In exchange for my honest review, BookLook Bloggers sent me a complimentary copy of Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver.
What is it all about?
I had read rave reviews about author Fawn Weaver’s popular blog, HappyWivesClub.com, which I checked out myself and signed up to receive updates. I had high hopes when I initially sat down to begin reading her book.
Fawn, a self-professed happy wife, had grown tired of hearing and seeing negative aspects about marriage all around her. On a whim, she decides to prove that good marriages exist in abundance and started an online Happy Wives Club. It was very well-received and led to the author’s real-life journey–to 12 countries on 6 continents–to interview couples about their marriages and what makes them great. The result was a New York Times Bestseller and an increase in the Happy Wives Club membership to over 600,000 members and counting from over 110 countries.
My honest opinion
I had a difficult time relating to the stories and accounts in this book. As I read the exchanges from those that were interviewed about their happy marriages, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. I kept searching for a wife or a couple that reminded me of myself or my marriage. There were not any. All of the couples, including the author and her husband, expressed that their marriages were happy because they didn’t let negative things or people in, they were mirror images of each other, something life-altering had occurred to make it that way, or they never argued. Huh?
I think a happy wife and a happy marriage can exist, does exist, for many people. I don’t believe there is a specific formula or method to it. Certainly not the ones told by those interviewed. Only the two people in the marriage can make it a happy one.
Why I still applaud the book
Fawn Weaver’s desire to find happy wives and showcase them to the world did take place. Successfully. With this book, she has brought hundreds of thousands of women together for a common, positive, inspiring goal. Close to 3,000,000 have visited the website because of it. Included in the book is a separate list of 12 secrets of a great marriage that I found insightful. And so did another excerpt that rings clear to me: “Choose happiness, my friend, every day. [...] And make the choice to create the life–and marriage–of your dreams.”
Have you read Happy Wives Club? Are you an official member?
If you did read it, what did you think of the book?
What do you think makes a happy wife? Happy marriage?