This is one of those books that made me take a deep breath and whisper “wow” when I finished the last page. It was so good that I didn’t even realize it was the second book in the Songbird Series by Sara Evans.
It definitely stands alone very well and I was immediately hooked by the characters. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I plan to read the first book, just to see how the series starts out. According to Sara, this second book “explodes” with drama and I have to agree. This story covers a range of emotions from heartbreak, grief, jealousy, passion, young love; there is something for everyone in this heart tugging saga of lost love, betrayal, grief, loss, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Softly and Tenderly picks up with Jade Benson married to her wealthy, successful, attorney husband Max and their struggle with infertility. As Jade and Max navigate their way through the intense longings for a child of their own, Max also tries to hide his struggles with an addiction. And if that isn’t enough, Max is keeping a secret from Jade that threatens to rip their marriage apart when the truth unexpectedly comes to light.
The more Jade tries to hold her marriage together, the faster the threads seem to unravel until desperate for clarity and space, Jade travels back to her childhood home in the country where feelings and emotions she thought she buried long ago, resurrect and confuse her troubled mind even more.
This is a riveting story of a wealthy, prominent Southern family trying to keep it all together for the sake of appearances while behind closed doors, their relationships are falling apart. I loved this book and cannot wait for the third title, Love Lifted Me, scheduled to be published late 2012.
This book was provided free for review by BookSneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers)
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Songbird Novel: Softly and Tenderly
Maybe out there in the country she could catch her breath, learn to breathe again…
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.
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