientist Sarah R Yoffa has launched a moonprobe of a masterwork, with a sparkling array of characters and a storyline that rolled me along in its variegated vapor trail.After a little hesitating at the start after all, I don t read rom coms or faithwalk stories , I found myself increasingly excited by what the book was telling me about myself and my fellow earth dwellers.What really turned me on and had me WOWing all the way to bedtime no, not the sizzling sex scenes between Leah and Dicky, scrumptious though they are, nor the origin of Dicky s name cute , was the skill with which character, plot and theme are so seamlessly woven together.It s one thing to honor Balzac s dictum for the novel that it reflect the human condition, but to portray so vividly how we could be and should be, as the author had done, is nothing short of breathtaking.Does the book have any flaws other than minor editing ones Is the Pope a Catholic No, don t answer that The inclusion of Hebrew in the dialog is not only germane to the story, but shakes us readers out of our comfort zones and gives us words to circumvent our cultural hang ups Isn t Yih hoo deem a better word than Jews and Hashem a better word than God Our habitual words mean so many different things to different people that the use of eev reet to purify our perceptions of people, cultures and the Source of all that we are is dope This book brings out the Dude in me If you read Coming Home and disagree with me and all those other 5 star reviewers, then the world deserves to end on 12 21 12, or any time soon.So buy it, read it as many times as you can and be of good cheer The world will go on to greater glory with or without a Great War in 200 years time thanks to books like this


  2. Sandy Evans Sandy Evans says:

    Awesome read I couldn t put this book down ended up staying up most of the night on a work night to finish it This is a religious, inspirational book, yet I believe a great book for even the non religious reader It opened my eyes to some of the Jewish traditions and why they are observed Dicky was adopted as a child at 3 years Parents taught him to be a thief, by necessity They live in the underground colony, and Dicky has only seen the outside on rare low rad days There are also th Awesome read I couldn t put this book down ended up staying up most of the night on a work night to finish it This is a religious, inspirational book, yet I believe a great book for even the non religious reader It opened my eyes to some of the Jewish traditions and why they are observed Dicky was adopted as a child at 3 years Parents taught him to be a thief, by necessity They live in the underground colony, and Dicky has only seen the outside on rare low rad days There are also the hated blackcoats or Jewish evangelists that live in the upper levels of the colony definitely the upper economic class During the latest collapse in the colony, Dicky meets Itzick, a young 6 year old Blackcoat convinced that Dicky is his long, lost uncle and Leah, a proper Jewish girl, scorned by her family The average reader those that don t know Hebrew gets to experience Dicky s confusion as Leah, Itzick, and the other Blackcoats speak in Hebrew Important information is translated for Dicky and the reader I am glad I read this first without understanding Hebrew I would like to get a Hebrew Dictionary and read it again though to get the smaller nuances missed the first read.At first I felt cheated at the end of the story, I wanted to know , I wanted to see Itzick grow up and readabout Dicky and Leah, but later I realized that would be another story Yoffa, ended the story, in just the right place I have moved on to another book, but I still can t get this one out of my head, I will definitely be reading this book again Yoffa says she will be continuing her writing in the Romantic Suspense Genre I have to admit, not my first chice for reading, but I will be at least checking her writing out after reading Coming Home.Although Yoffa says that she will probably not write another book about Dicky and Itzick, I hope she reconsiders and chooses to explore where these characters might be in 15 20 years I would definitely be one of the first to read


  3. Irene Macbain Irene Macbain says:

    With light hearted humour throughout, the book opens in a post apocalyptic society, where everyone seems to live underground in a colony Opening with the main character Dicky it almost immediately shows someone who has no idea who or where his real parents were The only link he has to his true identity is an old book which he was found with around the age of 3 In some small way similar to Oliver, Dicky is taken in by thieves who teach him their craft, and it enables him to survive Unable With light hearted humour throughout, the book opens in a post apocalyptic society, where everyone seems to live underground in a colony Opening with the main character Dicky it almost immediately shows someone who has no idea who or where his real parents were The only link he has to his true identity is an old book which he was found with around the age of 3 In some small way similar to Oliver, Dicky is taken in by thieves who teach him their craft, and it enables him to survive Unable to read or write he believes that this book protects him somehow, as long as he looks after it His parents who took him in and their friends throw a surprise birthday party, but little does Dicky know this day is to change his life forever.The Black Coats are introduced as being generally hated by everyone in the lower colonies They preach of knowing God and have funny ways, but a night s thieving left Dicky hungry and he went to steal food from one of the houses of the Black Coats That night was the first night he saw her from his hiding place The colonies were far from perfect, and from time to time sections would cave in and have to be rebuilt Shelters were provided for survivors, but just as the cave in had occurred the Black Coats had come in the form of a 6 year old boy called Itzick He exchanged helping Dicky s injured friends for help to rescue others that had come to find him after he had come down to the colonies His purpose to find Dicky, to bring him back to the life he had never known and a woman he had only ever seen once beforeComing Home spans just about every emotion known to man, reader beware you will laugh, cry, get frustrated, angry, indignant andas this wonderful story of a journey full of hope, love, faith and so much . Dicky s Story is one of those books that is hard to put down It tugs at the heart strings of every basic human need to be loved to belong to come home.


