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Softly and Tenderly (Songbird #2)

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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 bre
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Thomas Nelson (first published November 25th 2010)
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 10, 2017 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
Just when life was starting to look up for Jade Benson, she married lawyer Max and reunited with her mother Beryl. A whole new set of challenges are about to occur, desperate for a baby Jade is heartbroken when her doctor informs her that she cannot carry full-term and her mother is diagnosed with Leukemia. When her husband Max and his mother June start pressuring for a child, Jade is torn between God's way and the worldly options of surrogacy and adoption. When tragedy strikes and Max's ex-girl ...more
Emma Jane
Mar 10, 2015 Emma Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites

This is one of those books that seems to have found me more than I've found it. You know the ones I mean; those books that call to you from the shelf in the library, for no obvious reason, maybe even the sort of books you hardly ever read but for some reason, you feel this one has something special for you and you've just got to answer its calling. That's how it happened for me. I hardly ever, EVER read contemporary fiction, and a book about 'a woman who married into a Southern soap opera'? Um.
Jan 30, 2011 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, net-galley
Jade, like most of us, has many problems in her life. She is struggling to conceive a child with her husband, her mother is sick with leukemia, she finds her father-n-law having an affair, and now a past mistake on her husband's part brings about a secret that Jade is not ready to deal with. Beryl, Jade's mother, asks to go back home to die. Jade, Beryl, and June (Jade's mother-n-law) all hop into a car and head to Beryl's hometown for her final resting place. During the journey, all three women ...more
Dec 06, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
My review: I received Softly and Tenderly from Book Sneeze in exchange for a free review. This has in no way altered view of the novel and all opinions are my own, true and true. SPOILERS!

Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But after 3 miscarriages, she is beginning to doubt. Maybe God doesn't want her to have a family. Maybe God is still punishing her. She struggles to run her two shops, help her mother-in-law, and care for her mother who is dying from cancer. When she finds ou
Jul 08, 2011 Mandy rated it it was ok
Jade has finally gotten everything she has wanted - almost. Having reconciled with the mother who abandoned her as a child and is currently struglling with terminal cancer, she has married the man of her supposed dreams and runs a successful business. The only thing missing is a child in her arms. After numerous miscarriages, her world feels like it is falling apart. When she learns of her husband's illegitimate son, conceived teh night of his bachelro's party, it finally comes crashing down. As ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok

The more I think about this book, the sadder I get. I think that it had a lot of potential to show how much strength can be gained by walking with Christ, how some things are morally wrong and that there are consequences to actions.
Everyone in this book was a cheater (Max sleeps with an ex a week before his wedding, but that's no biggie because they weren't married yet.... (Uh, NO! That's not how that works.) Jade's mother-in-law cheated on her husband 9 months before Max was born, and Jade's fa
Mar 06, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me... So the song goes. One of my favorites. What an awesome read!

I haven't read the first book, but I think from my experience that the books can stand alone as well. We meet Jade, who is married to Max. They are having troubles with having children. But when Max's ex-wife dies and Jade finds out that they slept together a week before Jade and Max's wedding and have a son, will Jade be able to forgive Max and keep Asa as her own even
May 01, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
This series has me completely engrossed in the lives of these characters. Its not a "fun" read; sometimes its down right difficult to read because of all the hurt and sadness, but somehow, you finish reading with a sense of hope, a desire to strive to have a closer relationship with God, a renewed spirit to be thankful, forgiving, loving and patient with your own trials in life. If you do consider reading this, i would HIGHLY recommend reading all the novels in order.
Rachel Brand
I'm not entirely sure how to rate this book. While the characters were very believable, there was so much drama that this book almost felt like a soap opera. Despite that, I was constantly wondering how I would react if I were in Jade or June's situation and I felt like I was making decisions right along with the characters. 7/10
Oct 07, 2016 Becky rated it liked it
Meh. I don't know how it's possible but they somehow managed to make me dislike just about every character I had previously liked in the first book. The only exceptions would be June and Beryl and one died, so that about sums it up.
Back when I “restarted” my blog in October, I started following many other book blogs. Everyone seemed to be getting books from a place called NetGalley and my curiosity was piqued. Once I was approved, I decided to take out just one title to see what it was all about — Softly & Tenderly, by Sara Evans.

