With her husband working out-of-town during the week, and two young boys at home, Lezlie Patterson picked up a romance book one day at the grocery store. She was tired of watching television, but didn’t want to devote what little time she had after the kids went to bed—and what little energy she had—to reading anything complicated or too serious.
The romance novel was a perfect escape.
Hundreds of books later, it still is.
As a feature columnist, Ms. Patterson began noticing that despite their popularity, romance novels were seldom reviewed by newspapers. She approached her editor, and sold her on the idea of reviewing romances.
Pretty soon, newspapers all over the country were regularly running her reviews.
Even after she retired from The State newspaper in Columbia, SC, the former sports writer, education reporter, and feature columnist continued to read, and review, romance books. With one son in college, and another in high school, Patterson still feels the need to escape—often.
Ms. Patterson lives on Lake Murray in Chapin, SC, with her husband and two sons.