Born in Long Island, New York, have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma. Lived three years in Italy and Germany while in USAF.(Air Police: K-9 section). Now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Married after whirlwind romance to same wife for over 30 years. Currently run my own real estate school in Oklahoma. Like to study foreign languages for a few months just to see how they work. Also like Latin and giving speeches. I’ve taught Philosophy, Advertising, Property Management, and many real estate subjects at the University, Community College, and Technical School level. Now writing non-fiction book on the Romance genre. I was trained to be a philosopher and history teacher but have worked mostly in advertising, marketing, and real estate.
If you enjoy romantic comedies at the movies like, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You Got Mail”, you just may love “Romance by the Book”. Myra Johnson’s new book features all the cute comedic elements that you’d expect in a successful film!
The heroine, Sailor Kern, is a pixie-cute but clueless, loveable and innocent, very shy, thirty-something water aerobics instructor. The hero, Parker Travis, is a handsome, church going, solid citizen who is considered to be the best hairdresser in Brikenstock. Parker however is very shy, so while he is in his late thirties he hasn't had a date since high school! Ironically he is still considered the most eligible bachelor in his Missouri town. Oh yes, there’s enough irony and interesting antics to eliminate any risk of comedic anemia.
The Best Friend
The heroine has a best friend, Kathy, who pretends to date the hero to make the heroine jealous in order to save her from herself. (Got it?) The villain is a charming pseudo-romance author who uses his romance knowledge to exploit innocent young ladies. Did I mention irony?
Who Really Wrote This?
I had to wonder, “Is this the same Myra Johnson who wrote the two very serious and realistic novels, One Imperfect Christmas and Autumn Rains? I did my research and rest assured, she is the same Myra Johnson. (Her picture was in the front of the book.) Besides, unlike Hollywood romantic comedies, Romance by the Book has a serious Christian side which makes the story both unique and rewarding to read.
Christian Values with a Smile!
The Christian values expressed in Romance by the Book involve ‘not judging a book by the cover’ and the wondrous power of spiritual renewal. Don’t worry: there is no preaching. All this is worked into the plot and is part of the reading enjoyment.
Be Prepared to Be Surprised
By the time I finished half the book, I was certain I knew exactly how the book was going to end. I just knew I had everything figured out. Then everything changed! I actually had everything wrong.
Even a Surprise HEA!
While the happy ending was everything I like in a romance, the Epilogue surprised me even more by doubling the emotional impact of the HEA.
I Hope there’s a Sequel
The hero and heroine are exactly right for each other in Romance by the Book, but I really fell in love with Kathy the heroine’s best friend: the librarian. (Of course, I love books.) I hope Kathy gets a story of her own because she’s level-headed, intelligent, loyal, and oh so loveable (even though she has to watch her diet.) Did I mention that Sailor is a health food nut? Believe me, you just have to read it!
Romance by the Book -- Highly Recommended Christian Romantic Comedy.