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Publisher's 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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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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What fun!

This was a fun book with a lot of silly moments. If you are looking for a light hearted read, this is your book. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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Lovely cozy book

This book was funny and witty and so much more. I found that this book calmed my soul while entertaining me. I can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-04-18

Antidote for carpy days!

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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! I'm so glad that I picked up the Whispersync so I could listen to the marvelous narrator while I was stuck with some odious tasks. And to top it off, it was on sale!

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Remembering Driving Miss Daisy

This was an interesting story with creativity throughout and mini stories within. The Narrator did great job. It was a story going nowhere in particular. In its basics it’s about a couple that is new to this area/neighborhood and how she adjusts and gets to know a group of ladies, and comes to love them. There are lots of adventures in between.

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I hate read this book

I felt compelled to finish this book, but immediately regretted the decision to read it in the first pages. The author is great at analogies, similes, and metaphors. But there’s no story here. The analogies, similes, and metaphors, even stop being interesting as they are the only consistent effort. I thought, “Man, what a super power. An ability to generate descriptors but no real characters to like. No story begging to be told.”

I forced myself to finish the book in case there was a redeeming end. Nope.

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Very funny book!

I did not expect to laugh so much whem I started this book. I was entertained throughout the entire book.

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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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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
  • Billings, MT, United States
  • 10-20-17

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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  • Patreesha
  • 03-20-17

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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  • Dominique
  • 02-18-17

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!