Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Rebecca Connolly

Just Stop It

I am so lucky to be the mother of two beautiful girls and I am terrified for them. I send them out into the world each day hoping and praying that they will be kind to those around them and those around them will be kind as well. Unfortunately there are unkind people in the world. Why? Shouldn’t we be defending and building each other up?

You know how sometimes you pick up a book to read and escape for a little bit, and then it ends up being just perfect with what you are going through in life right then? That happened to me this week. I bought the latest “Spinster” book from the lovely Rebecca Connolly. I love her novels and can always count on being taken away to a new time and place.

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“Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution.

Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject.”

The last few weeks a youth group I am in charge of us been dealing with bullying. When I picked up, The Spinster and I, I was not expecting to have the struggles I am watching young girls deal with be such a prevalent part of the book. Bullying is not just a middle school problem though. Even Adults, people who should know better, and be the examples, can be bullies.

I love how effortlessly Rebecca can write about life challenges and issues and put her words in such a way that her of handling tough situations without making the book feel to heavy or dark. Rebecca also touches on anxiety, stammering, running away instead of facing problems. She really addressed so many things without it weighing the book down.

There was one part near the end where I was sure I knew where she was heading and I was cheering. I mean she kind of set it up in the beginning even. She talks about how when Prue is angry her stutter is less pronounced. So I had this vision of her in this scene confronting her mean cousin and doing it all victoriously and without stammering. Not being cruel of course, but just standing up for herself and Cam. This did not happen, and at first I was let down, but when I saw where she took it and how it ended, I thought to myself, and this is why she is the writer and I am the reader. –M.V.

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