Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Book review: Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom
Patience grows up in Connecticut, moves to Ohio, then to New Mexico, but does eventually end up in New York City, working as an editor at Harlequin, which she absolutely loves. She is in love with love. Idealistic and dewy-eyed, she reminded me of a baby deer wandering into traffic, and I worried about her in the city, but she seemed to navigate that aspect okay. But her love life was just one disaster after another. always looking for The One, she barrels through a string of inappropriate boyfriends. And yes, it is ironic that she's a romance editor and can't get her own love life sorted out. But of course things do end on a happy note.
I really wanted to read about her experience as an editor, and I found it much more congenial, collegiate, and cooperative than I remember. Her coworkers are awesome, her authors never seem to disagree with her suggestions, and Harlequin sounds like an awesome place to work. That said, it seemed pretty unrealistic and I was disappointed she perpetuates the dream of editing at the office (instead of at home) and neglects to mention the meetings, paperwork, and disagreements, but if this is her experience, I'm envious.
The book is light, breezy, enjoyable, and has a happy ending, so I do recommend it. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but that's not a fair bar to hold Ms. Bloom to.
I borrowed this book from a friend.