Softly and Tenderly
Mar 4, 2011
Author: Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 4th, 2011
As most of you are aware, Sara Evans is an exclaimed Country Star who has gone through a very nasty divorce a few years ago. Quite a bit of that frustration and anger made it's way into the plot of this story. This book is also written with Rachel Hauck, who, as an established author, I would assume had a larger role in the actual writing of the story.
I went into this the reading of this book extremely dubious as to it's quality or if it would just be a man bashing recreation of a true event. On top of that the writing style has a tendency toward unfinished sentences with question marks left dangling, which I found annoying - but that could just be my pet peeve.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story is interesting, the women likable - even humorous at times and the situations they found themselves in and the decisions needing to be made intriguing. (The men are not so likable...of course.)
Jane, June and Beryl are three woman all dealing with major issues in their lives. Jade can't complete a pregnancy to term and is experiencing huge pressure from her husband to take in his son from an affair, June's husband is a serial cheater that's she's put up with for many years now and Beryl is in the final stages of her life as cancer eats away at her body. Combine major decisions to be made and a road trip in a giant pink convertible and you have a surprising amount of interest, angst, and humor in the story.
Another example of not judging a book by it's cover - or how much of a celebrity the author is.