The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1) by Suzanne Kelman

The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1)

When small-town librarian Janet Johnson is persuaded to attend a gathering of local eccentric lady writers known as "The Rejected Writers Bookclub," she gets pulled into a kaleidoscope of craziness she never knew existed. 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. However, when disaster strikes just ...

Details The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1)

TitleThe Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1)
Release DateMar 1st, 2016
Publisher Lake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor

Reviews The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1)

  • 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 yo...
  • Nola
    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 ...
  • 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 los...
  • 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.
  • 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 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 i...
  • 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 heartwa...
  • 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 ...
  • Sharon
    I laughed and teared up while reading this book. It was a delight and how I wish I could find an eclectic group of friends like those belonging to the rejected writers book club. Poor Janet has no idea what she is getting into when she gets that phone call Doris about the club needing her help. There was so much to like in this one., Janet's long term marriage to Martin and his war on raccoons and the semi-estrangement with the adult daughter par...
  • Christine Nolfi
    A quirky and fun read. Highly recommended.
  • 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 steam...
  • Kathryn
    Yes, quirky and fun, a road journey - women who have an adventure and bond. And who thoroughly enjoy their status as rejected writers!
  • 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...
  • Izabella (pagesfullofstars)
    "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...
  • 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.
  • 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, loo...
  • 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 ...
  • Karen
    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 c...
  • 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 gettin...
  • 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.
  • Vertrees
    Loved her writing style. Walked the line well between completely ridiculous and very funny.
  • Kathy
    Good readStarted out a bit slow but keep at it its so worth it what great characters you'll laugh and cry at the same time
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Karimama
    Hilarious! It was totally different from what I had expected from the title. Well, let me confess, I picked this book just for the sake of the cover and the words 'Book Club.' I had no idea whatsoever about the story before I started reading, but it turned out to be one of the funniest stories I had ever read! Hooray for my hunch!!Janet, a librarian in Southlea Bay, was invited to this strange book club called 'the Rejected Writers' Book Club' wi...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Susan Crowe
    This was a really cute book. Now, off to read #2.
  • Carol Mello
    Love this book. Chick lit for old chicks. Odd group of women go on a road trip from San Juan Islands to San Francisco to convince publisher to reject Doris' book so their Rejected Writers Book Club does not get broken up. Janet gets dragged into the odd book club because she is a librarian and "knows book publishing." She doesn't but she does not refuse to help. Her husband Martin stays home, fixated on stopping the raccoons from raiding their tr...
  • Melissa Burovac
    The Rejected Writers' Book Club is entertaining from start to finish. The characters are quirky and lovable, and they share a dynamic that keeps you wondering what will happen next.Suzanne's writing is descriptive and clear, and moves the story along without any unnecessary fluff. The story in itself is a unique idea - a group of women authors bonded by the rejection letters they receive, and the quest to change a publisher's acceptance to anothe...
  • Diana Petty-stone
    Wonderfully entertaining, laugh out loud funny and totally wacky!