So I decided to read it anyways, and in less than twenty-four hours I completed my task. It was a breeze to read through as I found it extremely interesting. Gilbert goes on to tell exactly how her and Felipe ended up with a plan to marry after both of them, heavily wounded from their first marriages, decided never to marry again.
The bulk of the book is a lot of research that Gilbert did on marriage. How it has evolved since the biblical times, how customs were different in Western and Eastern societies. She even interviewed her own grandmother and mother about their marriages which occured in drastically different decades. All in all I found it to be amazing despite some of the not-so-great reviews I read about the book.
One of my favorite parts...
People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other's personalities. Who wouldn't? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that's not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner's faults honestly and say, 'I can work around that. I can make something out of that.'? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it's always going to be pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.
So whether or not you've read Eat, Pray, Love, I would suggest this book. You don't really need the background to understand the story between Gilbert and Felipe, and all of the historical information on marriage is pretty neat!