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Declaring Spinsterhood

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  588 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Emma Bailey is thirty years old and single. No problem for her, but a point of round-the-clock contention for her mother, her family, and too many of her friends. In Jamie Lynn Braziel's Declaring Spinsterhood, the terminal illness known as "old maid" is explored from every angle, and the result is a compassionate, compelling, and wickedly funny novel. Emma may stand up be ...more
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published (first published December 10th 2008)
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QNPoohBear
Emma Bailey has once again been the bridesmaid at a wedding - this one for her younger brother. Her nosy family members feel free to ask her about her love life and push her to marry and have a family. Her mother even sets her up on blind dates after Emma has already said no. She had her heart broken once and ins't ready to be hurt again. The only thing she can think of to stop her family in their tracks is to declare spinsterhood. Her best friend Brian thinks she's so brave and strong and is fu ...more
Tracy
Frustrated by a string of bad blind dates and fed up with her family nagging her about still being single at thirty, Emma Bailey makes a stand and declares her intent to remain a spinster. Unfortunately, her moment of dating emancipation doesn't quite go as planned. Her mother nearly disowns her, the rest of her family doesn't believe her, and no sooner does she embrace singlehood than her ex-boyfriend Steve wants to get back together with her and she realizes she's in love with her best friend ...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
I want to call this book what I would consider to be one of my perfect beach reads without that sounding completely insulting. Some people see "beach reads" as one of those smutty romance novels that you take to the beach in paperbook format to read without guilt - and if you get some sand in the pages, then no problem. However, my definition is a little different. I love the beach and consider the beach to be a very romantic place. With that mindset, what I consider a good beach read is a great ...more
Laura
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 ab
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gille
Apr 05, 2012 gille rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
Declaring Spinsterhood is the story of Emma Bailey, a luckless thirty-year-old woman tired of dating. Since she has decided men are too difficult, she announces to her family that she is declaring spinsterhood. Her best friend is her neighbor, Brian. They are obviously going to end up together. You wonder the whole time why Emma was so dense.

This book would appeal to a woman who is religious. Emma is waiting until marriage to have sex, attends church every Sunday, doesn't drink and doesn't swea
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Deb
Jul 14, 2014 Deb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Cliched. There didn't seem to be much reason for Emma's low self-esteem. She's clearly pretty and dateable. Yeah, she had a cheating boyfriend, but I call that dodging a bullet, not a catastrophe. She's supposedly a successful small business owner (though I was wondering how that's possible if she spends the entire Thanksgiving weekend visiting family and friends instead of selling books). Yet she's routinely so woebegone that I lost count of how many times people asked her if she ...more
Brenda
Dec 31, 2013 Brenda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Childish fairy tale crap. The main character is weak and stupid. She has a religious family that is mean and unsupportive and only cares about her getting married and not her. She is a grown woman who can't tell anyone the truth about her feelings. The ending is fairy tale crap instead of something real. I'm incredibly disappointed that I wasted time and money on this.
Lauren
Aug 28, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
3 1/2 stars. A little too preachy for me (every other chapter takes place at church...) but a cute story with likable characters.
Sonya
Feb 16, 2017 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. The characters are all lively & courageous. It's just like a small town. Everybody sticks their noses in everybody else's business . Everyone thinks they can tell you how to live & what to do.
Karielle
Jul 12, 2011 Karielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog
Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Publisher: AmazonEncore
Page Count: 227
Source: From 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 no kids, no worries about diapers, driving lessons, or divorce. Her
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Alex Connolly
3

Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel is a chick-lit book- which is not a genre I frequent: rather one I sometimes stumble upon. I got this book in a giveaway, and it was also the ARC copy, though I noticed no prominent mistakes. On the whole, it was enjoyable to read, but predictable.

Our main character, Emma Bailey, has a relatively entertaining way of reciting the story, though she repeated herself more than I liked. Her family life is quite terrible, and I literally couldn’t understan
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Dhfan4life
Sep 27, 2013 Dhfan4life rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially going to give this book just two stars at how ridiculously perfect and cutesy it was. But after reading the last two chapters and what happened to the main character I squarely give it a 1 star and several seats. Because not only did the main character screw up her own happiness time and again by throwing out all sorts of mixed signals and whining cause her guy friend wasn't getting the message of how much she loved him. I felt like the author totally assassinated one of the main ...more
Tina
May 23, 2010 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

So I was aimlessly looking around Amazon one day, looking for books to buy within my monthly book budget. I admit to becoming hooked to Kindle stuff, so when I spotted some $0.99 books, I jumped and got one. After all, it's only $0.99 -- less than Php 50! It's just like buying an app!

Declaring Spinsterhood sounds like one of those chick lit novels that I see almost everyday when I visit the bookstore. The theme is quite common: woman is getting older and still unmar
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Charly
Oct 28, 2012 Charly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute enough, but clumsily written

*NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book.*
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

PROS:
- Some of Emma’s comments, both spoken and narrated, are funny. She’s cynical and snappish, but somehow she manages not to come off as a total jerk.
- Brian is sweet and funny and likeable, in a boy-next-door sort of way. He’s not terribly exciting, but then Emma isn’t a terribly exciting girl either, so they fit well together
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Debbie
May 18, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Bailey is a smart attractive woman, she owns her own children’s bookstore has great friends and a supportive if not wee bit overbearing family. But when it comes to love, she’s a walking talking cliché, you know the one’s unlucky in love, always a bridesmaid etc., in fact if it weren’t for her interfering mother setting up a string of bad blind dates, she might not have a love life at all. After a painful breakup she’s entirely too dependent on her next door neighbor best friend Brian and n ...more
Lindsay
Aug 13, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a crushing heartbreak and some complete dating disasters, Emma Bailey is fed up with the dating scene. Thirty years old and ready to declare herself a spinster, her mother is unwilling to accept her decision and is constantly trying to set her up on blind dates. Emma's only solace from her maddening mother is her best friend and neighbor, Brian. How could Emma possibly get through life without him there to share evenings of Chinese food and Cary Grant movies? Everything in Emma's life is r ...more
Angela Risner
I noticed that the author gave thanks for NaNoWrimo, which is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I think it's great that she took on this challenge and that it turned into this book.

