In my eyes, one of the best – of many – things about summer travels is the chance to catch up on my reading while in flight, at the pool, on the beach, or wherever else my journeys might take me. So far this summer, I’ve had the chance to enjoy a number of good books, including two I recently finished – Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin and Peter L. Bergen’s Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad.
Yet another is Diaries of a Teenage Bride by Jillian Amodio, who I had the pleasure of working with at the Weddzilla Blog last year and who graciously sent me a review copy of her book a couple weeks ago. Without question, one of the things I like best about Jillian's tale is the fact that it is a thoughtful and inspiring modern-day love story with “old soul” charm. While Jillian’s story focuses on her experiences as a young bride, wife and mother, the lessons and insight she shares – about such things as the importance of forgiveness, learning how to grow together rather than apart, and accepting one another’s differences – are universal and can be applied to marriages at all stages, with partners of any age. Throughout the book, Jillian’s writing style remains consistently honest and warm, and she speaks with a voice that is wise beyond her 21 years.
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Especially relatable are Jillian’s discussions about the differences between what couples initially “think” married life will be like and the “actual” day-to-day realities that later ensue. Although the book does include some religious themes that relate to Jillian’s Catholic faith, the messaging was not overwhelming to me as a non-religious reader, and I was still easily able to connect with Jillian’s poignant observations about love and marriage. If you’re looking for a quick read that warms the heart, Diaries of a Teenage Bride is definitely worth checking out!
What good reads have you picked up this summer?