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Product Details

  • Series: A Songbird Novel (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544902
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Everyone has a cross to bear, but Jade Benson’s is so heavy it seems to be made of solid lead. Her attorney husband, Max, is a recovering addict. Her sister faces danger on a daily basis in Guatemala. Her mother, a former hippie with terminal cancer, wants to leave Jade’s home in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, to go home to die. Jade and her mother-in-law walk in on her father-in-law and another woman. A freak car crash destroys the entire front of Jade’s store, and infertility is a dark cloud over her head. Then comes the final, crushing blow. Her friend Rice dies in a solo plane crash, leaving a little son behind, and the father is none other than Max, who wants Jade to raise the boy as their own. Popular country singer–writer Evans (A Little Bit Stronger) and talented Christian fiction author Hauck have teamed up to pen this second installment in Jade’s journey (The Sweet By and By, 2010). Hang on for an emotional ride as a woman who married into a Southern soap opera learns to forgive and trust again. --Shelley Mosley

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The second collaborative effort between Evans and Hauck is realistic and touching. The characters' motivations and reactions to situations will cause readers to think and examine their own hearts. --Romantic Times

This second collaboration (after The Sweet By and By) between country singer Evans and CF author Hauck (Dining with Joy) will appeal to the authors' fans. --Library Journal

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I found the book to be a good story with interesting characters.
Sweet Tea
I would definitely recommend this book to any one who is looking for a good read but also for an uplifting and encouraging story.
mamaholmes
It took me a week to get to this book because I wanted to read the first in the series before I jumped into this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Matisko on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Who knew that country singer Sara Evans was also a writer?! When I received this book, I knew that the name sounded familiar, but I didn't put two and two together until about halfway through! I have to say - she did a great job!

This story is about Jade, a woman whose marriage is thrown a curveball when her husband announces that he has a son and would like to raise him in their home. Confused - as anyone would be - by this big announcement and not sure where to go from here, Jade turns to the one place she can go to find solace: home. But there she struggles to take care of her sick mother, confront her fears about her marriage and deal with memories of her first love. Luckily, the best remedy for figuring things out is right in front of her: friends, family and God in all of his mercy and tenderness.

I read this novel without reading Sara's first book and still loved it. The language is very simple and easy to read and connect with. As most fiction stories are, some things are a little over-the-top, but it all connects well and leaves the reader feeling satisfied in the end. A good, easy read for anyone looking for a dramatic story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Jones on November 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful sequel that lives up to the first book and even more! After reading the first book, I was hestitant because I loved it in so many ways - can the second live up to how much I loved the first. It did and even more, it made me excited that there are rumored to be two more books in this series.

As the first book centers solely around Jade, the main character, I think the strong suit for this book was to share the central focus on Jade, her mother and her mother-in-law. Each of these three women had a journey in this book and there were similarities in each of their struggles. The reader was able to get to go both mother figures in a deeper way - some of the story was even told from their perspective.

A wonderfully heartfelt book that made me cry as I journeyed through the days with all three women. I am calling this the perfect series to curl up with this winter. The third book will be arriving early after the new year, I will definitely be looking for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle C on February 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book, I didnt realize it was the second book in a series, so understand that I am writing this review from a "stand-alone" perspective.

The characters are all very interesting and completely realized. There is plenty of witty and clever dialog between these women in this story and I absolutely loved the way the heroine, Jade interacts with her mother.

Although Jade does indeed have alot on her plate to deal with emotionally, I was impressed with how well she held herself together.

While I'm normally not a fan of Christian literature, I liked this because it is a book about faith, without being "preachy". I will need to get the first book in this series to see what I missed out on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By corinalv on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck

This book follows Jade as she wades through some of life's toughest issues. She says she feels like she's in the middle of a soap opera and I would have to agree. Some parts of the story and it's characters certainly weren't as believable as they could've been. "Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood", but in the end she "begins to see a future that doesn't rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God's tender mercies."

This book had an interesting story line that kept me guessing about what would happen next. However, I feel it focused too much on the negative and the bad things that happened and not enough on how God could be glorified through all that went on. I also feel like the story left me hanging - I finished the last chapter and was really wondering why the story was over right then. It was like my book was without the last two chapters! I appreciate the points made about forgiveness - there was forgiveness on many fronts in this book - and I think it makes you evaluate your own life to see if you, too, have secrets that need to be shared.

This book was provided free of charge from Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Tea on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After reading Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachael Hauck I have a new appreciation for "christian literature". I found the book to be a good story with interesting characters. The christian aspect of the book was light-handed and was nicely woven into the personalities of the characters.

Softly and Tenderly is the story of Jade and the personal pressures and struggles she is going through - and there are a lot of them! Jade's mother is dying from cancer, she has recently discovered that her father-in-law is cheating on her mother-in-law, AND she just learned that her husband has a son that she didn't know about. She is also struggling with infertility and dealing with her husband's prior addiction to pain medication. (Whew......I guess the authors wanted to cover all the bases.) Jade ends up taking her mother home to Iowa so she can live out her finals days in the home she loves. While back in Iowa, Jade has to deal with her feelings for Dustin, her first love and ex-husband from a teen marriage.

I was initially put off by the fact that ALL of these problems were hitting Jade at once but after I put my problem with that aside I found that I was really enjoying the book. Jade is a character that is easy to become involved with and the story moves along at a very nice pace. The cast of supporting characters are pretty easy to like as well. I found myself rooting for those characters - even the cheating father-in-law. I wanted them to all redeem themselves and they pretty much did that.

I didn't realize this until about half way through the book but Softly and Tenderly is the second in a series of books by Sara Evans and Rachael Hauck.
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