Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters [NOOK Book]

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What do you do when your marriage is so unhappy that you begin to fantasize about your husband’s funeral? That’s how bad it got for Alisa Bowman. . . So she launched a last-ditch effort to save her marriage. Project: Happily Ever After is her fearlessly honest and humorous account of how she went from being a “divorce daydreamer” to renewing her wedding vows—and all of the steps in between.

From bikini waxes to erotica, romance instruction manuals to second honeymoons, the ...

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Overview


What do you do when your marriage is so unhappy that you begin to fantasize about your husband’s funeral? That’s how bad it got for Alisa Bowman. . . So she launched a last-ditch effort to save her marriage. Project: Happily Ever After is her fearlessly honest and humorous account of how she went from being a “divorce daydreamer” to renewing her wedding vows—and all of the steps in between.

From bikini waxes to erotica, romance instruction manuals to second honeymoons, the silent treatment to power struggles, she goes where many marriage-improvement gurus have feared to tread. Equal parts funny, poignant, and most importantly, useful, Bowman’s story will give other miserably-married folks courage and hope. And in addition to telling her own story, she packs straightforward prescriptive guidance, including a “10-Step Marital Improvement Guide.” Readers will laugh. They’ll cry. And they can start on the road toward their own happy ending!

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Editorial Reviews

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John and Linda Friel, authors of The 7 Best Things (Happy) Couples Do, April 6, 2010
Project: Happily Ever After will get people talking about those aspects of marriage that most couples keep deep in the vault. With honesty and humor, Bowman writes about a journey of a marriage in recovery, and wraps it all up with the rarest of outcomes—a happy ending."

Ian Kerner, bestselling author of She Comes First and He Comes Next
"Sometimes realizing you are not alone—along with having a good laugh—helps you relax a bit and see an answer that was there all along. In Project: Happily Ever After, Alisa is just the confidante and comedian you need in the toughest of times."

Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D., nationally syndicated columnist, radio talk show host, and author of Emotional Fitness for Couples and
Emotional Fitness for Intimacy
“Much more than a relationship book, Project: Happily Ever After is a true-life love story. Join other readers in the sometimes serious, sometimes silly ups-and-downs and rebuilding of a couple. The really good news here is that Alisa has given us a road map to do the same for our own relationships. It’s never too late to have a happy ending.”

Kiri Blakeley, writer for Forbes, contributor for ForbesWoman, and author Can’t Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love
“Alisa Bowman gets to the funny, painful, buoyantly optimistic, scathingly truthful core of what it’s like to be disenchanted with your husband and marriage—and then tells us, in pull-no-punches prose and narrative worthy of a thriller—what to do about it. If you’d rather kick your hubby than kiss him, rather kill him than coo at him, read this book now!"

 
Pat Love, ED.D, author of Hot Monogamy
If you have reached rock bottom in your relationship, read this book. It’s sexy, savvy, and oh so hopeful.”
 
Charla Muller, author,365 Nights
“I adore this book, and heartily recommend it to anybody whose marriage has gone from a sweet fairy-tale to a disaster drama. Alisa Bowman has a delightfully funny and honest voice, and shows how she was able to turn her own marriage around with the help of a willing partner, a lot of self-help books, and raw determination.”

Jonathan Alpert, psychotherapist and advice columnist
Alisa Bowman’s Project: Happily Ever After takes you from the depths of a marriage on the verge of collapse to a healthy and loving relationship. Alisa provides practical and powerful tips for taking control of your unhealthy relationship and making it happy again.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762441662
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 66,711
  • File size: 532 KB

Meet the Author


Alisa Bowman is a veteran self-help journalist who has coauthored or ghosted more than 20 books, including six New York Times bestsellers. A former senior editor at Runner’s World magazine, she has been a guest on several radio and television news shows and has been featured in First, Redbook, and Pregnancy. Since starting her “Free Marriage Advice” blog, she receives more than 50,000 visitors a month and has garnered national media attention. She lives happily ever after (most of the time) with her husband, daughter, and dog in Emmaus, PA.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Once Upon a Time 10

Chapter 2 There Lived a Fair Maiden 19

Chapter 3 Who Met a Prince 30

Chapter 4 She Married Him, and He Turned into a Frog 52

Chapter 5 So She Started a Project 109

Chapter 6 To Forgive Him 115

Chapter 7 To Desire Him 135

Chapter 8 And Feel Adored by Him 162

Chapter 9 Poof! He Turned Back into a Prince ... Or Did He? 187

Chapter 10 They Learned a Common Language 189

Chapter 11 And They Revealed Their Souls 203

Chapter 12 As a Result, They Lived Happily Ever After (Most of the Time Anyway) 217

Chapter 13 The End 231

Epilogue 234

Special Bonus Section 237

10 Steps to Happily Ever After

Suggested Reading

Discussion Questions for Couples

Discussion Questions for Book Clubs

An Interview with Alisa Bowman

The Best Marriage Advice You'll Ever Get

Author's Note

Acknowledgments 264

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Read my mind

    Boy, I thought I must have been the only one who thought about her husbands funeral, with joy and anticipation. Not anymore though. We are doing our own project now, based on the excellent ideas and guidance of this book. We are still working on it and making progress. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Perfect

    Amazing book. It's like the author was in my head, reading my thoughts. So helpful. Great tips and resources. Love this book. Highly reccomend for anyone. Can't wait to get started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    well done

    Pertains to my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent read

    I thought this book was excellent - as someone having marital difficuties it was great to read about someone going through some of the same experiences. I was able to read the book in one night!

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

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    Revealing, shockingly truthful...and worth the read

    Are you married and cannot remember exactly why? Or, you actually do remember why, but it isn't enough to reignite the deep love and appreciation? Or...you've mentally planned your spouse's funeral...just saying... If any of the aforementioned applies to you, then this book will captivate you. Bowman's willingness to open up about some awfully dark moments in her marriage (as well as her husband's willingness to allow these stories to be told) allows readers to laugh, cry and reflect with her. In essence, Bowman was in the middle of devising an elaborate divorce/"funeral" when she realized that her marriage might still have a fighting chance. Through various self-help books, advice from friends, and some trial-and-error, Bowman and her husband try to save their marriage in four month's time. If you're more flight than fight within your marriage at this time, this book is comfort within the storm. The information shared is delivered like that you'd receive from a friend.

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