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Publisher's Note:

In a world of 72-day celebrity marriages, a 73-year marriage is nearly unimaginable. Against all odds, Cutie and Harry Cooper persevered through seven decades of marriage, enjoying triumphant milestones and enduring devastating losses, all while keeping their sense of humor and connection intact. Here, Cutie chronicles their story and extracts time-tested advice on how to know if you've met "the one," the art of fighting fair, and everything else that goes into staying blissfully bonded. With vintage photos charting their relationship from newlyweds to nonagenarians, this nostalgic and romantic gift book is a practical resource for anyone who dreams of falling in love for life.…

Fall in Love For Life

by Barbara "Cutie" Cooper

Overall Book Review:

Fall in Love for Life by Barbara “Cutie” Cooper is part memoir, part advice column.  Barbara covers all the bases as she dispenses advice about how you know when you have met that perfect someone and how to stick it out for better or for worse.  We get a peek into her seventy-three years of married life as well as what she is up to now that “her Harry” has passed on.

Love and life are not easy for anyone and the Coopers were no different, but they were lucky enough to find each other and live a long life.  They were wise enough to incorporate patience, kindness, and forgiveness into their lives so the time they were blessed with was, for the most part, happy.  Each chapter begins with several pictures of this sweet couple as they grow old together.  The chapters are then split up into smaller sections with more specific themes like “Surviving Hard Times” and “Live, Love, and Always Laugh.”  Each section is wrapped up with a neat little summary of “Cutie’s Counsel” which comes in handy if there are parts you want to refer back to.

I enjoyed getting to know about Barbara’s life so much that I wish this was written more like a standard memoir with some of “Cutie’s Counsel” thrown in rather than reading like a book of advice that included real life stories to illustrate those bits of wisdom.  If you are interested in a sneak peek at the type of advice being dispensed, you can check Cutie out on her very own advice website:

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Chronicle Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  A few references to kissing and handholding; an extended section of advice is called “Making Whoopee” but it does not discuss specifics.

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce, death of a family member.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I have learned through the years that what I read has a strong impact on the way I feel and how I look at life. I have learned to be wise about what I read. As a mother of four, I try to encourage my kids to choose good books. I try to help them to find favorite authors and explore new genres.