“Next! A Matchmaker’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong, and Everything In Between” by Barbara Summers with Carey Blakely (SelectBooks) offers a wealth of advice designed to help a woman at any stage of a relationship. Next! guides women through the cycle of love, providing a road map for what to expect and do from dating all the way through divorce and back again to dating.
Using humor, compassion, and straight-up advice, Next! will have women of all ages laughing at themselves while learning how to handle relationship challenges with confidence.
Summers’ matchmaking experience has taught her that there are many “someones” out there for everyone, but love starts first and foremost with oneself. Next! helps readers write a list of what they’re really looking for in a relationship, not what society or their friends expect or their past predicts. The book covers the do’s and don’ts of dating and relationships with topics such as:
· Meeting someone new & preparing for a first date
· Forging a new relationship
· Evaluating whether it’s working
· Keeping a relationship fiery in the bedroom and beyond
· Making the leap into marriage and children
· Recognizing red flags & moving on when all signs point to the door
· Recovering from a breakup to love another day
“I LOVE THIS BOOK! It will make you laugh and perhaps cry a little. But whatever stage of the “romance life cycle” you find yourself in, Barbara Summers’ excellent advice, practical tips and insights into male and female behavior will encourage and inspire you to take the Next! steps towards a more joyful intimate life. I never thought I’d dip my toes back into the dating waters, until I laughed and cried my way through Next!”
Anne Doyle, Author, POWERING UP! How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders
Next! incorporates many anecdotes from Summers’ matchmaking clients’ experiences—as well as her own adventures in relationships—to expand upon the advice provided. The book’s ultimate goal is to help women overcome their fears and stumbling blocks by teaching them the skills and attitudes needed to make the best decisions at every stage of the relationship cycle. No woman should ever feel like she is stuck or has to “settle.” There is always the next step, the next choice, the next attitude, or the next love interest to keep you moving forward with your romantic life!
Since launching her professional matchmaking business Healthy Professional Singles in 1986, Barbara Summers has matched hundreds of couples into marriage. She also works as a relationship coach and has led seminars and workshops on topics such as how to keep a relationship hot, handling a divorce, and identifying what you’re looking for in a partner.