A redemptive story from multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans.
Jade Fitzgerald 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.
Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck team up for this poignant tale of abandonment, forgiveness, redemption, and love. Together they create characters that redefine the meaning of dysfunctional but are more beloved because of their imperfections.
From the first page, this story weaves a mysterious tale moving back and forth between the family’s turbulent history, their strained and bitter present, and the hope of their future. This story engulfs you and captivates you to the point that you become emotionally invested in the lives of each character. Their heartbreak becomes your heartbreak, their trials reflected in your own fears. The story comes together like an intricate puzzle that up close looks fragmented and distorted, but from a distance the greater picture becomes more abundantly clear as each piece is slid into place. The perfect dose of southern charm and humour is thrown in to balance the deep issues at hand.
Not only is this a great read for summer, but I think it would be wonderful for mother’s and daughter’s to read together. I sincerely hope to see more from talented first time author Sara Evans. She is an author with a voice-both literally and literary (smart alec me, I know). Together with Rachel Hauck, this is a perfectly harmonized partnering that plays to both writers’ strengths. Well done ladies!
Grade: 10/10 (and I don’t give 10s out lightly)