Did I mention that back in October I didn’t have an ereader? Yeah, that was a huge deterent for my using NetGalley. Needless to say, this book sat in my ADE until it expired. The computer was
Debolina Raja
Jan 15, 2012 Debolina Raja rated it it was ok
Sara Evans is also an American country singer. This book was sent to me through BookSneeze and the publishers for review.

Details about the book:

Author: Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck
Title: Softly & Tenderly
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

When I requested for this particular book for review, I was not aware of the fact that this is part of a series, in fact this is the second book in the Songbird series. But that is no cause for concern, as you can very well read this book as an individual novella witho
Feb 17, 2011 Janga rated it really liked it
I’ve added Softly and Tenderly to my list of books that prove readers who dismiss inspirational as “preaching books” are selling the subgenre short and cheating themselves out of some great reading.

Jade Fitzgerald Benson is a young woman who appears to have a wonderful life. Her vintage clothing business has proved so successful that she now has two boutiques. Her husband Max has, she believes, conquered his addiction to prescription painkillers, and the two have created a marriage that is both
Oct 15, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2011
"'Love keeps no record of wrong,' Jade, if I recall Scripture accurately."

"And 'Thou shall not commit adultery,' if I recall Scripture accurately," Jade shot back.

With an unforgettable opening scene of shocking betrayal, Sara Evans along with Rachel Hauck, bring us back to Whisper Hollow, Tennessee and the life and times of Jade Fitzgerald Benson, whose tumultous story Evans and Hauck sketched for us in the first novel of this series, The Sweet By and By.

Softy and Tenderly picks up the now marri
I read "The Sweet By and By" last year, and I don't remember being especially impressed with it. It felt too heavy to me. So I wasn't sure what to expect when I got my hands on the sequel (in what is going to be a trilogy).

The details of the first one were a little foggy in my mind, but I remembered the major plot and details came back to me as I read the sequel. I would think that anyone could pick up this book and be just fine without having read SBAB first.

I enjoyed "Softly and Tenderly" so
Andrea Guy
May 20, 2011 Andrea Guy rated it really liked it
This is probably one of the most emotionally charged books that I've read in a very long time. If you were to lump it into a genre, it is Christian Chicklit. It is very heavy on "Faith" but never comes across as preachy, which I liked.

This is the second book in the Songbird series. (Oh do I wish I had read the first one..but I'll go back and get that one later). It reads like a soap opera. Jade has her issues, she thinks she's barren, her mother is terminally ill. Her husband Max is addicted to
Carrie Padgett
Dec 19, 2011 Carrie Padgett rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Softly & Tenderly. It’s the second book in a series. I haven’t read the first book, The Sweet By and By.

On the outside, Jade’s life is going well. She has a successful business and a loving husband. On the inside, she yearns for a baby. Her mother is dying. Her in-laws are dragging her into their messy marriage. Her husband Max has several secrets that threaten to undo his and Jade’s marriage as well.

When Jade’s mother insists on returning home for her final weeks, Jade reluctant
Apr 15, 2012 Darlyn rated it liked it
Shelves: book-review
The book is about an unexpected occasions that occurs in life. I think everyone has their own regrets, redemptions and losses. The story evolves around Jade, who is happily married to Max and owns 2 boutiques and unfortunately still fails to conceive. There is a lot of things going on around her. Her mom is fighting leukemia and refuse to go through another chemotherapy. I think I can understand her mom well since one of my cousin died of luekemia, and she went through a lot of chemotherapy. I c ...more
Orbs n Rings
Jan 09, 2011 Orbs n Rings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Sweet compassion yet heart wrenching a Southern tale of true forgiveness.

Jade has moved from her past toward a bright future. But then the man she loves most destroys her trust.
Jade Fitzgerald's hope for a perfect marriage shatters when her husband confesses he has an illegitimate son. What’s more, he wants to raise the boy in their home.

