Lauren Akins, the wife of ACM Entertainer of the Year Thomas Rhett, is a New York Time’s best-selling author with her book Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes and there’s a reason why.
Written with a bestselling collaborator, Mark Dagostino, Live in Love is for moms, wives, and young women needing an uplifting message. Whether you are trying to figure out your life’s purpose, going through marriage struggles, or a new mom, this memoir will be that reminder that you are not alone.
While we may have not known much about Akins until her husband’s award-winning song “Die a Happy Man”, once you start reading, you’ll feel like you grew up in the Gregory household. The Tennessee native gives us a glimpse of what it was like to live in the tight-knit neighborhood of Madison which included plenty of kickball games, bike riding, and faith.
As the memoir goes on, the mother of three doesn’t hold anything back including the story of her and Rhett’s relationship. She takes us through each step from meeting in first grade to their wedding night. From the ups and downs, how these two got together could have been a movie script.
While the two may have gotten together in a fairytale way, the most important message that Akins wants us to know is that she and Thomas are not the “#couplegoals” everyone sees them as. They have had their fair share of struggles. Akins grappled with Rhett’s road to fame. She felt like he was always putting his career first and her dreams were on hold. And she wants you to know it’s ok to see marriage counseling to help and strengthen your relationship.
Hearing how Akins went on a mission trip to Haiti and found her passion for humanitarian work will give you the determination to follow your dreams. She also gets deep about meeting her beautiful daughter, Willa Gray in Uganda and how tough the adoption process was, but once again never gave up and fought for what she wanted.
Lauren Akins’ book, Live in Love is filled with laughter, heartbreak, and honesty. It’s a must-read and will give you the confidence you need to better yourself, your career, your marriage, or whatever you are searching for.
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