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Live in Love - Lauren Akins & Mark Dagostino

Live in Love

By Lauren Akins & Mark Dagostino

  • Release Date: 2020-08-18
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 475 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.


  • Sweet like honey...

    By Hannah Grace Bill
    The real ness and transparency throughout this book was so refreshing. Thank you Jesus for leading Laurin to write this book and preparing her. Spreading your testimony to others brings freedom more than we realize.
  • Love, love, loved this book!

    By TatumK1003
    This book! I read in two days. I laughed, cried, and just could not put it down. Beautifully written and so relatable to my childhood and other life happenings. I’m inspired by Lauren Akins.
  • Loved it!!!

    By Emryn769
    I love both TR and Lauren (and their kiddos, so cute!) so this book was instantly a hit with me. Even if you don’t follow the family, it’s still a great read. Hope you check it out!!!
  • Unrelatable

    By Bobbi J. C.
    I was very disappointed while reading this book. She paints a seemingly perfect childhood where she didn’t face a hard day in her life. I found it completely unrelatable and surface level, not to mention is written like a middle school conversation. I would suggest to save your money and purchase a different book!
  • Amazing

    By Jacymae
  • Wasn’t a fan of this book

    By hdechabert
    I had heard their story and was intrigued. I really wanted to love this book. But I found myself flipping through the pages because I just couldn’t get into it. I found the writing from their point of views to make it a choppy read. Perhaps I would have liked it if it were just written from one of their perspectives? Idk. They are basically sharing what they learned in therapy.
  • Loved

    By Kgm0001998000
    Absolutely loved this book
  • Amazing

    By Blair Blackburn
    The most honest, real faith book I’ve ever read. I loved reading such a raw depiction of life as newlyweds and parents, as well as life as a Christian. “Love One” will forever stick with me
  • 5/5✨

    By hnbraswell
    Loved this book so much! ❤️
  • Absolutely AMAZING!!

    By fotofun1214
    Lauren Akins never disappoints! Highly recommend this book! Super inspirational and uplifting! ❤️ Can’t wait for her next book! 😊