Emily Maynard Johnson experienced the tragic and sudden loss of her fiancé, NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, when she was eighteen. Days after his death, she discovered she was pregnant with her now ten-year-old daughter, Ricki. Navigating life as a single mom spawned an initial whirlwind of trying to balance finding her identity as an individual and being a parent. Known best for hoping to find love on camera, Emily appeared on season 15 of The Bachelor and season 8 of The Bachelorette. In 2014, Emily found the real deal and married Tyler Johnson. A fashionista at heart, she fulfilled one lifelong dream and created her own jewelry line. Emily lives in Charlotte with her husband, Tyler; daughter, Ricki; and son, Jennings. They attend Forest Hill Church, pastored by David Chadwick.
When her high-profile search for romance led Emily Maynard Johnson to dead end after dead end, real love finally found her.
Millions know Emily from her unprecedented appearances on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Millions also know that neither relationship from the show lasted longer than a commercial break.
In the wake of her nationally televised failures at romance, Emily finally committed her heart to the only love that would never leave her or forsake her. Abandoning her desire to be chosen by men, she found in God the joy and fulfillment she had been looking for.
In I Said Yes, Emily tells the story of her life before and after reality TV and describes the profound new reality she discovered when she forsook fame in favor of serving God. At the end of a long, fruitless search for a man, this courageous young woman found the truest love of all waiting right under her nose. This is her story.