The Sweet By and By by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck (Thomas Nelson, January 5, 2010), 272 pages
Jade Fitzgerald firmly believes in leaving the past in the past and instead living in the present. (Does it have any bearing that she runs an up-and-coming vintage store?) But her wedding date is nearing, and that envelope addressed to her hippy mother taunts her. She’s tempted to simply not invite Beryl, but her indecision is keeping her from mailing any of the invitations, and waiting even one more day is simply unacceptable to her mother-in-law-to-be. As it has a tendency to do, the past refuses to stay buried in The Sweet By and By and instead must be addressed to allow the characters to move forward.
The Sweet By and By greatly exceeded my expectations. This is not just a happy, standard Christian Fiction novel. It is happy and it is Christian Fiction, but it’s far more than that stereotype. The characters deal with real pain, real hurt, and the consequences of their past actions.
I loved the Iowa (and Southern) settings. The book had a couple surprises, which I also loved. The further into this book I read, the more I loved it.
While it’s not a stupendous, earth-shattering read, this book does gently nudge its characters (and its readers) in the direction of truth. A very quick read; the story pulled me in immediately. I have no complaints about this book — I really enjoyed reading this one.
I definitely want to read more of Hauck’s books (this was the first one I’ve read).
About the authors
Sara Evans is a country music recording artist.
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I received this book from the author, Rachel Hauck.