  4. Paul Dube Paul Dube says:

    This book is an amazing read It is as entertaining as it is inspirational Although it is very much a Jewish faith walk, you cannot help but be inspired.If you have ever had any question about your faith, you cannot help but identify with Dicky to some extent and be inspired.Dicky is every man or woman he has struggles but has found a place for himself in life or so he thought but when he meets the little imp Itzick his life is turned upside down as he is led on an amazing journey of r This book is an amazing read It is as entertaining as it is inspirational Although it is very much a Jewish faith walk, you cannot help but be inspired.If you have ever had any question about your faith, you cannot help but identify with Dicky to some extent and be inspired.Dicky is every man or woman he has struggles but has found a place for himself in life or so he thought but when he meets the little imp Itzick his life is turned upside down as he is led on an amazing journey of re discovery and finally finds his real place in life.If you like post apocalyptic storiesIf you like romanceIf you like religious inspirationIf you just like a good storyYou must read this book


  5. Allan Macbain Allan Macbain says:

    An excellent book Sarah has written real characters people you get to know and okay in some cases maybe not love but certainly care about VBG The characters are believable the situation is quirky there s humour and seriousness pain and pleasure love and well, no hate, but deep displeasure Set in a post apocalyptic world, boy meets girl and everything in his life changes If you like paranormal romances this one s for you If you like faith walks it doesn t matter which fai An excellent book Sarah has written real characters people you get to know and okay in some cases maybe not love but certainly care about VBG The characters are believable the situation is quirky there s humour and seriousness pain and pleasure love and well, no hate, but deep displeasure Set in a post apocalyptic world, boy meets girl and everything in his life changes If you like paranormal romances this one s for you If you like faith walks it doesn t matter which faith, the journey is the thing this one s for you If you like a clash of cultures this one s for you


  6. Helene Young Helene Young says:

    What a fascinating insight into a religion I have to admit to knowing little about The genre isn t one I d usually pick up, but the story kept me entertained the whole way through I like learning something when I read and Coming Home delivered Look forward tobooks from Ms Yoffa if she writes Rom Suspense as deftly as her inspirational fiction then they ll be certain hits.


  7. TC TC says:

    When I was offered this book for review what first struck me was the description of genre as Jewish Inspiration Fiction Romantic Comedy set in a post apocalyptic world It sounded like a really novel mix and I wanted to see how it would work.Dicky is a Thief living in a post apocalyptic underground colony He has barely been above ground, only when the gamma levels are low enough to assist his thieving He s most definitely a ladies man and surrounded by laid back family and friends He s been b When I was offered this book for review what first struck me was the description of genre as Jewish Inspiration Fiction Romantic Comedy set in a post apocalyptic world It sounded like a really novel mix and I wanted to see how it would work.Dicky is a Thief living in a post apocalyptic underground colony He has barely been above ground, only when the gamma levels are low enough to assist his thieving He s most definitely a ladies man and surrounded by laid back family and friends He s been brought up with a dislike of the Black Coats, similar to Chassidic Jews, who preach to the unconverted However on his 32nd birthday he meets 6 year old Itzick and his family friend and companion Leah, Black Coats Itzick seems to have a special connection with Dicky and when they are forced to spend some time together Dicky finds his pre conceptions challenged and his lust needing to be controlled.This book is an amazing mixture The author uses, and where necessary translates, Hebrew and Leah and Itzick expose Dicky to a lot of their religious practices A lot of the Hebrew is not translated but this serves to let the reader get a sense of Dicky s exclusion from their conversations Inevitably I feel that I have learnt something from the book, but without be preached at in the way Dicky and his friends have been.The romance is very sweet and tender, although there is a lot of sexual tension and some sex scenes It was definitely steamier than I was expecting for Jewish Inspirational Fiction I loved Dicky who in the past has been a bit of a lothario but now find himself faced with straight laced Leah He grows so much during the book, discovering a completely different way of life.The setting, after a Great War, with a massive underground colony only able to venture out in optimal conditions and very limited communications and trade is really interesting It adds another dimension, especially towards the end of the book where it comes into sharper focus and of greater importance.This is quite a long book but I had a hard time putting it down and it didn t feel lengthy I thought the characters were great, Dicky is charming, Leah warm and sweet and Itzick precocious but cute It was such a great read and so different, I m so pleased Sarah asked me to review it otherwise it is the sort of gem I might have missed out on


