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Live in Love

Growing Together Through Life's Changes
Narrated by: Lauren Akins, Thomas Rhett
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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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.

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

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I LOVED your story thanks for sharing!!

Your book was much more then I expected, it made me do some very much thinking into my own relationship with my husband and my nonexistent relationship with my my faith. This book made me laugh and cry. I appreciate how honest you both were and I thank you for that.

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Wow...what an incredible story. Refreshing, honest and humanizing. I always knew she was an incredible human but I have even more of a deeper respect for you Lauren. After a tough 2020 myself filled with a new medical diagnosis and a postponed wedding due to COVID, reading about some of the trials you’ve faced really helped me to give myself permission to feel my feelings. Thank you for sharing your story xo

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Loved it!

This is a great book! I loved the Lauren herself read it aloud. It gave it more meaning and insight into her life. Great job! I’ve been Recommending to others all week.

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Such a fantastic read!

As a fan of Thomas Rhett and Lauren I was SO excited for this book. I could not wait to know exactly what Lauren would write about! I was NOT disappointed. Also SO MANY TEARS my heart was so full reading this. Not only is this book incredibly sweet, funny and interesting it was also EXTREMELY insightful. Knowing the story of their story from Lauren’s words and point of view was the best gift she could have ever given a fan. I have a whole new respect for them both, especially Lauren ! I think it’s so amazing that she was so raw, open and truthful. I really related to her and I learned so many things I plan to apply to my own life. Thank you for telling your story Lauren and Thomas Rhett. Honestly I thought you were perfect and I loved you and now that I know you are not perfect I love you even more !

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AMAZING!!!

This book was INCREDIBLE! It was inspiring, and raw. So well written, I hope she writes a follow up to this. Lauren is a beautiful and strong woman and I will never listen to her husbands songs the same way again. Love them both.

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Loved it

Thank you Lauren your story was very inspirational and found many parallels in your spiritual journey reflecting in mine 🙏😊😊😊❤️❤️❤️

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Absolutely Life Changing

This book exceeded every expectation I had (I knew going into it that it would be beautiful, as I followed Lauren and Thomas Rhett’s stories from the beginning of his career). Over the years, Lauren very quickly became a role model to me, but hearing her story told by her personally versus through the eyes of Instagram has taught me so much. I thank her for sharing her stories, the good and the bad, and putting so many things into perspective. This book made me laugh harder and cry harder than I have in a long time, and I’m thankful for all of the lessons and takeaways I can now apply into my own life as a young women who is trying to navigate the challenges of living a life of love and purpose.

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  • Kasha Ross
  • 2020-08-28

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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  • Taylor L.
  • 2020-08-21

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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  • Ciaira Lott
  • 2020-08-20

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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  • Lisa A. Menear
  • 2020-08-20

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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  • Laura Matthews
  • 2020-09-01

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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  • 2020-08-31

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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  • 2020-08-28

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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  • Allison
  • 2020-08-28

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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  • Amanda Biernetzky
  • 2020-08-28

Absolutely wonderful

As a mama of 2 myself, this is everything I needed to hear!! Would highly recommend this to young girls/mamas everywhere. Lauren wrote beautifully about her childhood and coming into adulthood with Thomas Rhett. Loved this story so much, was bummed when it ended!

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  • JD
  • 2020-08-27

LOVED this book!!

Thank you, Lauren, for being so honest, bold, encouraging, open, and loving! As a believer, this book was so encouraging and displayed His love over and over. Thank you!

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