DECLARING SPINSTERHOOD written by Jamie Lynn Braziel
05/11 - Brilliance Audio - Paperback, 284 pages
Are we handcuffed to a life our family wants for us or free to make our own choices?
Emma Bailey has had enough of the snide comments from relatives, blind dates and questions about why she is not married yet. Emma decides enough is enough and declares that she has decided to be a spinster which should be a perfect choice for a minister’s daughter, right? What Emma wants to figure out is how to be happy and content alone and live a full life without being dependent on someone else to do that for her. On the other hand her family is now even more vocal about what they want her to do with her life and none of them involved staying single.
Emma has the life she truly enjoys between owning her own bookstore, socializing with her friends and hanging out with her best friend Brian. Emma has never seen Brian as anything but a friend until he starts to date someone else and she finds herself wondering if he was the man who got away. The man she wants to stay away is her cheating ex-boyfriend Steve that now wants back in her life and claims to love her. Emma is sure that Steve has to go but did she miss the opportunity to be with Brian? Being a spinster was supposed to make her life less complicated now more intense.
This book is a reflection of what it is like to swim in the dating pool and not drown in this modern world. There are choices you want to pass on and others you do pass on that you should not have. Ms. Braziel gives depth to the story by showing how Emma deals with a family that pushes, overly helpful friends and trying to decide if friends can be lovers. For me though I really liked Emma the minute I read that she was a Nancy Drew fan.