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The Sweet By and By
The Sweet By and By
Author: Jeanne MacKin
During a bleak winter in her upstate New York Victorian house, Helen writes a biography for a magazine. Her subject is Maggie Fox, a woman who lived not far away a hundred years before and whose antics as a child led to the start of the Spiritualism craze of the late 1800's. Helen is dealing with a recent tragedy of her own and her drive to ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312269975
ISBN-10: 0312269978
Publication Date: 3/2001
Pages: 293
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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WhidbeyIslander avatar reviewed The Sweet By and By on + 599 more book reviews
Well written and satisfying, it jumps back and forth between the biography being written and the experiences of the author as she deals with her grief and what may be hallucinations.
ilovedale3 avatar reviewed The Sweet By and By on + 524 more book reviews
In this story, a writer is researching the history of Spiritualism (seances, mediums, etc.), namely the founders of Spiritualism. Even though she doesn't believe in ghosts, she begins to hear a strange knocking sound in her house. Is it a coincidence or could it be communication from her dead lover, killed in a fire?

This book was WONDERFUL! I like the way that the author melds the present-day with stories of the history of Spiritualism in alternating chapters. I also like how the reader is left to draw his/her own conclusions about events that happen in the story. A must-read for fans of history, ghost stories, romance, and mystery... this book has it all!


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