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Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.


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Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.

30 review for The Rejected Writers' Book Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    This is seriously the funniest book I've read in a long time. I want to be friends with these ladies and travel with them. I found myself laughing out loud at so many parts. It was fantastic! The characters were so fun, all of them, and I so enjoyed watching them grow. They became almost real to me and I hated that the book had to end. I completely recommend this book. Not many books end with putting a smile on my face, but this one did! *Thank you to the Author/Publisher/Netgalley for the opport This is seriously the funniest book I've read in a long time. I want to be friends with these ladies and travel with them. I found myself laughing out loud at so many parts. It was fantastic! The characters were so fun, all of them, and I so enjoyed watching them grow. They became almost real to me and I hated that the book had to end. I completely recommend this book. Not many books end with putting a smile on my face, but this one did! *Thank you to the Author/Publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest opinion*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I absolutely hate DIY projects. If there is a way to fall off a ladder, spill an entire can of paint on myself or otherwise cause harm.....it will happen to me. With my son turning 13 this summer, it was definitely time to update his room. It's been the same two shades of blue since he was 3 -- the last time I gathered up the courage to paint the walls in there. Before I could come up with an excuse to not do it, I took my son to the local home improvement store and let him pick out his colors. I absolutely hate DIY projects. If there is a way to fall off a ladder, spill an entire can of paint on myself or otherwise cause harm.....it will happen to me. With my son turning 13 this summer, it was definitely time to update his room. It's been the same two shades of blue since he was 3 -- the last time I gathered up the courage to paint the walls in there. Before I could come up with an excuse to not do it, I took my son to the local home improvement store and let him pick out his colors. Dark red with a medium tan for the trim. Brushes, little plastic paint cups, wooden stir sticks, plastic drop cloths, holy water, first aid kit....brought it all home and prepared for slow torture. I am decidedly NOT Bob Villa. What does this have to do with a book review?? I'm getting to it! :) I had to find the perfect audio book to keep me company while I tried to complete this painting project without hurting myself, or destroying anything. I chose The Rejected Writers Book Club. So glad I did! It was the perfect choice! Silly, light-hearted and fun, this book was wonderful to listen to as I painted the walls (and myself) red and tan. I looked like a murder victim who fell into melted chocolate ice cream -- but I was smiling! So I figure that's a win! (And I didn't spill any paint! a few drips here and there...but no large Ooooops moments) The audiobook version of this novel (Brilliance Audio) is narrated by Tanya Eby. I have hearing loss and at times I have trouble understanding female narrators. But, Tanya's voice is clear and her pace is perfect. I didn't have any trouble understanding her. Her tone and inflection was perfect for this humorous, fun book. I soon lost myself blissfully in the story as I worked for hours painting out my son's childhood, morphing his room to a teenager lair. The basics: small town librarian Janet Johnson is invited to a local women's book club meeting. When she gets there, she is surprised to find that the group is centered around rejection letters from publishers. Every member has had their writing rejected for publication....most multiple times. They have a special book filled with these rejection announcements. They proudly meet each time another is received. Just short of the 500 letter mark (which they plan to celebrate with a big party), disaster strikes. Their leader, Doris, has her book accepted for publication! Oh the horror! They beg for Janet's assistance to get the manuscript back. Janet, who is heading to San Francisco to help her pregnant daughter, tries to refuse...but it just so happens that the publisher they need to contact is located in San Francisco. The ladies embark on the most ill-fated road trip ever......car trouble, rock slides, and many troubles await them as they fight to save their fearless leader from the horrors of publication. Now, there were just too many pitfalls in this trip for it to seem even remotely realistic. But, I don't care. The story was just hilarious and fun to listen to. I don't give a hoot whether it was realistic or not. It got me through hours of painting with a smile on my face! Sometimes you just need a simple, funny story -- and for me, this book was perfect. I loved it! Janet Johnson is a fun, slightly snarky, main character. And the group of ladies are all quirky and fun. Add in the silly things they have planned to get the manuscript back (including chaining a member to a toilet until they get what they want) is just complete zany fun. The Rejected Writers Club is the first book in the Southlea Bay series. I can't wait to read book 2: The Rejected Writers Take the Stage. :) Suzanne Kelman has also published a book of verse, Big Purple Undies. For more information on the author and her writing, check out her website: http://www.suzannekelmanauthor.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilguen

