The Happy Wives Club: One Woman's Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage

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A New York Times Bestseller!

One woman undertakes a worldwide search to learn the secrets of a great marriage—and finds one foundational truth that could change everything.

Fawn
Weaver was a happily married woman running a successful business—and then something happened. Maybe it was divorce rate reports on the evening news, The Real Housewives of Orange County, or any daytime talk show where husbands and ...

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller!

One woman undertakes a worldwide search to learn the secrets of a great marriage—and finds one foundational truth that could change everything.

Fawn
Weaver was a happily married woman running a successful business—and then something happened. Maybe it was divorce rate reports on the evening news, The Real Housewives of Orange County, or any daytime talk show where husbands and wives dramatically reveal their betrayals. Everywhere she looked, Fawn saw negative portrayals of marriage dominating the airwaves and dooming everyone to failure.

Looking at Keith, the love of her life, she knew that wasn’t true. She was determined to find and connect with women just like her—happy and optimistic about marriage, deeply in love with her spouse, and committed to building a strong marriage that stands the test of time.

On a whim, she started the blog
HappyWivesClub.com and sent the link to a few of new friends. What started as a casual invitation to five women exploded into an international online club with
150,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Happy Wives Club is Fawn’s journey across the world to meet her friends and discover what makes their marriages great. Join her on this exciting, exotic trip across six continents and through more than eighteen cities. Walk the streets of Mauritius, the historic ruins in
Italy, and the vistas of New Zealand and Australia. Go from Cape Town to
London, Manila to Buenos Aires, Winnipeg to Zagreb.

Along the way, you will meet everyday women whose marriage secrets span cultures. You will hear their stories, witness their love, and be inspired by the proof that happy, healthy marriages do exist—and yours can be one of them!

It turns out great marriages are all around us—when we look for them. Go on a trip with Fawn and learn the best marriage secrets the world has to offer.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781400205042
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 184,104
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fawn Weaver

Fawn Weaver is the founder of the Happy Wives Club, a community of more than 150,000 women in over 100 countries. HappyWivesClub.com is an upbeat blog dedicated to positively changing the tone about marriage. It has attracted more than 1,000,000 visitors and was named #1 marriage website by About.com. Her debut book, Happy Wives Club, is a journey to 12 countries and 6 continents in search of the universal secret to a happy marriage.

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HAPPY WIVES CLUB

ONE WOMAN'S WORLDWIDE SEARCH FOR THE SECRETS OF A GREAT MARRIAGE


By FAWN WEAVER

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2014 Fawn E. Weaver
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0504-2



CHAPTER 1

HAPPINESS CAN HAPPEN

Agoura Hills, California


I'm not quite sure when the shift began. Maybe with the Stepford Wives or sitcoms like Married with Children. Like a tsunami of epic proportions is the only way I can describe the recent onslaught of negativity surrounding marriage.

Wives are miserable. Husbands cheat. Marriages don't last. That's the message that seems to be on full display in every form of media. If I ever have the misfortune of my TV remote landing on shows like Desperate Housewives, Basketball Wives, or the mother of all "wives shows," The Real Housewives of (Fill in Your Town), I only watch enough to confirm that they still make me sad. Sad because of what they say about culture and what they regularize in it. Too many times have I seen marriages with people I know and love falling like flies. I've seen love wither before it takes root. But only once have I seen a reality show following two happy people in a love gone right. Not good for ratings, I suppose.

On a cool February night, my husband, Keith, and I strolled along the boardwalk of the Commons, a local shopping center in Calabasas, California. With his left hand wrapped around my right, he soothed me as I expressed my disappointment. I'd had a difficult day at work. I had learned that one of my employees had been carrying on a relationship with a subordinate and had lied about it to my face. I was hurt and disappointed. I may have even been a bit angry. Keith and I were walking and eating frozen yogurt when I began to vent.

