Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

by Patience Bloom


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“Highly recommended for romantics of all stripes."—Library Journal, starred review

Why isn’t real-life romance more like fiction?
Patience Bloom asked herself this question, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like their heroines: That shy guy she had a crush on would sweep her off her feet and turn out to be a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Patience kept hoping.

Years later she found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin itself. Every day, her fantasies came true—on the page. Her dating life, however, remained uninspired. She nearly gave up hope. Then one day Patience got a real-life chance at romance, but Sam lived thousands of miles away. Was it worth the risk? Could love conquer all?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525954385
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patience Bloom has been a romance editor at Harlequin for sixteen years. She lives in New York City.

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Prelude to a Romance

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Table of Contents

Prelude to a Romance xi

Part I

Chapter 1 High School Dances Don't End Like Romance Novels (Except Maybe If There's a Pregnancy) 3

Chapter 2 Tragic Heroes Are Romantic on the Page but Sad in Real Life 23

Chapter 3 When in Crisis, Go Party in Paris! 45

Chapter 4 Harrison Ford Isn't Coming to Cleveland 63

Chapter 5 If He Says He Doesn't Reciprocate Your Feelings, Believe Him and Run 81

Part II

Chapter 6 Romance on Paper Can Help a Girl Through a Long Dry Spell, and It's Not as Messy as the Real Thing 111

Chapter 7 A Hero for All Seasons 131

Chapter 8 Never Discount the Power of a Birthday Wish 147

Chapter 9 The Voice from Five Thousand Miles and Twenty-Six Years Away 163

Chapter 10 Is This My Romance or One of Those Strange Friendships That Goes Nowhere? 181

Part III

Chapter 11 The Airport Scene 207

Chapter 12 Eat, Pray, Move in on the First Date 231

Chapter 13 Where There's a Ring 247

Chapter 14 Wedding Planning and Taking the High Road 263

Chapter 15 Happily Wedded Ever After (but Someone Will Puke) 285

Acknowledgments 303

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for Patience Bloom's real-life love story:

“A nice, sweet, romantic story.”
— Rachael Ray

Praise for Romance is My Day Job:

"What makes Romance is my Day Job unique and charming is the author's arc: a quirky combination of professional, survivor, romance genre fan, and Desperately Seeking Single...And since she shows us her best and her worst while becoming a heroine worthy of her real hero, we like her, and find her pretty brave." - Bobbi Dumas,

“The beautiful irony of the title says it all—erudite romance editor by day, lonely girl by night. Bloom (editor, Harlequin) offers the American, real, and highly relatable version of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones…that’s bound to be consumed in great gulps. Highly recommended for romantics of all stripes.”– Library Journal, starred review

"In the end, it's not romance but something more elusive that Bloom finds: intimacy. Romance may wane as the quotidian details of cohabitation intrude on hearts and flowers, but that's when true love begins." – Kirkus Reviews

"Bloom's lively memoir is sure to captivate those engrossed in the worlds of romance fictional and real." – Booklist

"Ultimately, Patience's heroism lies in her extraordinary optimism about the male sex despite the abundance of evidence she encounters to the contrary" -

"An absolute delight. Funny, charming and totally honest. I was transported. Patience Bloom will make you believe in the power of a great happily-ever-after!" – Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little Words
“This book is fantastic! Patience Bloom has written a real-life fairy tale.  Romance is My Day Job is for romance readers and memoir readers alike.” —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and the forthcoming Covet

“I love everything about this book. Prepare to have your heart stolen and your faith renewed." – Marie Ferrarella, USA Today bestselling author of A Small Fortune

“Beautifully written, laugh out loud funny and poignant.” – Mary Burton, USA Today bestselling author of The Seventh Victim

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