    Ahh super droll chick-lit, light-hearted and uplifting for it emphasises solidarity among women 🤗 „The rejected writers‘ book club” is written in a picturesque way, elaborating each character during a road trip: A few women from Southlea Bay are on a ‚secret mission‘ to San Francsico, California to a publishing company to avoid a secret coming to light that was shared in a manuscript for publishing. Just what I had needed in the past few days, and recommending it to those, who are in search of a Ahh super droll chick-lit, light-hearted and uplifting for it emphasises solidarity among women 🤗 „The rejected writers‘ book club” is written in a picturesque way, elaborating each character during a road trip: A few women from Southlea Bay are on a ‚secret mission‘ to San Francsico, California to a publishing company to avoid a secret coming to light that was shared in a manuscript for publishing. Just what I had needed in the past few days, and recommending it to those, who are in search of a cheery chick-lit.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nola Lorraine

    The members of the Rejected Writers' Book Club only need another 25 rejection letters from publishers and they'll crack the magical 500. They have big celebrations planned, but their dreams are suddenly shattered. Inexplicably, their fearless leader Doris has her book accepted by a publisher in San Francisco! Not only could this mean the end of the club, but Doris has just discovered that an incident she included in the book may actually be true and could hurt someone close to her if it's publis The members of the Rejected Writers' Book Club only need another 25 rejection letters from publishers and they'll crack the magical 500. They have big celebrations planned, but their dreams are suddenly shattered. Inexplicably, their fearless leader Doris has her book accepted by a publisher in San Francisco! Not only could this mean the end of the club, but Doris has just discovered that an incident she included in the book may actually be true and could hurt someone close to her if it's published. The motley band of rejected writers enlist the help of town librarian Janet because she's a book person. Janet is the only 'normal' one, but soon finds herself agreeing to escort the ladies on a road trip from the island community of Southlea Bay to San Francisco. Will Janet survive the car trip? Will the soap star's baby turn out to be an alien? And can they convince the publisher to give Doris the rejection letter she craves? I picked up this book because I wanted a fun read. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. The members of the group seemed a bit 'over the top' and I wondered if the joke would wear thin. But I was pleasantly surprised. There was more depth to the book than I was expecting, as it touches on issues of loneliness and connection, acceptance, the importance of family ties, and valuing others regardless of outward success or failure. And of course there's a lot of humour. How can you go wrong with chapter titles like 'Unchaining Ethel from the Toilet'? Probably more in the 'smile often' category rather than 'laugh out loud', but it was heartwarming and the author uses a lot of great metaphors and similes. Probably more 'chook lit' than 'chick lit', but well worth a look if you'd like a light holiday read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Blanchard

