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Dating, relationships, living together & marriage

See below for a selection of the latest books from Dating, relationships, living together & marriage category. Presented with a red border are the Dating, relationships, living together & marriage books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Dating, relationships, living together & marriage books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Pocket Single Life Wisdom

Pocket Single Life Wisdom

Author: Hardie Grant Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are. - Beyonce From Emma Watson to Lizzo - the singer who puts the 'sing in single' - more and more people are throwing off outdated stigmas and embracing a happy life on their own. Pocket Single Life Wisdom celebrates the power of being single with fun, wise, witty and empowering quotes from inspiring female icons such as Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga to literary giants like Charlotte Bronte and Oscar Wilde. So let's reverse the brainwash and embrace the positivity of single happiness. Because ultimately, the only person who can make you happy is you.

The First Move

The First Move

Author: Emily Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Being the maximum version of yourself is a political act in a world where women still continue to shrink themselves to build up - or appease - the men in front of them.' Many young successful women want the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kind of love. Not the Prince William and Kate kind. But these women are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They are told they must push harder than men to achieve what they want in their careers, but when it comes to dating, they are told to take the back seat. They must be chased rather than do the chasing. Chasing turns men off. They are confused and frustrated, and now they are looking to make the first move because nothing else is working. The First Move is an insightful body of social research and a critique of our culture of dating by a young journalist who is living it. Emily Brooks offers helpful advice for young women learning to love themselves so they can seek out and find the love that enriches them most.

Between the Covers

Between the Covers

Author: Jilly Cooper Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

'One truth I have learnt, as middle age enmeshes me like Virginia creeper, is that I shall never change-because my capacity for self-improvement is absolutely nil.' Jilly Cooper's observations from her days as a much-loved newspaper columnist cover everything to do with sex, socialising and survival - from marriage, friendship and the minutiae of family life, to the tedium of going to visit people for the weekend, the stress of hosting dinner parties and the descent of middle age. Entertaining and full of heart, this classic collection of journalism from the legendary author explores the highs and lows of everyday life with wit, wisdom and warmth. Praise for Jilly Cooper: 'Joyful and mischievous' Jojo Moyes 'Fun, sexy and unputdownable' Marian Keyes 'Flawlessly entertaining' Helen Fielding

I Hate the Man I Love

I Hate the Man I Love

Author: Joan E Childs Lcsw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2020

Living With the Active Alert Child

Living With the Active Alert Child

Author: Budd Linda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2020

The Secret Life of Husbands

The Secret Life of Husbands

Author: Melissa Katsoulis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2020

'Tender [and] nostalgic' The Times What's married life like from the man's point of view? What does a wedding actually mean to a man? Do men really not know how to do laundry? Now, with masculinity in crisis (again), it's more important than ever to understand the secret lives of husbands. Couldn't our relationships be better navigated if we listened, impartially, to how the world looks from inside a man's head? Do they feel sad at the thought of never falling in love again? Would they ever admit that their partner's cooking is worse than their mother's? Melissa Katsoulis's mission is not to find the perfect husband, or the worst. It's about talking to married men and understanding their world. We are inundated with statistical research about gender and domestic politics but it doesn't tell us how things really feel to real men. Through interviews with ordinary men, experts and imaginary Greek gods, Melissa will uncover everything you need to know about the man in your life. From a whistle-stop tour of husbands through history to husbands in the nursery, husbands on holiday, husbands in the kitchen and husbands of a certain age, The Secret Life of Husbands is a warm and witty journey of discovery about the modern-day husband.

Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.

Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.

Author: Chris Ramsey, Rosie Ramsey Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Be the first to pre-order Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed. from Chris and Rosie Ramsey, stars of the phenomenally successful chart-topping podcast. ____________ This is not a self- help book. This book contains absolutely no advice that you should follow yourself. ____________ SH**GED Saturday nights out on the tiles, undying crushes, dating like it's a competitive sport, awkward tales of dating woes, one-night stands, the walk of shame, ghosting, tears and break-ups. MARRIED Finding 'the one', meeting their parents, first holidays and romantic weekends away, engagement rings, big moment proposals, wedding bells, the hen do, the stag, the much anticipated - and feared - best man speech, the honeymoon of a lifetime. ANNOYED Who stacks a dishwasher like this? Empty milk cartons placed back into the fridge, pregnancy, sleepless nights, toilet seats up, toothpaste everywhere, less and less frequent date nights, DIY weekends, divorce. Whether you're sh**ged, married, annoyed, or, all of the above, Chris and Rosie Ramsey, hosts of the number one podcast, write hilariously and with honesty about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love, sex and relationships.

Listen, Learn, Love

Listen, Learn, Love

Author: Susie Albert Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Listen, Learn, Love shows those who are feeling overwhelmed, bored, frustrated, stressed, or lonely with the people closest to them how to make changes for the better quickly- even if the other person isn't willing or engaged. Listen, Learn, Love is a user-friendly guide filled with practical suggestions and simple skills anyone can use to create better relationships. And who doesn't have at least one relationship in their life they would like to be better? While wanting a good relationship is a great beginning, building great relationships takes a few skills. Listen, Learn, Love is packed with concise and actionable tips shared with clarity, humor and authenticity, and shows readers how to dramatically improve their relationships in 30 days or less.

