Lauren Akins Gets ‘Vulnerable’ In First Book, ‘Live In Love’

Lauren Akins, wife of country superstar Thomas Rhett, soon-to-be mother of three and contributor to Country Living Magazine, will soon detail…


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September 20, 2019

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Lauren Akins, wife of country superstar Thomas Rhett, soon-to-be mother of three and contributor to Country Living Magazine, will soon detail her life story in the just-announced book, LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes. Written with bestselling collaborator Mark Dagostino, the memoir will be available beginning May 5, 2020.

“I never would have guessed I’d be telling my story in a book about my life,” said Akins. “I hope by sharing parts of myself and my journey that I’m able to help someone feel less alone, inspired and find the love that we share as humans in these pages.”

LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes is described as “revealing” and “inspiring” and will reportedly offer readers advice about balancing family life while trying to keep a romance alive. The memoir will also provide guidance about expressing your true faith and living a life of purpose.

Throughout the book, Akins opens up about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett and shares the story of how they reconnected years later. She also discusses what it’s like being married to one of country music’s biggest stars and the challenges that go along with it. Things get emotional when Akins details her experiences doing mission work in Haiti and Uganda, where she ultimately met the precious baby girl who would become her first daughter. Additionally, Live in Love also includes never-before-seen photos of Akins and her family.

Akins recently spoke with People about the book and admitted she is a bit nervous to share such personal stories with the world.

“If I’m being honest, I am really excited about this project and also pretty scared to be this vulnerable with the world. I am confident in my stories, my friends, my family and my faith which all make up my very real and very imperfect story of Live in Love,” she told the publication. “I hope that through sharing my story, people from all walks of life can find themselves within the pages feeling related to, hopeful, not alone, inspired, and most of all — of course — loved.”

LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes is available for pre-order now.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.