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Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life's Changes

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  5,010 ratings  ·  486 reviews
In this refreshing and inspiring memoir, Lauren Akins, the wife of country music star Thomas Rhett, shows what it’s really like to be “the perfect couple” fans imagine, and reveals what it actually takes to live in love, stay in love, and grow together.

When country music star Thomas Rhett won the ACM Award for Single of the Year with “Die a Happy Man,” his wife, Lauren Aki
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
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Live in Love by Lauren Akins is an excellent book. You get to learn more about her life and hear the other side of your favorite Thomas songs. This was my first approval from NetGalley.

Karen  Cryer
This is going to be a longer review because, well, I have a lot of opinions about this one. Particularly because the author claims to have the same world views as me (Protestant Christian) and I am always just a bit more critical of Christian authors (not because I’m mean or naturally a critic — quite the opposite actually—, but because I want the person writing to be a good witness to nonbelievers and non Christians).

Here we go. First off, this book lacks any depth. She begins with her upbringi
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a fan of Thomas Rhett for a long time and when I saw his wife on TV at one of the award shows she just looked like she would be sweet and a perfect match for him. Then add in music videos and Instagram and I was hooked on this couple.

Getting their story through this book was awesome. You get a real feel from the time they were young kids to current on how they were raised to live in faith and how they navigated everything and were still able to be true to their beliefs.

Their story is
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED TO! And y'all, I had high expectations. As soon as I heard about it on Lauren's IG I felt like I needed it and then low and behold it was on Netgalley and I was offered the chance to read and review it. I am a country music FAN but I didn't want to read this because Lauren is Thomas Rhett's wife, I actually thought it would have a little more about her work in Uganda and with Love+One, kind of along the lines of Kisses with Katie or somethi
Jenny Jo Weir
At first I thought, she was a bit self-absorbed, because it felt like he loved her more than she loved him, but as soon as I stepped back I realized, this is exactly what a healthy, strong woman should look like. Stand up for yourself, support your spouse, submit to one another, but do not be a doormat. It's OK to still have your own dreams and aspirations. I think she is the balancing force to their relationship, keeping them grounded when they could have got swept up in the whirlwind of it all ...more
Shannon Rochester
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I want to preface my review by saying that when I requested this book, I had absolutely no idea who Lauren Akins was... I just knew that the woman on the cover made me feel some sort of peace just by looking at her. And that did not go away even a little bit as I read the book. BUT I would like to say that I feel like a total dufus at not knowing that Thomas Rhett was not his full name. :) I do actuall
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Akins seems like the most genuine person ever. Her story was so cute, yet so real, and incredibly inspiring. I really enjoyed this book and would 100% recommend!
Kaylee Crane
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely devoured this book. Let me start by saying, fame does not intrigue me in the slightest. I didn’t follow Lauren on social media and I don’t keep up with what famous people are up to. I wanted to read this book for three reasons - 1. The story of her daughters adoption 2. Her faith 3. Her philanthropic history..

I LOVE memoirs and honestly I wish I could read one on everyone from my in laws to people I grew up with. As always, I don’t typically feel that I have the right to rate anyon
Cassie’s Reviews
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh this book! By the first page I knew this book was going to be special. I love Thomas Rhett’s music it’s always filled with how grateful he is for the love of his wife and his family and how happy he is. I follow both him and his wife on Instagram,so when I saw her book I knew I needed to read it. His wife gives up a peek into their private world. From her time growing up with her amazing close knit family and close group of friends, staring at the sky filled with stars in Tennessee, t ...more
Amarily Pool
I have been following Lauren Akins for a couple of years now on my personal IG. I can honestly say I am a huge fan of both her and her husband, famous country singer @thomasrhettakins. I love everything about them as a couple and their little fam bam. While their marriage looks picture-perfect on social media, I was surprised how much Lauren acknowledged it is far from it. They struggle with common issues most of us married couples go through - who would’ve thought right? Lauren was super honest ...more
I've been a fan of Thomas Rhett's music for years now, and it didn't take me long to figure out that his wife Lauren is actually even cooler than he is. (I'm sorry, that's just a fact. I think he would agree with me.) I was so excited when I heard she was writing a book, and this did not disappoint!

I loved getting an inside look at the country music industry. But what I loved even more was learning about Thomas Rhett and Lauren's life together - their childhood, how they broke up and got back to
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I didn’t know much about Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, before reading this book so I definitely was not a “fan”. I knew they had adopted so I was interested in learning more about their story. The beginning story of their childhood was sweet but more information that I would’ve cared to read. If you are a fan of theirs, you probably would enjoy the details of how they grew up. I really admired Lauren’s strength through the tough adoption process while Thomas Rhett became very fam ...more
Hailee Kile
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Live In Love has become one of my favorite books, and not just because I'm a fan
of Thomas Rhett and Lauren. I followed their journey through adoption years back but didn't know all the details she shares here. Such an incredible story about their faith in God. I loved reading about her childhood and relationship with Thomas Rhett. She was very vulnerable and open about their struggles and I could relate to it being married to a spouse with a crazy, inconsistent and demanding schedule. Easy read
Chloe Skye
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
{Live in Love}
~by Lauren Akins~
×Reviewed by Chloe×
When I began this book, I had yet to realise the wonders of Lauren Akins' world, and the horrors. Having to deal with teenage & adult women claiming she was a 'gold digger', although Lauren knew Thomas Rhett long before his fame. Also having to deal with the #marriagegoals and #goals hashtags that were swarming their social media, and Lauren had enough. So, she wrote this book, and enlightened us with her story.
=Chloe Skye
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I had a hard time getting into this book. Lauren is not a polished writer by trade, and I think that shows - for better and for worse. At times it makes her feel more relatable, but also seems to make her story feel drawn out and tired at times. This book is laid out in the form of a memoir and she covers a lot of different topics, from her childhood through young adulthood. I most enjoyed the chapters focused on international adoption and her mission work. I think those who are fans of Lauren a ...more
Anna (bibliophiles_bookstagram)
This is described as refreshing and inspiring, and I couldn’t agree more. Lauren Akins is REAL, and she shares her honest thoughts on life, love, motherhood, marriage, and being married to country superstar Thomas Rhett while still keeping her faith. I loved her honestly and her inspiration.