Maybe that's what set me off. I'm not sure. But I remember walking past a store display of a prominent bookstore chain, and there in the window popped out this book about marriage. It had an awful title, something that reveled in and exploited the decay of marriage in order to get possible buyers to connect with their own dysfunction and buy this book that would help fix it. My frustration was already heightened, and my rant got raised to a fever pitch. I found myself going off in public about the sad state of marriage in our culture. People probably thought I was upset with Keith, poor guy, who was empathetically listening and letting me get it out of my system.

"I love being married," I vented. "I love being a wife. Why won't someone say something positive about marriage?"

Keith just held my hand as we continued to walk. A few silent moments passed.

"You know what? I'm going to start a club for wives like me. Women who love being married and love being a wife. I'm going to call it"—I paused to think of some genius name—"the Happy Wives Club!"

Keith has always been my greatest supporter, but we also have a very honest relationship, and we express the truth to each other. And in that moment, his truth involved an instant burst of laughter. Loud, doubling-over laughter. Since you don't know Keith, you might think he was being insensitive or rude. But he wasn't. He's got an impeccable track record of supporting me at all times, no matter how harebrained my plans have gotten.

"That is the corniest name I've ever heard!" he said while continuing to laugh. "And with what spare time are you going to start it?"

He made a fair point. When you include preparing for work in the morning and checking e-mails throughout the night, I was already working fourteen to sixteen hours each day. He was right. The name was a bit silly, and I didn't have the time to add anything more to my plate.

And yet, I couldn't stop thinking about it.

By the time we arrived home, it was well into the evening. Tired and exhausted by work, yet energized and renewed by the thought of this club with the overly simple name, I lit a flame in our gas-burning fireplace and sat in an oversized chair nearby. I flipped open my laptop and began to type. As if my fingers were on fire, I rapidly wrote our mission statement, purpose, and an invitation to join the club. Shortly after 2:00 a.m., with my eyelids begging to close, I stared at the page one last time. At the top were three simple words: Happy Wives Club.

You know that moment when you know something significant has happened? You meet a new person and know you've just met a lifelong friend? You have a flash of a business idea and know, somehow, it will be the long journey of your life's work? Happy Wives Club. When I saw those three little words, I instantly knew they would be central for me. It gives me no greater joy that you're reading this if it only confirms that moment.

Built into that bright morning that followed as I read and reread "Happy Wives Club" was a flood of the future. But like any good story, it wouldn't come without a fight, without a journey. Since writing those three initial words, I have traveled all over the world and engaged with thousands of women from dozens of cultures. I've been on a sleepless search to know and prove that happy marriages do exist and that they can be created. What I've discovered on this journey has astounded me. The profundity and simplicity of love gone right is just within our reach. Women everywhere are experiencing it right now. Wherever you might be in your relationship—whether you're married or want to be, whether you're planning your wedding or wrestling with ever getting married again, whether your family includes children or just the two of you—I'm excited to take you where I've been, to show you what I've seen.

After the night Happy Wives Club landed on my computer screen, I knew I would be unfaithful to Someone (God) and lots of someones (you) if I didn't take the next step, even if I didn't know where it might lead. Most beginnings feel uncertain, with that gnawing anxiety and excitement of the unknown. To take the next step, I just sort of followed my instincts and decided to start an online club, HappyWivesClub.com. Simple enough. The three words I had written, followed by .com. Now we were getting somewhere!

It's what happened shortly thereafter that still amazes me. I invited my mother, one of my sisters, and three of my closest girlfriends to join the club. The purpose was simple. Since Hollywood and the media seemed fixated on divorce and everything that could possibly go wrong in marriage, our club would be squarely focused on everything that could possibly go right. There would only be one requirement to join: you need to be (or aspire to be) a happily married woman.

Because I don't know the meaning of small goals, I scribbled "One million members in six months" on a sticky note and stuck it on the frame of my computer screen. In my excitement, I hadn't taken the time to do the math. To reach that large a membership in just six months, 5,682 happily married women would need to hook arms each day. Spoiler alert: I fell shorter than short of my goal six months in. But what happened was nonetheless extraordinary.

