Cindy Chupack writes about marriage in her new book, The Longest Date: Life as a Wife. Cindy finds herself meeting Ian in her late 30's and falling in love and marrying at the age of 40. Ian sounds like a heck of a catch--funny, smart, romantic, and enough bad boy to make a woman want to run in the opposite direction. But the two are a great match and soon Ian is moving to California and into Cindy's beach house. Periods of adjustment are expected in a new marriage--especially when you get married a bit later in life. Cindy writes about all of these things with a comic flair that I think anyone can relate to and understand completely. Cindy's marriage undergoes a bit more stress and heartbreak as she and Ian struggle to have a child and go through all the endless tests and options open to people wanting to add to their family. And especially moving is Ian's chapter on his feelings about a particularly stressful time in their marriage that shows just how much he loves his wife and is affected by this bump in the road. I don't want to give anything away, so you'll just have to read this to the end and find out if Ian and Cindy are successful in their quest to have a child.
In the meantime, if you're just getting married, or even thinking about it, this is a great book to read. Cindy is funny--and yet she manages to bring across the mixed emotions that accompany such a huge change in life--that of marrying the person you love most, and then having to blend two lives. And pick up dirty clothes off the floor. And rise to the challenge of keeping it all interesting through even the most mundane days. And being okay with not having things just so anymore.
Rating: 7/10 for a refreshing and honest look at marriage and all the joys and challenges that come with sharing life and home with your spouse.
Available in hardcover and e-book.
Thanks to Penguin Books for a preview copy!