Patience Bloom, who is a romance editor for the popular publishing house Harlequin, has written a memoir in which she tells her story of how unlucky in love she has been throughout the years. Even though she edits stories that are filled with love, romance and happily ever after, her personal life by no means mimics her professional one. Through witty conversation and detailed stories, Ms. Bloom shares with each of her readers exactly how hard it has been for her to be lucky in love compared to the fictional characters she reads about each day.
I adored this memoir and loved the down-to-earth feel her book conveyed to me. There were moments in which I laughed out loud and others in which my heart was broken, as if a particular situation had happened to me personally. Ms. Bloom seems like a person any woman would love to sit down and just swap stories with over a cup of coffee. If you haven’t read this fun memoir yet, don’t wait any longer. I highly recommend it and hope she decides to write more books in the near future. Don’t pass this one up!
Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story.
At some point, we’ve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldn’t just take her out?he’d sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries.
Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true?on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love.
Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than she’d had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away?they hadn’t seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk?
Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.