    I absolutely loved this book! It is heartwarming and funny. It is about friendship and the funny antics between these "rejects". I loved their road trip, I laughed out loud so many times. The things that happened to these women will make you laugh and feel like you know them. I felt a part of this book. They were my friends. Doris was a hoot. So bossy that you couldn't help but love her. The characters are richly developed, so much so, that I lost myself in this book. The dialog is snappy and at I absolutely loved this book! It is heartwarming and funny. It is about friendship and the funny antics between these "rejects". I loved their road trip, I laughed out loud so many times. The things that happened to these women will make you laugh and feel like you know them. I felt a part of this book. They were my friends. Doris was a hoot. So bossy that you couldn't help but love her. The characters are richly developed, so much so, that I lost myself in this book. The dialog is snappy and at times hilarious. This book never lagged and I never got bored. It was a great read from the very first page until the end. I hated that it had to end. I could read about these ladies forever. I highly, highly recommend that you all read this book. It will make you feel and that is what a good book should do. I absolutely rate this as my # 1 book so far in 2016! It is a fast and easy read and you will not be able to put this book down. I can not stress enough, do not miss out on this incredible book about women and how friends can come from the most unlikely of places.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    This was such a fun book to listen to. The characters were quirky, the storyline was so much fun, and there were some proper laugh out loud moments too. I'm so pleased I chose to listen to this rather than read it, as it really did make cooking and pot washing so much more entertaining over the last couple of days. I listened this in audiobook format through Kindle Unlimited. This was such a fun book to listen to. The characters were quirky, the storyline was so much fun, and there were some proper laugh out loud moments too. I'm so pleased I chose to listen to this rather than read it, as it really did make cooking and pot washing so much more entertaining over the last couple of days. I listened this in audiobook format through Kindle Unlimited.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    The Rejected Writers' Book Club by Suzanne Kelman is one of the best books I've read this year. Imagine if novels by Debbie Macomber and Janet Evanovich had a baby, The Rejected Writers' Book Club would be that baby. I laughed all of the way through the book. These ladies of a certain age know how to have fun and get into some situations. I really want to go on their next road trip! Yes this is more fluff than substance, but it's funny and heartwarming if you keep reading after the first few page The Rejected Writers' Book Club by Suzanne Kelman is one of the best books I've read this year. Imagine if novels by Debbie Macomber and Janet Evanovich had a baby, The Rejected Writers' Book Club would be that baby. I laughed all of the way through the book. These ladies of a certain age know how to have fun and get into some situations. I really want to go on their next road trip! Yes this is more fluff than substance, but it's funny and heartwarming if you keep reading after the first few pages. Then "the reject" ladies provide you with lots of laughs and action, hijinks included. The "reject ladies" are on a mission. They need to get back one of the members manuscript from the Publisher that has (gasp) ACCEPTED her book for publication. Now, the The Rejected Writers' Book Club have been writing their Poetry and Novels for a few years, and celebrate the Members' Rejection Letters. "There are no bad writers here, only rejected ones." But the rule is: if one of their members get an Acceptance Letter, she is out! And their infamous (General Patton-like) leader, Doris is THE one who'll be left out from her group of friends, not to mention the hurt her manuscript will cause another member who is close to her. And they need 26 more Rejection Letters to get to their goal of 500. When they get that many, the Club plans a big "rejects" festival for the Rejected Children of Southlea Bay, Washington. They turn to Janet Johnson, a librarian, as their go-to book lady. But Janet has other things too worry about. A racoon problem that looks like the rodents are personally waging war against her husband, Martin. And her cold, somewhat estranged daughter is pregnant and suddenly wants her mother. Janet has really never felt comfortable or made friends since moving to Southlea Bay, and really doesn't want to get involved with the "loony women", but she does. And the result is a wacky, hilarious road trip to San Francisco to see her daughter and to help retrieve Doris' manuscript. What could go wrong? Pretty much everything. Their Plans A, B, and C had me in stitches. And the scene at the San Francisco Airport had me roiling with laughter. (Remember, I asked What could go wrong on their Road Trip?) But the friendship of the ladies and their loyalty to each other are the main thread that run through the novel. And Grace's story will warm your heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    So many times I wish I could give things half stars. This is about a 2.5 for me. I wanted to like this book so badly. It seemed right up my alley. Librarian in a small town joins a group of women and eventually makes friends. It sounded so great, but it ended up just feeling tedious and a jumbled mess. The beginning started out a bit slow and the main character got on my nerves with her inability to stand up to a woman who just seemed to be steamrolling her. Then, the first part of the road trip So many times I wish I could give things half stars. This is about a 2.5 for me. I wanted to like this book so badly. It seemed right up my alley. Librarian in a small town joins a group of women and eventually makes friends. It sounded so great, but it ended up just feeling tedious and a jumbled mess. The beginning started out a bit slow and the main character got on my nerves with her inability to stand up to a woman who just seemed to be steamrolling her. Then, the first part of the road trip, it seemed to get better. I enjoyed the first part of the road trip and enjoyed the adventures they had. However, the longer the road trip went on, the more tedious it became. It was like everything you can EVER think of to go wrong during a road trip went wrong on this one. It just became too much. I got to the point where I was thinking, "Really? ANOTHER disaster? Really?" Some people who have reviewed this book found that portion of it to be funny. Unfortunately, I found it to be boring and felt it slowed down the story line. The ending, however, I felt was pretty good. I enjoyed the last chapter and the epilogue. This book has a lot of potential, I just personally felt that it needed less drama and more interpersonal interactions. We hear a lot about what's happening to the ladies, but we don't see enough interaction between them and the others in the story. What characters we had were not as rounded as I would've liked to see. We get some background and see some growth and vulnerability in them but not as much as one would hope to see in a book this length. Perhaps as the series goes on we'll learn more about them, but unfortunately, I'm not sure I'll be around for it which is disappointing given how much I really wanted to like the book when I went into it. *** I received a free copy of the e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. ***

