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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

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Hippie Mama Meets Damaged Daughter

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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Great ending but…

I really started enjoying this book about half way through. It had a very slow start with a lot of story that did not say much. But the ending was very good.

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wow...just...WOW!

Loved it! there were several storylines going on at the same time, lots of real life tough stuff that the characters had to deal with. This is not your mother's Hallmark Movie, I promise you! Out of all the characters in the book, I guarantee you will relate to one or more of them on a very personal level. The narrator (which makes all the difference to me, because I am a audiobook narrator myself) made all the difference; she was perfect. I just now bought the second in the series, and I will be pushing the play button any minute now. get your hands on this audiobook and don't stop until you reach the end. 😊👍

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Good story/ Confusing narrator

Narrator didn’t have differing voices for the characters so there were many confusing sections. Otherwise, a good story about love, redemption and the healing power of God’s love.