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Summary

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.

©2016 Suzanne Kelman (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Amusing

The blurb tells you what it's about. I just figured that I needed something light to listen to after all the psychological thrillers I usually listen to. This was certainly entertaining. I definitely will not remember this book after I've read a few more of any genre. It was amusing but not one of my top books that's for sure.

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Southern drawl...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have to say this is not an inspiring story and it would have been listenable if it wasn't for the narrator's american drawl lasting for 8 hrs. I admit I struggled to get to the end favouring something more thrilling. In fact, I have 2 hours left to go and I don't think I'm going to make it... send help!!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Never made it!

What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

Boring!

Do you think The Rejected Writers' Book Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not!

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  • Tanya M. Spiegel
  • 12-07-16

Adorable

Sometimes you come across a book that just touches you. As a writer this was one of those books. Rich in warm likable characters that charmed you, made you laugh out loud. Found myself just simply enjoying the journey these ladies took me on. Warm and fresh and different.

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  • Vanessa C
  • 14-04-18

A Great Ensemble Novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was such a fun book. I happen to like ensemble stories and this hit all of the right marks. To me, a good group comedy has a straight man/woman, (who is the main character Helen Johnson), who also happens to have a funny and supportive husband. It has a bossypants leader, (Doris), various timid, daring, seductive, and rather senile characters who all form this group the "Rejected Writers' Book Club". Pad it with a journey, interesting side characters, and a couple of serious and sentimental storylines, and you have an ideal novel.

This story is not meant to be taken as a serious book, it is for the fun of it. This is about a group of older ladies who embark on a road trip to seek a much sought after "rejection letter".

The premise of this book is that you cannot belong to this club unless you always have your book or writing rejected by various publishers. They treasure these rejections and place them all in a file. When one of the original members receives an acceptance letter, a few of the members set out to retrieve the manuscript and obtain the much coveted rejection sheet. Many zany incidents occur, crazy characters intervene, and natural disasters detain.

I listened to this book on audio and the character narration was distinguishable and hilarious.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rejected Writers' Book Club?

I think the scenes where the entire group is preparing to go home and then actively going through the security checkpoint to fly back to Washington state. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.

What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The various accents make this book.

Who was the most memorable character of The Rejected Writers' Book Club and why?

I would have to say the main character, Helen Johnson herself. She is not only the straight woman for this group, she has hilarious constantly running inner commentaries.

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  • Dory Martinez
  • 24-01-18

Absolutely hilarious!

I downloaded this by accident. I had a blast listening to it. I literally had to stop myself during my dialysis run because I was laughing so hard! I woke my sleeping neighbors.

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  • Andrea
  • 20-10-17

Book ok. The narrator makes it 100 worse.

She reads in the wrong tone, emphasizes the wrong words, whines through the character and makes the book cringe worthy. I may have actually enjoyed if I'd read it instead of listened to it. Then again, maybe not.

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  • Barbara H. Handler
  • 15-07-17

Too silly

Although there were some funny times, most was just plain silly. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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  • Gothic_Potato
  • 13-06-17

Loved this book.

At first I thought that this book was not for me. Sometimes social discomfort just isnt for me but I fell I love with the characters quickly after that. Their adventure didn't make me question their intelligence; it was all possible and charming. It definitely is for 40 and older. Especially if you have that daughter. Enjoy. It is a fun trip!

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  • Carol Mello
  • 20-05-17

Rejected writers go on a very funny road trip

I love this book. It is uplifting because it is humorous in a kind and gentle way. All of the ladies and Janet's husband are so lovable, even Doris and Ethel. This is exactly the kind of fun fiction that I am always looking for. To think that it was almost missed buying the kindle book and audible narration of this wonderful book. I was listening to an audio of a book by another author whose books I always buy. I really liked the voice of the narrator, Tanya Eby, on that other book. Actually, I loved her voice. So I searched by narrator for more audible books narrated by Tanya Eby and I found this book and audio.

This is chick lit for old chicks. Not a romance per se but a humorous road trip with a strangely lovable group of women.

In the end, the only question I have is: did Janet's husband Milton get rabies from a wild raccoon or from Raccoon the cat? I will never know.

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  • Lorina Gravatt
  • 03-02-17

Rejected writers please reunite

loved it! It started out slow. Had I been reading the book I may have put it down. I was listening while I was sewing so I am more tolerant. I laughed so hard at times tears ran down my face. I love these women and wanted more when I finished the book

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  • happy customer
  • 26-10-16

Whiny spineless main character

Main character liked being a spineless victim. I had a real problem getting through this. I have stopped listening to other books for less. A long car drive and the fact it was a change to listen to a book where there was a story centered around something other than murder was a break. Give this character a backbone and maybe I will try, if this becomes a series, again. I will never again try a new series without listening to the sample first.

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  • hagit alon
  • 08-08-16

One of the most entertaining storyline

Enjoyed every minute of listening to the book. Loved the characters, the humor, raccoons and whatnot...