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Declaring Spinsterhood

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  523 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Emma Bailey is fed up with the dating scene, and if she hears her mother nag one more time about getting marriedwell, shes 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 th ...more
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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
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
Apr 06, 2012 gille rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jul 14, 2014 Deb rated it did not like it
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
Apr 23, 2014 Georgia rated it it was ok
Im afraid this wasn't one of the best books I've read. I found the story move to fast to be believable and didn't flow much.

I thought the storyline was good - Single, unmarried woman being forced into blind dates in a bid to get her a boyfriend but not interested in any as she has her signts set on someone else, her best friend who recently met someone else. Cheating Ex treis to win her back but of course hasn't changed like he claims. - and despite being typical it had some funny gags.

I don't
Apr 19, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I thought it was a good read. There were some inconsistencies, but I was able to let them go. This book is definitely chick-lit and is best read after a tough, hard and/or sad book. The ending was quite predictable. I think the only unpredictable thing about this book was the swiftness of the ending. I wasn't expecting the characters to be in the ending situation they were in (I don't want to give away anything). When all is said and done, I enjoyed this book. I recommend this book for anyone wh ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Cute story, but just another love story. I don't quite understand the title since she never really was living a "spinster" lifestyle. Having been single for 10 years, I did not notice her really doing things on her own. But I can relate to the grandchildren comments from the mother. It was predictable from the beginning which made you just want to know how they'd end up. If you need a light-weight read this is a good one. Although, it seems they go to church constantly! Meaning the story takes p ...more
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Apr 04, 2011 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it liked it
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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
Sep 05, 2010 Tina rated it it was ok
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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
May 12, 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
Michelle Llewellyn
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
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
Alex Connolly

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
May 20, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
Meredith Schorr
Jun 18, 2013 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Gramlich
Apr 07, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 12, 2011 Karielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 28, 2012 Charly rated it liked it
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

- 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
Apr 13, 2011 Tonya rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2010 BT rated it really liked it

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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?
Apr 02, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
This book is admittedly very silly and whimsical, and to be honest I loved it! Some of it was a little corny here and there, but it was a very good lighthearted read. I really enjoyed the characters and the interplay between them all as well as subplots. This is my first book by the author and I hope to find others that are just as enjoyable.
Monet St. Louis
Jan 06, 2014 Monet St. Louis rated it really liked it
This book was so cute! It was about a 20-something woman who is sick and tired of her family trying to set her up (gee sounds familiar?) and decides she is done with it all and 'declares spinsterhood'. Of course she has a handsome best friend named Brian who happens to live next door... need i go on? Of course i knew what would happen about 50 pages in, but i still enjoyed the book! I loved how this was an adult book - but without any ADULT content. It was nice to see some Christian characters w ...more
Nov 16, 2014 K rated it did not like it
If you're a conservative, bible thumper, this is the romance novel for you. If you want passion beyond a middle school level, I would look elsewhere. The idea of a 30-something woman needing a chaperone is preposterous. Lame and backwards.
Aug 16, 2011 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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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