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Remember the Sweet Things: One List, Two Lives, and Twenty Years of Marriage

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  188 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Remember the Sweet Things isn’t 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 Greene’s Remember the Sweet Things is a heartfelt, deeply affecting memoir of love, devotion, and a ver
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 21st 2009)
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Angie Fehl
Greene's memoir describes how she & her husband kept the love and fun in their relationship throughout their 20 year marriage, even through major struggles such as her husband's cancer & Parkinson's disease diagnoses. Much of this is done through lists that Greene writes up for her husband, made up of little things he's done throughout each year that might seem largely insignificant but were really meaningful to her. A clever way of making your spouse feel appreciated :-) I admit, there' ...more
Penny Kennedy
Aug 08, 2014 Penny Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newlyweds,married,
I adored thus book. I just wanted to share my letter to the author. Great, easy read, a wonderful gift for newlyweds. Ellen Greene Remember the Sweet Things One List, Two Lives, and Twenty Years of Marriage by Ellen Greene

Rarely does a book impact my life as much as yours has, with the exception of the Bible. I have purchased 20 copies of your book to give to our 2 daughters, ages 25 and 19, as well as many other dear friends. If I could locate more copies, I would purchase at least 30 more. God's provision had it that I would find you book at the Dollar Tree, while searching f
Mar 06, 2009 Marnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this recommendation out of the now defunct Hallmark magazine. I feel badly giving it 2 stars because it is a true story and it is a very sweet and endearing one about a couple who found each other after both had been married, had kids, and divorced. Watching them truly appreciate each other was refreshing. The takeaway of appreciating someone and making sure to take note of it is worthy of 5 stars. I was just bored for most of it.
Apr 17, 2009 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know the author of this book, which made it even more fun to read. I think she did an excellent job of being honest about herself as well as her husband. She really inspired me to take stock of the good things in life, before they are gone!
Ines Norton
Gostei, leitura leve para o Verão e uma história de amor como qualquer mulher desejaria viver. A maim tocou-me mais a conviência com o cuidar de uma pessoa que se ama e cuja mente se degenera rápidamente, pois convivo com isso na pessoa da minha mãe e sei como é duro vermos alguém que gostamos a perder as suas faculdades mentais... Recomendo....


I Liked it, althought there are sad moments in the story, still it was a light read, and the kind of love story that every woman liked to liv
May 31, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story of a marriage and the transformations of two people, with some wonderful traveling thrown in. Easy to read and a good reminder to appreciate our loved ones for the very reasons we chose to be with them.
Mishel Zabala
Mar 05, 2010 Mishel Zabala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Remember the Sweet Things" is really a list that Ellen started when she first married her husband. Marsh didn't do extraordinarily sweet things on a daily basis, but Ellen found most things he did were in fact endearing and sweet enough to jot down. Each year she would then share her list in a Valentine's Day Card for Marsh to read.
The book then goes into detail about Ellen's life before Marsh, how the two met, their marriage, and life after "happily ever after". It is obvious that Ellen loved
Margarida Cruz
Sep 29, 2011 Margarida Cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance
Uma autêntica preciosidade. Não encontro outras palavras para descrever este pequeno, mas ao mesmo tempo grande, livro! A verdade é que é pequeno em tamanho, mas grande na mensagem que nos transmite.