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Yes, quirky and fun, a road journey - women who have an adventure and bond. And who thoroughly enjoy their status as rejected writers!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    This sounded like such a promising book. Unfortunately, Our Protagonist, Janet Johnson, a librarian in Southlea Bay, Oregon, where she and her husband have lived for the last five years, is just a bit hard for me to like. It has not yet occurred to her that, really, she's a bit of a snob. Even at the end, when she has discovered the true grit and assorted other positive qualities of the ladies of the Rejected Writers' Book Club, she seems more mildly annoyed than anything else that these have bec This sounded like such a promising book. Unfortunately, Our Protagonist, Janet Johnson, a librarian in Southlea Bay, Oregon, where she and her husband have lived for the last five years, is just a bit hard for me to like. It has not yet occurred to her that, really, she's a bit of a snob. Even at the end, when she has discovered the true grit and assorted other positive qualities of the ladies of the Rejected Writers' Book Club, she seems more mildly annoyed than anything else that these have become her local circle for friends. Let's note in passing that after five years, these are the first friends she's made on the island. The Rejected Writers enjoy writing, and they have been unable to produce anything publishable. Having concluded that they never really will, they've made a virtue of necessity. They collect rejection letters, and put some money into a pot, for a celebration that they'll hold when they have five hundred total rejection letters. This might seem just silly, but they're enjoying their hobby. Sadly, when Janet is first pulled into their circle, what she sees is a collection of the ridiculous--a fat woman, a stick-like woman, a waif-like innocent, a church lady, and an aging hippy, among others. She can see no redeeming features even though Doris, the fat one, quickly demonstrates that she's a truly fantastic cook. Janet, I'm sad to say, is the one that, when her daughter calls, clearly very upset, to tell her that no, she is not all right and that she is pregnant, says, "Congratulations!" The call is interrupted by daughter Stacy vomiting, and when conversation resumes, Janet tells her congratulations again, and gets off the phone fairly quickly. I wanted to smack her but good. Anyway, the plot, and yes, there is one: The ladies are collecting rejection letters, but one of them, Doris, has received an acceptance letter. By the rules of the club, this should mean she's out. Even worse, she borrowed part of that story from some old notebooks her aunt left in the attic of the house where Doris and her mother still live. Doris had assumed that what she borrowed was fictional, but it turns out to be at least partly based on an episode in her mother's life, and if it's real, it's quite scandalous. As much as Doris didn't want her manuscript accepted for publication anyway, it's even worse if its publication is going to embarrass and distress her mother. The ladies, including Doris, want Janet's help in actually reaching the editor who has accepted her book, who is not responding to attempts to contact him. He's based in San Francisco, where Janet's daughter lives, and Janet, who doesn't fly, has with some effort been prevailed upon to drive down there to stay with her daughter while Stacy's husband is away for two weeks on business. There is much silly and entertaining activity on the road trip, and much excitement, and of course things get even stranger when they reach San Francisco. I don't really know what to say. I think we are supposed to like Janet, and it is true that she's not truly an awful person; just a bit snobby, particular, and rigid. I didn't stop listening, and I certainly could have. Even through Janet's eyes, the Rejected Writers can be seen to be an interesting group of ladies, with bigger hearts than is at first apparent. Yet I really can't see myself reading another in the series. Glancing at other reviews, I can see that I'm clearly an unreasonable curmudgeon, but there it is. Not charmed at all, even though I wanted to be. Not recommended. I bought this audiobook.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    You have to admire anyone who can sing the first verse of Puff the Magic Dragon (a song that always makes me cry) backwards. But rest assured, this is not Suzanne Kelman's only talent. When I first started this book I thought it was an amusing piece of fluff, probably a 3 star read. The book is light and fluffy, but like the best ever sponge-cake, absolutely delicious! I grew to love this madcap bunch of women. It was great to see Janet unwind, loosen up, to become part of something, to make frien You have to admire anyone who can sing the first verse of Puff the Magic Dragon (a song that always makes me cry) backwards. But rest assured, this is not Suzanne Kelman's only talent. When I first started this book I thought it was an amusing piece of fluff, probably a 3 star read. The book is light and fluffy, but like the best ever sponge-cake, absolutely delicious! I grew to love this madcap bunch of women. It was great to see Janet unwind, loosen up, to become part of something, to make friends, although she would vigorously deny that she was doing so. Janet is a librarian in the small coastal town of Southlea Bay where she moved with husband Martin, and where her biggest problem is a disappearing trash can and the raccoons that regularly raid it. She is inveigled to attend a meeting of The Rejected Writer's Books Club, where the members face a huge problem. One of their manuscripts has been accepted for publication - it must surely be a mistake because their writing is nothing short of awful - which means that the author must be ejected from the club. They want Janet to help convince the publisher to return the manuscript with a rejection letter, to add to the 400+ rejection letters they currently have, and build their total towards their goal of 500. But Janet has other things going on in her life. Her semi-estranged daughter is pregnant with twins and is reaching out to her mother.....so she really doesn't have time for this bunch of loonies that want to take her into their midst. The chapter titles are entrancing "Lemon Cake and Loonies" is one. I wish they had included the recipes (Doris, whom I could see being played by Kathy Bates, loves to cook) for the food they talk about and consume. An amusing and entertaining read. A fun read. This looks like the first of a series, and I will be reading the next Southlea Bay book. I received an ARC of this book form Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Evann

