Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Sweet By and By written by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

I'm a long time fan of Sara Evans. I love her music and I enjoyed watching her dance on the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," but I had no idea she could write - and write so well. The Sweet By and By is a collaborative effort by Sara Evans and Christian romance writer, Rachel Hauck so I don't know how much of the story was really Sara's but I do know that I enjoyed reading it. It's a story about reconciliation and relationships - a couple in love, a mother and daughter and a person's relationship with God. It's a bittersweet story that will tug at your heartstrings.

Jade Freedom Fitzgerald owns a vintage shop and she's about to marry Max Benson, a lawyer from Whisper Hollow, Tennessee. Max comes from a wealthy family and Jade feels unworthy of them. When she left home ten years ago to go to college she buried a sordid past and she has lied to Max about her past and her parents. Jade's future mother-in-law, June, wants her to invite her mother to the wedding and she gives in. When Jade's hippy mother, Beryl and her wild younger sister, Willow, show up three weeks before the wedding Jade is forced to confront old wounds.

This is a fast and engrossing read that flows so smoothly you will not believe it was written by two people. The family dynamics are realistically portrayed and the characters brought to life with very real emotions. Flashbacks of the past add depth to this emotional page turner and the end will satisfy.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 5, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1595544896
Hardcover: 272 Pages
Price: $19.99