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Why I Love Singlehood [Kindle Edition]

Elisa Lorello , Sarah Girrell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Eva Perino is single and proud of it. Owner of The Grounds, a coffee shop nestled in the heart of a college town, thirtysomething Eva cherishes her comfortable life filled with quirky friends, a fun job, and no significant other. In fact, she’s so content to be on her own that she started a blog about it: “Why I Love Singlehood.” Yet when she hears the news of her ex-boyfriend’s engagement, her confidence in her single status takes a surprisingly hard hit.

So begins Eva’s clumsy (and occasionally uproarious) search for love as she secretly joins an online dating site, tries her hand at speed-dating, and breaks her own rule by getting involved with one of The Grounds’ regulars. Soon Eva is forced to figure out exactly who—or what—is the true love of her life. Sparkling with warmth and wit, Why I Love Singlehood is a charming and insightful must-read for anyone—single or otherwise—who has ever been stymied by love.



About the Author
Elisa Lorello is the Kindle-bestselling author of Faking It and Ordinary World. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she spent eleven years in southeastern Massachusetts before moving to central North Carolina, where she teaches and writes today.

Sarah Girrell has a background in art history, writing, and rhetoric. After moving to Ithaca, New York to earn a medical degree, she and her husband returned to her native Vermont, where she is a physician and writer.

Sarah and Elisa met at UMass-Dartmouth in 2002, where they quickly discovered a shared love of writing and a humor for everyday life. Why I Love Singlehood is their second collaboration and Sarah’s authorial debut.

About the Author

Elisa Lorello was born and raised on Long Island, the youngest of seven children. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and launched a career teaching rhetoric and composition. In addition to teaching, Elisa wrote the Kindle best-selling novels Faking It and Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood (co-authored with Sarah Girrell), and Adulation. After six years in North Carolina, she has recently returned to the northeast.

Sarah Girrell has a background in art history, writing, and rhetoric. After moving to Ithaca, New York to earn a medical degree, she and her husband returned to her native Vermont, where she is a physician and writer.

Sarah and Elisa met at UMass-Dartmouth in 2002, where they quickly discovered a shared love of writing and a humor for everyday life. Why I Love Singlehood is their second collaboration and Sarah’s authorial debut.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597574
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BXA3CC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why I Love Singlehood 29 Jun 2011
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Eva is in her 30s, a published author and coffee-shop owner. She has a close circle of friends who seem to adore her and hang on her every word, a lovely house by the sea, not only that but all her customers seem to adore her too, writing her long, supportive letters, eagerly wanting to hear all her news at the coffee-shop, and ready to drop everything to listen to her latest tale of woe (not one awkward, grumpy devil amongst them!!). At a friend's insistence she starts up a Facebook blog about the joys of single life ... and then realises she's not certain she is enjoying being single after all, and in fact is still pining after her ex, who dumped her when he decided that their relationship wasn't good enough for him. Add to that he's recently got engaged, and has decided to turn up at the coffee-shop parading his attractive new fiance in front of Eva.

I enjoyed this at first, but it quickly outstayed its welcome. I think I was expecting something funnier, more of a biting satire on the perils of being single in a world that still seems stubbornly geared towards family life. It occasionally went that way, with the speed-dating evening for instance, but then it got dragged back to sentiment again. Plus Eva's angst was wearying. On her 34th birthday she moans "what have I achieved?" Well you've had a book published, you've got your own business and a home of your own, pretty good for starters! She also seems to have hordes of eager men desperate to get to know her better, but still pines for the loathsome ex, I mean really, get a grip lady!

If you're after a light, fluffy, feel-good read then this is probably just your thing, and in that case I can recommend it. Sadly, it wasn't for me though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for coffee and cake cravings! 8 July 2011
By Gemma TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Why I Love Singlehood is about Eva, a College professor turned coffee shop owner who seems to go to work in her coffee shop everyday, complete with a large group of friends, sitting in the name seats each day and having debate's and discussions on various topics not unlike the FRIENDS TV show. Eva is single ever since her live-in relationship of 3 years with ex Shaun, and likes to claim she loves being single, but inside she doesn't really. She starts up a blog called Why I Love Singlehood, referred onwards only as WILS by the characters, as she fancies herself as a Carrie Bradshaw because she's actually from Long Island. The blog starts off as quite an amusing storyline, where she tells tales of rules of first dates and what not to do when you go speed dating, but an appearance from her ex and his new fiancee in the coffee she owns suddenly causes a breakdown resulting in her throwing books at him in the coffee shop, and suddenly realising she's not over her ex.

