Book review: Twenty-One Truths About Love

Laney Estel

Twenty-One Truths


BOOK: Twenty-One Truths About Love

AUTHOR: Matthew Dicks 


Available on AMAZON

When I first picked up this book, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I am kind of a speed reader.  But then I realized this was the perfect book for me, because I am a compulsive list maker. And once you give it a chance, the story is told with perfect sense and style. I laughed and read bits out loud. Because this story is all about the basic truths we all struggle with - finances, love, work, and ourselves.


This might be one of my favorite books from 2019, and I recommend it to anyone who feels like they are having a hard time in life and need a pick me up, while still realizing important lessons about themselves. 


Short Synopsis (from Goodreads):

  1. Daniel Mayrock loves his wife Jill…more than anything.
  2. Dan quit his job and opened a bookshop.
  3. Jill is ready to have a baby.
  4. Dan is scared; the bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent.
  5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble. He’s ashamed.
  6. Then Jill gets pregnant.


This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances—he wants to become someone.


  1. Dan wants to do something special.
  2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary.
  3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure.
  4. Of living in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.


Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life. 


I received this book for review purposes from NetGalley. ⠀

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