    Road trip book! I'm a sucker for anything set in/near Seattle. I also love stories about groups of women. I am probably not the target audience for the book, age wise but I got something out of it none the less. The club aspect is cute. I like when rejects join together and get sloshed. Unfortunately the characters we hear the most from are not very likable. I’m not sure why. I think it’s maybe the style of book. Or maybe we’re supposed to like them despite being insufferable. Anyway, Annie was Road trip book! I'm a sucker for anything set in/near Seattle. I also love stories about groups of women. I am probably not the target audience for the book, age wise but I got something out of it none the less. The club aspect is cute. I like when rejects join together and get sloshed. Unfortunately the characters we hear the most from are not very likable. I’m not sure why. I think it’s maybe the style of book. Or maybe we’re supposed to like them despite being insufferable. Anyway, Annie was adorable. I'd love to hear more about her dogs and purple knitting needles. The whole story was a lot like an episode of Murder, She Wrote, in that it became enjoyable once I suspended my disbelief a bit and let it all unfold. Southlea Bay is absolutely the Cabot Cove of the Pacific Northwest. Which is actually quite lovely when I'm in the right mood. If the rejected writers book club bumped into Jessica Fletcher they'd hate her because she's a popular published author but it'd be a blast. Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judith D

    This was a hilarious story. I really enjoyed the adventures within its pages. I recommend this as an uplifting story of encouragement. Anyone who had been rejected in any way will want to start their own club. Yep I read the whole thing over a 24 hour period.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine Nolfi