The blog quickly comes forgotten and the rest of the book consists of her trying to find herself and what she wants to be, and as far as I am concerned this is where the book went downhill. It's clear all the way through the book she's going to end up with a certain admirer of hers, but she takes a long time getting to it. The blog is barely mentioned again apart from when she writes a drunken entry, then quickly deletes it, and I would have thought the blog would have played a better part.

I didn't find the book particularly gripping, and I couldn't truly relate to the main character, and so I won't be excited to read another book in the future by this duo-author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 15 May 2011
By Sarah Lambert TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed this book, it is well written and has a great cast of characters. Eva is very likeable and you want to find out how things turn out for her. The setting of the coffee shop allows for the interaction of many different types of people and it is good to see how their relationships develop. This is not just a "chick-lit" book about who will fall in love with whom, but is more about Eva exploring her feelings and the reasons for her actions. I like the fact that it isn't as predictable as some romances I've read, its not obvious from the start who she will end up with or whether she will decide she really does love singlehood. I also think it is good that the other characters are not one-dimensional, but are realistic and also develop during the book.

If you are looking for a warm, amusing and thoughtful story, I recommend reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle but meanders 1 Oct 2011
By Alison Petrie VINE VOICE
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"Why I Love Singlehood" is a gentle read but, whilst all the characters are well defined, the book never really goes anywhere. I stuck with it until the end but felt that I hadn't really moved that far forward from when I was on, say, page 10. Well written but I really felt that more of a plot was needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, thoughtful chic-lit 4 Jun 2011
By L. M. Cowan VINE VOICE
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'Why I Love Singlehood' tells the story of Eva, owner of The Grounds, her manager Norman and the 'originals' - regular customers and close friends who spend their time at the coffee shop studying, gossiping and eating delicious cakes and cookies!

Told from Eva's point of view, we watch as her love of the single life is rocked and follow her journey of self-discovery. However, this is not just a story about a girl searching for love but also of friendship and family and that's why it works. Eva is a likeable and empathetic character and is supported by a range of wonderful, quirky friends whose lives and loves are explored in enough detail to make them matter just as much. I especially liked Minerva, Eva's best friend and confidant and the enigmatic nun Sister Beulah.

I loved the setting of the novel too - The Grounds sounds like a perfect place to hang out with friends and Eva's baking was described in delightful and tantalising detail!

The 'moral message' and great personal revelation of the story is a little underwhelming and there is a slightly unbelievable element in the number of suitors and opportunities Eva suddenly finds herself having. However, putting those down to the nature of a feel good chic lit, I enjoyed the story nevertheless!

A fun, feel good, light hearted story and an absorbing read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but dragged
This was a lovely book but I find it dragged I couldn't get in this story. I did want know if Eva got with Kenny in the end.
Published 25 days ago by Helen Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this. A book you can relate too
Love this. A book you can relate too, love the posts on WILS that Eva posts.
Published 1 month ago by T-I-double Guh-ER
4.0 out of 5 stars Original
Easy reading, nice concept - enjoyed it thoroughly and didn't really put it down, I was very interested to see how the story ended!
Published 5 months ago by miss z m kendle
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable easy read
To be honest I am not a big fan of fluffy novels but this had a few amusing bits which made me laugh.
Published 6 months ago by Heather Cunnington
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dull
I could not relate to the characters in this book at all - I found them to be shallow and dull. The story was slow and tedious without any real depth, and the writing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kate Bransby
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
It drew me in from the beginning - believable characters. Kept me guessing as to the outcome right to the end.
Published 6 months ago by Rhian McGoldrick
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
As a person who does not often read anything out of the horror/crime fiction genre, I was captivated and grabbed by this book from the beginning! Read more
Published 7 months ago by h.tins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but felt a bit let down by the ending
good easy read a book u can get into and feel part of . overall a good read but I found the ending quite abrupt
Published 7 months ago by karen wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of trying the dating games ..then this book is a must.....
to all the singles out there.....
this book is perfection and helps to realise your potential as well as highlight positives of being single with charm and humour.
Published 7 months ago by yvonne ashcroft
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I love singlehood
Something people can relate with a fun story about being ok with yourself and your life would recommend for a light hearted read
Published 14 months ago by esha
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Singlehood is about finding and committing to the love of your life. I’m talking about the literal love of your life. Being in a place of self-sufficiency, strength, independence, comfort, confidence, and happiness is what matters. No relationship, no matter how seemingly perfect and compatible you are, can give you these things. You have to find them within. You have to bring them to your relationship. Because in the end, you don’t have to be alone to be single. And being single doesn’t mean that you are alone. &quote;
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