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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
With dismal worldwide divorce rates, P.J. LaRue’s After “I Do!” A Marriage Map is not only timely, but it is succinct. The author starts right off the bat telling the reader that her marriage should not have lasted, yet it has despite the boxes they ticked off for marriage failure. Thirty-one years later, however, LaRue is passing on common sense marriage advice that has helped her marriage thrive. Whether it is little anecdotes or straight up “this is what you should do” advice, it is humorous, entertaining and easy to follow. I love that the author and her husband seem to take the rational approach to marriage, which I suspect is the key to their marital longevity. Without those door-slamming fights, as she calls them, there are very few opportunities to say things in the heat of the moment that cannot be un-said once cooler heads prevail.
P.J. LaRue serves up a healthy helping of common sense marriage advice that even the unmarried should adhere to because it is the foundation of any successful relationship. While her stories of her relationship with Terry are fun and helpful and heartbreaking, it is the plain spoken way in which she dispenses her advice that makes it most appealing. There is no psychobabble or caveats, just simple rules like don’t cheat or abuse your spouse and tell them when something is wrong. You’d think this was revolutionary advice considering the current divorce rate, but After “I Do!” A Marriage Map is intended for those for whom sense isn’t all that common. Those in successful marriages and relationships will find this short book the perfect relationship refresher course to get over a rut and rekindle that flame.