    A quirky and fun read. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book was quirky - a little strange, but entertainingly so. Janet (the local librarian) gets roped into helping the Rejected Writers club - a secretive group of ladies that celebrate the rejections they accumulate on the books they write. When Doris receives an acceptance letter instead of a rejection, the group decides to embark on a road trip with Janet to demand the rejection Doris should have received. Along the way, the ladies meet some interesting characters and form an unexpected bond This book was quirky - a little strange, but entertainingly so. Janet (the local librarian) gets roped into helping the Rejected Writers club - a secretive group of ladies that celebrate the rejections they accumulate on the books they write. When Doris receives an acceptance letter instead of a rejection, the group decides to embark on a road trip with Janet to demand the rejection Doris should have received. Along the way, the ladies meet some interesting characters and form an unexpected bond. I listened to the audiobook version of this story which I think helped. It is a cute story but I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much reading it in print. I liked the characters; each one had its own brand of quirkiness that made them interesting and I was usually surprised by what happened to them and how they reacted to things. But....I found the plot a little boring despite attempts to make it more exciting. Thus, the average rating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Terry Gene

    Yep, a 5-star. Rare for me as I detest auto-5 and auto-1 reviews. This is a fun story, with heart, silliness, and a compelling character. Pure pleasure, and a guilty reminder that stories don't have to be elitist to have value. Janet is retired to a rural island, takes up part-time employment as an assistant Librarian, and is still not settled after years. She's adopted by a Book Club. The book club, which concentrates on Rejected Writer's, takes her on an improbably journey down from the cozy W Yep, a 5-star. Rare for me as I detest auto-5 and auto-1 reviews. This is a fun story, with heart, silliness, and a compelling character. Pure pleasure, and a guilty reminder that stories don't have to be elitist to have value. Janet is retired to a rural island, takes up part-time employment as an assistant Librarian, and is still not settled after years. She's adopted by a Book Club. The book club, which concentrates on Rejected Writer's, takes her on an improbably journey down from the cozy Washington State island to bustling San Francisco. Each disaster on the way strips away a little of the comfort zone Janet has built over the decades. When she gets to San Francisco, she's finally ready to reconcile with her estranged, and very pregnant daughter, Stacy. A story about moving to an ideal retirement, and not fitting in.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tessa Stockton

    I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and Southlea Bay, including its colorful cast of characters, seems suspiciously familiar – like my hometown and residents! :D I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Feel-good fiction with a twisted plot that is delightful, full of laugh-out-loud humor, and welcomed nostalgia. I will definitely be reading the next in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I think the 2 adjectives which best describe this book would be "cute" and "quirky". I picked this book up because I generally like books about books, and the description sounded promising. However, I almost abandoned it after only four chapters, finding it too Americana for words. I don't like giving up on books, and eventually got hooked into the story when the group of Rejected Writers' Book Club started out on their weird road trip. I cannot honestly say that it was an enjoyable read, but it I think the 2 adjectives which best describe this book would be "cute" and "quirky". I picked this book up because I generally like books about books, and the description sounded promising. However, I almost abandoned it after only four chapters, finding it too Americana for words. I don't like giving up on books, and eventually got hooked into the story when the group of Rejected Writers' Book Club started out on their weird road trip. I cannot honestly say that it was an enjoyable read, but it did make me realise just how my British humour and the author's humour are worlds apart: occurrences obviously written to make readers laugh just didn't have the required effect on me. Although the book was quite well written, I didn't find any of the characters particularly interesting, the plot was very linear and the ending a bit flat. Without wishing to be at all disrespectful to my dear American friends, I can imagine that this novel would appeal to a certain niche readership of the homely middle-aged American women to whom it is obviously intended. It was simply not my cup of tea.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    4.5 stars. Have you ever just wanted to just go off and take a road trip? Well, let's just say that these characters would not be on the top of your list to ask to go on that trip. This was the road trip from h e double hockey sticks and there were so many times that this book was just laugh out loud hilarious. First of all, the book club was hilarious which even included by laws. Then the road trip began and and of course they always had a plan a, plan b, plan c and sometimes if those didn't wo 4.5 stars. Have you ever just wanted to just go off and take a road trip? Well, let's just say that these characters would not be on the top of your list to ask to go on that trip. This was the road trip from h e double hockey sticks and there were so many times that this book was just laugh out loud hilarious. First of all, the book club was hilarious which even included by laws. Then the road trip began and and of course they always had a plan a, plan b, plan c and sometimes if those didn't work, a plan d. The situations that these women either found or put themselves in just made for such an enjoyable an entertaining read. You couldn't put the book down because you just had to know what was coming around the next curve. If your into humor and eccentric women who are stuck in their ways, this is definitely worth grabbing and reading. I haven't laughed this much in a long time. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Again, I LOVED this book!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    The premise of this book piqued my interest: “Collecting publisher's rejection letters like trophies, this quirky society cares nothing for being in print and instead meets to celebrate in style its members' mutually spurned manuscripts.” Inventive! This book is humorously written with quirky characters but a few of the characters irritated me. A bossy formidable woman who serves as the self-appointed leader of the book club, a librarian who can’t seem to say no, no matter how outlandish a reques The premise of this book piqued my interest: “Collecting publisher's rejection letters like trophies, this quirky society cares nothing for being in print and instead meets to celebrate in style its members' mutually spurned manuscripts.” Inventive! This book is humorously written with quirky characters but a few of the characters irritated me. A bossy formidable woman who serves as the self-appointed leader of the book club, a librarian who can’t seem to say no, no matter how outlandish a request, the librarian’s childish daughter who scarily is about to have a child of her own. It is a easy paced novel that I would recommend to those who like light reads about women’s friendships.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    A sweet story about how friendships can grow from the most unlikely of starts. It's all about bonding with a group of disparate women - and going with the flow - and making the best of all situations. It's truly a lovely book. A sweet story about how friendships can grow from the most unlikely of starts. It's all about bonding with a group of disparate women - and going with the flow - and making the best of all situations. It's truly a lovely book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    A light read about friendships. Quirky characters, small town life, family issues, all combine for a good way to while away an afternoon or two.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Good read Started out a bit slow but keep at it its so worth it what great characters you'll laugh and cry at the same time Good read Started out a bit slow but keep at it its so worth it what great characters you'll laugh and cry at the same time

