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.
I was initially drawn to this book by the cover, after it all it suggested it featured tea and books – two of my favourite things. A quick peak at the blurb mentioned that one of its main characters was a librarian, so that was me hooked.
Thankfully, it turned out to be an instance when judging a book by it’s cover paid off. It’s a fun read featuring an unusual group of writers who relish their rejection letters and are aiming to hit the 500 target. When the unimaginable happens and an acceptance letter arrives, the race is on to reverse the decision to prevent publication. Not only does acceptance spoils their record, but the author had written about another member never expecting the book to be published.
This is a fun book about a disparate, eccentric group of women brought together by their love of writing and shared rejections. Janet, as the town librarian, is judged a book ‘person’ and therefore the woman to spearhead the plan to get the book back. Unfortunately she is not so convinced, but is virtually hijacked into going along with the plan. What results is a road trip with a difference featuring a mix of crises and disasters offset by acts of generosity.
At times it is laugh out loud hilarious, at others wistful and sad, there is even a little romance thrown in to tick all boxes. Ultimately it is a book about the importance of family and friendship that will leave you feeling that if only all problems in life could be sorted by these ladies, life would be a lot more fun. This is a great, any time feelgood read.
I received a review copy via NetGalley in return for an honest review.