Seeking Happily Ever After

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am

Seeking Happily Ever After
by Michelle Cove
Tarcher, HK$136

It wouldn't be wise to give Seeking Happily Ever After to a single woman, although this might be a good book to have if you are a singleton. Michelle Cove writes that we live in a culture where the wedding is the 'finish line', then goes on to describe the many times strangers have offered unsolicited advice on how to change her status quo. Thoughtless and ignorant, such comments can damage a person's self-esteem, although women, she says, can learn to tune out self-doubt by tapping into their inner voice. If you can't hear that inner you speaking, read the many case studies Cove has collected and any advice of hers that rings true. An important one (it has its own box, after all) is to stand on your own feet financially after a break-up, which takes the pressure off needing to find Mr Right (or blackmailing your ex into continuing the largesse). Like many other self-help books, Cove's includes reminder checklists. For 'the Princess in Waiting', she writes, 'determine whether you're simply pining for help'. Seeking Happily Ever After purports to enable women to write the happy ending they want. A plus is that it's cheaper than therapy.