Five friends and family members sent the link to their friends and posted it on their Facebook pages. Then their friends and their friends and their friends did the same, until 1,200 women in more than twenty countries around the world were surprised to find they weren't the only ones who had and believed in a happy marriage. This happened in four weeks and started with five women who all lived within thirty miles of my home.

The media caught wind of the story, and I was featured in a local newspaper article. Then an award-winning columnist for the Los Angeles Times interviewed me, followed by a segment on ABC Channel 7 News. The club continued to grow. But as it grew, so did my already-jam-packed workload. The Happy Wives Club multiplied what vied for my attention and energy.

At the time, I was the general manager of a busy hotel, and anyone who has worked in the hospitality industry will tell you GMs work around the clock. We're in a business that's open 24/7, with customers who expect to be tended to every minute of every day. The job is demanding, the hours are long, and the work is never done. There was no way I could stay on top of my job and juggle a growing club. It was overwhelming. So I made a choice. I stopped posting articles on the club website. I stopped encouraging the women who'd joined. I stopped interacting.

For more than a year and a half, the Happy Wives Club lay dormant while I made sure bedsheets got folded correctly. Despite my online absence, the club continued to grow by ones and twos. Sometimes I'd go on the site and post an article about marriage, a once-in-a-while poker to make sure the embers didn't die. It wasn't a glorious phase, to be sure.

But toward the end of 2011, a year after leaving my post as general manager, I again longed to be a voice championing marriage. Not an overly political or religious voice, but a simple voice willing to go against the common negative perception of marriage seen in the media. I returned to the online pages of the Happy Wives Club and again began inviting happily married women to join me, to celebrate happy marriages, and to fight against the tsunami of negativity telling so many it didn't exist. I asked all the members to invite every happily married woman they knew. We quickly began growing again, this time by more than 150 women per day.

At the time of this writing, the Happy Wives Club has brought together more than 100,000 women in more than a hundred countries who are official members, and an infinite amount of hope to impact our spouses, our families, and the world for good. The club started on a small laptop balanced on my knees, but it's connected so many women from so many places because we're all longing for the same thing. We are sisters in arms.

After meeting and talking with so many women who have joined, what started to emerge were some universal elements of a great marriage and being a happy wife. This book is my attempt to gather it all completely and show you what I've seen from happy wives from all over the world.

When I say "all over the world," I mean it. This book is the result of traveling to twelve countries on six continents in every hemisphere. (I didn't go to Antarctica because I didn't think penguins had much to say on the topic.) I wanted to travel because there are things you can only learn by being on someone else's turf, by hearing her words directly and soaking in the environment around her. Plus, I love to travel! I mean, who wouldn't become a jet-setter for a few months to learn marriage secrets, see some of the world's greatest sights, eat foods that are hard to pronounce, and create a true connection with wonderful people?

What I learned on the journey that became this book delighted me and surprised me beyond measure. It delighted me because I'm now convinced that a happy marriage is within reach for anyone who would grasp it. It surprised me because the truths at the core of a great marriage are so stunningly simple—we can live by them every day without getting caught up in the little things that rear their ugly heads.

Join me on this journey, and if you're not already a member of the club, I look forward to you joining us by the time you reach the end.

CHAPTER 2

A WAY TO THE WATER

San Diego, California


The drive from Los Angeles to San Diego follows one of the most beautiful coastlines in California. It is among the few places where you can see the ocean from the highway. I was traveling that road to meet with a woman I'd met through the club. Even though I was fighting some traffic (it is California, you know), it dawned on me that I'd driven this stretch so many times that at some point I had stopped really looking at it. But on this day, it was rapture. The search I was undertaking had lifted a veil from the familiar and injected the everyday world once again with a revived wonder.

