Sunday, January 9, 2011
Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans (with Rachel Hauck)
This story is about Jade and her husband Max. Both are happily married and anxious to start a family of their own. However, Jade faces numerous miscarriages which cause doubt and heartache over her worthiness to have a child. Then Jade discovers that her husband had a son by another woman and through an unexpected turn of events, he wants Jade to help him raise his child. Hurting and betrayed, Jade "runs away" to her mom's farmhouse in the country where she must find acceptance with her mom's failing health and her husband's cover up.
This "Southern soap opera" features cheating husbands, an illegitimate son, a supreme court justice, a barren wife, secrets and suits.
I read this book in just a few days, it was that good. The characters in this story all have flaws and are suddenly faced with circumstances that will ultimately force them to come to terms with their situation. I kept wondering how this story would end. Would the characters all find their "happily ever after?" I was not disappointed and it looks like there will be a sequel in 2012.
I also found out later that this is book 2 in the Songbird series, but it was easy to follow and no problem at all if you have not read the first book. Overall, good writing mixed in with lots of drama and a bit of hope and faith. I definitely recommend this book. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own.