Some memoirs feel so preachy. This is real. I loved this so much.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great, great book! I couldn't put it down, read it in two days cover to cover! Much insight here into the challenges of celebrity marriage, or for that matter, almost any marriage. Great book for Christians! ...more
Sherri Thacker
I have loved Thomas Rhett ever since his very first song! I then fell in love with his cute wife Lauren on Instagram and then started following her. When I heard she had a new book out and it was on NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I dove right in and knew it would be great. She’s genuine, “real” and so down to earth . What a great love story this is and it couldn’t come at a better time than during this pandemic! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in e ...more
Geena Basso
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
Payson Rigsbee
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Clearly written with a coauthor... so the writing wasn’t the best. But I really enjoyed how open, honest, and vulnerable she was. I think people have a lot to learn from her and her marriage to TR. Would recommend to lots of people for insight into what a real and healthy marriage looks like with Jesus at the center.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
It was okay... She likes to say her life isn’t perfect, but it’s overall pretty idyllic. I appreciate how she serves those who need it.

But lord if she said ‘Thomas Rhett’ ONE MORE TIME! Girl, you can call him Tom. We don’t need his full name. Drove me nuts.
Ali Bartow
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing, light, and full of all the goodness the world needs more of right now, this memoir reveals the real people (along with their real struggles) behind the fairytale celebrity couple. But no one is perfect, and Lauren and Thomas Rhett choose love and each other every day. Loved reading about their close knit community, their love story, their adorable little girls, and the real story that the magazines and Instagram squares can’t capture. Good for Lauren for having the strength and brave ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved hearing about their story, so I was excited to hear about the book coming out. With all honesty, it was a bit boring and seemed like it was a quick way to make them more money. They make all of their money off of telling their story so it wasn’t shocking, but it’s kind of getting old. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. You can learn the same thing that’s in the book by following them on social media and it doesn’t cost anything. I definitely wish more time ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleasantly surprised by this memoir! I’ve loved this couple and watched their journey on social media for awhile so I was ecstatic to get my hands on Live in Love. This book is fantastic! I loved Lauren’s authenticity in telling her story and how she pulled back the veil to show the real and raw truth about their courtship and adoption process. This memoir is real and honest, allowing readers a glimpse into their lives and into her heart. From childhood to motherhood, Lauren tells her s ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This book just wasn’t my cup of tea. I enjoy getting a behind the scenes look of celebrity lives so I did enjoy that aspect of the book. I follow Lauren on Instagram and know that religion is an important part of her life, but this book is probably not for you if that doesn’t interest you. I really wanted to like the book but just couldn’t get past the tone of the writing at times.
Colleen Whale
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lauren Akins, wife to country superstar Thomas Rhett (Akins), writes a detailed story of her life, growing up in a small neighbourhood in Tennessee, her family life, friends, first loves, and how she became just a normal girl attending university to the wife of the next major superstar in country music. Being a huge fan of Thomas Rhett, I obviously follow both him and Lauren on social media ("She got a blue checkmark by her Instagram" ... sorry, this book literally makes me sing this song on rep ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have no words!!! As a book blog, you get a lot of books thrown your way. This book is one that I had to read on release day. I had waited MONTHS for this book. When I downloaded on my kindle at midnight, I put every book aside to read it! I am so glad that I. This has to rank in the top 3 books that I have EVERY read. With all of the books out there, it truly takes a special book to take you out of your world, grab your heart, and take you onto an adventure.

When you think of Lauren Akins, I am
Sarah Sharp
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. She’s Thomas Rhett’s (country singer) wife. The book starts with her childhood then dating TR off and on. It continues into their marriage and their international adoption. She has her faith rooted throughout all the trials of loss, adoption, raising children, and navigating fame.

It was cool to see how normal famous people are. It was even more amazing to see their dedication to God and their marriage. She always wanted a simple life and they had to figure out how to
Emilie (emilies_booknook)
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“You never really know who you’re not paying attention to, right now. You can never just know who might end up being really important to you later in life”.

This book is so beautifully written.

Lauren recounts her childhood, dealing with loss, love, and her ever growing family. She doesn’t sugarcoat how difficult it is to be the significant other to an up and coming music star or how taxing it can be adopting a baby from Uganda virtually alone. Throughout the book she explains how everyone think
Melissa Zwaska
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I heard Lauren was writing a book. I’d been following her forever and love how real and down to earth she is on her instagram. I was so blown away by how real, honest and raw this book was. I was so sure like many others they had this perfect fairytale marriage, and was so thankful for the eye opening of how much they have struggled in their marriage like everyone else. I love how honest she was about opening up about marriage counseling and how it has helped them. I apprec ...more
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Lauren Akins is a mother, wife, and philanthropist who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, country superstar Thomas Rhett, and their two little girls.

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