I passed Camp Pendleton on the right, with a few marines running along the path inside the numerous square miles of cross-wired fencing. Men on jet skis sped across the nearby lagoon and kicked water into the air like a fountain in the cold Pacific waters. Palm tree clusters and couples walking hand in hand along the beaches of San Clemente beckoned on the other side of the freeway.

Along the coast, the ocean is ever present. Even if you're not actively thinking about it, swimming in it, or looking at it, your mind and heart always know it's there, a living thing of mystery and beauty. You can feel the briny ocean breeze anywhere within twenty miles of the shore.

I took all this in on my way to Sandy.

When Sandy first came to HappyWivesClub.com, she somewhat sheepishly posted a question: Can a widow join the club? I answered her as I do everyone else who asks that question. If you're here, it's for you. Though Sandy is a widow, that she had created and sustained a great marriage throughout her fifty-three years with Jim made her more than qualified to hang out with us. I wasn't the only one with that perspective. She immediately received such a warm welcome from other women. That welcoming first impression on her has been returned in kind—since joining, she has never stopped pouring out words of wisdom to us all.

Sandy was the woman who immediately reached out to others, hearing about their lives and offering her unique wisdom. The breadth of her empathy rang through. Beyond her wisdom, our community could feel the love Sandy had for Jim. It ran so deep you probably couldn't distinguish between it and her lifeblood. Something else rang through too. You could tell that as deep as her love ran, so did her sadness. Sandy's sorrow was born out of an absence and a longing.

That's where I was headed—to Sandy's quaint palace of wisdom.

You would think, after that glowing review of Sandy that I just gave, I'd have raced to open my car door, skipped up her driveway, and banged on the front door like an impatient kid when the candy store is a few minutes late in opening. But I had a reservation in my gut as I pulled into her drive. Even though Sandy had proven her authenticity online, I admitted to myself that I had no idea what to really expect. I questioned the wisdom of going to the home of someone who was basically a stranger. She could really be a he, and he could be an ax murderer. (Sorry, Sandy!) But seeing as I was halfway to the front door with my cautious steps, it was too late to chicken out.

I stepped onto the concrete porch covered by a small awning. The main entry was guarded by a screen door with a cast iron frame, and a humble porch light was guarded by an intricate cobweb. A No Solicitors sign faded by long years of warning hung just underneath. I was getting the distinct impression that Sandy didn't like having unexpected visitors at her door.

But I wasn't discouraged. Sandy and I had arranged this visit, and I was exactly on time. I rapped on the screen door, and it gave a distinct metallic sound that rattled against the doorjamb. A few moments passed, and I didn't hear any stirring in the house. I knocked again. Did she forget our appointment? I wondered.

A minute or two later, I pressed my ear to the outer door. That's when I heard a muffled yelping and shuffling steps making their way to greet me. I heard the click of a deadbolt, saw the knob slowly turn, and the inner door cracked ajar. Sandy showed half her face and gave a curt "Yes?"

Sandy's dog, Bonnie, a well-groomed golden retriever, began bouncing up and down and barking a stream of threats at me. I admired her loyalty while Sandy was only slightly trying to calm her down. I sensed that Sandy wanted me, the unsolicited stranger, to feel the tiny threat through the screen door.

"Well, I guess you don't need a doorbell with that dog," I joked nervously.

Sandy just shot me a glance. Don't try and charm me, it said.

"Yes?" she repeated, more firmly, as if to say no small talk was going to get her to open that door.

"Sandy, it's me, Fawn."

The hardness in Sandy's eyes melted into the warmth I had expected and experienced online. Faster than I can describe, the inner door swung open wide and Sandy started to unlock the screen door. She apologized all over herself as she ushered me in. Bonnie would take more convincing, however. Sandy was holding her back on a leash while trying to hug me. The whole episode had that distinct feeling I would have over and over again—strangers who are friends becoming real friends sloppily.

