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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (February 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Using the characters and plots from classic romance novels, television shows, and movies, Harlequin editor Bloom compares and contrasts her up-and-down love life from age 15 to 41. On the hunt for Mr. Right, Bloom begins in a boarding school where she’s the shy redhead always looking in from the outside. Her one act of bravery occurs when she asks Kent to the Sadie Hawkins dance. When Kent ambles off, it’s crazy, funny Sam who saves her by asking her to dance and bringing her into his crowd. So goes the saga of Bloom’s love life with winners and losers, all of whom turn out to be Mr. Wrong. At Oberlin College, she meets self-destructive Craig and tries and fails to save him. She studies in France, teaches in New Mexico, and ultimately ends up in New York, always involved in a hunt for love and a lasting relationship, and finally finding her happily ever after. While not a tell-all about Harlequin authors or editors, as some readers may hope, Bloom’s lively memoir is sure to captivate those engrossed in the worlds of romance fictional and real. --Pat Henshaw

Review

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

More About the Author

Patience Bloom has been a romance editor for over sixteen years. After living in Connecticut, New Mexico, and Paris, she now lives in New York City with her husband.

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Customer Reviews

That is the reason why, for me, this is more than just a good book to read during a day at the beach.
RC
At times bittersweet, her book is a very wonderful read, especially for those of us in love with love and/or romance books.
Tea&BookLover
Compared to some CD book narrated by the author, the author in this case narrated well, with character and clarity.
Chan Hardwick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dapper Dan on February 19, 2014
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As a 44 year old straight man, I am probably not the publisher's target demographic for this book. However, I got it on the recommendation of a friend and absolutely loved it. I read it in one sitting over the course of a lazy sick day at home. At turns sad, funny, poignant, and eventually uplifting (but you knew that), it was really a treat. As a veteran of the post-divorce online dating world, I thought the author captured the nuances of that awkward experience perfectly. The same could be said about the rush of high school crushes, the crush of college disappointments (and poor choices), and the constant process by which even the unluckiest of us can reinvent ourselves and keep moving forward.

People are going to compare this to Eat Pray Love for obvious reasons, but the shortcomings of that book are completely absent from this charming memoir. While I enjoyed the Roman and Balinese sections of EPL, the Indian parts and the consequent moralizing soured me on the book . Romance is My Day Job is completely free of sanctimony and cant. It's breezy and fun, but unstintingly honest. I can't recommend it enough.

(I do hope that it earns the sales and amazing success of EPL.)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RC on February 7, 2014
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From high school to middle age, Patience Bloom recounts the history of many of her relationships--romantic, professional and familial. Throughout the book she compares and contrasts the daily ups and downs of her life to those of the heroines of the romance novels she edits as part of her job at Harlequin books. As a result, there is plenty of absurdity, but it is of the kind where Patience invites us to laugh with her. There are also a few devastating setbacks that are confronted with brutal honesty. The author has an authentic voice, a keen awareness of self and a willingness to share some really painful experiences with her readers. On one level this is a breezy read with a lot of humorous incidents and more than one laugh out loud moment. On another level though, this is a fascinating story about how relationships influenced an individual over a lifetime and led to no small amount of personal growth. That is the reason why, for me, this is more than just a good book to read during a day at the beach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 6, 2014
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Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom is a splendid memoir that teaches and amazes me to no end. In it Patience Bloom, who is a long time editor of romance novels at Harlequin, brings a humorous and entertaining chronicle of her life with romance and all things connected with it.

What is particularly striking about the memoir is the honesty with which Patience has written the book. Her style of writing and the audacity with which she has penned the book leaves one with a huge smile. While Patience edits romantic novels which has stories with many happy and wonderful endings, and many with a bed of roses, her real love-life was a messy one. Yet, in the midst of her romantic struggles she has found the strength and courage to carry on.

Romance Is My Day Job is a memoir that will appeal to a lot of readers and there are many readers out there who will be able to relate with the situations described in the book, like being “ditched” and “rescued.” This is a memoir that will make you laugh and cry. It is also a memoir that will make you look deep inside and give you fresh hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Barrett on February 12, 2014
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I loved this book, a romance editor's frank and honest look at real-life dating and love. It's at turns funny, sad, hopeful and poignant as she wades through the dating pool in search of her own romantic hero over the years. She doesn't gloss over the bad parts, but still manages to keep us laughing as she shows how reality compares to fiction (and usually not in a happy way). And just like in a novel, when all hope seems lost, she gets the happy ending she deserves -- affirming that true love really does exist. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RobynJC VINE VOICE on February 17, 2014
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I picked this book up on a whim, after hearing about it on People.com, and it was just a delightful, unexpected treat, like a box of See's Candy left at the door. It's the true story of Patience Bloom (how can this be her real name? but it is!), intellectual by day, secret lover of romance novels by night, who eventually finds her true calling as an editor at Harlequin - and finds the difference (and similarities) between romance love and real love. Ms. Bloom's voice is easy and breezy but with a bit of an edge; she's humorous, but mostly at her own expense; she paints a vivid picture of growing up the daughter of incredibly smart parents and an overachieving brother, struggling to find her own way in the world, and, yes, to find real love and a true calling. Her love for romance novels is a recurring theme, taking her through dark times in her life, and eventually leading her to her true calling: as an editor at Harlequin. There is a bit of darkness in the book - a traumatic event from her 20s that is gradually unfurled, and a sad relationship with her distant father -- which makes it more real, and more textured. I spent time in NYC in my 20s, and this book made me want to move back there. While I don't love romance novels, I DO love reading, and I could relate to that part SO MUCH - the way books help us to escape our life, but also give us hope for it. And the behind the scenes world at Harlequin was fascinating to me. Honestly, the book was just sheer fun: I read it in one day, and didn't want to do anything else until I finished it. I bought a copy for a friend in the hospital, promising it would cheer her up. It will you, too!
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