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Book Description

This is a delightfully short memoir about surviving the first year of marriage, and doing it with joy. In this true story Derek and Yecenia Ouellette fly high with romantic adventures in Rome Italy, in Chicago and in life.

But the year ends with a financial crash leaving them in a dismal situation. They learn that happiness comes and goes with the highs and lows of life. But joy, real joy, is steady as a rock and can help sustain any marriage through the tough times. Yet real joy can’t come from within, it must come from the Lord.

Story Behind the Story

By the end of our first year of marriage we were broke. Like any decent man I wanted to give my wife a very special anniversary gift, but without a lot of money I had to tap into my creative side. So I decided to write a memoir highlighting our first year of marriage and give it to my wife as an anniversary present.

This short memoir was written for her and originally intended to be read by her, myself and perhaps years down the road, by our children and grandchildren.

Since then we’ve had some family and friends read it and the reaction was positive enough that I decided to make it available to a larger audience.

I tweaked it and edited it and made slight adjustments then added a epilogue summarizing the five years since the book was first printed at the local Staples. Then I put it up on Amazon as an ebook (self-published) and I’m in the process of self-publishing a paperback edition with Lulu or CreateSpace which will also make a physical copy available on Amazon, Barns and Nobles and Ingram.

This book is short. Really short. In paperback format it comes out to about 44 pages. Amazon estimates the page count on a kindle to be closer to 25. The average person can have it read within an hour.

I hope that you find it at times humorous and witty, at times emotive and, by the end, inspirational and encouraging.

If you read this story please take a moment to review it on our review page (click here) and on your own website.

Sincerely, Derek