The three women who collaborated on this book celebrate how “grown-up dating is different from dating in your twenties—in a good way!”
The Garter Brides, comprised of TV producer Jacobs, magazine columnist Lampl and children’s-book author Rabe, don’t shy away from the difficulties that accompany finding love later in life, but they herald the benefits as well. “First, you’re a lot wiser about what you want in a relationship,” they write. “Second, there’s only one rule: it should be fun.” Those looking to find companionship should start off by looking inward and asking the right questions, they write. Many of those questions, such as “How are you approaching dating?,” might seem fairly elementary, but the trio’s personal narratives add an appealing dimension to an otherwise routine exercise. Above all, the authors highlight how an ability to recognize and express what you want comes with age. Women with a ticking biological clock wondering how to navigate the thorny issue of children should take comfort when Rabe confesses, “somehow I managed to wait until our second date to ask him if he’d be willing to have more kids.” The authors include practical guidance for dealing with partners that come saddled with highly involved family members, exes and friends. Tips on how to move in together, merge finances and plan engagements and weddings are particularly useful.
The authors ably demonstrate that it’s never too late for love.