Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4, 2011
Genres: Nonfiction, Romance
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Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What else? Enough lessons about life, love, and everything in between to help you with your own happily-ever-after.
-Romance means believing you are worthy of a happy ending
-Learning to tell the prince from the frog
-Real-life romance is still alive and kicking
-No matter how bad it is, at least you haven't been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably)
Sarah Wendell is cofounder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
It took me forever to finish this book, but I really enjoyed myself!
EIKAL (as it is fondly called) is a love letter (essay style) to romance books and their readers. It’s very much preaching to the choir but it could also (possibly) persuade non-romance readers as to the benefits of reading romances.
I would also find this book to be highly educational for a romance reader to give to a non-romance reader who is clueless as to why people love romances so much.
For me, I felt that the book forced me to seriously think about what draws me to romance books. I often find myself reading romances when I’m sad or stressed or depressed. I never understood or even questioned why – I just did.
Written in SB Sarah Wendell’s typical upbeat, comical and chatty style, EIKAL is very easy to read and rather funny.
Another great thing about this book is the enormous amounts of recommendations to be found here. I started reading this book forever ago but just finished. Why? Because I constantly found myself being side-tracked by new (to me) authors.
I lay my current Jennifer Crusie addiction squarely at SB Sarah’s feet.As much as I loved this book, I can’t see someone who does not already read romances picking this up. I do see people who read romances buying this for someone who doesn’t understand.