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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.
From the Publisher
Hey y’all its Lauren Akins. I’m a mother to three beautiful little girls, a wife to country star Thomas Rhett, and a dedicated philanthropist. I’m now, also an author! In my first memoir, LIVE IN LOVE, I open up about the real story of my family. Who we are, what we believe, what our passions are and why we do what we do.
Finding our path hasn’t been easy, but the Journey has taught us a lot. Living the dream is possible. But it doesn’t get handed to you. It takes time. It takes faith. It takes effort. It takes making good choices, and making touch choices too. My hope is that through sharing my story and the story of my family, LIVE IN LOVE will serve as whatever you need in this moment: a self-help book, a romantic escape, a marriage book, a family guide, a beacon of faith, a behind-the-curtain peek at a country music couple, an inside look at the international adoption process, or just a light-and love-filled distraction. With any luck, it’ll be all of those things all at once.
At the end of the day, my family is happy knowing that we have each other, we have our family, and we have our friends. We’re surrounded by love, the things that matter most, and as long as we’re working hard to keep those close, we’re good. Why? Because we’re living in love.