The Sweet By and By, Songbird Series #1   -     By: Sara Evans, Rachel Hauck
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Jade Fitzgerald and Max Benson find their wedding day fast approaching with all the assorted relatives, and past baggage along with the joy, of their special day. Jade thought she left her past behind a decade ago, but when her gypsy-like mother, Beryl Hill, shows up with her younger sister, Jade's old insecurities come barreling to the surface. Can God's grace help to mend her family's broken hearts and somehow meet in the middle before it's too late?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1595544895
ISBN-13: 9781595544896
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Series: Songbird

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Publisher's Description

It begins with a little red envelope . . .

. . . the one Jade doesn’t want to send. The envelope that invites her mother, Beryl, to her wedding—and opens up more of her past than she cares to deal with. Jade has worked so hard to put her hardscrabble childhood behind her.

And she’s found everything she wanted in the beautiful green hills of Whisper Hollow, Tennessee. A thriving vintage shop all her own. A lovely one-eyed shepherd dog named Roscoe. And Max, the almost-too-good-to-be-true man she plans to marry in just a few weeks. For the first time in her life, her heart feels at home, and she can’t wait to step out into their beautiful future.

But can she really have a sweet by and by if she can’t come to terms with yesterday?

Author Bio

Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has garnered such honors as ACM’s Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA’s Video of the Year, one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People," and the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. This is her first fiction series.

RITA-finalist Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony. She is the author of Dining with Joy; Sweet Caroline; Love Starts with Elle; and The Sweet By and By, co-authored with Sara Evans. Visit RachelHauck.com and SouthernBelleView.com.

Author Bio

Sara Evans has garnered such honors as ACM’s Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA’s Video of the Year, named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People," and she was the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. This is her first novel, releasing at the same time as a new album. Sara has said that the redemptive message always attracts her to a given story. It’s the story she’s cares about most in the songs she records and sings; it’s the story of her life; it’s the story she looks for in the faces of those she meets.

“I’ve been a Believer since I was 21. My faith has been everything to me in my life since then. In my marriage, my motherhood, my career, and just dealing with everyday life, God is my constant companion and friend. I find myself praying constantly prayers of gratitude and guidance. As a mom and a career woman, my life is filled daily with choices and decisions to make that will affect lots of people. So I rely on God to guide me!”

Publisher's Weekly

In this heartwarming collaborative debut from country music star Evans and Christian romance veteran Hauck (Sweet Caroline), antique dealer Jade Freedom Fitzgerald of Whisper Hollow, Tenn., must make peace with her hippy mama, Beryl Hill, before she can marry her lawyer fiancé, Maxwell Charles Benson. But wait, there's more: she also needs an annulment from an elopement at 16, to resolve her anger at the father who abandoned her, to learn how to get along with a pushy mom-in-law-to-be and take responsibility for a dire choice she made 13 years before. The arrival of Jade's mother and her tempestuous little sister, Willow, before the big day shakes things up further, especially after Beryl reveals an unhappy secret of her own. Comforting in that Southern way and inspirational without being too saccharine, Evans and Hauck's first outing together shows promise. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Eileen Elertson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet By and By by Sara Evans & Rachael Hauck
    August 27, 2014
    Eileen Elertson
    This review was written for The Sweet By and By, Songbird Series #1.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  2. HoneyBear1968
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    February 3, 2012
    HoneyBear1968
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Sweet By and By, Songbird Series #1.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was one that I couldn't put down. A story about love and trust and heartache, I am really looking forward to reading the next 2 books in the series.
  3. Robin Prater
    Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enchanting Journey of Grace
    October 16, 2011
    Robin Prater
    Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Sweet By and By, Songbird Series #1.
    Grab yourself a cup of coffee and get cozy. You will be in for a long night of reading and you won't need the coffee to keep you awake. This novel will take you on a journey through the life of Jade Fitzgerald. A young woman trying to move forward, but forever stuck in yesterday. She has many regrets caused by poor choices. Many pains brought to her from simply coming from a broken family. Many memories that haunt her.

    We journey from her past to her present. I have read books that take us from yesterday to present time and have had a struggle keeping up, but this one just seems to flow. From reading of today and then taking a glimpse back in time, we get to see the full view of Jade and her many mysteries to be uncovered.

