Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck is a story about family relationships, marriage difficulties, human weaknesses, in fact every day life in soap opera terms.
Jade Benson, the main character, is the proud owner of two successful shops, happily married to a successful lawyer, and has finally moved beyond her past into a promising future. So she thinks. However, in one fell swoop her life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband has an illegitimate son conceived one week before their wedding. Jade is thrown into an adventure that has her questioning every aspect of her life, past and present, including her relationship with God.
I was drawn into this novel from the first page. I liked the occasional humor, the pathos and the ease of discovering more about the characters. Jade is a real character with real struggles that are similar to those of many women. She deals with these struggles in a way that is true to life and they come to resolution in a way that leaves the reader satisfied and not skeptical.
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