"Softly & Tenderly" is the second Songbird novel written by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck. Jade's story continues in this novel. Jade is balancing being a wife, running two shops, taking care of her mother who is battling cancer and yet there is something lacking in her life, being able to carry and birth a baby. Jade longs to have a baby after having three miscarriages and then suddenly her husband is asking her to help raise his son, but it is his son with another woman. Jade feels like she needs room to breathe and takes off for her childhood home for time and space to think.
I enjoyed getting to know Jade and the other characters in the first novel, "The Sweet By & By" and I have grown to love them all even more! Jade has so much going on in her life and she is such a realistic character and one you cannot help but empathize with. Evans and Hauck pulled me right back into Jade's life with the very first chapter of Jade helping out her mother-in-law and then discovering that her in-laws' lives are not really what they appear to be. The style of writing is so easy to read and follow and it draws the reader in and hooks her there until the very end! I am looking forward to the next book coming out early 2012!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*