Monday, January 4, 2010
Sweet By And By: Book Review
Title: The Sweet By and By
Author: Sara Evans
Ok, so I will openly admit that this is not a book that I would naturally gravitate towards as I am not so much into the overtly girly-girl looking covers BUT I can say that when I got this copy from Thomas Nelson, I found that I was pleasently surprised with what I found. The characters were likeable and the story was one that I could follow easily and I found that it was an over-all good bathtub read. I could have been a great picture of the main character, Jade, as she dealt with her past...both from within her own heart & mind and from the dynamics within her family...and it painted a great picture of how God works.
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.
Looking up as always...
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