Synopsis from the author:
When my grandson, Joel, got engaged I decided to jot down a few words of marital advice for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week (www.maritaladvicetomygrandsonjoel.com). As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is. The name of the book is: MARITAL ADVICE TO MY GRANDSON, JOEL: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night.
Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, insightful, humorous look at married life that any engaged, married, or even single person can relate to and enjoy.
Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife.
Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.
This is an adorable and hilarious read for anyone who is married or is about to get married or is living with their significant other. It is a small book, at about 130 pages, but it is packed full of humorous advice. I cracked up reading about the man who leaves his socks around the house, but really, why????
The only chapter that I skimmed through was the one on finances and stocks and bonds. Maybe that’s why this is a gift for Peter’s grandson, so that he can know and handle that part of married life!
It touched my heart that a grandfather wanted to make sure his grandson was prepared for marriage and wrote this for him. I am happy that he released it into the world for others to enjoy as well.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
For about a month or so, sometime in the last year or two, my daughter decided to go vegan. My husband and I supported her decision as best we could and purchased vegan foods and cookbooks to learn how to cook for her. We all enjoyed what we were eating but did miss meat.
This year, I have re-started Weight Watchers and have been looking for different recipes so that I am not eating the same grilled chicken every night. I saw this cookbook on Blogging for Books and wanted to see if it would give me more ideas for meals.
The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes seem easy enough but the meals themselves are not appetizing to me. I am not sold on this cookbook. Now, I am not saying that for people who eat a Vegan diet, that this cookbook wouldn’t work for them, it very well may. For me, I just wasn’t impressed. Maybe I will try out a few recipes but then again, maybe not.
I gave this cookbook 2 crowns.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
The stunning new novel from Clare Mackintosh, the international bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You
The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.
Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide.
Now with a baby herself, Anna feels her mother’s absence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.
Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie….
I have read and loved the other two books that Clare has written. This book is no exception. Clare has a way with telling her story that makes you feel as if you are right there. I found myself holding my breathe at times.
What would you do if you found out that that the life you used to live was a lie? What if you learned that your parents’ suicide wasn’t really a suicide after all? What if by trying to determine what actually happened, you were threatened and your family’s lives were in danger? Anna is struggling with the grief of losing both of her parents when she receives a card that makes her question everything she thought she knew.
Just like Clare’s other works, this book is full of twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading it.
I gave it 5 crowns.