Softly and Tenderly

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Thomas Nelson Incorporated, 2011 - Fiction - 292 pages
36 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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Not my cup of tea!

User Review  - Randi -

“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

This book is not Christian at all. It is junk.

User Review  - Keri -

Why would anyone write a "Christian" book that is so immoral? These people are suppose to be strong, upstanding Christian people both in their church and community. They are nothing of the kind - they ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has garnered such honors as ACM's Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA's Video of the Year, one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," and the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. This is her first fiction series.

RITA-finalist Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony. She is the author of Dining with Joy; Sweet Caroline; Love Starts with Elle; and The Sweet By and By, co-authored with Sara Evans. Visit and

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