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They are not the ordinary couple living next door. Their joint creative back grounds makes their books creative, insightful and full of emotional intelligence. They are a husband and wife team who share the same name and belief that a love can last a lifetime and it’s worth everything to make it happen.

Blanshard & Blanshard bring nearly 40 years of living and loving to their books.


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  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Page Addie Press (December 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094FZZNY
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this very positive take on making relationships work. With fresh and direct language, I felt like I was getting advice from a wise big sister who's "been there, done that."

The author has keen insight into the kinds of things a person thinks and says as they navigate the wild waters of a relationship. But she doesn't bore us with pedantic analysis or soup metaphors. Instead she tells it like it is...with a twist of "get on with it" encouragement.

Other things I like about this book:

The author occasionally uses words as pictures to emphasize key phrases and thoughts.

Chapter headings are fun and mysterious, like Monkey Monkey, Amnesia, See Red, The Cereal Talker, and Emotional Library, which make perfect sense when you read the chapter.

Each chapter ends with three or four short "takeaway" sentences that summarize the key sentiments expressed in the chapter.

I think what I liked most about this book was that it focused a lot on rebuilding long-term relationships...those you thought might be dead or dying. It gives readers real tools to revive those relationships, going well beyond platitudes and philosophical ideas.

Well written, cohesive and above all, useful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joan C. Curtis on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having been married to the same man for over 35 years, I can relate to the stories in this book. Indeed it takes work to make a relationship last. In the early days, it's easy to see stars when you gaze on your loved one. Blanshard and Blanshard talk about these challenges and give good advice for how to keep your relationships strong. They say love is a renewable resource. Each chapter is full of easy to understand tools so you can continue to renew and refresh your relationship.

One of the best parts of the book are the 69 ways to make your love last. I could relate to: "Take time to be a good friend," "Greater communication creates greater intimacy," and "When your partner is doing it their way, let them."

With divorce statistics going through the roof in this country, this book couldn't come at a better time. Indeed, if you really want to embark on a relationship workout, this book is for you. Try it! And then ask your partner to give it a try.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
All too often, the story ends when Cinderella and her prince walk off into the sunset, holding hands, gazing devotedly at each other. They're sure to live happily ever after, with nary a cross word. Sure they will.

We know that isn't true - but we wish it were.

On the other hand, acknowledging that we have to 'work' on a relationship makes most of us feel tired. "Gee, I have so much to do in my life. Has my love relationship become just another damn chore?"

Fortunately, "Make Love Last (forever and a day)", walks that delicate line between acknowledging problems and effectively dealing with them while challenging us and offering hope.

How is this miracle achieved? First of all, the authors are unrelenting in their truth-telling. We can't just blame our Significant Other because it's very possible that we are equally at fault. That doesn't make anyone the 'bad guy'. It just means we have to be totally dedicated to telling the truth of what's happening while accepting responsibility for our own actions. For instance, words DO kill relationships and firing off thoughtless comments whenever we feel like it can result in a very empty house.

Secondly, there are some rather startling statements in "Make Love Last". For instance, the authors insist that without problems there can't be any growth in our relationship. What? You mean a problem can be a good thing? No wonder Cindy and her prince are only cartoon characters.

Third, their humor is great and their language descriptive. Here are a few of my favorite examples: "stalks your relationship from the shadows", "How can you expect anyone to love you when you're being a right P.I.T.A (pain in the arse)" and "Weak as weasel pee".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Gulett on September 11, 2012
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This book is full of good advice for couples that want to stay together for a lifetime. This is not easy to do, as most married couples know. This book is filled with concrete actions that anyone can take to strengthen their marriage and ensure that they stay with their soul mate all the way.

Great relationships don't just happen because two people are in love. The two partners have to make the great relationship happen. Blanshard & Blanshard provide details of how a couple can build a lifetime partnership that works for both.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy N. Wilson on September 10, 2012
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Making Love Last is a great book. If my husband and I had read it and followed the suggestions, there is a good chance we would still be together. For all of you out there who are struggling with the challenges of a long-term commitment - read this book today!

In the beginning the author states, "Love is a re¬newable resource. Whatever issues you have can be solved with a little effort and change, by identifying the issue, understanding the issue and talking two-gether honestly and openly.........But be clear, the task is not to fix each other, not to change what your partner thinks or believes, but to gain understanding and greater respect for each other."

Those words are a great summary of what this book is about: how to communicate effectively to gain understanding and respect for one another and build an intimate connection that will last a lifetime.

The author provides a boatload of information and great suggestions - to do's - that will help you accomplish all of the above.

Some of the highlights:
* How to get past the bad patches.
* The danger of arguments and the power of words to kill relationships.
* Give each other space and talk about what is bothering you.
* Don't build a damaging wall of silence - the importance of talking and really listening.
* Why you must not flirt - flirting is hurting and blurs the edges of a relationship.
* Equality strengthens - not weakens a relationship.
* Don't lose yourself - A relationship is two individuals, living in relation to each other.
* There are always two ways to do things - your way and your partners' way.

Near the end, the author emphasizes some words to live by:
"Great communication creates great intimacy.
Great intimacy creates great passion."
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