Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: The Sweet By and By + Softly and Tenderly - Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

I haven't done a double review like this in a while, but I just finished reading Book #2 in the Songbird Series and one of my all-time favourite reads was actually Book #1 in the series , so readers I have for you a review of Book #1 and Book #2 of the Songbird Series by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck.

The Sweet By and By

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.

Softly and Tenderly (A Songbird Novel)
Review: Softly and Tenderly - Book #2 Songbird Series - Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck - Jan 2011
Just when life was starting to look up for Jade Benson, she married lawyer Max and reunited with her mother Beryl. A whole new set of challenges are about to occur, desperate for a baby Jade is heartbroken when her doctor informs her that she cannot carry full-term and her mother is diagnosed with Leukemia. When her husband Max and his mother June start pressuring for a child, Jade is torn between God's way and the worldly options of surrogacy and adoption. When tragedy strikes and Max's ex-girlfriend Rice  is found dead, it seems that she left behind something for Max - a son that Max didn't let Jade know he had. With the revelation of Max having a son , it causes Jade to re-evaluate her marriage and whether or not she can live with the knowledge that he had a son elsewhere.Softly and Tenderly ia the sort of novel that when your whole world comes crumbling down, the only thing to help save what you have is good friends and family.

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