Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck

Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck
(A Songbird Novel)
Expected Publication: January 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Jade never knew happily-ever-after would be this messy, loud . . . delicious.

Jade Benson embraces unexpected motherhood when her husband Max gains custody of his young son. As she and Max work out their newly formed family, an invitation to coach Texas high school football sends them on a journey.

Then a stranger reveals a painful secret, and Jade faces her hardest challenge yet. When she surrenders her heart to God and to her husband, Jade discovers the joy of love lifting her above her fears.

"All my songs tell a story. But this one is special. My first book series is about looking backward while moving forward. It's about chasing dreams, endless country roads, and tender faith." -Sara Evans

My review:
Jade is worried that she cannot trust her husband, Max, when he returns from rehab due to an addiction to pain pills. She has concerns that he will begin using again, and she is still recovering from finding out he had a baby with another woman. A baby that was supposedly conceived just one week before their marriage. Jade has fallen in love with the baby, Asa, now almost 2 years old and has been caring for him while Max was away at rehab, but a newly discovered secret may take Asa away from them. Max is also turning their world upside down when he decides he wants to leave his family's law firm in Tennessee and move to Texas, where he was in rehab, to coach the failing high school football team. Jade puts her faith in the Lord while learning to trust Max again and while they forge a new life in the face of secrets and adversity.

This book is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed reading it. It is very inspiring and touching, and it brought tears to my eyes. The main idea is simply about always putting your faith in the Lord and let Him lead you in the decisions you make. Not just during the easy times, but also when you are struggling, experiencing adversity, or following your dreams against all odds. Sometimes the right choice isn't always the easy choice. I would highly recommend this book. I now have the other books in this series and other books by Rachel on by TBR list.

About the authors:
Multi-plantinum 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.

Sara's books include The Sweet By and By, Softly and Tenderly, and Love Lifted Me.

You can find Sara on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

RITA-finalist and best-selling author Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony, a pastor. A graduate of Ohio State University, she left the corporate software marketplace in '04 to write full time. In addition to her collaboration with Sara, she's the award-winning author of Dining with Joy, Sweet Caroline, Love Starts with Elle, and many others.

You can find Rachel on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

 A copy was provided by the publisher for review.


  1. I had not known that Sara Evans, the singer along with Rachel Hauck had written a book until I read your review. I was attracted to the review by the title. I think this will be a great book to read as it tells of real life with twist and turns. That the Lord is always there every step of the way....if you have faith and ask for help.

  2. This book is full of hope. There is still enough conflict to keep the reader interested and make her leave her dishes undone and dinner uncooked while she finds out what will happen to these people she's grown to care about, but the tone of this book is markedly different from the first.

  3. This sounds good, will have to check it out.



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