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Softly and Tenderly (A Songbird Novel) Hardcover – January 3, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Songbird Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: A Songbird Novel (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 3, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like these kinds of Books. There is romance, but no explicit sex. So if that is what you are looking for, this is no "50 Shades of Grey".
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".
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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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I've had this book for months but didn't stop to read it, when I finally did I was disappointed. I requested this book because it's with Rachel Hauck and the previous book of hers I had read (The wedding dress) I really enjoyed. This one did not live up to that standard.

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?
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It takes an brave writer who has felt emotions strong enough to break through to the hidden places we all have in our hearts. Does every transgression deserve forgiveness? This book touched my heart. I needed to think about it for awhile before I could write a review.

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.
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