  24. 4 out of 5

    Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)

    "There are no bad writers here, only rejected ones." This book was a truly charming, warm, feel-good type of read, perfect for a lazy afternoon with a huge cup of tea! Several years after moving to the quiet town of Southlea Bay, Janet Johnson is still striving to find her place in the community and make good friends. But soon her life turns upside down when she's invited to the meeting of the Rejected Writers' Book Club and will have to help the group retrieve an inmportant manuscript by emb "There are no bad writers here, only rejected ones." This book was a truly charming, warm, feel-good type of read, perfect for a lazy afternoon with a huge cup of tea! Several years after moving to the quiet town of Southlea Bay, Janet Johnson is still striving to find her place in the community and make good friends. But soon her life turns upside down when she's invited to the meeting of the Rejected Writers' Book Club and will have to help the group retrieve an inmportant manuscript by embarking on a crazy roadtrip. Initially I was drawn to this book because of its beautiful cover, but what really intrigued me was the description. The book about the writers who collect rejection letters? It made me very curious and I wanted to see how the author will work out such unusual idea. I have to admit that for the first part, my feelings for the story and the characters were mixed. I couldn't quite connect with it and I didn't really find most of the characters likeable. But as the book progressed and the characters grew to care for each other I also began to warm up to them and in the end it was a really entertaining read. The very idea of the rejected writers' book club was interesting to me but at the same time it was something that took me the longest to understand. When Doris got an acceptance letter from the publisher, she and the other club members acted so negatively, I couldn't understand it, until I realised that the real reason behind the club was actually the fact that these women simply enjoyed each other's company and that was more important to them then getting their writing published. Once I understood that, I was able to enjoy the whole story much much more. For me, the heart of the story was a fun and quirky cast of the characters. Each of them were different and interesting, but they still "clicked" and completed each other. Once they grew on me, I really began enjoying their interactions. And another piece of the novel that I loved was the humour. There were some crazy moments but I decided to take everything lightly and thus had lots of fun reading about the characters' mad adventures. I also truly adore the story that was told by one of the characters, Gracie, and I secretly wish the author could write a companion novel based on it. It was one of my favourite parts of the book and I'm glad that it was included. To sum up, The Rejected Writer's Book Club is a book that will make you laugh, cry and will make it hard to put it down! It has amazing, cozy settings, delightful, eccentric characters and fun story. It's a very promising debut and if the author ever decides to revisit Southlea Bay and its residents, I'll be happy to read more about them. And if you are up for a light-hearted and humorous read, definitely give it a go! I have kindly received a copy of this book from netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The review also appeared on my blog.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris Meads

