Book Review: Happy Wives Club

I went back to work this week, which meant I blasted through this book during my commute! It was a great read for the subway – short chapters and not too in-depth, plus it’s a very relevant topic for the week of Valentine’s Day 🙂happy wives clubThe Happy Wives Club was an idea that Fawn Weaver came up with after feeling discouraged by how marriage is portrayed in the media and how it is treated by our culture in general. She was happily married, but it seemed that at every turn she was bombarded with the message that it was only a matter of time before everything unravelled. www.HappyWivesClub.com is an upbeat blog dedicated to positively changing the tone about marriage around the world. It began with Fawn’s invitation to a few close friends who passed the invite along and has now grown to include over 600 000 members (her goal is a million!).

The book Happy Wives Club chronicles Fawn’s travels through over 18 cities on 6 continents to meet and interview happy wives to learn their marriage secrets. These women come from different backgrounds, have different histories and lifestyles, but so much of their advice boils down to the same principles; happy marriages do not happen by accident. Fawn is a great storyteller, and I have a bit of an itch to travel after reading about the exotic cities she experienced, but even more interesting than reading about the food, architecture, history and smells of her travels is the refreshing perspective that all around the world there are marriages that really work: husbands and wives who laugh together, encourage each other, support one another and go to bed happy at the end of each day together.

I must confess that over the last few months I have had several conversations with a number of girlfriends about how hard marriage is. Everyone knows even healthy relationships take work to maintain, and with many of us in a season with young children it can be hard to stay connected with our spouses. It was great to read this book and get the perspective of many couples who have passed through difficult seasons but come through stronger than ever, and that was a great reminder to keep my marriage a priority, no matter what temporary circumstances compete for my attention.

staying together imageOne of the key points that kept coming up over and over again was that marriage can only thrive when both partners are fully committed. There is no room for Plan B. I love the quote above because it acknowledges that repairs are often needed along the way of building a life together. It can be easy to focus on what’s not working and mourn for it, or rant about it, but it is better to seek a solution.

Happy Wives Club does not give much advice for how to repair a marriage, and I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to someone who was very unhappy in their marriage. Many of the couples she interviews have thrived by showing each other trust and respect, but if you don’t trust/respect/like your spouse, the happy stories collected in this book might set your teeth on edge. With that said, I would certainly recommend this book as a gift for a newlywed/engaged person, and I would suggest it to anyone who wants to improve/refresh their perspective of marriage. It was an enjoyable read for me, and I will check in on the blog from time to time when I want more of that positive perspective. I’d give the book 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through BookLookBloggers.com® in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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Susan 17-02-2014, 10:12

I’m glad to know someone has written about marriage from a positive perspective! It sounds like the website will be good resource for anyone married. Thanks for sharing!

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