I read Softly & Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachek Hauck.
Book Description (by publisher)Maybe out there in the country she could catch her breath, 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.
I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! It told the story of a young couple trying hard to have children in what seems like the perfect town with the perfect family and the perfect jobs. Its a story that shows you that not everyone is as perfect as they seem to you or to their fellow family members. Its a story that starts with a childhood mistake and love that haunts the main character for her lifetime until she is able to come into a similar situation and live and let go. A book that shows that it is normal to question your faith and walk yourself through the answers in due time. Of course she escapes her problems to IOWA which is where I'm at so I recognized Prairie City and some of the other things mentioned in the book. I can just picture her childhood farm house and the childhood sweetheart who is out in the barn with his torn up jeans with grease stains working on old cars. Overall its a great story that I really got into and could barely wait to go to bed at night just to see what Jade did. 'Nuff said. I just couldn't put this book down and loved every second of it! Check it out!