I read the second book in the Songbird series when it came out last January. I finally had the chance to pick up Love Lifted Me, the conclusion over the weekend and was NOT disappointed.
After months apart, Max returns to Whisper Hollow to repair his marriage and father his two-year-old son. Jade struggles with trusting the changes she sees in Max, and Max vows to remain patient. As they attempt to find their rhythm, Max is offered the chance of a lifetimeÃ¢â¬âas a high-school football coach in Texas. Alone in a new place with a new dream for their future, Max and Jade encounter one challenge after anotherÃ¢â¬âthreatening their marriage, their family, and their new life.
As I began reading, I wished I had a better memory of how the previous book ended. A few pages in, though, I was completely caught up. I appreciated how the authors wrote the back story into the novel while still moving the current story along. Max and Jade's story was so realistic and one I think many readers will be able to relate to in one way or another. Who hasn't been let down by someone they love? Or made choices they later regretted?
I'm a huge football fan, so of course, I loved that aspect of the storyÃ¢â¬âespecially the relationships that Jade and Max developed with the players. Coaches should take an interest in their players' lives and care about more than just wins or losses, and that was one of the great lessons of this book.
Love Lifted Me lived up to every expectation I had. Romantic, emotional, funny, and full of redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent reading it and was sorry to reach the end. I highly recommend this beautiful series (but read them in order!) and hope to see more from the authors soon! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. I have a strong Karen Kingsbury fan and I have wanted to branch out to other authors but have never found other books that I can really get into. This book has changed that and I think I have found a couple of new authors I can enjoy.
I enjoyed the story line, the only issue is that it is the 3rd book to a series so I am going to buy the first two and come back to it because I found that some of the story was linked to the first two and it doesn't make sense.
I recommend reading this book, but read the first two first.
Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck is a sweet southern love story about Jade and Max Benson. Jade and Max have gone through many challenges in their lives and their marriage. Jade is caring for Max's son Asa as Max is finishing rehab. Max is a very successful lawyer with a powerful family, but decides to take an unexpected job as a high school football coach in Texas. Their journey begins as they learn to walk by faith and love each other again. They have a new beginning and a new adventure with all the twists and turns life has to offer. How will God work it all out in their lives?
I loved the plot of this story. The authors did a great job building characters that are believable and have real life challenges. I love that their relationship with God is central to their lives as well. They have tough problems and yet they give it another try with God at the center of their family.
The only thing I didn't love about this book is that the authors spent a lot of time building the story up to the climax and then they fail to give as detailed an ending. It is like being led along on this journey (that takes awhile) and then they abruptly end it with a short explanation of what happened to each character. I am a busy mom of three so it was hard for me to hang in there through the middle only to get such an abrupt ending that just didn't satisfy or fit with the tone of the rest of the book.
I would recommend this book to those that enjoy slower paced stories. It's definitely a great story that I enjoyed reading!
I have followed the winding road of Jade's story since "The Sweet By and By." Each novel in Sara Evans' and Rachel Hauck's Songbird series has been as touching and melodic as a country song. A chorus of love, pain, healing, and faith flows through the series and into the third novel, "Love Lifted Me." The conclusion of "Softly and Tenderly" left me with a lingering anticipation of what the plot of "Love Lifted Me" would hold for Jade and Max.
Throughout the course of three novels, Jade and Max have been through a multitude of hardships. They have led imperfect lives, which makes them realistic individuals, not just characters in a book. In the previous two stories, Max's personality annoyed me. "Love Lifted Me" redeems his character and introduces a stronger and less self-centered side of Max Benson. True to the trend if the Songbird series, secrets threaten the tenuous relationship between Jade and Max.
The change in setting from Whisper Hollow, Tennessee to Colby, Texas introduces new characters and new challenges that keep the plot fresh and interesting. There is a focus on football, which I found less engaging. As a reader who knows very little about the game, the football scenes were ones that I skimmed. Since my first introduction to Jade, I have hoped for a happy ending to her story. "Love Lifted Me" is a heart-warming conclusion that flows with a steady tempo.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley, courtesy of Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."