The Sweet By and By

A Songbird Novel

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"Enchanting." —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

The first book in the Songbird series from country music star Sara Evans and New York Times bestseller Rachel Hauck!

It begins with a little red envelope . . . the one Jade doesn't want to send. The envelope that invites her mother, Beryl, to her wedding—and opens up more of her past than she cares to deal with. Jade has worked so hard to put her hard-scrabble childhood behind her.

And she's found everything she wanted in the beautiful green hills of Whisper Hollow, Tennessee. A thriving vintage shop all her own. A lovely one-eyed shepherd dog named Roscoe. And Max, the almost-too-good-to-be-true man she plans to marry in just a few weeks. For the first time in her life, her heart feels at home, and she can't wait to step out into their beautiful future.

But can she really have a sweet by and by if she can't come to terms with yesterday?

Lose yourself in the novel that readers and critics alike are calling . . .

"Heartwarming." —Publishers Weekly

"Breathtaking." —New York Times bestselling author Robin McGraw

"Beautifully real." —actress Eva Longoria

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About the author

Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has garnered such honors as ACM’s Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA’s Video of the Year, one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,' and the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. This is her first fiction series.

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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Publisher
Thomas Nelson
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Published on
Oct 3, 2010
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Pages
338
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ISBN
9781418583927
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Christian / General
Fiction / Christian / Romance
Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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“Fans of Karen Kingsbury’s tender family stories will love this southern-flavored tale of triumph and grace.” —Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses and Larkspur Cove

The second book in the Songbird series from country music star Sara Evans and New York Times bestseller Rachel Hauck!

Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son—who he wants her to help raise—Jade’s life is turned upside down.

She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There—while her mother’s health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger—Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood. In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn’t rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.

"Hang on for an emotional ride as a woman who 'married into a Southern soap opera' learns to forgive and trust again." —Booklist

"Enter the magic of Whisper Hollow and open your heart. Like Sara Evan's bittersweet songs, the notes and melody of Jade Fitzgerald's past sing a new future. In a world of wounded souls, forgiveness and redemption are the lyrics of this enchanting story." —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

“Exquisitely written, an achingly beautiful story about lost and found relationships that made me ponder my own. This story is not to be missed.”—Susan May Warren, RITA award-winning, bestselling author of Nightingale

“Touching and emotive . . . sizzles with passion . . . a beautiful story of hope tackling betrayal and love manning up to win the game.” —USAToday.com

The third and final book in the Songbird series from country music star Sara Evans and New York Times bestseller Rachel Hauck!

Jade and Max share a deep love, though revelations from his past have recently shaken their marriage. And Jade is completely smitten with Max’s little son, Asa, whom she is now raising as her own. Their blended family brings her a joy she’s never known. But there is one more secret to be uncovered. One that will impact them all.

Max is doing his best to “man-up” and prove himself worthy of Jade’s devotion. As well as that of his young son. It seems like life in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, will pick up where it left off until Max is faced with an unusual opportunity—leave his family’s law firm to coach high-school football in Texas.

Realizing a fresh start will bring healing to their marriage, Jade takes the leap of faith and moves with him and baby Asa, bidding good-bye to her beloved Blue Umbrella shop.

The new beginning in quaint Colby, Texas, is soon sullied when Max discovers the high-school program isn’t all it seemed. While Max struggles to rebuild a once glorious football team, Jade wrestles with news that could break Max’s heart . . . and change their lives forever.

Country singer and songwriter Evans and novelist Hauck (Dining with Joy, 2010) have proven to be a winning team.” —Booklist starred review

“Fans of Karen Kingsbury’s tender family stories will love this southern-flavored tale of triumph and grace.” —Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses and Larkspur Cove

The second book in the Songbird series from country music star Sara Evans and New York Times bestseller Rachel Hauck!

Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son—who he wants her to help raise—Jade’s life is turned upside down.

She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There—while her mother’s health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger—Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood. In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn’t rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.

"Hang on for an emotional ride as a woman who 'married into a Southern soap opera' learns to forgive and trust again." —Booklist

"Enter the magic of Whisper Hollow and open your heart. Like Sara Evan's bittersweet songs, the notes and melody of Jade Fitzgerald's past sing a new future. In a world of wounded souls, forgiveness and redemption are the lyrics of this enchanting story." —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

“Exquisitely written, an achingly beautiful story about lost and found relationships that made me ponder my own. This story is not to be missed.”—Susan May Warren, RITA award-winning, bestselling author of Nightingale

“Touching and emotive . . . sizzles with passion . . . a beautiful story of hope tackling betrayal and love manning up to win the game.” —USAToday.com

The third and final book in the Songbird series from country music star Sara Evans and New York Times bestseller Rachel Hauck!

Jade and Max share a deep love, though revelations from his past have recently shaken their marriage. And Jade is completely smitten with Max’s little son, Asa, whom she is now raising as her own. Their blended family brings her a joy she’s never known. But there is one more secret to be uncovered. One that will impact them all.

Max is doing his best to “man-up” and prove himself worthy of Jade’s devotion. As well as that of his young son. It seems like life in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, will pick up where it left off until Max is faced with an unusual opportunity—leave his family’s law firm to coach high-school football in Texas.

Realizing a fresh start will bring healing to their marriage, Jade takes the leap of faith and moves with him and baby Asa, bidding good-bye to her beloved Blue Umbrella shop.

The new beginning in quaint Colby, Texas, is soon sullied when Max discovers the high-school program isn’t all it seemed. While Max struggles to rebuild a once glorious football team, Jade wrestles with news that could break Max’s heart . . . and change their lives forever.

Country singer and songwriter Evans and novelist Hauck (Dining with Joy, 2010) have proven to be a winning team.” —Booklist starred review

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“This is classic romance at its very best.” —DEBBIE MACOMBER

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simons Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

It’s the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

“[A] surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. With only a subtle nod to Cinderella, this modern and engaging tale follows the budding relationship of an American Southern girl and a pseudo-Brit prince . . . Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“Rachel Hauck’s inspiring Royal Wedding series is one for which you should reserve space on your keeper shelf!” —USA Today

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