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B. Lynn Goodwin
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Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62

Adult; Self-Help & Relationships; (Market)

How does a 62-year-old woman who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower seeking his third wife on . . . Craigslist!? Does she throw caution to the wind and relinquish her freedom, or should she take a crash course in compromises? Author B. Lynn Goodwin tells all and more in NEVER TOO LATE. How she was attracted to Richard’s clear expectations, his honesty, and his incredible openness. She’d never met anyone like him. Would she recognize love if it knocked on her heart? And could an educated woman be happy moving into a blue-collar world? Whether you’ve been single forever, are trapped in an unhappy marriage, or you’re simply curious, you’ll find secrets to a happy marriage in NEVER TOO LATE.
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TITLE INFORMATION

 NEVER TOO LATE

From Wannabe to Wife at 62

B. Lynn Goodwin

Koehler Books (239 pp.)

$26.95 hardcover, $16.95 paperback, $9.99 e-book

ISBN: 978-1-63393-525-9; December 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW

In this memoir, a woman describes her journey from a solitary life to marriage at age 62, frankly analyzing potential

risks along the way.

Goodwin (Talent, 2015, etc.) was in her early 60s with a successful teaching career, many friends, and a loving dog, but

she felt that something was missing in her life. For one reason or another, she’d never made a lasting romantic

connection with a man, and, as she neared old age, her loneliness weighed on her. Still, she notes in this memoir, no one

was more surprised than she was when she started dating a man whom she met on Craigslist. At first glance, she and

Richard Brown appeared to have had more differences than similarities. He was the devout minister of a small

evangelical Christian church, while her upbringing was casually Episcopalian; he’d been married twice—the second time

only six weeks after his first wife’s death—while Lynn had never been in an intimate relationship. Most challenging of

all, she says that Richard believed that the Bible gave men final authority in the household; Goodwin had built a life as a

strong, independent woman. One by one, she confronts her doubts with openness and honesty in this memoir, relating it

all with convincing clarity and a refreshing lack of sentimentality. This isn’t a conventional love story; rather, it’s a

mature assessment of the pros and cons of having a relationship. Even as she enjoyed her newfound intimacy, she

constantly questioned whether to commit herself to the partnership: “Clearly a man who didn’t listen to me wasn’t the

right choice. Except that he did listen—whenever he remembered to.” Indeed, this questioning sometimes gives the

narrative an ominous tone, as when the author describes the pressure to marry: “And even though he didn’t say it, in the

back of my head I heard, you know what happened to my last girlfriend when she hesitated too long.” As a result, some

readers may still wonder about her final decision, even after the preordained happy ending.

A candid, revealing portrait of an unconventional love story.

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