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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: 6.2 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,011 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 enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the final book in the series.
Momma C
At first I was a little put off by the amount of drama in the book between characters and what I felt was too little reference to a relationship in Christ.
Patricia
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.
LaToya

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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By i blog 4 books on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I kept thinking, "this is a soap opera," while I read Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck. About two-thirds of the way through, the main character describes her life in the exact same way. Good to know we were on the same page!

Jade's life is falling apart. Guilt and shame from bad decisions in her teenage years, a rocky relationship with her mom, her in-laws' failing marriage, struggles with anxiety, the inability to conceive, her mother's impending death, her husband's addiction to pain pills ... and then she learns about her husband's infidility the week before their marriage and the son that was conceived as a result. As a new Christian, will Jade rely on her own ways or will she turn to Christ?

This is "chick lit" at its best. I found myself falling in love with this crazy, trouble-ridden family and wanted everything to work out for them. The story evoked real emotion in me and I found myself tearing up several times. The struggles were real. Jade questions her faith repeatedly as she faces trial after trial. I actually liked that things weren't tied up in a neat package at the end. That's how life is. But ultimately, I felt that there was a great message of hope in spite of her circumstances.

This is the second book in the Songbird trilogy (Sweet By and By available now and Love Lifted Me available Winter 2012). I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this gripping story.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange from Thomas Nelson Publishers for my fair and honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L123 on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Softly and Tenderly, the second book in the Songbird Trilogy, was written by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck, and it is the sequel to The Sweet By and By. I read the Sweet By and By nearly a year ago, and I was extremely excited to see the new book released this year. The book continues to follow the life of Jade who is struggling with issues such as anxiety, addiction, marital problems, and most of all infidelity. Her husband Max fathered a son who he wants to raise with Jade. This, along with other issues, causes Jade to question everything she has believed in her life, and I enjoyed seeing how she handled all of these issues which many people struggle with on a daily basis--although they typically only face one or two of the issues rather than such a large amount of issues at one time.

The book was an easy read, and I didn't want to put it down as I read it over Christmas Break from work. I did feel the book was a little "soap opera-ey" as other reviewers have suggested, but that's what I was expecting and anticipating when I began to read the book. I really enjoyed reading this book by country singer Sara Evans

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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