Romance Is My Day Job
A Memoir of Finding Love at Last
By Patience Bloom
(Dutton, Hardcover, 9780525954385, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 6, 2014
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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.
PATIENCE BLOOM has been a romance editor at Harlequin for sixteen years. After living in Connecticut, New Mexico, and Paris, she now lives in New York City.
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, NPR.org
“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" - Bookreporter.com
"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