Ellen Greene faz-nos acreditar que o amor verdadeiro não existe apenas nos contos de fadas ou nos romances de ficção que lemos no dia-a-dia. Ele existe na realidade. E a autora viveu-o como num lindo conto de fadas, contando-nos as suas experiências mais românticas, os gestos mais carinhosos que o c
Nov 04, 2009 Lachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... what a wonderful testament to love late in life as well as a great long love letter to Marsh. I'm a memoir junkie anyways and always love a good romance story, but this was truly wonderful. I enjoyed reading about the good and the bad times but how, as a couple, they were able to keep things together. And such a great guy! The things that man did for his wife in order to be a great husband the second time around just astonished me. He was a great man with a great sense of humor. I found m ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a true testament to what love is about. It is about the need to be authentic, selfless and committed. While at times I found passages boring and glided quickly through them, it was the entries that describe the feelings, sensations and emotions of their life together that grabbed me. This book made me realise how precious life is and that there is always more I can do to show my partner, friends and family how much they mean to me.
I bawled my eyes out in the end, reading about Marsh and
Jul 13, 2014 Renie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has reaffirmed my commitment to record humorous phrases and events on my wall calendars as a method if memory keeping.
Anne Wellington
Sep 20, 2015 Anne Wellington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet, fluffy memoir - a touching but not overly deep story about a happy marriage. Perfect weekend reading.
Nov 09, 2014 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memoir. I picked this book up during my engagement, because I liked the idea of keeping track of all the good things in a relationship. I finally got around to reading it just after my 2nd Anniversary. It's a beautiful story of two people that had really bad first marriages and how that made them super grateful for a second marriage that was full of love. There was a lot of travel discussed too--mainly Shanghai, various islands, and Mexico. As I love reading about good healthy marriages, and rea ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Trisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the idea of keeping a list of endearing memories about your significant other but I didn't really like the book. I don't think the writer does enough describing the day to day to show her late husband's "sweetness." A lot of chapters were just plain boring and came off as bragging about her extravagant trips and lifestyle.
Aug 09, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't intend to keep a sweet things list like this author did, but this was a timely read for me because I could do a much better job of expressing my love and gratitude toward all the people in my life.
It was sweet, as the title suggests and a reminder to be always kind and grateful.
Sep 11, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
(Non-fiction Memoir- Marriage) For twenty years, Ellen Greene presented her husband Marsh with a list of all the sweet things he did every single Valentine's day. They lived an adventurous life sailing and building a house in Mexico. This book inspired me to treasure each day with my husband and make more of an effort to take note of the sweet things he blesses me with every day. I recommend this book for those who enjoy marriage memoirs. This book could even be a great gift for a engagement par ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very heartfelt loving story about a woman and her twenty years of marriage. It was a tribute to her marriage as well as her husband. I really enjoyed this book and can see where making a list of little things that our spouses do or our children would really help to get through the tough times. I started a journal for my child and have always tried to write funny things that happen. I am so glad I started that in addition to the baby book. I cant wait to share all the memories througho ...more
May 31, 2010 Shelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I enjoyed this book insofar as it made me think and make some of my own personal goals. I wasn't a big fan of Ellen, which is sad since it's her voice you hear the whole book. But I adore Marsh. What a nice man.

It seems to me this relationship is the kind that frustrates me in the movies, where the kind-hearted guy is inexplicably drawn to the feminist woman whose life revolves 90% around herself and 10% around him.


I'm doing my own list now, so I have El to thank for it.
Ilana Waters
May 08, 2012 Ilana Waters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This authors tribute to her husband makes me believe that the type of guy Id like to marry really DOES exist! And what a wonderful wife she was to remind him, for years, how much he meant to her. A lesson to all of us to appreciate the little, daily ways we adore one another. See if you can get through this book without at least ONE box of tissues. I dare you ;-) ...more
Apr 13, 2010 christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very touching personal history wrapped around some inspired lists. When I first heard the author's story I resolved to keep a list like hers myself and it turns out that it's a lot trickier than it seems. I don't lack for material so much as a memory! The author has a real knack for capturing quiet, sparkling moments that animate a full and interesting life.
Destinee Sutton
A very sweet book. Maybe a little too sweet, but it certainly took the edge off of rush hour traffic. I listened to the audiobook--speaking of which, the narrator pronounced "Vallarta," as in Puerto Vallarta, VA-LAR-TA and it drove me crazy. I actually yelled at the CD "VIE-YAR-TA! VIE-YAR-TA! God bless it!" multiple times. Other than that, I enjoyed it.
Kristie J.
Sweet book, more of a memoir than a list. Pleasant, quick read. Proof that the best years of your life can start after 40 and you can stay happy and appreciative years into a marriage. Encourages me to look forward to sweet times together in my own marriage which is just beginning.
The man described in this book seems too good to be true, but aside from that, this is a sweet love story, very readable, and a nice escape. Perhaps we could all benefit from focusing on the good things we do for each other, instead of what isn't done or said.
Jul 13, 2009 Skye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a selection for my book club, I"m sure i would not have picked it up otherwise. I'm glad I did - I enjoyed this book, the author and her husband had a really wonderful life together. It was a good education - albeit a sad one - on Parkinsons.
Jan 25, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
True love story. Author writes down everything nice, funny, kind, etc. thing that her husband does and compiles a yearly list to give to him on Valentine's Day. After his death from Parkinson's, she writes the story of their life. Lovely life.
Jul 31, 2009 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A non-fiction tale of two soul-mates who genuinely cherished each other. Wonderful premise but overall the book was boring. In a sentence, jot down the kind things your loved one does for you so you never forget to cherish those moments.
Jul 26, 2009 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book, For 20 years, the author, Ellen Greene keeps a list of sweet and thoughtful things her husband does throughout the year. Each Valentine's Day she gives him the list for all the sweet things he does.
Jun 05, 2012 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very moving and a brisk read. Ellen and her beloved husband Marsh's lives are great...
she remembers his passing through lists she maintained during his life of all the big and small things that she loved...
Heather Hornbacher
Enjoyable book on a couple's life. After being stressed out and overwhelmed recently this book was a quite, peaceful experience for my evening. It also has practical advice on keeping a marriage happy.
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