Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she's thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson's love.
But then Jade's hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade's wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister. Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past--the insecurity of living with a restless, wandering mother, the silence of her absent father, and the heart-ripping pain of first-love's rejection.
Turns out Beryl has a secret of her own. She needs reconciliation with her oldest daughter before illness takes her life. In the final days leading to the wedding, Jade meets the One who shows her that the past has no hold on her future. With a little grace, they'll meet in the middle, maybe even before that sweet by and by.
©2010 Sara Evans (P)2010 Oasis
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This was an interesting story of a flower child mama reaping the consequences of choices made in the '60s and '70s and what they did to her children. For the most part, it is a good story, although in many ways I felt like the rock solid part the grandparents played in the lives of Jade, Willow and Aiden was minimized. And from my own experience, having godly grandparents was enough to give me roots when my parents completely came off the rails . . . in many ways, having Beryl physically absent much of the time during Jade's childhood, probably lent stability to her life (although very painful). I had a difficult time also when Jade started "coming clean" with Max, her fiancee . . . in that she didn't come completely clean . . . Issues with Max's family were troubling for me, as well . . . The interactions with Jade, Dustin and his parents leave much to be desired . . . and were surprising to me, given the fact that Dustin's parents were high school sweethearts and married as teens. Dustin and Jade's meeting after 13 years was not totally honest and upright either, and I was left feeling like something was lacking. Overall, I WAS swept up in listening to The Sweet By and By, even though many times through out I found that things were not ringing true to me . . . things weren't adding up . . . the mercy, grace and forgiveness of our Lord are new every morning and there for us all . . . and I was pleased to see Jade and Beryl make peace. All in all, the book was good, just kind of disjointed and not exactly deep Christian fare.
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