November 2nd, 2011

John Herbert appeared as the featured guest for a one hour interview on FoxNews Radio's "Plain Jane Wisdom" on November 2, 2011 to discuss his book "Rules Get Broken" with hosts Devon O'Day and Kim McLean. "Plain Jane Wisdom" airs nightly on WLAC, 1510 AM at 7:00 PM CST. It is broadcast in 28 states on 1510 AM and streamed live at The book received rave reviews from Ms. O'Day and Ms. McClean, and the author answered questions from live callers with similar life experiences. Please listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking the links below.  

Plain Jane Wisdom
- Fox News Radio 1510 WLAC (Nashville) 
28.5 minutes (40.1 MB)
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January 22nd, 2010

John Herbert appeared as a featured guest on the "The Faith Middleton Show" on January 22nd, 2010. The show aired on Connecticut Public Radio / WNPR at 3:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Please visit WNPR and The Faith Middleton Show online by clicking here. Click the "Play" button below to listen to the interview in its entirety.  Download the entire interview by clicking here.

Episode: "A story of an unexpected loss and love"
Faith Middleton
Lori Mack, Cameron Henning
18:32 minutes (8.9 MB)
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October 7th, 2009

John Herbert was featured on Writers Talk with Doug Dangler of The Ohio State University. His interview aired on NPR radio on Wednesday October 7th, 2009 at 8:00 PM on WCBE (90.5 FM). To view the complete interview, click on the "play" button below. 

June 21st, 2009

Hartford Courant ArticleThe Hartford Courant featured Rules Get Broken in M. A. C. Lynch's article, "Sometimes, You Have To Throw Out The Rules."



"John Herbert's memoir, Rules Get Broken, is an elegant, poignant story about lost love and found love. John's journey will make you laugh and make you cry.  Most of all it will make you think as the author explores society's unwritten taboo about how long a person must grieve before it is acceptable to find happiness with another. A marvelous read about the courage to follow one's heart."

Elaine Billings, America's Modern Women -- Mother, Wife & Provider


"Rules Get Broken is a must read.  This deeply affecting memoir (love story) deals with author John Herbert's devastating loss of his first wife.  John is the father of a three-year-old girl and an eight-month-old boy when Peggy's sudden death shatters his world.  Just days later, John calls Nancy, the young woman who once lived next door, and asks her out to dinner.  The two soon become romantically involved.  The relationship draws the ire of family and friends. Society's unwritten rules about how long someone should grieve over the loss of a loved one have been broken. Follow John and Nancy as they follow their hearts and along the way come to know the true meaning of what love is and isn't."

Richard Sand, PROTOCOL: The Complete Handbook of
Diplomatic, Official and Social Usage


"John Herbert's love story, Rules Get Broken, will keep the reader up late turning pages.  It explores the grief one feels over losing a loved one and happiness experienced over finding love again.  Shortly after John loses his first wife, Peggy, he is drawn into a relationship with Nancy .  Friends and family spurn the couple forcing them to deal with the difficult demands of how society believes one should mourn over the loss of a loved one.  A marvelous read."

Robert Middlemiss, Editor




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