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Everyone loves a good love story. And we all love stories about how the love started and blossomed. This fun new book about dating, romance, love, and marriage, will make readers laugh and cry, and is guaranteed to inspire a renewed search for that special someone or open the heart a little more to the love already found. Stories of how couples met, when "they knew," good and bad dates, proposals, maintaining the relationship, second chances, and all the other ups and downs of love, romance, and marriage will entertain, encourage, and warm the hearts of all readers. A great Valentine's, wedding, or romantic gift!

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From bad dates to soul mates: Five tips for finding and keeping love

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark; Foreword by Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican

"Skating is great, but true love is even better!" according to "America’s sweetheart" Kristi Yamaguchi who wrote the foreword for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s latest book about love, along with her husband, former NHL star Bret Hedican. "After all, it’s something we all strive for and most of us achieve it at some point in our lives. Bret and I are fortunate to have it all — great careers, a strong marriage, and a wonderful family." Everyone enjoys a good love story, and what better way to laugh off that bad date, or find new passion in your marriage, than from reading the personal stories of other couples. So if you have loved and lost, found "the one" or are still looking for that special someone, here are a few tips inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love to help you find and keep your own soul mate.

1. First impressions can be wrong. Sometimes you should go with your gut, but other times it’s important to give a diamond in the rough the chance to shine. When Toni-Michelle Nell first met Martin, his stuttering and stammering, paired with his severe lack of fashion sense, led her to assume he was mentally challenged. After spending more time with him, Toni-Michelle realized she was wrong and that she truly enjoyed Martin’s company. They married four months after they met, and eight years later they are still blissfully in love. Martin confessed that his initial speech problems were because her beauty made him nervous, and his bad outfits were due to colorblindness.

2. When the cards are stacked against you, play them anyway. Nobody said love was going to be easy, but taking the risk usually pays off. In 2007, Debra Crawford was 50 years old, divorced and suffering from insulin-dependent diabetes and Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS). Having lost all hope of finding love again, Debra confided her fears in John, her online friend who lived across the country in Orlando. After months of phone calls and e-mails that brought them closer, Debra finally got to meet John during a trip to Disney World with her daughter. Though the feelings between them were undeniable, Debra was hesitant because John was 14 years her senior, also had SPS and suffered from a host of other health problems. Against all odds, Debra and John decided to go for it and got married. "Our life is rich, full and unique," Debra says. "Reality stalks us but experiencing wonderful is worth it."

3. Let romance evolve. What used to be romantic when you were fresh off the plane from your honeymoon may not be so great when you have kids, jobs and seemingly endless responsibilities. David Martin learned this the hard way when he and his wife tried to keep their dinner-and-a-movie date night tradition alive, despite having an infant at home. Exhausted banter about diapers and nodding off in the theater wasn’t exactly keeping the spark alive. When their daughter entered school, the Martins finally found a solution that worked for them: breakfast and a movie. Every now and then, they take a day off work and go out for breakfast, catch a matinee and relax together.

4. To love is to give. It is a common mistake to confuse nothing being wrong with everything being right. Margaret Lang marveled at the deep love between Peg, a wheelchair-bound woman she worked with, and her husband, John. "How could I be divorced when I had had such an easy life compared to Peg and John?" Margaret wondered. She observed this couple and scoured the internet, searching for the secret to their success. Finally, Margaret found a quote by Elbert Hubbard that read, "The love we give away is the only love we keep." She knew she had found the answer — happiness comes not just from receiving love, but from giving yourself to your partner and putting their needs before your own. No matter what the circumstances, love can survive all when two people are willing to make sacrifices for each other, just as Pam and John did.

5. Don’t give up. Sharon and Ken Graham became friends at an early age through church, but she was too young for anything more than friendship. With all the inaccurate gossip in their small town about their completely innocent relationship, he decided to move to France and join a monastery. They corresponded for 25 years, and were finally reunited when Ken came home for his grandmother’s funeral. He finally revealed that he had confessed his feelings for her to his superiors, and had never taken his vows as a monk. When she revealed her own feelings for him, he immediately proposed and they are happily married.

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