The Miracle of Love Can Be Yours This Summer

101 Chicken Soup for the Soul stories about hope, destiny, and finding your soulmate

Maggie told her mom at age 12 that she was going to marry the handsome star in her favorite movie scene. Then she became an actor, and when she went to Italy to star in a film she fell in love with its producer, unaware of his past film roles. Who was he? The actor she had fallen for as a 12-year-old! They’ve been married more than 40 years now.

Janeen repeatedly refused to go on a blind date suggested by her fellow teacher. The next year, after a move, she started chatting with the handsome stranger who lived in her new building. It turned out he was the blind date she had repeatedly turned down. Of course, they’re married now, too.

Phyllis felt she was too old for love at age 82, but she reluctantly signed up for an online dating service. Who should pop up but her perfect match, a man her age who had even worked for CBS in New York when she had, in the same building. The two of them, canes in hand, had a lovely honeymoon in France.

The miracle of love can happen when you least expect it, at any age, at any time. That’s what makes this new collection of true stories so fascinating—because of all the different ways these men and women have found their soulmates… or fallen in love all over again with their existing partners. Chicken Soup for the Soul: All You Need Is Love (May 30, 2023, 978-1-611591026, $16.95) is filled with stories of romance, serendipity, divine intervention, and destiny. And plenty of hope, too.

This new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection kicks off a summer of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book on June 28, 1993. The book became a publishing industry phenomenon, selling more than 8 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, and millions more worldwide.

“As we headed into our 30th anniversary, we decided to find our favorite love stories in our library that had not been published in previous books about love,” said Amy Newmark, publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul. “This compilation pulls all those stories together in one new collection so that our readers can enjoy the love stories that have been scattered among our various titles during the past decade or so.”

It’s not just new love in these pages either. There are plenty of stories about rekindling love in established relationships, second chances, and great ideas for how to keep the romance alive. Diane Stark and her husband, for example, go on regular dates that are perfect for them. They start with dinner and then they head to the mall, where they can each browse the stores they’re interested in. Jill Burns keeps the relationship fresh by writing daily love notes to her husband, thanking him for what he does and reminding herself why she loves him.


Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada, more than 300 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” is known worldwide and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 30 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month. It has also evolved beyond the bookstore, with a podcast, education programs, dog and cat food, licensed products, and television and movies through its subsidiary, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.


For a review copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: All You Need Is Love or an interview with Amy Newmark


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