Sandy's house felt lived in. Pictures spanning the decades were scattered across the walls. Decorations from the years—symbols of memories and loves and places—were strewn over end tables and the fireplace hearth. I looked down the short hallway into the kitchen, with its linoleum floor graced by a small breakfast table. To the left of me was Sandy's living room, the place where her beautiful life with Jim was lovingly enshrined with knickknacks and gifts he had given her. As the initial hubbub died down, Sandy led me to the couch across from her chair, the high-tech kind that can move up and down with a little control panel. I noticed the one just a couple of feet to the right of it. She invited me to take a seat in that chair.

But I stopped just as I was sitting down.

The burgundy upholstery was worn on the arms. There was a slight indentation on the puffy headrest. The seat was weathered from nights of sitting and talking, sitting and watching TV, sitting and holding hands.
(Continues...)


Excerpted from HAPPY WIVES CLUB by FAWN WEAVER. Copyright © 2014 Fawn E. Weaver. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Table of Contents

Contents

NORTH AMERICA....................          

Chapter One: Happiness Can Happen Agoura Hills, California................     3     

Chapter Two: A Way to the Water San Diego, California....................     10     

Chapter Three: Beauty and Ashes Winnipeg, Canada....................     19     

Chapter Four: When Windows Become Walls Winnipeg, Canada..................     27     

Chapter Five: The Unbreakable Tether Winnipeg, Canada....................     35     

AFRICA....................          

Chapter Six: Contagious Laughter Cape Town, South Africa..................     45     

Chapter Seven: We Are Enough for Us Cape Town, South Africa...............     52     

Chapter Eight: Donnant, Donnant Port Louis, Mauritius....................     61     

Chapter Nine: "Let's Not Spoil It" Grand Baie, Mauritius..................     69     

EUROPE....................          

Chapter Ten: Do Not Disturb London, England....................     79     

Chapter Eleven: The Museum of Broken Hearts Zagreb, Croatia...............     87     

Chapter Twelve: Rekindled Desires Zagreb, Croatia....................     96     

Chapter Thirteen: Love Is a Candle Zagreb, Croatia....................     103     

Chapter Fourteen: The Perfect Detour Rome, Italy....................     110     

Chapter Fifteen: What Holds Us Back Rome, Italy....................     117     

ASIA....................          

Chapter Sixteen: Happy for No Reason at All Manila, Philippines...........     127     

Chapter Seventeen: Love Tells Its Secrets Manila, Philippines.............     133     

Chapter Eighteen: Don't Just Rain, Pour Quezon City, Philippines..........     137     

AUSTRALIA....................          

Chapter Nineteen: Welcome to Australia? Perth, Australia..................     149     

Chapter Twenty: Lovies in Their RV Perth, Australia....................     156     

Chapter Twenty-One: Do the Hard Yards Perth, Australia....................     162     

Chapter Twenty-Two: When Anywhere Is Everywhere but Home Auckland
Airport, Etc....................     168     

Chapter Twenty-Three: The Shortest Longest Flight Ever Auckland, New
Zealand....................     177     

Chapter Twenty-Four: Love vs. "In Love" Auckland, New Zealand.............     180     

Chapter Twenty-Five: Bigger Than Us Auckland, New Zealand.................     186     

Chapter Twenty-Six: A Day Care at 30,000 Feet Nadi, Fiji..................     191     

SOUTH AMERICA....................          

Chapter Twenty-Seven: On the Road Again En Route to Buenos Aires,
Argentina....................     199     

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Valores! Montevideo, Uruguay....................     208     

Chapter Twenty-Nine: The Fountain of Youth (and Other Things) Buenos
Aires, Argentina....................     215     

NORTH AMERICA....................          

