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Interview: Lauren Akins's Journey to 'Live in Love'

'I think there are parts of our life that are very different from everyone else.'
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  • 'I think there are parts of our life that are very different from everyone else.'

Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

In this refreshing and inspiring memoir, Lauren Akins, the wife of country music star Thomas Rhett, shows what it's really like to be "the perfect couple" fans imagine, and reveals what it actually takes to live in love, stay in love, and grow together.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Parade

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.

©2020 Lauren Akins and Mark Dagostino (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

­“Akins’ first book is an intimate glimpse into her relationship, her work in Uganda, and balancing motherhood and adoption.” (Parade)

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AMAZING!!!

I am obsessed with biographies and memoirs, and out of the abundance that I have listened too this is hands down the absolute BEST OF THE BEST!!!! I love this women and this couple! So inspiring and just simply amazing! Made me think of some things in my life that I relate to and would like to change! Absolute MUST READ!!

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Love!

I loved them before....but I love them even more now! Lauren is such a beautiful soul. I love that she is outspoken about her faith and how God is her constant. It’s refreshing in our society to hear that from someone “in the spotlight”.

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Great story

I hardly ever review the books I read
The only reason why I am reviewing this one is because I LOVED the story but had a hard time loving the author all at the same time.
I listened to the entire book in less than 24 hours because her story sucked me in however sometimes it was hard to listen to her complain about how her life didn’t turn out how she thought it would
She is blessed with a huge loving family, many loving friends, a devoted husband, health and beauty but yet she is not satisfied
I would recommend the book because I think she was writing to to tell us that though her life looks perfect it is not and she struggles with the same insecurities that everyone else does.

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Amazing amazing amazing!!!

Lauren’s story telling is so incredible in this book. The stories she had from when her and Thomas Rhett were growing up, dating on and off, and the losses along the way are heart wrenching. Their story is so inspirational and relatable at the same time. I absolutely recommend this book!!

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Beautiful, honest & open!

This is an awesome portrait behind the scenes of “stardom.” I admire how this couple strives to put God first and is not shy about it. Their story is blessed & magical. Thank you for sharing it!

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Thank you!

Thank you for opening up to all of us and helping us to see that every marriage takes work and a lot of God. I loved this book & was truly blessed by it.

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Finally a relatable book!

Lauren did a wonderful job painting the picture of her youth, religious upbringing, friends and family. I cried like a baby when she shared Hunter’s horrible accident. Partly because I felt like I knew him too through the book. My husband was a professional athlete until a few years ago and Lauren’s journey with a famous husband was so relatable. Thank you Lauren for opening up and sharing. I know that wasn’t easy but you provided enlightenment for me and our journey in our marriage to know that what I felt wasn’t only me. It feels good to know that I wasn’t the only one and wasn’t being selfish. Congrats on being a New Times Best Seller. You earned it!! Laura (Ohio)

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Loved it!!

Lauren did such a good job with this book. I love her and her family's focus on God and their willingness to work hard for their family and their marriage. This book was inspiring!

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Heartwarming, amazing and real.

Thank you for sharing your story with all the feels of life. Loss, love, children and family. I never expected tears from this book but they came more than once. Anyone happy in life or struggling should read this. there is no doubt every reader will get something from this book. It’s not about fame. It’s about real life.

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such a lovely story!

This book was well written and read! well done Lauren!! I definitely can relate to some of the things she speaks about especially through the first couple months of marriage, to learning how to deal with small petty arguments. This book hit all the topics ! Great Audible!

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