4 out of 4 stars
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In How To Live: Change Your Path: Learn From My Mistakes, Trina Jordan gives her experiences with relationships and marriage struggles. Having undergone two failed marriages, the author decided to stick to dating without sexual interactions. Every date came with its experience, both good and unpleasant.
Trina decided to leave the United States for Canada. Another trial and error in relationships proved futile. Giving up with men, Jordan decided it was time to enjoy the life she had always desired, so she traveled the world. She went to Paris, France. While looking for studios that teach defense classes, Trina encountered Nohn, a gay man, and there began a remarkable friendship. Coincidentally, Nohn owned a martial arts studio. Time went by, and the two maintained a close relationship. Trina moved to Italy, purchased a cottage, and began teaching defense classes. In a twist of fate, Nohn confessed he developed sexual feelings for her! You'll have to read the book to know Trina's response and the events afterward.
I enjoyed the topic of travel. Trina was not ashamed to move from one place to the other to explore and experience the diversity of various people. She was unlucky in the relationship and marriage docket, so traveling would soothe her while compensating for the time lost in the failed marriages.
I cherished how the author encouraged teenagers and young adults to sign up for defense classes as a substitute for involving in recreational drugs, weed, alcohol, cigars, and other harmful substances. Furthermore, Trina and her hubby taught their children self-defense techniques and even went ahead and enrolled other kids. Her passion for martial arts was undoubted.
With no role model in her teenage and young adult years, Trina had to navigate the relationship and marriage struggles singlehandedly. But ultimately, she found her joy and niche in Italy.
However, I found a few dislikes. One, the author says, "Men in Canada were true gentlemen." Does it mean the men in the United States were not up to the task of being noble husbands? Also, she adds, "The Italian men were what everyone expects them to be." I have no idea what that means. Had I been an Italian man, I'm unsure whether I'd take offense or delight in that statement.
I noted a few errors, so the work has undergone professional editing. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. Following the author's experiences and highlights, I find this book a classic fit for teens and young adults looking to pursue relationships.
How To Live: Change Your Path: Learn From My Mistakes
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