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Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver (A Book Review)

In exchange for my honest review, BookLook Bloggers sent me a complimentary copy of Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver.

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.

 

Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver

 

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?

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  • kita says:

    I just started following them on instagram and have not read the book at all. I think everyone has an idea of a happy marriage but there is no right or wrong way. I think two people gotta do what works for them. Love your honest opinion it’s rare these days
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    April 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    • beingawordsmith says:

      I stressed over how to express my opinion. Did not want to come off as bashing a fellow author/blogger. Thanks Kita!

      April 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm
  • Madison | Wetherills Say I Do says:

    I’m happy to hear you’re willing to share your honest opinion even if it’s for a review. Sometimes people just post all of the good when it’s for a review! Seems like an interesting book anyway..
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    April 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm
    • beingawordsmith says:

      Thank you, Madison. I felt like the only person in the world that didn’t absolutely love the book. I +1’d your Five Ways to Find Blogs Like Yours post!

      April 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm
  • Kenya G. Johnson says:

    Great review Kimberly. I don’t think I could have been as candid – you did this review smooth as silk. I’m actually intrigued – not put off. I read a fellow bloggers book – she has more than one. I’ve liked them all except for one. I sent her an e-mail and told her I didn’t want to give my honest opinion on Amazon since I really knew her and just told her that I didn’t like it and why. Some stuff isn’t for everyone and that one just wasn’t my cup of tea but it’s great when a writer is well rounded like that. Anyway, great review.
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    April 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm
    • beingawordsmith says:

      Awww, Kenya, thanks! I appreciate that.

      April 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm
  • aimee fauci says:

    My husband and I have been together a long time… and I’m happy.. most of the time… Of course we argue, I yell, he picks at me… but we get through it.. We also avoid the negative people but if we HAVE to let them in.. aka mom in law.. we just laugh among our selves when she leaves.

    April 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm
    • beingawordsmith says:

      Ha! That sounds like my marriage. Thanks, Aimee.

      April 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm
  • Louida says:

    I actually never have read the book or gone on Fawn’s website. Sounds like it would be a good book but I don’t really follow relationship experts since people got to work their relationships out themselves. Thanks for the review Kimberly!
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    April 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm
    • beingawordsmith says:

      I’m always curious about the dynamics of people’s relationships. Although I didn’t agree with the philosophies of the couples in the book, it was still interesting. Thanks Louida.

      May 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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