Chapter Thirty: And It's All Just Stuff Santa Clarita, California.........     223     

Chapter Thirty-One: An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love San Francisco,
California....................     228     

Chapter Thirty-Two: Listen with Your Heart San Francisco, California......     238     

Chapter Thirty-Three: Choosing Happiness Everywhere, Earth................     245     

A Special Note to Newlyweds....................     250     

Acknowledgments....................     255     

About the Author....................     258     

Notes....................     260     


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I loved this book! It was an easy and interesting read from the

    I loved this book! It was an easy and interesting read from the start. Fawn has a way of drawing you into her journey, so you feel as if you are with her, which for me was exciting, since I have never visited most of the places she traveled to!

    I loved the stories of the marriages, and that the people interviewed were so open and honest... no candy coating... marriage is not always easy, but definitely worth working through the rough times. I also appreciated Fawn's own transparency with her own struggles and her own story.

    Happy Wives Club encouraged me not to be complacent in my own marriage. After 30 years it is easy to settle into a routine... Thank you, Fawn!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    A happy marriage is not a myth! I've only been married for 2 ye

    A happy marriage is not a myth!

    I've only been married for 2 years and run into people who constantly reminded me that my husband and I are only happy because we are still in the "honeymoon phase." It gave me such motivation, inspiration, and a feeling of sisterhood to know that not only were happy wives and happy marriages a real thing, but that I have one and can continue to have one for as long as I am willing to keep it that way!
    Pay no attention to the number of pages...you won't even notice and it's worth the investment of your time! Once I picked it up and started reading, I honestly couldn't put it down and was so sad when it ended!
    Fawn goes on a beautiful literary journey, literally traveling the world to find out and share the secrets to having and keeping a happy marriage; you will feel like you're traveling with her. Depite cultural, economic, and linguistic differences, love is a univeral force that spills over into our marriages, if we want it to be that way.

    If you're married, engaged, seriously dating, or want to be one day, I couldn't possibly recommend this book more! It's full of the beauty of all the potential a happy wife brings to a happy marriage and spreads that beauty to the happy husband and illuminates a happy world. No one person will ever be perfect, but we can all have a perfect love and a truly happy marriage.

    This book is literary proof that happy marriages do exist and it shares the secrets to what makes them reality!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    This is a fun ride! Not only did I learn a ton from happily marr

    This is a fun ride! Not only did I learn a ton from happily married couples all around the world, I felt like I was the one traveling from country to country. Fawn's writing style really makes you feel like you are on the journey with her! You won't want to put it down because you'll want to learn the next "secret" and travel to the next town to meet another amazing couple. A quick and inspiring read that not only teaches you great lessons in love, it also makes you eager to put the lessons into practice (AND travel the world with your love!)

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    The idea of a happy marriage is fast fading in today¿s society.

    The idea of a happy marriage is fast fading in today’s society. Everywhere you turn someone you know is getting a divorce or you see the next celebrity couple that just couldn’t make it work. However, Happy Wives Club features interviews with women across six continents about what it takes to have a loving and long lasting marriage.This book is truly encouraging as it shows women and couples who have gone through just about every type of marital challenge yet come out of it stronger and more in love with each other than ever before. Fawn has the ability to speak to you through her book in a way that makes her feel like you are amongst your dearest girl friends. Happy Wives isn't meant to be a self-help book nor does it provide a how to list to fix your marriage yet pushes you to want to be a better, happier wife. Fawn manages to share wisdom in a way that is opens your mind and heart to how amazing your marriage can be if you put other peoples life lessons to work in your marriage.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    In an age of seemingly constant attacks on marriage today, this

    In an age of seemingly constant attacks on marriage today, this book was a wonderful breath of fresh air. It was interesting to read through each individual woman's story and see her marriage through her words. The stories weren't all happy, happy, happy. In fact most of them had struggles, but the difference was the way they allowed those struggles to make them better and stronger.




    It was fascinating to read about women across the world that loved being married. There were stories from places that you kind of get the impression that they just exist and stay married because that's just what you do. But that wasn't the case. They intentionally worked at being happily married.




    The main thing that I took away from this book was that we shouldn't believe the lie that being married and being happy could not go together. It can and it does. If you are happily married you are going to enjoy reading about others that share your joy. If you are unhappily married I think this book will be encouraging to you that with a little work and a change in attitude can make all the difference.




