The Sweet By and By is the story of Jade’s life. She’s a young woman who has a one-eyed, faithful dog, owns a Vintage shop called the Blue Umbrella, has a broken family which has left many scars in her life and soul and is engaged to a wonderful man named Max. Jade and Max decided to leave the past in the past and only move forward into the future together. As the wedding day approaches the past and all the wounds that have been there begin to come to light. In the midst of it all God meets Jade and it begins a new story of redemption and freedom.
Overall I enjoyed this novel and plan on loaning it to others to read. Although I can’t imagine my husband picking it up to read. I found at times that I related so much to Jade and some of her past experiences, fears and desire to leave the past in the past. As a result of working with college students even if I didn’t relate I felt like I have met many people who could. It did a great job of developing the story of Jade’s life, her relationship or lack thereof with her family and the past relationship that broke her heart. It was sweet to see how God pursued Jade throughout her life even though Jade was not willing to see it until the end of the story. The ending seemed a little “too good to be true” but overall I enjoyed the story, how bringing her past to light and inviting God into her life brought healing, freedom and the ability to truly walk ahead into the future.
Please note: This review was written by Jody McComas