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 no 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?
Jamie Lynn Braziel’s Declaring Spinsterhood delivers with this enjoyable romp through dating, friendship, and passion.
©2011 Jamie Lynn Braziel (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy and romance
The main character (Emma) acted like an overly dramatic, eye rolling, ice cream eating pre-teen.
All of the scenes in which the main character interacted with her mother. They made her (Emma) seem petty and juvenile.
Oh, and all of Emma's scene's with her best friend and love interest (forgot his name). They were superficial and cringe worthy.
I know it seems harsh, but I would really advice others against spending their credit on this book. It's really not worth it.
I didn't read other reviews before buying this book, I judged it by its cute cover. I did finish the book, but just barely. The reader is fine, it's the story that bothered me. The main character is unrealistically chaste under the guise of being a Christian preacher's daughter while at the same time being an incredibly manipulative sexual tease. Her family is unforgivingly rude and unaccepting. Some of the dialogue is, I think, meant to be funny, but I just found myself feeling offended and disbelieving that this story is supposed to take place in modern-day Texas.
The book was average. Not bad - not fantastic. I won't be re-listening to it like I do with other books.
Seriously? Live in the 2014 instead of 1950s.
Not yet but she was excellent.
This book had a fine story line. This was ridiculously dated. Women now days don't have to wait for marriage to have sex, or get permission to have men sleep over. Every time something remotely "riske" happened (and Shakespeare was more bawdy than this book) the women all shrieked and went church. It was irritating. Guess what. Women now days don't need permission to have sex, it is completely okay to actually have sex for fun, AND shockingly - it is perfectly normal not not have to get married if they actually do have sex. UGH. Made me grind my teeth.
Instead of showing how women rebel against being pushed into marriage and motherhood (like many women feel now days) she emphasized the fact. Woman cannot be whole without a man.
Seriously? Like joke says "If my vibrator could mow the lawn I wouldn't get married"
Emma had a bookstore, was taking charge of her life - only to be miserable without a man. (insert cringe - teeth grind here)
Chicka, grow some balls, tell your family to f-off, and buy some toys.
The story is very formulaic and has little depth. It reminded me of a 1980’s teen angst movie. While I realized at first look that this book was going to be a light easy read I did want a little invention within the storyline. Most of these books all end the same way – girl get guy, I only wished the journey had not felt so forced and convenient. The writing is passable but had no real flare or distinctive style. I was bored most of the time and only continued to read in hopes that it would get better. I can't recommend this book if you have another choice.
I love romantic historical novels.
I like the audio version, because then i can clean and do other things. But if i want to relax whit a cup of tea, it will be the printet version.
Emma. The way she handle her mother and her ex Steve. The way she takes control on her one life. And her confusing feelings about Brian.
I just love her. She make all the characters difference and unique.
Declaring Spinsterhood is a good tag line.
it's a cute story. I love it and i will absolutely tell others about this book.
Johanna Parker is a fantastic narrator and has narrated several exceptional books. She must not have read this book before narrating it. No one could read this twice.
The plot hinges on a declaration of spinsterhood by the main character. Thus the title. And she does "declare" it at lunch one Sunday. Then the book continues on exactly as before. Besides providing a few lines of dialog, the book totally ignores what was supposed to be the primary hook of the plot line.
The mother is emotionally abusive to the daughter. The father is one of those characters we are supposed to see as an upstanding moral Christian. Instead he is a mysogonist who thinks if his daughter would only carry a gun and find a man to guide her, no matter how big a tool the guy is, she would be worthy of his love. No one could be raised by these parents and emerge undamaged. And while the daughter gets angry at them, we are still suppose to believe they are good people worthy of the daughter's love. After all they are Christian, go to church every Sunday and the dad is a preacher. That must mean they are "good." Two words. Jim Jones.
On a blind date her loving mother made for her, her drunk date makes a sloppy attempt to grope and kiss her in a public place. Even though her dad was also a cop, she is totally helpless against the drunk groper. Her family response? Not -- take a self defense class. No. It is get a conceal and carry license so the next time your mother sets you up on a date with a drunk lech, you can blow his head off. This alone makes this book a great argument for gun control.
I could not finish the book. There could be no acceptable happy ending. And I was pretty sure the only satisfying ending, her parents getting killed in a violent shoot out, wasn't in the cards.
I see no reason why this book needs to be read by anyone. Spare yourself the agony now. Frankly I feel a bit duped by Audible for even offering such malarkey and/or forcing a one star review!!
Johanna Parker is a fantastic narrator.
She's the best narrator of all of the books I've listened to on audible. After listening to the Sookie Stackhouse series, I thought this was a good next choice.
The end. Gag me.
Good Clean Book
Have not listened to others but I will
Nope, I hate having to do a long review
250+ Audible books, plus library and other sources! Avid reader/listener! Wife, mother, RN and business owner! Romance is my favorite!
The best friend "boyfriend" was a kind and honest character. It had a happy ending.
When her potential lover she met comes to "talk her into " selling him her first edition Nancy Drew book! Slime ball!! Let's hear it for concealed carry!!
Her characters came to life and were distinct. Sometimes when other narrators read you can't differentiate one character from another.
I laughed several times! I really could "see" the situation though her inflection.
I've listened to over 400 books in the past 24 months. This book and narrator were great together!
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