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Softly and Tenderly (A Songbird Novel) Hardcover – January 3, 2011
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However, I did not and will not read that book. I have just heard from other people what it is about. I think there is enough smut in this
world and unfortunately I know people who bought their young teenage daughters to that movie. Really? Anyway, I'm not suppose to
be rating that book, which I didn't read. I'm just saying this book has real life situations that are not great, but what happens in life, without making it a "sex filled mess".
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.
Let's back up... this is a story centered around a woman who is going through a lot -- she can't have babies, her husband cheated on her and has a son he never told her about, her mother in law cheated on her father in law, her father in law continually cheats on her mother in law, her husband has a drug use problem and her mother is dying of leukemia. Faced with her issues, she runs away to her childhood home to sort it all out (with said mother and mother in law). Besides all that, she had a troubled family in her childhood, had an abortion as a teen and her ex is still in love with her.
The way they portray her in laws and husband I was actually rooting for the ex. My thought with this book is that it's just too much. After getting through half of it it got somewhat better because there were some actual dialogues dealing with the issues, but I felt like the authors tried to jam in every problem they could think of to write a book. This book seemed to want to deal with faith, relationships with God, issues of trust... but it spent so much time focused on all this drama that it never really got to the personalities, the feelings, the thoughts behind everything going on.
I feel that a good, well written book does not need to overload the reader with drama. What are the people thinking? What is happening in their hearts? How are they dealing with their everyday? How do they feel about those around them? How do they deal with the issues they are facing?Read more ›
The story opens with June complaining about her daughter-in-law's old truck as Jade drives her home after a day of shopping. They enter June's home that appears empty. As Jade helps by carrying June's purchases upstairs, they are confronted by the sight of a half naked woman. To make matters worse, this woman was someone June thought of as a friend. And there was June's husband getting off the couch as if this was nothing! I don't know about you but if this had been my husband, it would be a very big deal.
One of the themes that repeats is how lack of communication and dishonesty affects relationships. When truth is
withheld it forces others to act on false information and everyone is damaged. Jade and her husband, Max, want a family but she has had three miscarriages which is devastating to a woman. Jade doesn't tell Max why she believes she can't carry a baby to term and Max doesn't tell her why he is so desperate for them to have a baby now.
This is not an all doom and gloom book. Just as there is in life, there are moments of laughter and joy as well. The characters are well written, each individual has their own voice that adds to the story. This is the second book in The Songbird Series. It can bring read as a stand-alone but you will get more enjoyment reading the books in order. I just ordered the third and last book in the series. It's the highest compliment I can pay to the writers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second book in this series by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck. After reading the first book I was hooked and the second book is even better. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amelia
Although I loved the book when I got to the end I felt like I fell off a cliff. Did not know it was part of a series...Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book did not disappoint. It had many layers of love, forgiveness, trust, faith and hope. It is book two in a series of three.Published 3 months ago by Janice M., Greenwoood,Janice M., Greenwoood
Even through trials and tribulations, He is always there for us. We just have to accept and believe. Praise God.Published 3 months ago by Lonnette Turner
I can't believe that I read this book knowing that it is a series. I hate books that do not have an ending. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Betty
A beautifully written book written family story that deals with faith, family, love, betrayal and so much more. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jamie Smith