Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Emma Bailey is tired of her family giving her grief for being single and unmarried. Every family gathering, church service and even her daily phone call with her mother inevitably turns to her marital status. Emma’s mother sets her up on hundreds of blind dates even though Emma protests each and every time. She is the brunt of all the jokes at Sunday dinner and is absolutely exhausted by it all.

Emma is not unhappy with her life and she would much rather be single than have another long term relationship; her last one ended with Steve dumping her to see other people after being caught cheating on her. Yet Emma’s mother is so desperate for her to get married that she ignores Emma’s feelings on the matter and includes Steve in any event where she can arrange for the two of them to be in the same place.

Brian is Emma’s next door neighbor and best friend. He is the only person that knows the entire story about Steve and the breakup. He is always there for her through good and bad and the foreshadowing of their love for each other is clear long before Emma sees it. Jealousy over the woman that Brian is dating, taking his words personally instead of jokingly, and not returning his shirt – and sleeping in it so that she can smell him –  are just a few of the tell tale signs.

By the time that Emma admits to herself that she is in love with Brian, it may be too late. He is getting serious enough with his girlfriend that he is taking her home to meet his parents and Emma is left in a tizzy trying to figure out what to do.

Declaring Spinsterhood is a quirky, fun read and is perfect for a weekend of lounging around with a book. I, personally, am not much into romance, but found great humor in Emma’s antics and blind dates. While the book was very predictable most of the time, I still didn’t want to put it down until I finished the last page.

Rating: 3.5/5

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Little Bird Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.