Author: Emily Maynard
Title: I Said Yes
Genre(s): Biographies and memoirs; Arts and literature; Religious; Actors and entertainer
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Review: I think that Emily is incredibly brave to have written this book and have it published. In this biography, Emily takes us through her difficult times and her happiest of times. At a few points, she talks about her battle with suicide. This is one of those topics that may come across as taboo to talk about, but Emily made her experience incredibly relatable. As I was watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette, I felt like I wanted to get to know Emily on a deeper level. This book let all of her fans do exactly that and even more so by helping her come across as more than just a reality TV star. I enjoyed learning about her relationship with Ricky Hendricks and how her relationship with her baby girl changed her life after the devastation of losing her fiancee. Disclosure: I am not a particularly religious person, but I think that Emily's journey of finding herself through her belief in God was really cool to read about. Emily also wrote about her experience on the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, which cleared up a lot of mystery for her fans. Emily has been engaged four times and its curious how she got to that point. Emily's book is extremely vulnerable and raw and a really good read for anyone who is interested in her story or just a heartfelt story of a woman on her life's journey.
Book Description: "Millions know Emily Maynard Johnson from her unprecedented double appearances on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Millions also know that neither of the relationships from those shows lasted much longer than a commercial break. Overcome with embarrassment following her nationally televised failures at romance, Emily finally committed her heart to the only one she knew would never leave her empty and alone. Abandoning her desire to be chosen by men and finding peace in the fact that she was already chosen by God, Emily found the joy she had been looking for in serving God. In I Said Yes, Emily tells the story of her life before and after reality TV fame, describing the profound new reality she discovered when she forsook fame in favor of the Lord. At the end of a long, fruitless search for a man, this courageous young woman found the truest love of all waiting right in front of her. To that love, Emily said yes."