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I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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About the Author
Emily Maynard Johnson is best known for her appearances on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. She lives with her daughter, Ricki, and her husband, Tyler, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she writes a popular fashion blog for InStyle.com, manages her website and blog, and designs and markets a successful jewelry line.
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Emily focuses on her upbringing (which I enjoyed reading) and a lot on the Brad Womack days, however, it seemed like only about 8-10 pages were dedicated to Jef. Now this could be that she really felt strongly for Brad and spent more time talking about him and essentially didn't feel strongly for Jef and therefore didn't devote much time to him in the book. However, it felt a little lopsided in terms of flow of the book. All this time was spent building story & background with her upbringing, followed by much information on the Brad Womack days and then it wrapped up so quickly with a little info about the Jef Holm days and a super quick ending with her current life.
All in all, I enjoyed the book but felt the final 25% was quick, not thought out and didn't flow with the beginning/first half.
I'm not really a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan but I enjoyed this book so much. I had followed a bit of Emily's story just over the course of time and I read a little about her in Sean Lowe's book since she was the Bachelorette when he was on the show initially.
I really enjoyed that Emily was open and honest in this book. She shared about her teenage years and the issues she went through with self-esteem and I think it's huge for women to be open. So many girls of the junior high/high school age right now feel like older women never went through what they are currently going through and that's just not true.
Emily writes about her relationship with former NASCAR driver, Ricky Hendrick and the tragedy that occurred in that relationship as well as the beauty that came from tragedy.
I loved that Emily wrote about how her relationship with the Lord changed over time and how she went from just being a "Christian" to really knowing God and walking with him.
Emily shares openly about the shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and about her experience with both. Just as it was with Sean Lowe's book, it is fun to read her inside scoop and behind the scenes thoughts on what the show is like. It sounds like such an incredible experience and quite the crazy one, too.
My favorite part of the book and Emily's story is that God showed her love when she least expected it and that's just how God works.
I think anyone who is a fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette fan club would like this book. I also think anyone who just loves a good biography would enjoy it.
**I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.**
While the description of I Said Yes makes this book sound like it will be about Emily's spiritual journey, it really isn't ... for the most part. The first third of the book talks about Emily's childhood and her romance with Ricky Hendrick, who died in a plane crash when Emily was pregnant with their daughter. Much of the rest of the book outlines her time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, while the final pages discuss her growing relationship with Christ and her romance with her now-husband, Tyler.
By far, my favorite section of the book was when Emily talked about her time on the shows. (Would I have liked more details? Yes.) The tidbit that I found most interesting was that she was annoyed by Kalon from the very first night (she says his helicopter entrance was "a tacky, off-putting gimmick that came across as pretentious"), yet she kept him around because "can you imagine how boring the show would be if I only kept the nice guys around the whole time?" I wanted her to go one step further and confirm what I've long suspected, that the producers "encourage" the lead to keep certain people around, but she didn't.
As far as details about the show and the resulting relationships go, Emily probably spent the most time talking about her relationship with Brad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected details about Emily's time on the Bachelor/Bachelorette, but didn't expect such a candid look into her life pre-reality TV. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amy
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Emily's early life, behind the scenes of the Bachelor/ette and the significant romantic relationships she's had. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ana
I've been a bachelor viewer since Emily's season and to be honest I was never a big fan of hers.. I thought she was fake and pretentious. However, after reading this book.. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Girl that loves frenchies!
I really enjoyed the first half of the book, learning about her relationship with Ricky. I wish she had included more details in the breakups with Brad & Jef, but that is her... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Emily Cole
Loved the book, Emily is a sweet girl and so happy that she got her happily every after.Published 6 days ago by michelle
This was on overall good book that displays a great message. The second half of the book is rather rushed.Published 7 days ago by Ashley L.
Ok, good fun for bachelor fans little vague on the details of life but to be expected.Published 8 days ago by Shelleycon
Amazing! But kind of hoped it would be a even more happy ending. But it a real life story so.... :)Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer