What would make a more perfect gift for the unsuspecting, overly excited new bride-to-be, than a little down-to-earth advice spiced up with just the right amount of humor? Better to be prepared than disappointed, I like to think!
The Southern Girl's Guide to Surviving the Newlywed Years is that and much more. Not only will it provide innocent brides-to-be with some preparation (assuming they are willing to leave the beautiful world of denial); it is a fabulous trip down memory lane for those who have lived through that little jolt into reality.
Sprinkled with just the right amount of sarcasm and humor to keep it lighthearted rather than full of doom and gloom, this book allows new brides to laugh rather than cry their way through the early years. It also provides a level of comfort; you are not alone in discovering a husband who continually comes home expecting to be fully catered to “like his mom always used to do.”
With chapter titles like “Newlyweds and Marriage: What’s Love Got to Do With it?,” “Husbands and Hygiene: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “Men and Food: Help Me Rhonda,” and “Men and Their Idiosyncrasies: Funkytown,” you know you’re in for some good hearted fun. What better way to ward off those tears of frustration?
Peppered with stories from author Annabelle Robertson (there is no better way to feel good about some part of your marriage than to find out someone has struggled as much or more than you have), The Southern Girl's Guide to Surviving the Newlywed Years is a true-to-life look at the day-to-day struggles of marriage. In marriage, as in life, it’s always the little things that get to you the most.
While some of the suggestions are farther out there than many would care to venture (such as creating Social Flash Cards to hold up in guiding your husbands’ behavior), much of the advice is valuable to relationship success. Things such as ensuring a proper balance of date time, couple time, group time and family time, and finding a way to ensure vacations meet the needs of both (or all) parties needs, wants, and desires (no easy task) are key to a happy married life.
If all else fails, The Southern Girl's Guide to Surviving the Newlywed Years contains some essential (and very easy to use) recipes, such as Annabelle’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam and Aunt Nancy’s Pecan Pie; after all, they say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Probably more valuable than even that, and mandatory to relationship success, is the recipe for Southern Sweet Tea. No matter how lucky you’ve ended up on the husband scale, you’re going to need some serious girlfriend time to defuse built-up anxiety caused by some husband-induced-event! So get the book, read it, share it, gift it, learn from it, laugh from it; it would be hard to believe you will leave somehow untouched by it.