    I got this book from the author for my honest review. Janet is the librarian of a small island town of Southlea Bay in Oregon. She gets a phone call from Doris to come join her and a group of women called the Rejected Writers Book Club. Janet doesn't know what she's gotten herself into with these fun-loving women who would rather get rejection slips then get their book published. But when something happens and the women tag along with Janet as she visits her daughter in San Francisco, there will I got this book from the author for my honest review. Janet is the librarian of a small island town of Southlea Bay in Oregon. She gets a phone call from Doris to come join her and a group of women called the Rejected Writers Book Club. Janet doesn't know what she's gotten herself into with these fun-loving women who would rather get rejection slips then get their book published. But when something happens and the women tag along with Janet as she visits her daughter in San Francisco, there will be a lot of laughs and touching moments. This proved to be a hilarious read. What those women try to do and how they do it, is a barrel of laughs. And there are some touching moments too. This is a book worth reading and I recommend it to everyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    In one word: charming. It was a lighthearted read, however, this one stood out for a few reasons; 1. People celebrate rejection and find community around it 2. The main characters are mostly aged 40+ which is often when women stop existing in media representation 3. There are a few small romances but are truly not a focus of the book which is very refreshing. I listened to it as an audiobook and it was narrated well so for fellow readers who spend a lot of time in the car thats a plus to know. T In one word: charming. It was a lighthearted read, however, this one stood out for a few reasons; 1. People celebrate rejection and find community around it 2. The main characters are mostly aged 40+ which is often when women stop existing in media representation 3. There are a few small romances but are truly not a focus of the book which is very refreshing. I listened to it as an audiobook and it was narrated well so for fellow readers who spend a lot of time in the car thats a plus to know. The final aspect of this book that made it a four star read for me was the humor and how artfully it was described. I want this to be a movie because it would be hilarious, heartwarming and hugely successful. All and all would recommend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tina Creek

    Taken by surprise! The title of this book caught my attention, as an aspiring author with a novel going through revisions and all I can think about is fear of rejection. With just a small glimpse of what I was getting into I dove in and found myself having to cover my mouth to muffle my laughter to keep from waking my husband. This novel makes me want to gather my friends for a crazy road trip just to see what kind of adventures we'd end up getting into. Taken by surprise! The title of this book caught my attention, as an aspiring author with a novel going through revisions and all I can think about is fear of rejection. With just a small glimpse of what I was getting into I dove in and found myself having to cover my mouth to muffle my laughter to keep from waking my husband. This novel makes me want to gather my friends for a crazy road trip just to see what kind of adventures we'd end up getting into.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Els

    I am missing being able to give half stars as well, because I would score it 3,5. There were parts I really liked. They were funny and it was nice to see how a group of different women can bond over the same cause. Also the love story is very beautful. But there were parts that bored me a bit and I felt that they did not really add something to the story or were a bit to unfbelievable. All in all, it was a fluent read and I enjoyed the most of it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

    Cozy, but not a mystery ... "quest" maybe... I bailed around 2/3 of the way through when skimming more than reading. At first, it seemed promising, but later kind of went off the rails for me, with a romance introduced out of nowhere, along with a couple of other plot developments that didn't interest me. To be fair, I'm probably not target audience, but it was an available free title via IHG hotels' elite benefit. Cozy, but not a mystery ... "quest" maybe... I bailed around 2/3 of the way through when skimming more than reading. At first, it seemed promising, but later kind of went off the rails for me, with a romance introduced out of nowhere, along with a couple of other plot developments that didn't interest me. To be fair, I'm probably not target audience, but it was an available free title via IHG hotels' elite benefit.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vertrees

    Loved her writing style. Walked the line well between completely ridiculous and very funny.

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