Author: Sarah Wendell
Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell will make every romance reader want to shout from the rooftops in acknowledgement that “Yes! I do read romance!” Before I started blogging I was reluctant to admit to people that I read romance. I knew that it was just easier to say that I was reading anything but romance. I wasn’t particularly ashamed of it, I just didn’t want to deal with ignorant people and the romance stereotype. I’m also terrible at being verbal about how I feel and am not good at coming up with valid and interesting points on the spot. It’s much easier for me to type them out or think about it and come back to the topic later.
Sarah Wendell, better known as SmartBitchSarah, has, at it’s simplest, taken every good thing about reading romance and compiled it in one book. It covers all sorts of topics such as knowing what we want as romance readers and as real women (two very different things), recognizing everyday romance heroes in the men around us, and becoming better partners and lovers. Wendell has taken every great aspect of romance and put into words the very reason why I read romance with her usual sharp wit and style. Several people contributed to this book; famous authors, readers, and professionals. Loretta Chase, Robyn Carr and Courtney Milan were among some of my favorite authors. I loved that everyday women such as myself also gave their opinions on the romance genre. It was great to see that some of my thoughts weren’t only mine. I’m among more women than I was aware.
There were a few parts that made me tear up a bit. A great little description of the man who will hold your purse and a section with four of five excerpts of the “ah-ha” moment. There is nothing more romantic to me as when in a romance novel the hero or heroine realizes the other loves them too. As far as I’m concerned, Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels should be mandatory reading for any romance reader. It gave me words for my feelings about the genre that I can use to educate others and it made me realize that I have a right to be proud as a romance reader!
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