How My Husband Keeps Me Happy

Sercets to a Low Maintenance Marriage

Non-Fiction - Relationships
208 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2017
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Author Biography

Karen Gordon
After her divorce, Karen became a single mom in her thirties. At that age, Karen felt that she was more likely to be struck by lightning than find a single man. But she knew that out there, somewhere, there was a great man who she would be compatible with. Karen just had to find him, and so the search was on. It took four years of searching, but Karen did not give up hope. Karen met Evan on an online dating site, and they have been together ever since. After ten years together, people still ask Karen about her relationship with her husband, Evan. People seem to be intrigued and entertained by the things they do for each other, and the fact that they met online. This started Karen thinking of writing about their relationship.

Evan Myshrall
Evan is a former licensed auto mechanic and has worked as an operations supervisor for the last twenty years. Evan also was a Disc Jockey for over twelve years, and he retired that scene in June of 1999. Evan enjoys entertaining or, should we say, being the entertainment. Evan has always wanted to be able to play a musical instrument and has recently started to play a chromatic harmonica. Another passion for Evan is cooking, and creating a dish simply from just what is sitting in the cupboard, or by using leftovers from the refrigerator to invent a tasty meal.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers' Favorite

Karen Gordon and her husband, Evan Myshrall, know what the pain of divorce is like. But they also know that a second chance of happiness is possible. In How my Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage, they share their secret to a fulfilling and happy marriage. Whether you are starting again (like they did) or trying to boost a struggling marriage or about to start for the first time, Karen and Evan have something for you! Each chapter focuses on something, like “Listen (And Prove It)” or “Make Each Other Laugh”; Karen and Evan talk about that topic from personal experience as a couple and individually, as well as give general tips; then the chapter ends with “Rating” (on a scale of 1-10, how good are you or your partner at the concept presented in the chapter?), a “Question” (What/how could you do better at this concept?), and “Making this work” (ideas for how to incorporate the concept into your life).

Although my husband and I have a great marriage, I love to read marriage guidance books to see if there is anything else I can learn. Reading Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall’s story in How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage was actually quite encouraging. Their second marriage is a lot like our first marriage: both partners are committed to loving and supporting each other, and open conversation about pretty much everything. Karen and Evan’s style is so easy to read. Their anecdotes are encouraging and fun. How My Husband Keeps Me Happy is a great book to tuck into a bride-to-be’s bridal shower gifts. And for those who have gone through a divorce, I’m sure the book can be an encouragement for the future. Some of the ideas can even be incorporated (on a less intimate level) with others as a way to be a very good friend. This is one of those “unforgettable books” that you wish you could buy in bulk and hand out to other people. Loved it!

Vernita Naylor

In this microwave era, it is difficult for marriages to last. One reason is because people marry for the wrong reasons, like for looks, yet later they discover that they have nothing in common. Another reason is that people do not wish to put in the hard work that it takes to keep the marriage alive. Come join, laugh and learn from Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall as they tell you in How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage how their marriage became a success. How My Husband Keeps Me Happy is a personal account of the efforts that Karen and Evan took from dating to being married for over ten years in building not only a happy but strong marital foundation. Remember, marriage is two imperfect people coming together to form a union, for both a purpose and a cause. According to Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall in How My Husband Keeps Me Happy, there are three key ingredients for marital bliss and success: Listen, Act and Invest.

I appreciated the candor, humor and transparency of their relationship that was expressed by Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall. In How My Husband Keeps Me Happy, seeing the sacrifices and the tests that they went through as individuals and collectively was revealing of their commitment. Reading How My Husband Keeps Me Happy was great because of the way it was written - as if you are on the couch with Karen and Evan as they individually answered questions about their marriage. Those three key points of Listen, Act and Invest that Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall mention struck me in such a profound way. They are such simple tasks yet people have a difficult time performing these acts. In How My Husband Keeps Me Happy, you will learn not only their process, which was funny, but also get a glimpse on their Facebook page of some examples of the quizzes that they took to further determine their compatibility.

Gisela Dixon

How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage by Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall is a non-fiction book about a couple’s tips and tricks to make relationships last and, not only that, but for them to be happy and fulfilling. This is Evan and Karen’s second marriage: they met online for the first time several years ago and have found ways to still keep their marriage strong and fresh, and just as loving today as it was when they were dating. From their experience with what works, they have written this book jointly and cover many topics in detail, with examples such as paying attention to your partner and truly listening to their needs, letting them and the world know how much you care about them, making them feel special by doing little things on a daily basis, the importance of communication and laughter, bonding over shared interests, among others. Each chapter contains examples of this and at the end of each chapter are a few questions and a brief summary of things to keep in mind.

