So often, we learned things the hard way. Looking back on my life experience, I wish someone had shared some of the lessons in this book. It would have saved me many unpleasant hours, even days.Relationships are not always easy. Most of us know that they can be unpleasant, but they can also be happy, peaceful, and harmonious with a little effort. Even though I learned most of the lessons the hard way, they stuck. In Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce, my goal is to share much of what I learned so readers might find something of value for their relationships. As a precaution, I emphasized from the start that I’m not a therapist, nor do I have any professional experience as a relationship counselor. One of my first readers picked up on that and commented, “Oftentimes clear, true insight comes from someone not “trained” or “educated” in a particular field of thought. This book represents one of those times. The subject of “relationships” is so complicated few outside the legal/ counseling/mental health arenas even attempt to address it for fear of being ignored, misunderstood or, worse yet, laughed at. The author’s conversational style makes his book about the subject quite easy to read/understand, and as one absorbs his meaning…believable. It rings so true that as I was reading, I kept wanting to cut out paragraphs to put on my computer, refrigerator, and bathroom mirror! Read this book. You will be glad you found it. In fact, you will probably send a copy to your child…I did! JHB, RN, BSN, MHAAnother early reader said “I found this book to be such an informative and important read offering tips for all types. I couldn’t agree with the author more about never taking your partner for granted, and that love means ALWAYS saying you’re sorry— as quickly, whole-heartedly, and as often as needed. I’d recommend Bill’s book to add zest to an already good relationship or to help you create the one you long for. Denise FleckRelationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce contains ten easy to read and understand chapters with valuable, down-to-earth notes based on real-life experience. In addition to a Preface and Introduction, the chapter titles are: What is Love, What is A Good Relationship, Fostering and Nurturing Relationships, Harming Relationships, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, Breakups, Divorce, Helpful Tips, Final Thoughts. While relationships are seldom simple, this book boils it down to no-fluff basics. Not everything in this book will feel comfortable for everyone. You may find some of the suggestions uncomfortable or even intrusive. I fully expect some push back from men and perhaps some women. To write this book, I felt it was essential to establish a definition of love, and this has caused some conversation. I still feel strongly that happy relationships require a full understanding of love, and such an understanding benefits from a firm definition. Every relationship involves two unique individuals, and only you and your partner can decide what may be of value to you. I believe there is much in this book worth exploring, and I hope many couples will benefit from the reading.