I have long been a fan of the books of Rachel Hauck so I naturally was eager to read The Songbird series she co-authored with Sara Evans. I was not at all disappointed. The story moved along well with no disruptions or indication that it was written by two authors. The characters and setting are every bit as true-to-life and delightfully southern as Rachel’s solo books.

In “Love Lifted Me”, the third installment of the series, Jade and Max have enormous obstacles to overcome in their marriage and personal lives. Max needs to rebuild lost trust because of his drug addiction and infidelity, not only with Jade but his law firm. Jade still loves Max but struggles to trust him with her heart. Her own insecurities tend to muddle things even more. Hidden secrets and outside interference threaten to destroy their precarious relationship. When Max accepts an offer to coach high school football in a small Texas town, they pray that it is the chance they need for a new beginning.

I found it encouraging to read about the realistic spiritual growth and maturity that was evident in both Max and Jade as the story progressed. The authors created just the perfect balance of emotional tension mixed with a bit of action, a touch of humor, a little mystery, and of course some romance. With a strong focus on trust and forgiveness, “Love Lifted Me” was an excellent conclusion to the series. I recommend reading the entire series but “Love Lifted Me” can also stand on its own.



This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publisher’s BookSneeze program.




Jade never knew happily-ever-after would be this messy, loud . . . delicious.

Jade Benson embraces unexpected motherhood when her husband Max gains custody of his young son. As she and Max work out their newly formed family, an invitation to coach Texas high school football sends them on a journey.

Then a stranger reveals a painful secret, and Jade faces her hardest challenge yet. When she surrenders her heart to God and to her husband, Jade discovers the joy of love lifting her above her fears.






Sara Evans  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 one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and won the hearts of television viewer’s 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. Twitter @saraevans music,!/saraevans
Rachel Hauck RITA-finalist Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony. She is the author of Dining with Joy; Sweet Caroline; Love Starts with Elle; and The Sweet By and By, co-authored with Sara Evans. Visit and Twitter @RachelHauck,