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The Sweet By and By

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Page turning, hard to put down book!

First off I have to say I was really skeptical when I saw that Sara Evans (yes..the country singer) wrote it with the help of another author. I automatically think "OK..how much of this did she actually write?" I don't know- but I do know it was a good book.


The st...
First off I have to say I was really skeptical when I saw that Sara Evans (yes..the country singer) wrote it with the help of another author. I automatically think "OK..how much of this did she actually write?" I don't know- but I do know it was a good book.


The story is of a woman named Jade, who had a not so ideallic childhood and clearly not coping with her abadonment issues. I have to say I hate characters, and people in general, who aren't able to move past things in their past. OK- so your dad left you. GET OVER IT. So this book really frustrated me because you just want to slap Jade up and let her know she's being an idiot. Get over yourself. But I did like how the book went back and forth from the present day to the past and how the story of her past unraveled as you went through the book. Jade is preparing to get married and her motto (and her fiance's) is "the past is the past" and neither has really talked about each other's pasts and so a lot of things are learned in the weeks/days leading up to the wedding.


I thought the relationship between Jade and her mother, Beryl, was relatable if not frustrating. I can definitely see a "part two" of this book happening because the ending left some loop holes (i.e- the relationship with the dad- what happens? What is it like for Beryl at the end? What happens with Willow? How does Jade and Max handle marriage? Are there more secrets to come out? etc)


Overall? It's a good story. It's a page turning, hard to put down book. It's a fast read and the story progress quickly and doesn't get lost in descriptions and plot set ups.

posted by Sara_Strand on December 24, 2009

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3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not my cup of tea

I offered to review this book for Thomas Nelson Publishing. I must mention right away that I am not a huge fan of light "chick lit" so it didn't surprise me that I didn't love this book. It's probably not fair of me to even give a review.

I tend to read lots of n...
I offered to review this book for Thomas Nelson Publishing. I must mention right away that I am not a huge fan of light "chick lit" so it didn't surprise me that I didn't love this book. It's probably not fair of me to even give a review.

I tend to read lots of non-fiction, deeper theological works, more literary fiction or fiction with intense drama and depth of character. (I hope that doesn't sound pompous, I just don't enjoy reading light books with predictable endings).

As I read the book, I was a little confused. I saw that Sara Evans along with Rachel Hauck wrote it. I know who Rachel Hauck is because I follow her on Twitter. I was not familiar with Sara Evans until my daughter came home from college. When she saw the book, she informed me that Sara is a country singer and was on a TV dance show. I'm not really hip on pop culture. Anyway, that would have been nice to know before I began the book. It seems the publisher assumed I knew this, although to their credit it does mention lightly across the top, "multi platinum recording artist."

Now that you know my frame of mind, I'm guessing that many readers of Christian fiction will enjoy this book. It's about Jade, a 20-something gal who is about to get married. The setting is in the deep south where tradition and charm rule. Jade is in a quandry about inviting her mother to the wedding. Her mom was not a good enough mother, divorcing her husband and raising her children during her selfish hippie days. This story is about the healing that must take place before one can move forward.

It reads a lot like a Kristin Hannah book. Lots of quaint scenes but not really a page-turner. At least not for me.

posted by LucilleCO on January 5, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Boring Book

    This was supposed to be such a good book and I didn't even finish it. So boring and I gave up before half way through. If there was less than one star that's what I would have given it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Don't waste your time or money

    This was just awful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    The Sweet By and By by Sara Evans

    At the end of last year, I was happy to receive a book with a beautiful cover representing a girl resting. The look of it is so relaxing, that it can only make one be more anxious to read it.

    The story is about running away from problems and how that may or may not work out. And how, when they catch up, one has to face the real self. It is a story about relationships and family; about a mother and daughter and keeping secrets. And about being true to oneself.

    As a daughter and sister, I expected to really be captivated by this story of a young woman who, planning her wedding, needs to put some old issues aside in order to have hare family close to her.

    I did like the cover and the theme. However, the novel is so wordy, it almost feels like a never-ending soap-opera. Too many words, some of them resembling shakespearian language made it hard for me to focus on the story and occasionally lose patience.

    I would recommend it to more patient characters, but will probably not care much for the series.

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    Posted July 1, 2012

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