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Monday, April 20, 2015

(32)The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy


We are coming up on the season that is known as "Wedding Season".  Right now women of all ages are planning and preparing for the "most important" day of their lives.  Ellen McCarthy is a weddings reporter for the Washington Post and has probably had more wedding cake than you or I could ever dream of having.   She has gathered up all of the stories she has heard over the years and have compiled them in a fun little book called The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life From A Wedding Reporter's Notebook.   She covers everything from online dating to opposites attracting to marriage advice from couples who have been together for decades.  She talks to couples from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and couples that have come from all over the world.  She even talks about a same-sex couple that first met during World War II and  were finally able to get married recently.    She also has a chapter about my favorite piece of marriage advice - my "secret" to marriage - always use your manners.   I know I have only been married five years, but I have observed a lot of couples over my thirty-nine years of life and the marriages that seem to have the most strife are those where both parties forget to say "please" and "thank-you".

Bottom line - The Real Thing is a quick, fun read and a book full of sage advice  that would make a great shower gift for the bride or groom in your life.   Or a great reminder for yourself on what it takes to have a successful marriage.

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  • The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy
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  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication Date: 4/21/2015
  • Buy it Here!

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