There are few books that keep me up reading until after midnight, and even fewer that keep me up until 2am thinking about the characters! I loved Softly & Tenderly, the latest novel by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck. I hadn’t read the first in the series, The Sweet By & By, that shared the first part of Jade’s story, but it didn’t matter. I was able to quickly get into the story and figure out who everyone was as I began the novel.
Jade is overwhelmed and feels as if her life is just falling apart as some really hard stuff happens. I felt the pain as Jade’s heart broke and her world shattered. How does one recover from the pain of an affair? Especially when that affair has produced a tangible being, and that tangible being is what you’ve been dreaming of and waiting for since you married?
I appreciated the supporting cast of characters and felt connected to Beryl and June as they both hurt and grieved and loved and felt. I felt righteous anger at Max and Reb and was disappointed as I continued to invest in their lives. I was torn as Jade was torn between her first love and her commitment. And mostly, I was affirmed in the importance of our maintaining our integrity in our commitments.
The characters were so real and so, at 2am, when I was finally drifting off, my last thoughts were of Jade, Max, Asa, Beryl, and June. Thank you, Thomas Nelson, for providing this e-book to review. I truly enjoyed the story and look forward to (hopefully) another collaboration between Sara Evans and the talented Rachel Hauck!