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If you’ve ever been in a relationship for a while you know how easy it is to get into a rut, to put off making special time for each other and fall into the doldrums. My beloved Captain Cavedweller and I found ourselves (okay, it was mostly me) in that same boring boat and decided to do something about. We agreed to spend a year putting a little zippety-zing back into our marriage through weekly dates. As the subtitle implies, I kept a journal of each date, writing down my thoughts and feelings of each experience. Some weeks were exciting and wildly romantic. Others… well, let’s just say not every week we put our best foot forward.
Here’s the official blurb from Amazon:
“What happens when a hopeless romantic with a bit of a sarcastic attitude falls in love with an introvert who dreams of living in a man cave?
They wed, of course – and plan to live happily ever after. The only problem is that life seems to get in the way.
Waking up one day to discover they’d gone from perpetual honeymooners to a boring, predictable couple, Shanna Hatfield and her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller, set out on a yearlong adventure to add a little zing to their relationship.
This G-rated journey through fifty of their dates provides an insightful, humorous look at the effort they made to infuse their marriage with laughter, love, and gratitude while reconnecting on a new, heartfelt level. “
And here’s a little excerpt:
There are a few things that Captain Cavedweller gets really, really excited about.
One of them is football.
From magazines talking about football to watching games on television to attending local high school games, he can’t get enough. He’s even been known to sit and watch reruns of football games if he happens to find one airing in the summer months.
Because of his football obsession, for his birthday I purchased season tickets to the arena football games that take place an hour away.
Today’s big date, hosted by CC, was to drive to the city to pick up the tickets, visit a couple of car dealerships since we are hunting for a new vehicle, and then take me out to eat.
Picking up the tickets was fun. The team members were so gracious and friendly and let those attending know they truly appreciate the support of the game.
Car shopping also went pretty well considering we never saw a single car salesman. Generally, we can barely get out of the car before one swoops in, trying to talk us into vehicles you would never see me ride in dead or alive.
Apparently, the forty-mile-an-hour winds coupled with frigid temperatures kept them inside the showroom where it was warm and toasty, and their hair wouldn’t turn into a wild snarled mess, resembling something created by Medusa’s own hairdresser.
Once I started crying and begging for mercy from the wind (okay, I wasn’t crying, but the wind did make my eyes water. A lot.), CC offered to take me to the mall. I was not in a shopping mood at this point, much more interested in sitting down somewhere warm.
Since it was late afternoon and we still hadn’t eaten lunch, we went to a barbecue restaurant. That would be my first pick once in a blue moon. However, the moon was not blue that day…
And a few words of praise from Reviewers:
“For those of you who have read books by Shanna know that she is a hopeless romantic in her writing. This book is a true peek at the hopeless romantic in her everyday life. How many times do we as readers get to know our authors up close and personal? Oh, and you can’t make this stuff up! Cute and funny, this is an endearing offering of romantic endeavors of two people very much in love! Dinner and a movie aside, some adorable ideas for memorable date nights. Thank you, Shanna for allowing us to intrude into your heartfelt love for your Cavedweller!”
“This is a great fun read…that gives you so many ideas for easy, fun and romantic date nights! If you want a good clean read and want to know more about Shanna and her “Captain” this is a great way to get to know them! I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking quick, easy and affordable date night ideas to keep any relationship spontaneous and fun!”
“This book has inspired me to try planning some of the date nights mentioned in the book. How fun to bring back some of the romance, to a marriage where the day to day living tends to get you in a rut. The fact that this was a joint effort and garnered surprising dates, shows how you need to put a little effort into bringing back the romance. Trying new things and planning surprises. Way to go Shanna, you have done it again. Stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something your mate is passionate about reinforces that marriage is a “give and take” process.”
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