A redemptive story from multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans.
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.
My thoughts: Jade has found the perfect man. Max loves Jade more that anything and they are planning their dream wedding. Everything seems to be well but there is a storm inside Jade-- she has a lot of things to go through before she can be completely happy and marry Max. Also Max has his own secrets which he has to reveal before they can be happy and live without secrets.
I really liked this book. The characters are realistic (in some books the perfection of the characters makes me mad). Jade feels like a type of person I would love to have as my friend. She is interested about vintage and she has her own store. She is funny, loving, caring and independent. She has had some major problems with her family, especially with her mother, and she believes that she will never be able to solve those problems.
You could call this book 'Christian fiction'. I would not categorize it there because Jesus, God and religion are quite lightly portrayed in this book. So even though you're not religious (I'm not) you totally can read this book without thinking it to be too religious.The Sweet by and by is a lovely story about past and future. It is a story about old and new love. It is a story about mother and a daughter who have lifted apart. It is a story about a woman who must go back to his past to get on with her life.