Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Songbird Series by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

As I've mentioned before, I love reading books in a series. The Songbird Series by multi-platinum, country music artist Sara Evans and award-winning author Rachel Hauck is a "southern-flavored tale of triumph and grace." --Lisa Wingate, best-selling author of Larkspur Cove.
Travel to Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, where beauty, dark secrets, and forgiveness compel this Women's Fiction series.


... the one Jade doesn't want to send. The envelope that invites her mother, Beryl, to her wedding--and opens up more of her past than she cares to deal with. Jade has worked so hard to put her hard-scrabble childhood behind her.
And she's found everything she wanted in the beautiful green hills of Whisper Hollow, Tennessee. A thriving vintage shop all her own. A lovely one-eyed shepherd dog named Roscoe. And Max, the almost-too-good-to-be-true man she plans to marry in just a few weeks. For the first time in her life, her heart feels at home, and she can't wait to step out into their beautiful future.
But can she really have a sweet by and by if she can't come to terms with yesterday?
Author: Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2010
Genre: Women's Fiction
My Thoughts
The book begins with Jade's mother, Beryl, and the event that started it all. The scenes flip between Jade, Beryle, and Max's point-of-view, transpiring between past memories and present events. Dark secrets are revealed and lives are changed. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. The unique characters and their past mistakes drive the plot to the very last page.

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.
Author: Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2011
Genre: Women's Fiction
My Thoughts
Just when I thought things couldn't get worse, the plot thickens. In this book, Jade's faith--and her marriage--is tested in big ways. Through the love of family, and with a whole lot of forgiveness, Jade confronts her past, which drives her future. Jade's lessons taught me some things about myself as I placed myself in her (vintage) shoes.  :)     A powerful tale of God's grace.

Jade and Max share a deep love, though revelations from his past have recently shaken their marriage. And Jade is completely smitten with Max’s little son, Asa, whom she is now raising as her own. Their blended family brings her a joy she’s never known. But there is one more secret to be uncovered. One that will impact them all.
Max is doing his best to “man-up” and prove himself worthy of Jade’s devotion. As well as that of his young son. It seems like life in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, will pick up where it left off until Max is faced with an unusual opportunity—leave his family’s law firm to coach high-school football. Realizing a fresh start will bring healing to their marriage, Jade takes the leap of faith and moves with him and baby Asa, bidding good-bye to her beloved Blue Umbrella shop.
The new beginning in quaint Colby, Texas, is soon sullied when Max discovers the high-school program isn’t all it seemed. While Max struggles to rebuild a once glorious football team, Jade wrestles with news that could break Max’s heart . . . and change their lives forever.
Author: Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2012
Genre: Women's Fiction
My Thoughts
As Jade and Max fight to repair their broken marriage, their relationship--and faith--are tested once again. Forgive-and-forget is the anthem, which proves easier said than done. This final book in the Songbird Series deserves a standing ovation.
About the Authors
Best-selling and award-winning 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 2004 to write full time. She's a therapist at My Book Therapy and has a heart for helping aspiring authors grow. She is the author of more than sixteen novels. Don't miss her newest release Once Upon a Prince, available now!
Visit her website at www.rachelhauck.com
Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has been honored with numerous accolades, among them the 2006 Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year and the Country Music Association's Video of the Year for "Born to Fly." Evans has been named on of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and won the hearts of television viewers as the first-ever country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Sara is a Cabinet Member of the American Red Cross.

1 comment:

  1. These novels seem very intriguing. Thanks for sharing.