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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Todd Johnson Narrator: Becky Ann Baker, Adriane Lenox, Robin Miles, Lois Smith Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Among the longleaf pines and family farms of eastern North Carolina, days seem to pass without incident for Margaret Clayton and Bernice Stokes, until they discover each other in a friendship that will take them on the most important journey of their lives.

Margaret, droll and whip smart, has a will of iron that never fails her even when her body does, while Bernice, an avid country-music fan, is rarely lucid. Irreverent and brazen at every turn, they make a formidable pair at the home where they live, breaking all the rules and ultimately changing the lives of those around them.

Lorraine, their churchgoing, God-questioning nurse, both protects and provokes them while they are under her watchful eye, as her daughter, April, bright and ambitious, determinedly makes her way through medical school. Rounding out the group of unlikely and often outrageous friends is Rhonda, the Bud-swilling beautician who does the ladies' hair on her day off and whose sassy talk hides a vulnerable heart, one that finally opens to love.

Weaving this tightly knit and compelling novel in alternating chapters, each woman gets to tell her story her own way, as all five learn to reconcile troubled pasts, find forgiveness, choose hope, and relish the joy of life. Rich with irresistible characters whose uniquely musical voices overflow the pages, The Sweet By and By is a testament to the truth that the most vibrant lives are not necessarily the most visible ones.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Taj Bortz | 2/20/2014

    " A lot of people reviewed this book well, and I agree with the points they made, but this book didn't do much for me. It was so good, yet I had a hard time finishing it. I think I just need a real story, not just some meandering snapshots into several womens lives. Just a 3 for me, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it. Especially if you know someone in an assisted living home or someone aging, I strongly recommend it! The characters were very vivid. Amazing that a man wrote women so well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by ccqdesigns | 2/13/2014

    " A nice Southern fiction easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Casey | 2/10/2014

    " I am a sucker for Southern Lit, so I probably would've given this a good review regardless. It's a lot like The Help (told from the perspective of different women). Some really beautiful writing in this one - especially at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terri | 2/1/2014

    " Truly I would probably give this book 3.5 stars. I liked it but didn't love it. This is the story of several women all living or working in a nursing home and how their lives intertwine together. These are all good women who have tried their best in often difficult circumstances throughout their lives. They find one another and their friendship grows. I loved how they supported each other even as the older women became feebler and in need need of so much assistance. Johnson's depiction of dignity and respect for the elderly was excellent. And I loved when Margaret and Bernice escaped and tried one last time to feel normal. A really good book, I think it just didn't resonate with me at the time I read it. :) "

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