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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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How David Lee Roth of Van Halen Almost Ruined My Marriage

I thought the man I’d married was a 
rock star. That turned out to be closer 
to the truth than I ever imagined.

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

A lovesick teenager gets the girl—
40 years later.

This Veteran Found His Long-Lost Love After 75 Years

Grab a tissue. This romance between a World War II veteran and his long-lost love spans decades and proves that...

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10 Sweet Love Stories About How Presidents Met Their First Ladies

We often think of presidents and First Ladies as stodgy old men and women. But they too were once young,...

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...

From Kindergarten to Cancer, This Love Story Defies All of Life’s Struggles

The soldier never forgot his childhood crush, and once they reunited, neither war nor illness would keep them apart.

How I Learned to Love the Real Me

Her distinctive nose cast a shadow on her confidence until wisdom intervened.

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.

8 Outrageous Marriage Proposals You Have to Read to Believe

Some grooms to be are really willing to go the extra mile to surprise their potential brides, so much so...

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...

This Story Will Remind You Exactly How Your First Crush Felt, Heartbreak and All

The way this woman fell for her handsome, guitar-playing British neighbor is so relatable—and adorable.

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...

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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The Beautiful Girl Next Door Absolutely Refused Go on a Date with Me. Now She’s My Wife.

This persistent man started calling her the "No" Girl because of all her rejections. One rainy day, she finally said...

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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.

My 6th Grade Love Story All Started Because of a Ruined Valentine’s Day Present

The love of her sixth-grade life gave her a gift that melted her heart.

She Breached National Security to Reconnect with the Love of Her Life

After decades of devotion, George and Lorraine renewed their vows in 1995.