  8. Bonnie Hobcroft Bonnie Hobcroft says:

    This was a very enjoyable and inspirational love story It is told from the point of view of Dicky, who was found as a three year old and raised in a family of thieves Being good at stealing, picking locks and having lots of casual sex are all feats that raised Dicky s status in his community The cultural clash between Dicky and Leah, the Heroine, a religiously observant woman, is hilarious Throughout the book, the Heroine, Leah and her people were speaking Hebrew and the reader gets to share This was a very enjoyable and inspirational love story It is told from the point of view of Dicky, who was found as a three year old and raised in a family of thieves Being good at stealing, picking locks and having lots of casual sex are all feats that raised Dicky s status in his community The cultural clash between Dicky and Leah, the Heroine, a religiously observant woman, is hilarious Throughout the book, the Heroine, Leah and her people were speaking Hebrew and the reader gets to share the confusion that Dicky was feeling Even though he couldn t understand them, he could tell what was going on It is an interesting journey to watch as Dicky brings out the strong, independent woman in Leah and she encourages him to develop into the man of faith that he can choose to be


  9. Tom Tom says:

    This book is a great read by a new author Highly recommended


  10. Julie Ramsey Julie Ramsey says:

    COMING HOME DICKY S STORY The main character is Dicky, a thief of necessity who lives in an underground colony with his parents who adopted him after they found him wandering around at age 3 During a cave in within the colonies Dicky encounters a young boy, Itzick, who seems to know who Dicky s and seems to be searching for him Itzick has come with a group of his kind Jewish Blackcoats looking for the Lost One who he believes is Dicky Despite his belief that the boy is wrong, Dicky fe COMING HOME DICKY S STORY The main character is Dicky, a thief of necessity who lives in an underground colony with his parents who adopted him after they found him wandering around at age 3 During a cave in within the colonies Dicky encounters a young boy, Itzick, who seems to know who Dicky s and seems to be searching for him Itzick has come with a group of his kind Jewish Blackcoats looking for the Lost One who he believes is Dicky Despite his belief that the boy is wrong, Dicky feels a connection of sorts with him and does what he can to keep him safe after the cave in and this is how he ends up with Itzick and his caregiver, Leah, in his and his adopted family s cave in shelter while waiting for the repairs to be done to make the colonies safe again He quickly learns that the boy has some special talents that are a bit unnerving to Dicky If they are touching, they can communicate without speaking out loud Itzick tells Dicky that this is something that only the men in his family can do and this is another thing confirming that Dicky is indeed Itzick s uncle and the Lost One During their time in the shelter Leah and Dicky continue to build on an attraction that has been building since he saw her while hiding in a pantry when he was stealing food on the colonies upper levels before the cave in Due to her religious beliefs, Leah is ultra conservative and very much wants Dicky to embrace his heritage as a Blackcoat accept that he is the Lost One Dicky and Leah fall in love and are married in the colony and have the wedding night that they have both wanted But her religion does not recognize the union since it was not performed according to their laws so they agree to travel to Madrid where Itzick s great uncle is the leader of the blackcoat s in his area Dicky had never been outside in the open let alone traveled so far away from the colony and his adopted family During the long journey Leah and Itzick taught Dicky their language whenever they could but Dicky became ill and slept for much of their trip Dicky s education continues in Madrid but from the man who claims to be his uncle and Itzick s great uncle, since in their religion it is improper for Leah to spend time alone with him until they are married and he must first learnof their ways before that can happen After much learning and soul searching Dicky finally accepts that he is indeed the Lost One and a part of this family After discovering that Leah is pregnant from their union in the colonies they are given permission by the matriarch of his family to be married in Madrid with all their customs and beliefs.This book is set in a post nuclear future It is also inspirational fiction, per the author The book is a good read that kept me wondering if the main character, Dicky, was going to accept all the evidence that he was indeed the Lost One He and his adopted family are a likable group even though you know that they are all thieves because you know that they do it out of necessity They are quirky and fun and theauthor help you to feel their bond of love and the loss they all feel when Dicky leaves for Madrid Throughout the book there are people speaking Hebrew and it is very confusing when there is nothing to tell you what is being said It is done to confuse the main character but it also confused me However, due to reading this book I now Know a little Hebrew This is a book that shows acceptance and strong bonds from both Dicky s families There is a little sexual content but the overall feel is inspirational Teresa Fehse reviewer on Juliesbookreview.blogspot.com