I thought How My Husband Keeps Me Happy is a simple, yet effective book on love and marriage. Although the title implies this is a guide for husbands, the book is truly a joint effort and the tips apply to both men and women. Evan and Karen both come across as fun loving and playful individuals and, of course, every couple and every relationship is different. But the tips outlined in this book, such as good communication and the art of listening, are integral in any relationship. I thought the writing was casual and easy to read, and the book is organized in such a way that it can be read in any order. Couples with relationship problems may benefit from this book.

Ruffina Oserio

How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage by Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall is a relationship guide for couples of all ages, a book packed with insight, advice, and ideas that will help couples bring more life, joy, and happiness into their relationship and make it last. What is most interesting about the book is that it is written by a couple that lays bare the secrets of their success in marriage. In these pages, they lead readers on a step-by-step journey to harnessing the power of love, highlighting the importance of communication, the place of self-care, the need to communicate our love with words and symbolic gestures, the science of intimacy, recapturing the initial ardor, and a lot more. Many marriages crumble today because couples take their love for granted. It is as if once we accept each other, and proclaim our love for each other, we have arrived at a destination. We ease up. We act like the love will always be there. Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall show that love isn’t a point of arrival but an adventure, a journey we take and a work we have to do, and that we have to be continuously investing in the relationship if we want it to grow and reach new levels of intimacy.

This book will show readers how to invest in the love they have received and how to bring out the best in their partner. This book is packed with ideas, exercises, and questions that will help anyone become creative in giving and receiving love. I liked the ideas that answer the question: “What are some ways you could recapture how you felt about each other when you first got together?” How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage is written in a simple, conversational style, and readers will enjoy the take of the couple on each subject. This book is a special gift to couples from one that has seized the opportunity to give meaning and life to their own relationship.

Jack Magnus

How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage is a non-fiction inspirational guide to building healthy relationships, written by Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall. Karen and Evan had both been married before, and they each had a son by that prior marriage. When they set out to find new relationships, they both took a chance with eHarmony. Online dating had seemed fraught with misadventure, and the bar scene was not at all the venue either of them had considered as the place to meet their special someone. eHarmony’s profile questionnaire helped them get past the compatibility issues and go from that first tentative email through to their first meeting and eventual marriage. In this Guide, they share their initial experiences as well as the things they do each day to make sure their partner is happy and fulfilled. Each chapter explores a subject seen through both Karen’s and Evan’s eyes, and then the reader is invited to participate interactively in a series of rating questions and suggestions for how to apply skills learned in that chapter to keeping his/her own spouse happy

Karen Gordon and Evan Myshrall’s non-fiction inspirational guide to building healthy relationships, How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage, is an entertaining and enlightening resource designed to help readers and their spouses get past the snags, misconceptions and pitfalls that can sabotage relationships. I liked how each of them expressed their takes on issues and began to feel as though I was getting to know them personally. Their writing style is smooth and conversational; making it seem like they’re in the room discussing their strategies and thoughts with the reader. The topics for thought that follow each chapter are marvelous and chock-full of easy behavioral tweaks that can make your spouse happy. Their conclusion gives a concise listing of the advice given in the book that’s handy for those who may want to revisit certain topics. The authors also maintain a helpful Facebook page filled with quizzes, ideas and stories for readers who want to explore further. How My Husband Keeps Me Happy: Secrets to a Low Maintenance Marriage is most highly recommended.

Ryan Smith

I found it a great read , I could not put it down. I recommend it anymore who is looking to put sparks back into their relationship.

Shirley Myshrall

Certainly a great read.! Enjoyed the 'chuckles' as well. Obviously, they have a Happy Marriage and wanted to 'share' it with others. Continued success to these two people.

By Don Weimeron March 24, 2017

Great book!
This book serves as a great reminder that kind, thoughtful and unconditional gestures, for the one you love, are a necessary part of keeping your relationship healthy and happy. It is filled with great stories and insights. The questions at the end of the chapters got me thinking,"am I doing all that I can do, to show my appreciation, for having a wonderful woman in my life"?
I recommend this book to anyone wishing to improve or maintain their relationships!

By Teresa B.

