- Series: Southlea Bay (Book 1)
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781503934146
- ISBN-13: 978-1503934146
- ASIN: 1503934144
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 565 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Great fun! Suzanne Kelman’s humor makes you want to call some girlfriends and plan to get together. Friendship is a major theme in this story and I’m all about that! The premise is certainly not to be taken seriously…even more reason to laugh…of course all writers want to have their work recognized! Light, quirky, and heartwarming. I’m looking forward to Book Two!” —Patricia Sands, bestselling author of the Love in Provence series
“A quirky and fun read. Highly recommended.” —Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of the Sweet Lake Novels
“I didn’t get a chance to review this book right after I finished, and I’m kind of glad it worked out that way. Because I realized—I haven't been able to get this book out of my mind! The author did a great job of creating memorable and zany characters, and putting them on a road trip adventure that was one wild ride. But, what was great is that it was still realistic. I appreciate when authors take you just to the edge of what is possible without going over the top. I look forward to future books in this series.” —Camille di Maio, bestselling author of The Memory of Us
“A wonderful heartwarming story filled with love and laughter.” —Victoria Connelly, bestselling author of The Rose Girls
“Suzanne Kelman has an effortless knack for making you laugh out loud. This is hugely entertaining, feel-good fiction for a rainy day or an afternoon at the beach. Be prepared to be unable to stop smiling.” —Carol Mason, Amazon Charts bestselling author of After You Left
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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This story reminded me of an eye-catching and beautifully wrapped present. The moment I laid eyes on it--I had to have it. Later, I hopped into bed with my lusty prize and snuggled down between the sheets. After undressing the first few chapters, I found myself digging deeper in search of something. As I groped my way, it occurred to me that nothing of significance was ever to be found. Its performance did not reach my expectations. After a Titanic deflation, I jumped ship. Top marks for a brilliant cover. Top marks for an exceptionally well-edited book. Top marks for excellent descriptions that were innovative and clean. Sadly, stimulating content was lacking. I would recommend this book to women who avoid challenging conflicts and who relish safe sojourns dotted around the country with trusted friends. The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay)
Warning: the plot begins slowly so hang in there before you make up your mind about this book, at least until the road trip is on the road.
Janet, a librarian, is commanded to help a bunch of older women (and one younger woman), all of whom are a bit daft, exchange an acceptance letter for a rejection letter from a publisher. The group of women chose Janet because, as a librarian, she must know all about publishing and how to convince a publisher NOT to accept a book. Sounds confusing and ridiculous? It is at first until you get used to the wacky world inhabited by this group of friends. The group of women formed the club to turn lemons (rejection letters from publishers) into lemonade. All is going along merrily until one receives (oh, horrors) an acceptance letter!
The covert operation involves a long road trip in Janet's car (naturally). All sorts of things, silly or unbelievable, delightful or embarrassing, happen on this road trip.
I thought I had bought this book and the audible narration, but I found out they were borrowed under my Kindle unlimited account today when I went to borrow another book. Really, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand has been up to. Now I do own them because I had so much fun with this book, for me it is worth owning both to enjoy again and again.
Why did I select this book on kindle unlimited in the first place? Because I liked the cover. I collect china tea cups and tea pots. I admit it is a thoroughly irrational way to select a novel to read. For once, it worked out well for me.
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 another rejection to keep the group together. I can only hope I find a group of friends like them, willing to chain themselves to toilets to help me accomplish my goals.
I already have the second book in this series and can't wait to read it.