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.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and not biased in any form.*
As a general rule, I am a sucker for books about books. I love books where the main lead is a writer or a publisher or a blogger or anything remotely related to books. So, of course, this book with its amazing cover and kickass description just lured me in like a fly to honey.
It is about this rag – tag group of rejects. So, yes, more plus points! These ladies, all rejected authors collect rejection letters and talk about them while merry making and getting sloshed eating cake. Yes, what a way to celebrate rejection, eh? I wish I had their outlook in life. Also, there is a road trip!
See, is there anything that could be wrong about this? Yeah, I don’t think so.
The writing is good and the characters are quirky and funny and likable enough. It does take sometime to connect with the story and the characters and just everything that was happening, but once you’re there, this is a very enjoyable read.
It’s cozy and feel good and leaves you with a smile. It’s one of those stories, you know? The one which just makes you so happy and just picks you up and then you have all those fond memories about the story and how it made you smile.
Suzanne Kelman writing voice has been described as a perfect blend of Janet Evanovich and Debbie Macomber.
Kelman is the author of The Rejected Writers’ Book Club and is also an award-winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay award from the 2011 L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award from the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival. Born in the United Kingdom, she now resides in Washington State.is a detail-oriented producer/director and an award-winning/optioned screenwriter, with a passion for bringing great storytelling to life. She is also the co-author of the comedy book, Big Purple Undies.