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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    An inspiring story of love and marriage!  Candid, sometimes fun

    An inspiring story of love and marriage! 

    Candid, sometimes funny, sometimes heartwarming stories of what real couples do to make their
    marriages work. Proof that simple things we do every day truly affect the quality of our relationships
    long term and the inspiration and hopefully motivation to do what happy couples do – whether it’s
    communicating, sharing dreams, embracing the present moment or letting go and moving on
    whenever necessary. 

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    Favorite quotes – 

    You can either feed negative thoughts or you can starve the suckers. 

    Connection starves suspicion. 

    Great marriages are made when husbands and wives don’t allow cultural expectations to dictate their life decisions or day-to-day interactions.

    In a strong marriage, you are covered in strength and boldness that you’d never have on your own. 

    Choose your spouse daily. 
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    Happy Wives Club takes you on a very physical journey all over the world and also
    on a very emotional journey with a woman pondering her own life and marriage and the life choices
    that brought her to each reflection, every lesson and experience she shares in the book.  

    If you love being married or *want* to love being married, read this book.

    You'll be encouraged and inspired not just by Fawn but by every couple she interviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    This is such an inspirational book for all people. This book is

    This is such an inspirational book for all people. This book is not just for woman, but should be read by anyone that wants to read about something that is both positive and possible. Every husband doesn't suck in the world, and every wife is not miserable sitting around popping happy pills to get through life. A happy marriage is something that if pursued each and everyday reaps rewards like a well tended bush reaps flowers when it is taken care of. Happy Wives Club is a book that I really enjoyed reading. Love.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    Happy and healthy marriages can and do exist...its not just for

    Happy and healthy marriages can and do exist...its not just for fairy tales!
    I couldn't put the book down once I got it. Now I just want to read it again! Fawn Weaver, has taken a journey and allows us to ride, sit, dine and get our hair done right alongside of her as she travels around the world talking to couples, collecting the secrets to happy healthy marriages. I've been happily married for 23 years & I smiled, chuckled and even cried! Because of her passion to see that things can be different than what mainstream media tells us today - she has put together such an encouraging, refreshing & beautifully written message - whether you are married or not!! Bonus: it would make a great bridal shower gift too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    When I got this book I thought it was going to be another "

    When I got this book I thought it was going to be another "how to" on happy marriages and what you 
    should/shouldn't do. I was not expecting to love it as much as I do! Fawn is simply a master story teller 
    that has you hanging on to every word with each chapter. I could easily envision all of the different 
    countries she went to and the different couples she spoke with. This book was inspirational for so 
    many reasons and I've added it to my list of "must haves" for all married women and those aspiring 
    to be! It's simply fantastic!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    New Perspective!

    There are so many books that talk about helping your marriage, making it better, "fixing" something. Fawn Weaver wrote a book with a whole new perspective and an audience that has not really been tapped into. Those couples who are happy to be married and happy to tell everyone! I love, just loved, meeting all these happy couples that were happy and talked about how they stayed that way! I enjoyed it so much! I was so encouraged reading this in my own marriage! Definitely recommending this one for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    This was a fantastic read full of fun adventures and wise advice

    This was a fantastic read full of fun adventures and wise advice. Fawn does something unique by interviewing across generations and cultural and geographical lines to find the secret to the one thread that links us all: love. This book shares deep personal, gripping stories of various relationships and gives you an incredible connection to the characters in the book. I really appreciated the timeless knowledge she gives us and will definitely use it to grow and strengthen my own relationship. Highly recommended to all.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    The Happy Wives Club is more than just stories about the secrets

    The Happy Wives Club is more than just stories about the secrets to a happy marriage. It’s about Fawn’s own journey in her marriage as she seeks to make it even better. She opens up herself to her readers by allowing them to see the good and the bad. One of the things that I love about her journey throughout the book is how she is always looking to God for answers and then seeing what she needs to do to make herself better. She doesn’t place judgement on her husband. Instead, she praises him and lifts him up.

