Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (12/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Suddenly Single’ by James Hulbert on Blogcritics.
In “Suddenly Single” by James Hulbert, Tom Lord’s wife tells him she is getting a divorce. After thirty plus years of marriage, Tom has no idea what he is going to do with himself. He has to find a way to move on from the life he has known all these years and get back on the dating scene, hopefully to find true love again. Little does he know just how much the dating scene has changed over the years. Fighting a divorce battle can be hard enough but still, Tom finds himself involved with some questionable women.
Tom’s character is genuine and I found it more than humorous the trial and errors he experienced throughout this novel. Good thing that he had some good friends on his side to help him through some of the situations he found himself in. When I read the synopsis, I expected to encounter some swinger scenarios and maybe some other surprising new things. Tom certainly gets a taste of what it’s like being a middle-aged man being single again but it did remain at a level that didn’t make me blush with dirty sex scenes. Honestly, I kind of thought it would head that way, but it remained pretty clean and I was not disappointed.
Several women come and go, and with each woman, Tom thought about the possibility of being in love. He relied on his friends to talk sense into him and gained an understanding that sex in the city was not like it was in their day. Women were a bit more promiscuous; freer with their bodies and they weren’t looking to settle down and marry the men they took into the bedroom. Being a middle-aged man in the 90’s hitting the scene again, Tom not only had his work cut out for him but he learned a lot along the way.
For me, the real kicker was the way the book ended. I was so surprised, it was completely unexpected. It is so hard not to offer up too much and spoil this story. There were a few colleague conversations that I was bored with…talking about politics and corporate stuff but there was nothing boring about “Suddenly Single.” I was so entertained by the mishaps of Tom and the characters he encountered. I think I was more interested in reading a romantic type of story from a man’s point of view. It was so refreshing. I would even go as far as saying that I think men and women will enjoy this read.
Hulbert did a great job in “Suddenly Single.” I also have to add that the print was fairly large and I appreciated that I didn’t have to squint to read. I read this book in two sittings. The entire book is 430 pages and that can be intimidating to some but it took no time at all for me to wrap up.
Highly recommended! 5 stars!