    Who knew, Sara Evans, could write? Rachel Hauck is at the top of my favorites list. Now, both of these ladies together bring a story of redemption and grace. I had purchased, Softly and Tenderly, the second book in the Songbird Series at the ACFW conference this year. I began reading and realized it was part of a series. I quickly got on line and ordered, The Sweet By and By. I waited patiently for it to arrive and was not disappointed at all. I encourage you to read them in order. The Sweet By and By is the backbone of the series.

    This story takes us into the heart of Whisper Hollow, Tennessee. Here is something I love. Jade is almost hollow inside. She has carried such pain for so long and all she needs is to hear the whisper of God. Faith was always near Jade. It flowed from her grandmother's heart. But Jade felt she wasn't good enough for God. She thought she had made too many mistakes in life. Who of us hasn't been there? I know I have, but that is where the sweet grace of Christ comes in.

    This is a journey of not just one woman, but many characters that jug at your heart as we watch them move through each trial of life. On some level you will fall in love with each of these broken people. This story opens with Jade inviting her mother to her wedding. A choice she isn't sure of, but one that will change her life. It's awesome to see how each choice Jade makes brings her closer to a God she didn't think loved her at all.

    To say I loved this book simply isn't enough. It is one that you read and pass on to your friends. It's just that good.

    This book is published by Thomas Nelson.
  4. The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of my All-Time Favourite Books :)
    May 23, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Sweet By and By, Songbird Series #1.
    Review : The Sweet By and By - Book #1 Songbirds Series - Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck - Jan 2010

    Jade Freedom Fitzgerald's life is for once looking up - she owns an antique shop called The Blue Umbrella, she has a good set of friends and she is about to get married to lawyer Max Benson. Jade wants a nice, quiet intimate wedding but her interfering mother-in-law is planning an extravagant event including expensive red-enveloped invitations. The story starts with Jade contemplating whether to send an invitation to her hippie mother, Beryl, who's still living like it's the 1960s. As the wedding nears, all Jade's secrets from her past start to surface, such as ex-fiances, her estranged father and her dysfunctional family. Armed with her two close friends whose dreams are to go on Oprah, her trusty one-eyed dog Roscoe and her quirky antique shop, can Jade move forward into married life without losing who she really is and will she fit in with her husband-to-be's socialite friends and family or will it just be too much for her to handle? This collaborative effort by country singer-songwriter Sara Evans and Christian author Rachel Hauck is an amazing read which tells a story about chasing dreams, travelling endless miles to get where you want to be and having the faith that no matter how much you focus on the future, you have to open and accept the past in order to move forward.
  5. Rambling Reader
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 11, 2010
    Rambling Reader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As a fan of country star, Sara Evan's music and Rachel Hauck's novels, I was excited to discover that both women have joined forces and released an inspirational novel. The Sweet By and By is a collaborative effort that successfully blends the emotional story lyrics present in Sara Evan's songs with the character development and humor that defines Hauck's novels.

    In The Sweet By and By, Jade Fitzgerald is a young woman who is the owner of a vintage, antique shop and just weeks away from marrying Max Benson, a successful lawyer from an upper-class family. With pasts that they both wish to forget, they agree to live in the present while embracing the future. After Jade reluctantly sends a wedding invitation to her estranged mother, Beryl, memories from the family's past set ripples of pain and regret into motion. These ripples soon turn into a wave of emotion that they must confront. While the women struggle to reconcile their past, Max also faces the return of his former fiance and a secret that he wishes to keep from Jade. Will Jade's and Max's love for one another surmount the obstacles that they face?

    The Sweet By and By skillfully displays the complexities of family relationships and the power of forgiveness as individuals struggle to come to terms with their past actions and decisions. While reading this novel, I was drawn to the unfolding story of Jade's and Beryl's tumultuous relationship. Like this story, real-life is complex with no "perfect" endings. Our lives are always a work in progress.

    I look forward to Sara Evan's and Rachel Hauck's upcoming novels in the Songbird series. Hopefully, readers will once again re-visit the lives of some of the characters in The Sweet By and By, especially Jade's younger sister, Willow.
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