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COLUMN: Advice book about love offers old school solutions


Welcome to the next chapter of the book column. The over the top, love-filled month of February is nearly over, but I have one more love story to share with readers. 

“What to do When Jane Knows Dick About Dating” by Laura Wellington is an unconventional love life advice book released Feb. 13, 2018. It is written with the classic children’s story, “Dick and Jane” by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp in mind, but the author said she also enjoys the pun.

“What to do When Jane Knows Dick About Dating” by Laura Wellington is an unconventional love life advice book released Feb. 13, 2018. Courtesy Photo

This story give readers a simple plan to find love. 

This short book goes back to basics with the current dating scene. It is geared toward women to weed out the bar of bachelors in search of Mr. Right. The book is for everyone, because Wellington said everyone needs help in the dating scene. 

Wellington's book focuses on the actions and communications between men and women. There is a gray area where men and women don't understand one another's actions that causes many problems, the author said. 

There aren’t any interviews, but most of the advice in the book is from common sense. Wellington said the book is filled with the things she taught her daughters, and she wanted to make it applicable to 18-year-olds as well as 80-year-olds.

The story was born out of a conversation Wellington had at a bar in Amsterdam. 

“I overheard two young women discussing a very bad date one of them had had the night before,” Wellington said. 

The group of women had an hour long conversation about men and dating. That was when the author’s new friends suggested she write the book. It didn’t take long after that to get the ball rolling. 

Wellington returned to the states and, after a week of thinking, mentioned the idea to a publisher. He signed her on the spot. 

“We turned the book around in six months' time," Wellington said. "It practically wrote itself and has since taken on a life of its own.” 

Wellington moved through life quickly. She graduated in three years form Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of science in marketing. She never thought she would end up writing this dating advice book. 

However, with the book now on the market, Wellington said her favorite part of the book is about a man she went on a date with. It was also the most difficult to write, because of the sensitive nature of the story.

“The story is real and so is this gentleman's feelings," Wellington said, "I had to make sure that I did the story justice without causing undue hurt or harm in the process.” 

“What to do When Jane Knows Dick About Dating” could be just the story readers need to get them out of their "love month" funk and back into the dating scene. This book teaches that the rules haven’t changed indating. 

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