The Rejected Writers' Book Club

The Rejected Writers' Book Club

by Suzanne Kelman


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503934146
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Southlea Bay Series , #1
Pages: 261
Sales rank: 617,743
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Kelman is the author of the Southlea Bay series and an award-winning screenwriter. Born in Scotland and raised in the United Kingdom, she now lives in the United States in her own version of Southlea Bay, Washington, with her husband, Matthew; her son, Christopher; and a menagerie of rescued animals. She enjoys tap dancing, theater, and high teas, and she can sing the first verse of “Puff, the Magic Dragon” backward.

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The Rejected Writers Book Club 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
situational-humor, verbal-humor, bad-puns, family-dynamics, friendship, women-s-fiction, whispersync This is the very book you need on a bad day or after a really lousy shift! The characters certainly are and the interactions will have you laughing in spite of yourself. The publisher's blurb gives hints but doesn't begin to prepare you for all of the fun!
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
2.5 out of 5 stars rounded up. The Rejected Writers' Book Club by Suzanne Kelman is the second book I reviewed from NetGalley. I wanted to like this book so badly. It seemed right up my alley. A 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 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 e-book of this title through NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. This in no way affected my rating of the book. All opinions and conclusions are my own. ***
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
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.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. I was captured by the book description and this book kept my attention from beginning to end. The relationships between the ladies varied and I enjoyed watching the relationships change and grow throughout the book. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Janet Johnson, librarian to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington is nearly ambushed into attending the prestigious and by-invite only, ‘The Rejected Writers’ Book Club’. The club, run by Doris, is full of writers who are not very good. The aim is to get 500 rejection letters from publishers so that they can then throw a big party. That’s where Janet’s skill are required. The total rejection letters stands at 475, and the rate at which they are arriving is going well, until Doris receives an acceptance letter. With no other options, Doris decides she must go to the publishers and demand that they reject her manuscript, otherwise she will no longer be allowed to stay in the club. Commandeering Janet to take them to San Francisco on her way to visit her daughter, who is pregnant with twins, Doris and the women of the club are set to go on a wild road trip. One that would give Thelma and Louise a run for their money. The start of the book, for me, began quite slowly, and I did initially wonder when the hilarity was going kick in. This mainly comes when the women hit the road. The pace then picks up ten-fold, and the laugh out loud moments begin, even when the first stop is still inside the town of Southlea Bay. It was lovely to see a book written about a group of middle-aged, and older women having fun and getting in to sticky situations, as for me this made the events even funnier. Doris is a tough, old woman, who has seen it all, done it all, and knows a thing or two. She is also completely barmy, determined, and rules the group with an iron fist. Janet was a bit wet behind the ears though. I wanted her to be a bit tougher and more headstrong, whilst at the same time relax more, and learn to live a little and have some fun. The women fitted perfectly together and their characters complimented one another. They all contributed to the story and I couldn’t choose one over another. Although they worked harmoniously together, they were all also completely different and handled each crazy situation uniquely. My favourite scene has to be ‘The bear in the cabin, with a ghost story to tell’!! The book had me hooked and eager to keep up with the women on their trip. I now can’t wait to read more about the ladies of Southlea Bay. Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The Rejected Writer's Book Club was surprisingly charming and fantastically funny. The cast of characters all seemed slightly crazy, even more so set against the perfect straight man (or woman) Janet Johnson, the librarian. Somehow, Janet finds herself drawn into a caper by a group of older ladies, calling themselves The Rejected Writers Book Club. Doris, the leader and Alpha of the club, had "gasp", had her book accepted by a publishing house in San Francisco. This horrible acceptance letter would get her kicked out of the club she had started, so they must all go on a madcap journey to get the publisher to take the letter back, and give her a rejection letter instead. I went to the author's website to find out a little bit of information about Ms. Kelman, unsurprisingly, I found out that she is an award winning screenwriter and playwright. As I read this book, I didn't have any trouble seeing this book being made into a movie and actually had the cast already set as I was reading it. Diane Keaton, as straight laced Janet, Meryl Streep as Alpha club leader Doris, and Natalie Portman as shy but beautiful Flora. Each character was brought to technicolor life by their quirks and personalities, that even when cranky, you couldn't help but fall in love with all of them. This journey to San Francisco by a group of old broads is filled with humor, love, enlightenment, and acceptance. I enjoyed their growth with themselves and each other and found myself smothering a laugh more than once. Reading this book made me miss my sister and mom, as we've had more than one of our own mad caper. I also miss my small group of female friends that are spread around the country. Great friendships, just like good books are long lasting.
bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It is well written and flows well from beginning to end. The characters are richly developed and I felt as if I knew each and every one of them. The dialog is snappy and oh, so funny. The book never lagged and I never got bored with it, not for one second. This book was hard to put down. It is heartwarming and funny. I laughed out loud so many times. The antics of these women was absolutely hilarious. The predicaments that they found themselves in will make you want to be right there with them. This book is hard to put down, it will capture you from page one and take you on a fun filled road trip with these women. It is about finding friends in the most unlikely of places. You will grow to love all of these characters, I know that I did. I did not want this book to end. I hope the Southlea Bay books will continue, because, I , for one, will always be there to read them. This is a book that you do not want to miss out on. It will make you feel a part of this club. I can not express how much I loved this book. So far my top read of 2016! Thank you Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me the honor of reading this amazing book. Thank you to Suzanne Kelman for writing such a wonderful, fun filled ride of a book.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
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!!
Jarina More than 1 year ago
The Rejected Writers' Book Club, by Suzanne Kelman, is the first book in Ms. Kelman's new Southlea Bay series. As the story opens we meet Janet Johnson, librarian and resident of the imaginary town of Southlea Bay, Washington. On this particular day, the raccoons have struck the garbage cans, Janet gets drenched in the rain as she heads in to work, and as if that isn't enough to begin a day on the downside, Janet receives a call from Doris Newberry, a larger than life individual that was known to spearhead harebrained schemes. And now Doris is inviting Janet to a special meeting of her rejected ladies group, telling Janet she would fit right in. Not knowing what to think, Janet arrives at Doris's house, clothing dried to her skin, to be a guest of honor of sorts to this group of would be writers and their rejection group. Carefully collecting their rejections with a goal of 500, they are now at 475 when the unthinkable happens, Doris received an acceptance letter. Simultaneously, Janet's daughter, Stacy, has learned that she is pregnant with twins and requires bed rest. When her son-in-law must travel for business, Stacy asks her mom to come to San Francisco to help her out. Although Janet and Stacy have a strained relationship, there is no lack of love, so Janet plans to go. This will also give her an out from the shenanigans of Doris and her group. Being fearful of flying, Janet plans to drive to San Francisco. Telling Doris she cannot help her backfires, however, since the accepting publisher is in San Francisco. Doris immediately reacts with road trip, creating a mad cap adventure that results in a journey of bonding with not only this crazy assortment of ladies, but also between mother and daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed this laugh-out-loud funny tale. Warm insights, wacky adventures, and wonderful characters are found in every chapter. I look forward to further adventures in Southlea Bay.