Emma Bailey is 30 and single, despite her family's best efforts to get her paired up so that she can be barefoot and pregnant. She owns a children's bookstore and has a lifelong love of Nancy Drew mysteries.

Her ex-boyfriend has come back around, but he broke her heart when she learned
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Jael
Mar 05, 2011 Jael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever got so fed up with the dating scene that you decided to give it all up? Think you could be happy without marriage? Think you could be happy with just yourself and a few close friends? I personally say no!! I'm 28ish, and I don't want to give up on the happily ever after fantasy until I'm 30.

In Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel, Emma Bailey is a gun-toting 30-year-old who is ready to give up. A series of bad dates and meddling from her mother lead to this decision. She's quite co
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Josie
Oct 20, 2016 Josie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book had potential and the main characters were sweet and likable, but the family dynamic was just way too much to get past; it would have been nice if her family was remotely likable. Even her minister father, who while not as consistently obnoxious and petty as his wife, is just as insensitive and callous as the rest. Emma constantly describes her family as a good and upstanding, church-going family, but their treatment and behavior of Emma does not exemplify unconditional or Christian lov ...more
Mary Gramlich
Apr 07, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
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Brenda
Aug 19, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it
Cute relationship story about best friends falling in love. Fun storyline with best friends helping each other through terrible relationships and blind dates. Very good writing with the exception of several transition errors. Often times I was scratching my head at how we got to the next scene. Emma was not a likable character in any way. She vacillated between independent and proud to weeping, insulting and having low self esteem fits. Although she was getting her concealed weapons permit, she ...more
Romancing the Book
Jul 07, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Review by Karen
Book provided by Little Bird Publicity for 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 li
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Michelle Llewellyn
Jun 25, 2011 Michelle Llewellyn rated it it was ok
As a 36 year old single woman forced to declare spinsterhood I'd just like to add my two bits. I don't know what century these characters are living in because if I went on as many blind dates as the main character Emma did, and already had not one but TWO guys interested in me, maybe I'd wouldn't still be single. Where were her Mom and Dad digging up all these potential suitors?
The lack of cell phones and any mention of the Internet was a little disturbing. This book was published in 2010. Wh
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Declaring Spinsterhood has some very humorous and engaging qualities about it, as well as some less than stellar characteristics. I like the overall storyline and how well Brian seems to know Emma’s routine when it comes to having “a Cary Grant day”. I found Emma’s mother to be overbearing, a bully, and a person I would not allow in my life if she continued to be so spiteful and hateful about my decisions. Emma’s Uncle Richard was even worse with his snide comments and I found myself wanting to ...more
Meredith Schorr
Jun 18, 2013 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I had heard nothing about it but there was a discount on the Kindle download and I thought it sounded fun. I read it in a single day!

The romance followed the basic formula and was, yes, predictable, but I couldn't stop turning the pages. I wanted to see how the main character would end up with her love interest. Although it was definitely a "clean" read, it was not lacking in sexual tension and I liked how the author managed to turn up the
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A great chick lit read to break my reading slump. I read this after a few downers and loved the cute, sweet story. A woman who is surrounded by a family that is counting her biological clock for her. She decides to end her dating disasters and become an old maid at a young age. Just as she makes this decision she is having feelings for a “friend” and a previous fling.

A great book with a love triangle - a girl at the center trying to find herself and what she wants in her mate and two guys who wa
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Tonya
Mar 17, 2011 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good little story -- for her first story I thought it was really good. Emma was a really likeable character, her mother was really unlikeable --- Brian was so-so, he could have been more developed, but I enjoyed him. I thought Emma's father was ok, I wanted him to be more developed and involved.

Emma has a best friend/neighbor Brian but it turns out that she is in love with him. However he is dating the terrible Delilah. All of Emma's family picks on her constantly because they think she
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BT
Jan 17, 2010 BT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Product Description from Amazon.com
What can you do when your family harps on you to get married (already!), when your delicious and alluring ex-boyfriend—cheater to the core—believes that you’ve fallen for another guy and sets out to woo and conquer (again), and when you suddenly realize that you have fallen in love with your best friend, the guy whose shoulder has always been available...but is presently being enjoyed by another woman?
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Gina
This was the most predictable book that I have read in quite awhile. I knew what the ending would be in about 10 pages. Every cliché in the book was used by the author that has to do about dating. There was also a lot of repetition. I don't know how many times I read about Emma going to bed depressed or waking up depressed and going to work. There was also a chapter devoted to every Sunday's church attendance in the book. There was so much telling rather than showing. I could definitely tell tha ...more
Caroline
Jun 07, 2011 Caroline rated it did not like it
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I was born in Texas in 1976 to Roger and Kathy Braziel. My father named me after the character Jaime Sommers in "The Bionic
Woman", although with a different spelling, because he liked the show so much. I always had a good laugh every time someone
tried to say our last name because they almost always got it wrong. Still do. It's pronounced just like the country Brazil by the way.

I have one sibling
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