The Sweet By and By is the first novel by recording artist Sara Evans. In collaboration with author Rachel Hauck, this book is a story about finding real love in the midst of dealing with a painful past. Jade Fitzgerald is the owner of a quirky vintage shop, The Blue Umbrella, and she’s engaged to marry the man of her dreams Max Benson. When Jade’s hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in town before the wedding Jade is forced to deal with a strained relationship and hurt feelings she’s tried to keep locked away. Beryl, however, has a secret of her own and is hoping to reconcile with her daughter while there’s still time. With God’s help and grace, Jade finds the strength to open up to her mother and allow healing to move them closer to restoration.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing and the story gave me such a sense of sweet love and tender faith. The authors did a good job of showing Beryl’s shortcomings without making her into an unlikable monster. I could feel how rough around the edges Beryl was and at the same time I could see how fragile and scared Jade was. I particularly like the fact that the story didn’t employ an unrealistic ending. A very satisfying ending to a very good book.