#BookReview- Twenty Years After “I Do” by D.G. Kaye #Memoir @pokercubster

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.


D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Conflicted Hearts – A Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? – A Memoir, Words We Carry, Have Bags, Will Travel, P.S. I Forgive You, and her newest release – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer and writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Kaye writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emotionally neglected childhood, to growing up with a narcissistic mother, leaving her with a severely deflated self-esteem, D.G. began seeking a path to rise above her issues. When she isn’t writing intimate memoirs, Kaye brings her natural sense of humor into her other works.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.

Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies after encountering a few serious health issues. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.

D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspire her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything, and believes in paying it forward.

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

D.G.’s Favorite Saying: “Live. Laugh. Love …and don’t forget to breathe!”

When D.G. is not writing, she’s reading. Her favorite genres of reading are: biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories and redemption and believes we have to keep learning–there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).

You can find D.G. on social media and her author and blog pages:

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My Review

Honest. Heartfelt. Compelling. D.G. Kaye’s memorable memoir is a must-read!

Falling in love wasn’t in her plans. Falling in love with an older man changed her life.

What happens when you meet your other half in the twilight of his life? The author walks us through the thrill of falling in love, the reality of living with health issues, and the responsibility of becoming your husband’s caregiver.

Love is the bond that transcends and it’s proven with this couple as they travel life’s joys and obstacles with grace and laughter.

Over the last few years, I’ve become my mom’s caregiver and could relate to many of the issues broached in this book. Doctor and specialist appointments, nagging over proper nutrition requirements, cleaning and laundry for two homes, wheelchair operations, and over it all, the fear that you aren’t doing enough to keep them with you for a few more years.

I won’t lie- it scares me every day.

Thank you to the author for her honesty. It helps to know we aren’t alone, whatever our individual situations.

I give Twenty Years After “I Do” 5 lovely kisses- An Inspirational Read!

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30 Replies to “#BookReview- Twenty Years After “I Do” by D.G. Kaye #Memoir @pokercubster”

  1. What an excellent review of Debby’s book. Although my husband and I are close in age, I was a caregiver for my mother and understand the obstacles of aging. I hadn’t considered how it must be with a spouse. I’m off to check this out on Amazon!

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  2. I haven’t read this one but now that I’m a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, I can do that for free. Oh the worlds I can now reach! I’m sure Deb wrote this as well as the others I have read.

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  3. I agree with you Jacquie, this memoir is a must read!
    This wonderful book may be based on the personal experiences of Deb but it makes an in-depth analysis of marriage, which is not just a commitment that brings blissful joy in the lives of a couple while they are healthy and energetic but also demands care, unconditional love, respect and trust that the partner has to give spontaneously.

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    1. Yes. Your spouse is the one person who knows you best (the good and the bad). There has to be acceptance, compassion, trust, and love to make it work. I’ve been married thirty-six years and am my husband’s keeper, as he is mine. ❤

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  4. Great review, Jacquie. I’ve been through caretaking, too. You’re right there is a lot of worry involved. I have this book on my TBR list and hope to read it soon.

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  5. Having enjoyed two of Debby’s books previously, I will pick this one up soon. As someone who recently lived through those challenging caregiver years watching my mom slip further into dementia, I completely empathize with anyone in that situation. I know there must be many challenges when one is married to someone significantly older or younger, but love is the great equalizer.

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  6. Omg Jacquie. You made my day, and let me tell you it’s been a long one, might even be fodder for another book, LOL of course it involves travel! Now seriously, I was truly humbled to just quickly pass by FB after my ginormous day of hell. I truly humbled! I’ve drafted a post with some wonderful news I recently received and added yours for when I return!!! Thanks for the 5 kisses! ❤ hugs xx

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  7. A lovely review for Debby’s book Jacquie. There’s a bit of a gap in age between my mum and dad. But he’s always been a bit of a Peter Pan. He’s still quite sprightly. He’s going to be 91 this February. Going up to see him for his birthday. 🙂

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    1. That’s wonderful, Marjorie! I’m glad he’s doing so well.
      There were ten years between my parents, but I lost my dad quite a few years ago. He lives on in my heart, though ❤


  8. A great review, Jacquie. Having read some of Debby’s books and her blog, I am aware of some of her experiences and I’m sure this is a compelling book. Her insights, as well as her style, are invaluable. Thanks for the reminder!

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