Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Review: 'Romance Is My Day Job' by Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom describes her failed relationships and breakups in a breezy and candid memoir, "Romance is My Day Job." Bloom hilariously contrasts the heroes and heroines of Harlequin novels to regular folks, who do not happen to be sheiks, billionaires, or poor female orphans attracted to seemingly unattainable hunks who, unsurprisingly, ultimately succumb to their charms. In the real world, attaining one's own version of "happily ever after" is rarely easy.

Bloom begins her saga in 2009, after spending a disastrous weekend with a gorgeous guy whom she has been seeing for five months. Unfortunately, Patience and "Superman" are completely wrong for one another. Once again, she has chosen unwisely. What makes her poor judgment so ironic is that Patience is a successful editor at Harlequin's New York City office. Shouldn't Bloom's job, working for a global conglomerate that produces popular romance novels for a worldwide audience, qualify her to select a life partner who will respect and cherish her?

The answer is a resounding no. Patience admits that her background (divorced parents, a distant father, and a tragic event that traumatized her) may have warped her ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. Nevertheless, she remains upbeat in between bouts of crying, bingeing on junk food, and whining to her long-suffering friends and relatives. Women who have gone out with apparently decent fellows, only to learn that their prospective boyfriends are obnoxious; a bit weird; or nice enough, but afraid of commitment, will relate to Patience's travails. The author's easygoing, intimate, and chatty style draws us in and encourages us to empathize with her frustration. Will she ever meet her true love and settle down with the man of her dreams? The answer is found in the pages of this bittersweet, humorous, and poignant account of a forty-year-old woman who is growing tired of looking for Mr. Right.

Editor's note: This review was written by Eleanor Bukowsky and has been reposted with permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right

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