Softly and Tenderly (Google eBook)

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Jan 4, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
41 Reviews

Maybe in the wide-open country she can 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.

"Exquisitely written, an achingly beautiful story about lost and found relationships that made me ponder my own. This story is not to be missed."

—Susan May Warren, RITA award-winning, best-selling author of Nightingale

"Hang on for an emotional ride as a woman who 'married into a Southern soap opera' learns to forgive and trust again."

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User Review  - marie1990 - LibraryThing

This story is set two and a half years after book one finished. Jade is now married and owns two successful boutiques. Jade now wants to start a family with her husband Max. But Max has an ... Read full review

Not my cup of tea!

User Review  - Randi - Christianbook.com

“Softly and Tenderly” by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck is a work of romantic fiction. It is the second in the Songbird series, following “'Sweet By and By,” which I would have liked to read before this ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
13
Chapter Three
21
Chapter Four
35
Chapter Five
47
Chapter Six
59
Chapter Seven
69
Chapter Eight
79
Chapter Sixteen
151
Chapter Seventeen
159
Chapter Eighteen
171
Chapter Nineteen
179
Chapter Twenty
195
Chapter Twentyone
205
Chapter Twentytwo
217
Chapter Twentythree
229

Chapter Nine
85
Chapter Ten
91
Chapter Eleven
101
Chapter Twelve
111
Chapter Thirteen
119
Chapter Fourteen
129
Chapter Fifteen
141
Chapter Twentyfour
239
Chapter Twentyfive
253
Chapter Twentysix
265
Chapter Twentyseven
277
Acknowledgments
290
Reading Group Guide
291
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About the author (2011)

Sara M. Evans is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught women's history since 1976. She has served as director of the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, is chair of the department of history, and is a member of the national boards of the American Studies Association and the Organization of American Historians. The author of "Born for Liberty" and "Personal Politics" and the coauthor of "Free Spaces" and "Wage Justice, " she lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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