Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Book Review: The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By The Sweet By and By by Rachel Hauck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

This delightful novel by country singer and songwriter, Sara Evans, is a story about love, forgiveness, redemption, faith, and relationships. As she approaches her wedding day, the main character, Jade, has to deal with a lot of past pain and regret bubbling up to the surface – or rather, dragged to the surface by her estranged free-spirited mom and the rest of her rag-tag broken family and by her seemingly perfect, polished family-to-be. Through it all, Jade grows and learns that you do not have to cut off your past in order to have a future, but it is quite a wonderful journey that gets her to that point.  

I really enjoyed this book. Evan's descriptions put you right there: “The Indian summer day was perfumed with the sun-browned, dying fall leaves.” And her rich characters make you feel like that's your family she's talking about (or perhaps it makes you thankful for the one you've got!). Personally, I related to Jade in so many ways, and really loved experiencing her doubts and fears, and then her joy and fresh belief in herself, in others, and in Jesus right alongside her.  

I certainly hope to see more from Sara Evans in the future!  

-Katie Casey 
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