Real Life Romance {Book Review}

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Real Life Romance

By Rhonda Stoppe

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Narrative • Nonfiction • 240 Pages


Back Cover Blurb:


Do You Believe in True Love?

In a world of broken relationships and hurting people, it can seem like all we ever see is heartache—that marriages are doomed from the start and romance isn’t worth the risk.

But heart-fluttering, long-lasting love is all around us…we just have to look for it!

This collection of beautiful, real-life accounts will bring laughter and tears as you enjoy each story of ordinary people who found extraordinary love. Page after page, you will find inspiration to

  • rekindle the romance in your love story
  • trust in God’s providence and timing
  • faithfully hope for your own happily-ever-after
  • celebrate true romance
  • believe in life-long love

Don’t let the world define romance for you! See how God is at work in the hearts of His people—knitting together hearts in a love that forever endures.

Why I Choose This Book:

Romance is a good thing, but only in the proper place and proper time. I get so annoyed in books when they focus on the wrong aspects of “romance” or at the wrong time or wrong place. This book sounded like a pretty great concept, so I wanted to read it for myself and see how well it lived up to the expectations I had for it.

What I Thought:

This book made me happy and did meet my expectations with how realistic it was. Sure, it included some of the heart-squeezing and sighing-in-delight parts of romance, but then it also talked about the soul-crushing hardships when you find out that the person who married isn’t who you thought he was. It talked about cute, sweet parts of life, as well as exploring what happens when you lose that. Some of the stories made me go “awww” and want to share them with others, but then it didn’t leave me imagining that life was perfect for them – it also gave a glimpse of the realistic-ness of how hard love can be.

There were a few stories that were sweet but I wasn’t incredibly sure why they were in the book because they didn’t have any lessons to learn or spiritual value written into it (that I could see). And, of course, that isn’t an issue, it’s just they didn’t follow the trend of the rest of the stories in the book.

Overall, there were quite a few things in the book that I didn’t agree with, but that didn’t take away my enjoyment and the value of the stories. I enjoy getting to learn from others – no matter if I agree with everything they say or not.

It was pretty cool because I ended up knowing who a few of the couples were that were spotlighted. I’m not sure if the author knows them personally, but if so, that’s neat.

The last story was my favorite. It was exactly the kind of story that would have made me roll my eyes in a fiction book and snort about how those types of things don’t really happen in real life. And yet, it did. And that’s pretty cool and obviously makes a great story.


Although the book talks about some of the issues the couples found themselves having to work through, the author does it in a very balanced way where she doesn’t go into too much detail. I really appreciate that. (With that being said, I would say I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone under upper teens. But, that’s just how I view books focused on romance.)


I’m giving Real Life Romance 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ladies who like sweet stories, or are struggling with knowing what real romance is.

*This book was given to me to review

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