Hey there! Today’s book review is for Live in Love by Lauren Akins. This book is available now! Below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley followed by my personal review and star rating. Enjoy!
*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
When country music star Thomas Rhett won the ACM Award for Single of the Year with “Die a Happy Man,” his wife, Lauren Akins, was overjoyed. Her childhood best friend and now husband was being anointed the hottest new star in country music—for a song he had written about her. He was living his dream. Lauren was elated, but she was also wrestling with some big questions, not the least of which was, How can I live my own life of purpose?
Lauren Akins never wanted to be in the spotlight, but as Thomas Rhett made his relationship with Lauren the subject of many of his hit songs, she was tossed into the role of one of America’s sweethearts. Revered by fans for her down-to-earth ease and charm, her commitment to humanitarian work, and the pure love she exudes for her family, Lauren has never shared her side of their story—full as it’s been with deep love, painful loss, tremendous joy, and a struggle to stay grounded in faith along the way—until now.
In Live in Love, Lauren shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, explaining how they reconnected as young adults. She offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. And in heart-wrenching detail, she opens up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Haiti, and then in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, Live in Love takes an intimate look at one couple’s life—and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.
Live in Love is a deeply personal memoir that offers inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.
My Review :
I so enjoyed getting to know Lauren and hearing about her childhood. Honestly, it brought back some nostalgia – not like our lives had that much in common, but just the feeling that it was always you and your friends against the world when you’re in middle school.
Anyways – this was such a deeply transparent book that I really appreciated. I think, especially in today’s time, people are really seeking to find that they are not alone. In an age of social media when everything is so curated, hearing the real and true life stories was absolutely refreshing.
Lauren doesn’t sugar coat. Honestly, I wish I was friends with someone like her. She isn’t afraid to pursue what she wants, and she’s not going to shy away from telling you exactly how she feels and what she needs. I loved that.
Her and Thomas Rhett have such a sweet history, I loved reading about them. And then you add in his career really taking off, and their journey to adoption, and this book just becomes a kind of salve for a weary soul. It’s not easy reading all the news about the world today, but this book was like taking a little break from all of that and getting a bandaid.
I was worried that I would be too old to appreciate the content here, but that faded quite quickly.