A delightful book! An everyday couple who have overcome previous failed relationships individually and yet they don’t give up in finding their soul mates. This couple shares tips to help people conquer relationship obstacles; to become one of respect, admiration and devotion, so much so that you can almost feel the respect and admiration seeping through the pages! This is a good read for anyone wanting to mend their troubled relationship, enhance their current relationship or educate themselves on the effort required to build a new relationship. Whatever the quest, this has wonderful tips to help anyone who is interested in putting in the effort to overcome relationship challenges. A good read for all.

Stacey Wills

This was the first book I actually made time for myself to sit down and read in years. Karen and Evan's love and respect for one another was a big eye opener that you don't have to settle for mediocre and there are amazing men and women out there that want to have a loving and happy relationship. I feel like I have learned so much on how to have a successful and healthy relationship. It truly is the effort you put in to your relationship that makes the difference. Thank you for writing an honest book and sharing your stories - they made me smile and realize life isn't over at divorce.

ML Miller

In a new relationship or want to put a spark into an existing one, this book is an inspiration on how to be successful in a loving partnership! Both characters are love-able and re-lateable, making the book easy to gather real-life successful examples and excellent tips to follow in yours. The love that they share together is definitely a role model for all who know them or are privileged to read the book. Discover their relationship secrets inside.

Caitlin Arnett

This book is amazing about two lovely people who found love and still have the flame going strong. I am not even a reader but I could not put this book down. It's so entertaining and it feels like you are watching a movie. I recommend you get this amazing book to anyone who wants to have a happy ever after in their relationship or having the dream of a relationship that the flame is still going strong.

Katherine Brill

I suggest you get yourself a glass of wine or a beer or a cup of tea or coffee and curl up with his book . I truly recommend anyone that wants a great read to pick this one up, but once you start reading it you won't be able to put it down. The love and the communication that they have for each other leaps off of these pages. I truly recommend this book to anyone that wants a happy ever after or at best the knowledge of having that dream. I can't wait to read their next one.

Dana Estey

Awesome book.. loved it, a must have for knowledgeable tips.. everyone should buy a copy

Jason Tisdale

This book has many tools and techniques for a husband or wife to follow to help maintain a happy life and relationship. I found both characters in this book to be very fun loving. I found myself relating to their stories and concepts of what they wanted to tell and show the reader of this book.

Pierre Fredette

Great Book, Lots Of Love and Fun between these two, Theres a little bit of them in all of us!

Hannah Wright

Loved the book! I loved the advice given from personal experience. Was very personal and down to earth! Great read!

Michael K.

Good book well written enjoyed it a lot

Jennie L.

The book is such a lovely literary marvel that will both inspire and move you to be empowered by true love. Love is harmony and the divine partnership between two people is life's greatest gifts. Books are such a treasure and they help us believe what is real and possible so we can enjoy all the riches in life. Love conquers all! Thank you Karen :-)

Pam Gehman

I absolutely love this book. I have been in 2 long term relationships. When I say long, it was 13 years in both relationships. I know what I don't want, wasn't too sure what I wanted in a relationship. But after reading "How I Keep My Wife Happy", I now know what I want in a relationship. What's even better than that, I know now how to get and how to maintain a healthy loving relationship. Thank you so much Karen and Evan.

Delta Stirling

A wonderful book filled with the focus of two people that bring their marriage to the forefront of their daily lives. Easy to read with heart warming insight for both men and women. I found this book to be one that I will share with my friends and family. The message from the authors is simple, yet so many relationship miss the mark and struggle in keeping their romance alive and they sufferer hardships. This book shows that it does not need to be that way, if you what to get the most out of your marriage and relationship. I laughed and even shed a tear or two with the stories in this book. I truly recommend this wonderful book.

Marilyn McConnell

A great read! Simple advice to keep that relationship going strong. Highly recommend for any couple to read. You will not be disappointed!


Down to earth advice and perspective on a happy marriage
A easy read and great perspective on a happy marriage and what works for this couple. Lessons can be learned from these two who have been there and done that. Loved the questions at the end of each section to start conversations with your spouse or to self reflect on your own. A definite self help book that comes from the love between these two. Thanks for the great advice Karen and Evan.

Tanja Rolph

Great book! Sometimes you just need a good reminder of the little things that can keep the spark going. Evan and Karen certainly know how to do that and prove many examples where thoughtfulness and kindness aren't forgotten in their day to day lives.

Ken Threndyle

Went on vacation this summer and took "How My Husband Keeps Me Happy" and had great fun reading it. I found the stories and suggestions intuitive and easy to relate. If I'm not mistaken a house in Dublin, Ireland now has a copy in their library for future guests. I'm sure the divorce rate in Ireland will sharply decline!