The Accidental Book Club

The Accidental Book Club

by Jennifer Scott

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Writing a new future takes a little time—and a lot of love.

Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter—and for books.

There’s Loretta, who deals with the lack of intimacy in her marriage by diving into erotic novels. Dorothy, whose ruffian sons are a never-ending source of stress. May entertains the group with her outrageous dating stories, while Mitzi finds something political to rant about in every book—including Loretta’s trashy romances. Even Janet, with her mousy shyness and constant blush, has helped Jean rediscover the joy in life.

So when Jean’s family starts unraveling again—her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim—she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And, together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101614914
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 120,200
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Scott made her adult fiction debut with The Sister Season. She also writes young adult fiction as Jennifer Brown, including Hate List, which was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfect Ten," and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She has written three other YA novels, including Bitter EndPerfect Escape, and Thousand Words. Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

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“Emotionally honest and psychologically astute, The Sister Season is ultimately an uplifting story about the pull of the past, the need for forgiveness, and the redemptive power of familial love.”—Liza Gyllenhaal, author of A Place for Us

The Sister Season is a powerful, honest look at the harm that ripples out from every unkindness, and the strength inherent in the sisterly bond.”—Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The Harbormaster’s Daughter

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The Accidental Book Club 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Delightfully relaxing, The Accidental Book Club tells the story of recently widowed Jean Vison and the group of women who form a book club to help her deal with her grief. This accidentally formed group of friends not only eats, drinks, and discuss books, they also support one another and specifically Jean when family troubles come knocking. Although this is a lovely story of friendship and healing, the true magic of this book is in the brilliantly crafted characters. From argumentative Midsy, troubled Dorothy and quiet Janet, to Loretta with her sharp wit and trashy romance novels, as well as May with her wildly imaginative romantic encounters, all these women contribute to a thoroughly mismatched and very endearing character cast.  Enter sixteen-year-old, troubled and nastily spiteful Bailey Butler to stir things up for the complacent group of friends. Of course, with Bailey being her granddaughter, poor quiet Jean bears the brunt of this invasion. Fortunately, the book club members are ready to support her. Although this book deals with serious questions like alcoholism, divorce, out of control children and the loss of a loved one, the constant underlying thread of humor just kept a smile on my face. The lively, witty dialogue is balanced by moments of sadness and several anxiety-provoking incidents. Comfortably paced, yet always moving forward, The Accidental Book Club is a heartwarming story that I can recommend as pleasant, light reading. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This started a little slow but quickly picked up and I couldn't put it down. It was a really nice read.
pensacolamark More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous book for folks trying to navigate grandparenthood and widowhood by neither interfering nor neglecting their family. After a slow start, the book gains steam as the mother, helped by her book club buddies, finds out what's really happening with her daughter and teenaged daughter. Very realistic at times, very thought-provoking, too.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Having read THE SISTER SEASON, last year and enjoyed it; was excited to read THE ACCIDENTAL BOOK CLUB by Jennifer Scott. The stunning front cover draws you into a group of women and their book club (what is not to like about a book club). As with most clubs, in addition to discussing books there is also an ample amount of food, wine, and of course, a wide variety of personalities, discussions, new friendships, support, and a means to escape into the lives of characters of books. An engaging novel of a group of diverse women of different generations, learning to cope and help one another find their way. A story of second chances and how some people can change the course of your life. Jean, a widow going through a tough time, mourning her husband and now she has a group of six women who meet the second Tues of every month for dinner, wine, and lots of laughs, and of course books. Of course it was a book club; and they were there for the books, not the food; however Jean realizes the ladies (herself included) look for more than a rekindling love of reading--they need a welcome distraction from their lonely or boring lives, not to mention the food! With more talk about the brown sugar icing on Mitzi's bananas Foster bars than about plot development or symbolism. It was never just quiche or capers or balsamic drizzle. It could be one of Dorothy's sons in jail, a divorce, an ex's new girlfriend, Mitzi's political rants, Loretta's off-color jokes, poor Janet's nervous and skittish personality while she desperately tried to join the conversation, or May's dating woes. Jean is just glad once a month for two hours she does not have to think about Wayne and how much she misses him. Loretta wants to escape into erotica, with a lack of intimacy in her own marriage. Dorothy always worries about her troubled sons, causing her stress. Janet is rather shy and overweight, and being abused by her boss. May is younger and quite the entertainer with her dating stories. Mitzi always has drama and comments on every book. Loretta enjoys trashy romances. As Jean’s family begins to unravel when Bailey (her troubled teen granddaughter), comes to live with her – she definitely turns to her book club for comfort and support. (Bailey’s mom is an alcoholic and an absentee father). Jean is still grieving for her husband, and then finds she now has to deal with her rebellious granddaughter. Full of fun characters – each with their own life’s challenges. While each of them experience growth during the book, they have new friends to help support them along the way!