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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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40 Years After Falling for a Girl, He Finally Got to Be with Her

A lovesick teenager gets the girl—
40 years later.

Coronavirus Canceled Our Wedding—Until a Good Samaritan Stepped In

Getting married in the middle of a pandemic may sound crazy but if COVID-19 has taught us one thing it's...


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This Soon-to-be Bride Sent One Invitation to the Wrong Address—But She Got the Most Touching Note in...

Kindness can really make you pause and be thankful during a stressful time.


Men and Women Share the Sweetest Thing Their Partner Has Ever Said to Them

It may feel like romance can get lost in the shuffle of everyday life, but these couples remind us that...


My Dream Guy Broke My Heart—and Allowed Me to Find the Love of My Life

His snarky remark turned out to be the best thing anyone's ever said to me.

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15 Bizarre Royal Wedding Mishaps That Are Totally True

From drunken kings to runaway horses, even royal weddings have their share of flubs.


The Last Seven Months of My Husband’s Life Were His Greatest Gift to Me

How caring for her dying husband turned into the most meaningful time of one woman’s life.

My Husband Won Me over by Showing up to Events He Wasn’t Invited To

She wasn’t wild about Harry at first, 
but he kept popping up.


8 Stories of First Loves That Will Touch Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

From stories of playground crushes to smooth-talking bad boys, members of the Reader's Digest contributor network tell us all about...


This Couple’s 43-Year-Long Love Story All Started in a Pen Pal Club

Once our paths crossed, being together was all that mattered.


She Ignored Me All Through High School—Now We’ve Been Married for 58 Years

This couple proves that not every relationship needs to start with love at first sight.

28 Real Couples Reveal How They Knew They Found “The One”

Was it that shy glance, the clever line—or an offer to fix a clogged sink? As our readers’ stories attest,...


24 Summer Love Stories That Will Make You Swoon

According to these truly epic tales of romance, one way to find a love that lasts in summer is to...


The Heartwarming Reason My Grandma Ironed My Grandpa’s Work Clothes Every Day—Even Though He W...

The author’s grandmother wanted the world 
to see her husband not as an aging farmer with false teeth but exactly...


I Wrote Letters to 3 Beauty Contest Winners in the ’40s—64 Years Later, I’m Still Happil...

I was shocked when I got return letters from all three of them. But one stood out to me more...


This Adorable Little Girl Thought This Bride Was a Princess, and Her Reaction Is Precious

One little girl's fairy tale came true when she mistook a bride for the princess in her favorite book. The...



This Teen Just Recreated Her Mom’s Graduation Photo—and the Reason Will Make You Cry

Trust us, these are no ordinary childhood pictures. The real story behind the snaps is definitely something to celebrate—in more...


An Annual Ski Trip Turned Into a Quest for Survival

Despite their extraordinary wilderness skills, the Finnish couple were in grave danger.


My Husband and I Got Married in the Church My Grandpa Built

Grandpa told Breanna that her wedding in the village was a dream come true.


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When I Went to Missouri to Buy a Farm, I Had No Idea I’d Also Find the Love of My Life

Wayne always dreamed of owning his own land. That dream led him to meet his dream girl, Claudette.


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This Is What Happened When My Dad and Uncle Crashed My Wedding Night

It was actually a good idea, considering the unusual circumstances.


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I Screwed Up the Honeymoon, But 68 Years Later We Are Still in Love

But the couple is still married, 68 years later!

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A Skating Party Led to More Than 60 Years of Marriage for This Inspiring Couple

When she was 10, she never wanted to get married. Then, a handsome young man asked her to a Sunday...


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Decades After Tying the Knot, This Couple Finally Got to Walk Down the Aisle Together

Bill and Alice have been together for more than 50 years.


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I Made a 21-Point List of the Requirements for the Man I Would Marry—and It Worked!

Carl and I have been married 65 years, and he still lives up to the list.


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Thanks to My Friend’s Wedding Veil Catching Fire, I Fell for My Husband of 60 Years

More than 59 years, six children and 18 grandchildren later, Sig is still my hero.



A Wounded Soldier Once Put His Life at Risk Over a 70-Year-Old Photo

Before being evacuated to a hospital in the U.K., an injured Lt. James Tate refused to leave behind this picture...