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 breathe. There - while her mother's health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger - Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood.
In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn't rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595544909
- ISBN-13: 978-159554490
I loved this book! When I asked to read & review Softly & Tenderly, I didn't realize that it was the second in the Songbird series. But like any great book, it can stand alone. Jade's story touched me. She's happily married to Max, a lawyer who has (she thinks) overcome a drug addiction, together they have suffered through the loss of miscarriages, her mother living with them while fighting leukemia and refusing another round of chemo & radiation. She finds that her in-laws are keeping secrets, and those secrets have the potential to destroy Jade's world. But Jade's ability to forgive and her faith help her through some of the toughest times. I will definitely buy the first book, The Sweet By And By and read it soon!