Patience Smith discovered romance novels as a sophomore in high school. Not too young and naive to realize that they're generally not realistic, she nevertheless imagines herself as the heroine, and her crush-of-the-moment as the well-endowed (whatever that means!) hero.
After a relationship with a Bad Boy in her second year at Oberlin, she escapes to do her junior year at SUNY in Paris, deciding to avoid relationships while she's there.
Once she returns, still reading romances, her relationships are nothing like those in the books (or her fantasies). She graduates, spends a few years doing temp work, but eventually gets a job teaching French in Albuquerque. She lives there for several years, until she realizes that's not how she wants to spend her life, and moves back in with her parents in New Jersey.
After sending her resume to every New York publishing house she can think of, she finally gets a temp job doing publiciity at Simon and Schuster, though she knows it's not her ultimate goal. She hasn't been there for long when she gets a call from Harlequin asking her to temp for them. Thankfully, it's not in publicity, but even though she's only working as an editorial assistant, she knows this is where she wants to be, and eventually gets a permanent position there.
Though she moves up the ladder and meets some of the authors she's idolized for years her own love life is going nowhere. Out of the blue, she gets a Facebook message from Sam, an old friend from high school, and she thinks they may have A Connection.
Though it reads like fiction, this is a charming memoir about a woman who, despite having a job laden with romance, has almost giving up on finding true love herself, but takes a leap of faith that proves worthwhile. For those of us who found Prince Charming later in life, though our circumstances were probably very different, it feels somewhat familiar.
This is the perfect book to dive into on Valentine's Day, whether you are in a relationship or not.
If you're not, it will give you hope.
And those of us who (like Patience) found Prince Charming later in life will definitely feel sense of kinship with her.
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