The concept of romancipation, as noted in the forward of Jane Sigaloff's new chick lit "The Romancipation of Maggie Hunter," is defined as "The freedom for women to love whom they choose while retaining their own space and identity." That term fits Maggie's life perfectly. Commitment-shy after her last fianc‚e cheated on her and then died, Maggie has crafted a contented life for herself. With her rich boyfriend Max, her best friend Eloise, and Eloise's musician boyfriend Jake, Maggie has a colorful group of friends so companionable that the four even charter a yacht in the Caribbean together. But it all goes to hell when Max decides he's ready to settle down, and he pops the question.
As a chick lit, this book is more about intertwined relationships than deep emotions. It delves deeply into the relationships of these four people, tangling and untangling, and then wraps up the whole mess tidily with breezy dialogue and a fun British setting.
The author has a cheeky writing style, using a lot of lists, pop culture references and time jumps. She used the word "nascent" enough to be noticeable, but that may well be a term more commonly used in England than America. "The Romancipation of Maggie Hunter" is light hearted and fun, and a surprisingly quick read considering how weighty a tome it is.
Isn't commitment what every girl dreams of?
Maggie Hunter is living the life she's always wanted.
Her career is taking off and, thanks to Japanese straightening technology, her hair is lying down. The commitment-phobic Maggie even has a serious boyfriend, Max. Smart, caring and funny, Max is practically perfect. There's just one problem: he's adamant that it's time for Maggie to move in.
Maggie's not sure she's ready to go from "me" to "we," or if she can cope with putting all her eggs in one basket (or all her shoes in one closet)! If only she could be more like Eloise, her best friend who's dying to start nesting. Except Eloise is with Jake, who has an apparent allergy to forward planning. He'll barely commit to an entire weekend at her place, let alone a joint lease.
So . . . Maggie wants a man like Jake, and Eloise wants a man like Max. At least that's how it seems to Maggie. She knows that somehow someone will have to make a switch, but as she examines the relationships around her, she can't help but wonder, can you really make someone change?
Jane Sigaloff lives and writes in London and has recently been romancipated.