You're My Woman Because...

You're My Woman Because...

Author: Patrick J. Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2020

This is a book for a man to give to a special someone in his life.It says in so many ways and in just as many wry paintings that littlethings mean a lot. The Irish author, Patrick J. Murphy, knows what some of those things are, from cold beer in the fridge to high spirits at noon to great sex.This book is original, a bit wild, and with an artfully simple message: I'm happy we connected.Send her flowers if you will, but give her this little book to treasure.

Love Me, Don't Leave Me

Love Me, Don't Leave Me

Author: Dr. Michelle, PsyD Skeen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2020

Everyone thrives on love, comfort, and the safety of family, friends, and community. But if you are denied these basic comforts early in life, whether through a lack of physical affection or emotional bonding, you may develop intense fears of abandonment that can last well into adulthood-fears so powerful that they can actually cause you to push people away. If you suffer from fears of abandonment, you may have underlying feelings of anger, shame, fear, anxiety, depression, and grief. These emotions are intense and painful, and when they surface they can lead to a number of negative behaviors, such as jealousy, clinging, and emotional blackmail. In Love Me, Don't Leave Me, therapist Michelle Skeen combines acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help you identify the root of your fears. In this book you'll learn how schema coping behaviors-deeply entrenched and automatic behaviors rooted in childhood experiences and fears-can take over and cause you to inadvertently sabotage your relationships. By recognizing these coping behaviors and understanding their cause, you will not only gain powerful insights into your own mind, but also into the minds of those around you. If you are ready to break the self-fulfilling cycle of mistrust, clinginess, and heartbreak and start building lasting, trusting relationships, this book will be your guide.

The Grown Woman's Guide to Online Dating

The Grown Woman's Guide to Online Dating

Author: Margot Starbuck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

Does the thought of joining a dating site invoke feelings of fear and anxiety-or, worse, insecurity or unworthiness? If so, then The Grown Woman's Guide to Online Dating is the book for you. With practical advice about how these sites work, what to expect, and when to join and quit, along with proven tips for making the most of them, The Grown Woman's Guide equips readers with all they need to take the plunge. Four years after an unexpected divorce, bestselling writer and funny lady Margot Starbuck found herself venturing into the unknown waters of online dating. What she discovered surprised her-and changed her. With her signature sharp wit and a solid biblical foundation, Margot shares what she learned, including how to: determine which sites are best and what to expect; write a first message that is most likely to get a response; avoid common pitfalls in creating your profile; and live out the truth that you are God's beloved. So dive into embracing your true value and drawing closer to God even in the midst of fear and questions. Because whatever your endgame might be, richness awaits. Margot promises, You got this, girl! Gives you concrete steps for dating well, from the beginning to the end, all while reminding you just how loved you already are. -Chrystal Evans Hurst, bestselling author and speaker With humor, wisdom, and practical answers, Margot's heart and voice shine through this book, and I can't wait to send it to my single friends! -Bianca Juarez Olthoff, pastor, speaker, and author of the bestselling How to Have Your Life Not Suck

The Glass Slipper

The Glass Slipper

Author: Susan Ostrov Weisser Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2020

Why is the story of romance in books, magazines, and films still aimed at women rather than at men? Even after decades of feminism, traditional ideas and messages about romantic love still hold sway and, in our postfeminist age, are more popular than ever. Increasingly, we have become a culture of romance: stories of all kinds shape the terms of love. Women, in particular, love a love story. The Glass Slipper is about the persistence of a familiar Anglo-American love story into the digital age. Comparing influential classics to their current counterparts, Susan Ostrov Weisser relates in highly amusing prose how these stories are shaped and defined by and for women, the main consumers of romantic texts. Following a trajectory that begins with Jane Austen and concludes with Internet dating sites, Weisser shows the many ways in which nineteenth-century views of women's nature and the Victorian idea of romance have survived the feminist critique of the 1970s and continue in new and more ambiguous forms in today's media, with profound implications for women. More than a book about romance in fiction and media, The Glass Slipper illustrates how traditional stories about women's sexuality, femininity, and romantic love have survived as seemingly protective elements in a more modern, feminist, sexually open society, confusing the picture for women themselves. Weisser compares diverse narratives-historical and contemporary from high literature and low genres-discussing novels by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, Victorian women's magazines, and D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover; Disney movies; popular Harlequin romance novels; masochistic love in films; pornography and its relationship to romance; and reality TV and Internet ads as romantic stories. Ultimately, Weisser shows that the narrative versions of the Glass Slipper should be taken as seriously as the Glass Ceiling as we see how these representations of romantic love are meant to inform women's beliefs and goals. In this book, Weisser's goal is not to shatter the Glass Slipper, but to see through it.