Unmarried women

Description
Fictional stories featuring women who choose to live without romantic/sexual relationships, or who at least grow into this role if it is not voluntary.
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1,558 members
25 reviews
3.9
3 Members
Dilara86, bluepiano, ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
bluepiano: One of the two protagonists was married for a bit before starting a successful business, remaining (iirc) single till death. Victorian but excellent.
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2,526 members
32 reviews
4.1
2 Members
spiphany, ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
spiphany: Children meet two elderly siblings (a bachelor and a widow) who are the only inhabitants of an abandoned vacation community.
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29,595 members
562 reviews
½ 4.3
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Anne herself is an incurable romantic, but she is adopted and raised by a middle-aged brother and sister pair.
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12,796 members
287 reviews
3.9
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Ayla is raised by a medicine woman whose husband was killed and her brother, a shaman.
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7,336 members
142 reviews
4.2
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: No love interest here (although I gather the author adds one in one of the sequels)
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6,373 members
214 reviews
3.9
Member
Dilara86
Explanations
Dilara86: A single woman looks after her orphaned nieces
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6,212 members
192 reviews
3.8
Member
spiphany
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4,955 members
34 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Nan chooses her career as a doctor over marriage.
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4,594 members
56 reviews
3.9
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Features two maiden great-aunts and one widowed one (plus a decidedly bachelor uncle).
10
4,551 members
132 reviews
3.8
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3,832 members
112 reviews
4.1
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spiphany
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3,519 members
72 reviews
4.2
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Three adopted girls are raised by an unmarried woman and her childhood nanny. Other unmarried female mentors abound: two retired professors who board in the house; the head of the dance academy.
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2,786 members
141 reviews
3.9
Member
spiphany
14
2,523 members
42 reviews
4.2
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
ManWithAnAgenda: Ann, Julia, Hester
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1,783 members
49 reviews
4
16
1,540 members
71 reviews
3.8
17
1,426 members
33 reviews
½ 4.3
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spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Woman leaves her career and worldly life behind to become a nun.
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1,253 members
85 reviews
4
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spiphany
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spiphany: After a brief arranged marriage, narrator lives alone and keeps busy by doing translations.
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941 members
23 reviews
3.8
20
157 members
8 reviews
3.9
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: The three child protagonists are all essentially raised by single mothers (widowed, divorced, or with a father who is present only a few weeks a year)
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81 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
Member
spiphany
Explanations
spiphany: Protagonist is a single mother; the plot focuses on her career rather than relationships.
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14 members
Member
spiphany
23
10 members
1 review
3
Member
spiphany
24
4 members
Member
spiphany
25
11,881 members
654 reviews
3.8
26
6,378 members
165 reviews
3.9
27
5,405 members
93 reviews
½ 3.6
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3,837 members
122 reviews
3.9
29
3,815 members
150 reviews
4
30
3,244 members
227 reviews
3.9
31
2,753 members
126 reviews
4
32
2,750 members
20 reviews
3.9
33
1,804 members
130 reviews
½ 3.7
34
1,675 members
59 reviews
3.8
35
1,475 members
71 reviews
3.9
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1,473 members
74 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,385 members
89 reviews
3.8
38
1,318 members
26 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,269 members
58 reviews
4.1
40
1,227 members
34 reviews
½ 3.6
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1,191 members
57 reviews
4
42
1,058 members
20 reviews
3.9
43
817 members
27 reviews
4
44
734 members
72 reviews
4
45
721 members
22 reviews
½ 3.6
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681 members
43 reviews
3.8
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48
570 members
27 reviews
4
49
420 members
30 reviews
½ 3.7
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396 members
19 reviews
½ 3.7
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382 members
23 reviews
3.9
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379 members
12 reviews
½ 3.5
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366 members
38 reviews
½ 3.5
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349 members
16 reviews
4
55
334 members
13 reviews
½ 3.4
56
277 members
13 reviews
½ 3.4
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256 members
2 reviews
3.8
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213 members
7 reviews
3.9
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185 members
16 reviews
3.9
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166 members
5 reviews
3.8
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154 members
7 reviews
4.1
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149 members
10 reviews
4
63
104 members
4 reviews
3.8
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90 members
3 reviews
½ 3.7
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19 members
3 reviews
3.8