BOOK REVIEW

THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE OVER EXPERIENCE
                         WENDY SWALLOW

Wendy Swallow felt she had made it - she survived her divorce.  She also gave up on finding a new love after several bad dates.  Then, all of a sudden, Charlie came into her life.  Wendy had written a story about her divorce which appeared in a local magazine.  Charlie had read the story and called her.  He told Wendy he was very impressed with the article and asked her to lunch.

When Wendy met Charlie, she could not believe how much the two of them had in common.  They were born the same year, both had worked as journalists for the Washington Post and they were divorced with kids.

Wendy and Charlie do get married.  As Wendy points out, just being right for each other doesn't make the re-marriage process any easier.  It just makes it a little less likely to fail.  The author states that one of the most challenging tasks for remarried couples is to decide what kind of family they want to be.  One person might like dogs - maybe the other doesn't.  The wife might like tennis and the husband likes fishing.  Wendy believes the answer is one word "compromise".  Everyone has to learn to share. 

Wendy and Charlie made a deal when they got married.  No matter what, if things did not work out, they would not get divorced for five years.  By this time, the kids would be in college and it would give them a chance to try and work things out.  Without the kids, they could work on strengthening their marriage.

This is an enjoyable book to read - not just for anyone planning to re-marry but for all readers.  The author does an excellent job of giving the reader an honest portrayal of the emotions one goes through during a chance to get re-married.   It's great that she put her feelings and experience in writing because it will be beneficial to others.  Wendy Swallow is also the author of "Breaking Apart" which is a memoir of her divorce.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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