Review: Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel

Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Publisher: AmazonEncore
Page Count: 227
Source: ARC provided by Little Bird Publicity for review

Emma Bailey is fed up with the dating scene, and if she hears her mother nag one more time about getting married…well, she’s had it. And she wants everyone to know it. In a moment of clarity (or insanity?), she announces to the world that she will never marry. No husband and not kids, no worries about diapers, driving lessons, or divorce. Her friends are there for her, but they’re also involved in their own lives and loves, so off she goes into a world of casual dating. But what happens when the avowed spinster, the woman who has supposedly tucked her heart into a safe little space, suddenly realizes that her best friend Brian means more to her than a casual friendship? Jamie Lynn Braziel’s Declaring Spinsterhood delivers with this enjoyable romp through dating, friendship, and passion.

Review: Emma Bailey’s story is one many of us have lived through: an overbearing and interfering family bent on embarrassing and ridiculing us about being single. Of course, they don’t see it that way. They think they are teasing (lovingly, of course), and better yet, helping by sending all the losers, oops- marriage prospects, our way. And Mama’s leading the pack. This all leads Emma to declaring spinsterhood.

Emma appears to have a good life. She owns her own children’s bookstore. She has Kathy, a super friend who also works for her. And, she has Brian, a new friend who just moved next door six months ago. I, for one, would have loved a friend like Brian.

The focus of this story seems to be on Emma’s family harping on her about being single and Emma being furious with them. For me, it goes on a bit too long. It does, eventually, lead to her questioning her feelings for Brian. What is their relationship anyway? Are they just really good friends or is there the potential for more? Does he have a girlfriend?

Oh, did I mention the curve ball thrown in? Something happens that you just don’t see coming and it does make your heart stop for a moment…and then beat frantically. I’m really not sure why it’s there.

Overall, an easy and enjoyable read with a lot of funny and relatable moments. While not my favorite, I can see where this would be a big hit with those who are fans of women’s fiction.

It should be noted that this book was originally released a couple of years ago and appears to have been edited.

Quote: “I’m fed up with them!” I raged as I paced in front of the stalls. “They just can’t leave it alone. I’ve dealt with this for fourteen years, and I’m sick of all of them. It’s gotten to where I hate holidays because it’s the same thing over and over. ‘Why don’t you have a boyfriend? When are you going to get married? When are we ever going to get grandkids?’” I wanted to pull my hair in frustration, but I couldn’t risk disheveling the hundreds of bobby pins that were keeping my curls in submission.” Page 5.


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