Synopses & Reviews
For twenty years, Ellen Greene kept a running list of the thoughtful, funny, touching things that her husband, Marsh, said and did. She wrote them down secretly, then shared those thoughts with him every Valentine's Day when he would find pages from her "Sweet Things List" tucked inside a card.
Married and divorced at a young age, Greene raised two small children alone. After another failed relationship in her late thirties, she swore she'd never again subject herself or her kids to men who treated them poorly. Then she met Marsh Greene.
In this beautiful tribute to a man and a marriage, Greene intersperses selectionsfrom her "Sweet Things List" with recollections from their years together. Written with grace and candor, Remember the Sweet Things captures the kindness, sharing, humor, and affection that defined the Greenes' marriage, and encourages us to acknowledge the goodness in our own lives and relationships.
"After poor career choices, a failed marriage and three moves to three different states, first-time author Greene needed to establish sanity and stability for herself and her children. What she gets when she accepts a job offer she thinks will be just a 'nice resting place' turns out to be a wonderful new life. Greene, now the grandmother of seven, recounts the transformation of her life and her 20-year marriage to Marsh, a man she met after her move when she was in her late 30s. Greene kept a running list of the funny and touching things Marsh did for her each day, and each year, on Valentine's Day, she would share the 'Sweet Things List' with him. Weaving recollections from this list into her story, Greene opens up memorable times of their lives: the early period in their relationship, the years in China for Marsh's career, their time sailing the Pacific and searching for a new home, his illness and the surprising publication of this book. What could have been a saccharine story filled with clichs is instead a gentle and genuine reminder that the smallest things in life are the most precious. This is a heartfelt tribute to what really matters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“What could have been a saccharine story filled with clichés is instead a gentle and genuine reminder that the smallest things in life are the most precious. This is a heartfelt tribute to what really matters.” Publishers Weekly
“REMEMBER THE SWEET THINGS isnt merely a love story. It is a manual for healthy living, told with searing honesty and profound tenderness, and poignance that touches you on virtually every page....I didnt just savor REMEMBER THE SWEET THINGS. I am a better person for having read it.” Wayne Coffey, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Boys of Winter
“REMEMBER THE SWEET THINGS is...a beautiful meditation on love and life, and an affirmation of the power of gratitude. Told in a clear and honest voice, its indelible messagethat its all the sweet little things that add up to an extraordinary loveis a true gift to the reader.” -- New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
“Ellen Greene tells us how “happily ever after” works, and she does it with such grace and candor that even the unluckiest and most cynical will take note....” Marilyn Johnson, author of The Dead Beat
In this beautiful meditation on love, and an affirmation of the power of gratitude (Susan Wiggs, author of "Passing Through Paradise"), this unabashed love story offers lessons of devotion and heart and reminds readers to pay attention to the goodness in their lives.
“Remember the Sweet Things isnt merely a love story. It is a manual for healthy living, told with searing honesty and profound tenderness, and poignancy that touches you on virtually every page.”
—Wayne Coffey, New York Times bestselling author of The Boys of Winter
Ellen Greenes Remember the Sweet Things is a heartfelt, deeply affecting memoir of love, devotion, and a very special marriage, reminding us about what truly matters in life. Fans of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach will appreciate this warm and loving remembrance that author Susan Wiggs calls, “a beautiful meditation on love and life, and an affirmation of the power of gratitude….A true gift to the reader.”
About the Author
Ellen Greene worked as a high school and university-level English teacher, a public sector job skills trainer, and a private sector management developer. She lives in San Jose, California, and San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico.