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Declaring Spinsterhood Paperback – 8 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Jamie Lynn Braziel attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where she majored in English and minored in French. A financial analyst, the author is working towards a master's degree in accounting.
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That said a great summer easy read! Not a juicy, big block buster read but a pleasant one. This was one of the reasons I choose this book, as I wanted a easy book that doesn't involve too much thought process, no murders just a good read.
Emma a 30 year old is suffering at the hands of her mother and friends about the lack of her having partner, even worse this is magnified at her sister's wedding.
So Emma declares 'Spinsterhood', funny at parts and also sad in others.
Well worth a read but remember not a corset gripping summer read.
If you like Jackie Collins type books you would be disappointed with this as in no way does this compare.
I can sum up this book in one word: Predictable. Painfully so. If you couldn't pull together the outcome of the book based on my summary, you're daft! The characters were fairly shallow and cliché- the nagging mom, the teasing brother, the oblivious dad, and the arrogant prick of an ex. That said, Declaring Spinsterhood was cute. It's no epic love story or future Nicholas Sparks-esque movie, but it provides some light entertainment for the few hours it takes to read.
Emma and Brian are funny and cute together, and their dating horror stories are ones which most people can relate to. Many women can relate to having the meddling mother, but the author seems to exaggerate a bit (really though, if you found out what your daughter's ex did to her, would you push her to get back together with him, simply so she'd have a boyfriend???). The characters of Emma and Brian were fairly well developed, although sometimes Emma's personality didn't sync well with her actions. She comes across as timid and easily influenced when she's with her family, but she's simultaneously out getting her concealed carry license so she can better protect herself. What woman with marksman skills at the range is a total push-over?
The writing was very simple, and in many instances quite rushed. Characters would often make a decision to go do something and with no transition, they'd be off doing it in the next line! For a mostly lighthearted book, there is one part towards the end that seems rather out of place and violent. From the beginning of the book, Emma and Brian's feelings for each other were glaringly obvious to the reader, and the author seemed to feel it was necessary for Emma to be nearly killed for the characters to have that "Aha!" moment. A "Speak now or forever hold your pe--" "STOP THE WEDDING!" moment would have been more believable!
All in all, predictable and uninventive. If you like a light-hearted read for a day at the beach or on the plane, this is a good one. It's not going to win any awards, but it will entertain you for a bit.
That said I feel it only fair to point out that I am a 25yr old athiest from England, I'm sure the book will apeal to more religious readers who apreaciate the lack of bad language and the very sexualy moral path the characters have chosen to take. I do however, feel that there should be some indication of this on the cover. I looked forward to reading what I expected to be a modern chic lit. The books only time indicater is a referance to a memory card for a camera, without this you could easily believe the book is decades old.
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