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.
This is the third book in Sara Evans’ Songbird series. I previously reviewed book two Softly & Tenderly (you can read that review here) and this book picks up directly after the second one ends. Max and Jade are making an effort to move past the secrets and let go of the anger.
Max has taken his addiction in hand and attends an intensive rehab program in Texas. Through the help of people in the program he begins to come to terms with his dependency issues. Meanwhile, Jade has found salvation through raising Max’s illegitimate son, Asa. She let’s go of her anger and pain over her own failure to conceive and lets Asa fill her heart with love.
The story really begins with Max returning home and the two trying to figure out their relationship. Both have vowed to never keep secrets, recognizing that doing so can jeopardize their happiness. Max is given an opportunity to teach high school football, a pocket dream of his and Jade takes a leap of faith to follow her husband to Texas so they can both make a fresh start. She is also running away from a new secret that she is given information about but keeps from Max.
This book felt very authentic for how it portrayed a couple struggling to regain the trust that had been shattered between them by lies and deception. It recognizably took time for them to meet at a point where they could move forward in their lives and rebuild their tenuous relationship.
Max and Jade’s new home in Texas brings about its own set of problems and difficulties that threaten to pull the couple apart again and it is only through their love for one another and their faith that keeps them strong.
I really enjoyed Evans’ portrayals of the various citizens who lived in Colby, Texas. Each was drawn so vibrantly and individually that I had no difficulty picturing them. And as in her previous book, while it is clear that faith and trust in Jesus is a cornerstone part of the book I didn’t feel hit over the head with religious preaching.
This was a delightful conclusion to the characters story and best of all they had a very happy ending (which I won’t spoil :))
You can purchase Love Lifted Me on Amazon.