Hurting and confused, Jade embarks on a road trip to Iowa to take her sick mother to her childhood home. In the comfort of the old home place, Jade struggles wi
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Feb 23, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: NetGalley
I am having a bit of trouble with this one. Oh, no, it's nothing bad with the book. In fact, I loved the book. Just like I love The Sweet By and By. What I'm having a hard time with is this: is it better than The Sweet By and By or just as good??? I am leaning toward better. Sara and Rachel just have a bond that blends perfectly when it comes to writing the novels for the Songbird series. Their talent screams for the Lord and flows through their words.

Jade and Max are back and happily married.
Christine Lowe
Jun 04, 2016 Christine Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redemption Through Forgiveness

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 p
Oct 27, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Softly & Tenderly is the second book in Sara Evans’ “Songbird Series”. Throughout this novel there are references to events that the reader would be familiar with if they had read the first book. The fact I hadn’t read the first book didn’t affect my enjoyment of the overall story. I could grasp what I needed from the brief references and didn’t feel lost.

The main character Jade, is struggling at the beginning of this book. All she wants is to be a mother and this desire is heightened by her
Jan 01, 2011 Cafelilybookreviews rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that made me take a deep breath and whisper “wow” when I finished the last page. It was so good that I didn’t even realize it was the second book in the Songbird Series by Sara Evans.

It definitely stands alone very well and I was immediately hooked by the characters. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I plan to read the first book, just to see how the series starts out. According to Sara, this second book “explodes” with drama and I have to agree. This story covers a
Oct 27, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel
Wow! Just WOW! I didn’t realize that this was the second book in the series when it was offered by this month…I actually thought it was the first, which I have wanted to read for quite some time. So when I started reading this, and realized it was the second book, I was slightly disappointed only because I was entering the story in the middle. However, I love this book, and can’t wait until Love Lifted Me is released this coming January (per’s pre-order information).

Feb 15, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Softly and Tenderly, by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck, is anything but soft and tender as the story first unfolds. Secrets and betrayal open with painful harshness. You find your heart bleeding all over the pages with the characters. There’s no sugar-coating on the raw emotions felt and displayed. Honest, heartfelt, and painful conversations are held. Heart-wrenching in every way. Choices made could have easily been my own.

Sara pulled out all the stops on a very touchy, harsh reality for some wom
Kathleen Basi
Sep 07, 2012 Kathleen Basi rated it really liked it
Jade's supposedly perfect life is coming unraveled around her. Her mother is dying, her father-in-law has just been "outed" as the world's biggest cheater, and her husband turns out to have fathered a child with his ex-fiancee a week before marrying Jade. Trying to work out all this angst is what "Softly and Tenderly" is all about.

This book is Christian fiction, but far less "sappy" and unrealistic than almost all other books of the genre I've read. The characters are very real, making very real
Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 20, 2012 Stephanie Ziegler rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stephanie by: BookSneeze
Shelves: booklook, favorites
You may think that this book is about Jade, Max, and the appearance of Max’s son in their lives, but it is not. The external stories surround the main story of Jade’s relationship with her dying mother: and how Jade has to come to terms with her death even though she is not ready. I felt it was an important storyline that did not get attention until the end of the book. There were so many storyline and some went off into tangents, but they all came back to a conclusion or a sense of a conclusion ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Autum added it
I received the book Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck to read and review recently. This is a touching story about Jade Benson, her family struggles and overcoming them. I did not read the book before this one although now that I know of the book before this. I will definitely be adding it to my to read list. In this story Jade is dealing with not being able to get pregnant and feeling as though god is punishing her. She is also caring for her mom, whom is dying of cancer. In th ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, book-sneeze
Softly & Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck is a very touching story about a woman named Jade. She thinks she has it all - a wonderful husband and two great businesses. The only thing that's missing is a child of their own. Then she finds out her husband's first love dies and a secret is revealed - her husband cheated on her the night he went to Las Vegas for his bachelor party and she ended up pregnant. Wither her mother's health failing more and more each day, they go back to Jade's ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Kati rated it it was amazing
By the time I got to page 7 I hated who and what the Benson family stood for. Which made my connection with Jade stronger. I didn't like that the mother in-law's name was so close to Jade's. I mean Jade and June kind of hard for me to tell them apart until I really got to know their personalities. One thing about softly and tenderly. I think there should be a book about jade from when shes younger from first person perspective. When it got to the important part about rice and max. I just wanted ...more
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