Reviewed by Alysia George

Why I Love Singlehood is not only the title of this charming book by Elisa Lorello and Sarah Girrell, it is also the name of the blog kept by the main character, Eva Perino. Yes, Eva is single, and yes she does seem, on the surface, perfectly content to be unattached to a significant other. But is she truly happy being alone, or just trying to convince herself and others that she doesn’t need anyone in order to live a full life?

Relationships and circumstances of the distant past often play a lasting roll in how we view ourselves and how much we’re willing to reveal of our true selves in order to achieve real intimacy with others, both friends and lovers. In Eva’s case, being orphaned as a teenager greatly impacted the course of her life and the nature of her relationships. Throughout the book, she examines her connections with various friends, family members, dates, exes, and co-workers in order to finally work out what she really wants in her life. It’s a bumpy ride, but with the help of lots of people who love and care for her in different ways, Eva finds her way.

All in all, I liked this book, although there were a few characters I would have liked to see have a bit more depth. I particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of the characters in Why I Love Singlehood. There was a fun, intimate chemistry among the staff and regulars of Eva’s coffee shop, The Grounds. This eclectic group became something of a family, sharing highs and lows of one another’s lives.

I loved Eva’s story of orphan turned college professor turned coffee girl – the story of a woman following her dreams. And I found myself rooting for her as she struggled to realize what and who she wanted in her life. This book was a reminder for me of the importance of having a good relationship with oneself, above all else; as well as the ability of each person to create the life he or she wants, and in doing so, his or her own contentment.

Rating: 4/5

Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.

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.