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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!