First, I need to explain. I’m not married (wouldn’t that be the most shocking bomb ever on this blog?), nor am I getting married anytime soon. So why am I reviewing this book? Well, my friend (hi Charissa!) connected me and I thought it would be a fun read and y’all know how hard it is for me to say no to free books.
Plus, I love the idea of The Happy Wives Club. How often do you hear people only talking about what’s wrong with their husband? Just watch any reality show and you’ll hear plenty. But what if, even though people aren’t perfect, that wasn’t the focus people talked about? Thus The Happy Wives Club was born.
In Fawn Weaver’s already New York Times best selling book (I feel like it hit the list 12 seconds after it was released. No lie.) The Happy Wives Club, Fawn travels around the world talking with couples about their secret to being happily married.
One woman undertakes a worldwide search to learn the secrets of a great marriage–and finds one foundational truth that could change everything.
Fawn Weaver was a happily married woman running a successful business–and then something happened. Maybe it was divorce rate reports on the evening news, The Real Housewives of Orange County, or any daytime talk show where husbands and wives dramatically reveal their betrayals. Everywhere she looked, Fawn saw negative portrayals of marriage dominating the airwaves and dooming everyone to failure.
Looking at Keith, the love of her life, she knew that wasn’t true. She was determined to find and connect with women just like her–happy and optimistic about marriage, deeply in love with her spouse, and committed to building a strong marriage that stands the test of time.
On a whim, she started the blog HappyWivesClub.com and sent the link to a few of her friends. What started as a casual invitation to five women exploded into an international community with close to 400,000 women in more than 100 countries.
Happy Wives Club is Fawn’s journey across the world to meet new friends and discover what makes their marriages great. Join her on this exciting, exotic trip across six continents and through more than eighteen cities. Walk the streets of Mauritius, the historic ruins in Italy, and the vistas of New Zealand and Australia. Go from Cape Town to London, Manila to Buenos Aires, Winnipeg to Zagreb.
Along the way, you will meet everyday women whose marriage secrets span cultures. You will hear their stories, witness their love, and be inspired by the proof that happy, healthy marriages do exist–and yours can be one of them!
It turns out great marriages are all around us–when we look for them. Go on a trip with Fawn and learn the best marriage secrets the world has to offer.
There’s honesty throughout the pages, whether from the author sharing her fears, couples recovering from mistakes they’ve made or tales from authentic relationships. I loved how honest Fawn was about her background, her life and what she’s learned up to this point.
The book includes tastes of her adventures around the world (which helped me to appreciate the different women from different cultures!) and the lessons learned. It’s amazing how different cultures, different backgrounds, different faiths can all have the same pieces of wisdom for marriage. Things like respect, trust and laughter to name a few. There must be something to it right?
One of the many reasons I enjoyed this book, is it’s a book of stories. Of people’s lives. Of hope. Of love. So it’s a book for anyone really. If you’ve been married 50 years, just got engaged or marriage isn’t even on your radar, it’s a book of people’s lives that will inspire.
Have you heard of The Happy Wives Club? If you’re married, what would you add is a secret to being a happy wife/husband?
P.S. If you’re my friend and you’re getting married, don’t be too shocked if this makes it is your wedding gift ;).
(Thank you to the author and Thomas Nelson for providing a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review).