The Sweet By and By is the first of a four novel series centered around Jade Fitzgerald, a woman that left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she’s thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson’s love. But then Jade’s hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade’s wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister.
Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past–the insecurity of living with a restless, wandering mother, the silence of her absent father, and the heart-ripping pain of first-love’s rejection. Turns out Beryl has a secret of her own. She needs reconciliation with her oldest daughter before illness takes her life. In the final days leading to the wedding, Jade meets the One who shows her that the past has no hold on her future. With a little grace, they’ll meet in the middle, maybe even before that sweet by and by. *
Despite her nerves, Sara Evans began reading a section of her new novel, The Sweet By and By. As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, she had already given the crowd background about the book and promised the she would sing after the reading of an excerpt. Cameras flashed and video cameras zoomed in as Sara began to read from the pages of this, her first novel.
The October sun warmed the Blue Umbrella’s office. A pool of light washed over Jade’s paint-chipped desk and the box of ruby-red invitations shoved against the windowsill.
“Here you go Liz. Eighty-five dollars for your aunt’s antique bread box.” Jade pushed the box out of the way so she could grab the check she’d printed for her customer, exposing a solitary, displaced red invitation.
Beryl Hill, Prairie City, Iowa…
As Sara went on to read a bit more, some onlookers were intently listening, while some wanted her to just sing, and others were waiting for the chance to meet her. One couple nearby drove three hours from Indiana just for the chance to meet her. When the excerpt was complete she invited her guitar player to the make-shift stage and they performed an acoustic rendition of Real Fine Place To Start. That was a fitting song to sing being that she was releasing her very first book right here where her entire career started.
The night ended with a line full of fans that twisted through the bookshelves of the bookseller. With fresh book in hand, people waited for their chance to meet the authors and snap a photo. The lucky guests of the evening also had the privilege of having both authors of the novel present to sign purchased copies of this Sara Evans first!
Tomorrow’s blog will reveal some of the things Sara Evans has been surprised by since starting her music career. She shared some intimate stories of her past and her journey from farm girl to singer and now to author.
By the way… even though Christmas and the major gift buying season has passed, it is never too late to purchase a book for all of the other neglected holidays of the year, not to mention birthdays. You can check out the book at these various sites:
*Book summary taken from Thomas Nelson.com