    Throughout the book, I found myself nodding in agreement as she brought me into the lives of many different couples. My heart ached for Fawn as she worked through some difficult struggles in her life. Yes, I felt like I was there with her as she went from country to country. Her eye for detail made the places, individuals, and stories come to life. Her passion for happy, loving marriage filled the pages with hope.

    Even though this book does contain recipes for a successful marriage, it’s not a self-help, how-to book. No, it’s a story of love, life, faith, and happiness. I encourage you to take the journey with Fawn to discover and reaffirm that marriage can be a fulfilling, lifetime adventure.

    Disclosure: I received an ARC copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not expected nor is it guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    To say that this book was inspirational would be an understateme

    To say that this book was inspirational would be an understatement! I could hardly put it down!  It is not a self-help book but rather a collection of stories of happily married couples around the globe. It was amazing to see that the basic elements of a happy marriage such as respect and honesty are the same no matter what country you are in! I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I loved this book! Hearing about happily married wives in rare

    I loved this book! Hearing about happily married wives in rare in our time. I love reading about the different couples and their experiences. Great gift idea for any married lady or one who wants to be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Thank you Fawn for reminding me of the deep, true, passionate lo

    Thank you Fawn for reminding me of the deep, true, passionate love I have for
    my husband... for over 23 years. Well written and full of take away nuggets...
    I loved this book & will be buying one for every married couple I know. :))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    What a breath of fresh air this was! This is for you if you are

    What a breath of fresh air this was! This is for you if you are Marriage, Engaged, or even just want to improve who you are as a Woman. This booked is based on having a Happy Marriage, and being a Happy Wife. I will say ,however, this enlightened me on so much more than just my own Marriage. This helped me to realize the Woman and Wife that I desired to be versus who I was being. Please take some time to read this book. Not a single chance that you will regret it!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    This book brought rays of light and hope to me, as a wife, durin

    This book brought rays of light and hope to me, as a wife, during a very rough year! We, as a family, suffered debilitating financial and physical blows (one after another) for almost the entire year of 2013. I thank Fawn for writing this book, so that I could keep my focus on remaining a team with my husband. I am a member of the Happy Wives Club, and I love how encouraging she is to fight valiantly to keep us in this wonderful, honorable club! I'm not so sad to see 2013 go, but I will hold on to this book and re-visit for years to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Allow yourself to step into the time, places and lives of the st

    Allow yourself to step into the time, places and lives of the stories. You may find yourself relating in some aspect wih a character from a time in your life. This book will reaffirm that building a marriage takes determination but you'll be inspired to commit to the challenges because the outcome is life changing. You'll discover that happy marriages can exist no matter who you are or what part of the world you live in or what life you have lived. If there's one book you read this year, this one should be it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    While traveling all over the world to interview couples who are

    While traveling all over the world to interview couples who are genuinely in love, Fawn tells their stories as well as her own. Anyone would benefit greatly by their stories, and I encourage single women to read it and know that marriages can be filled with so much love. I hope you will read the book, you promise you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

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    This book is beautiful! What I expected to be a great marriage r

    This book is beautiful! What I expected to be a great marriage resource turned out to be so much more! Fawn draws the reader in right away as she takes you on a journey to meet other wives.  Her creative writing style makes you feel like you are by her side and I love that.  Fawn was courageous to travel around the world like she did and in many ways it helps us feel connected by the thread of being a wife.  We can relate to the stories while gaining wisdom from each perspective and apply it to our marriages.  I recommend this book for every wife! I also appreciate that Happy Wives Club is an actual community where wives can connect and encourage each other from all over the world! What Fawn has established is changing the lives of wives in a positive way and I commend her for that! Well done Fawn, thank you for being so brave! - Jennifer Smith Unveiled Wife

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