Review copy provided by NetGalley
The Rejected Writers’ Book Club is an enjoyable read. It’s a fun and quirky story about a group of women who end up on a somewhat impromptu road trip to retrieve a manuscript. Along the way they meet an array of interesting characters and go to great lengths in order to complete their mission. The descriptions are very well done, and it’s easy to picture the characters and settings. The characters all work well together too, and each has a distinctly different personality.
However, I wasn’t completely invested. For me, there was something missing. I didn’t connect with the story the way I wanted to. Janet, who is the main character, doesn’t seem to be driving the story as much as I would have liked. Rather, she’s along for the ride. I believe most of that can be explained by her temperament. To me, she seemed very much a peacekeeper. Even so, I think I was expecting a little more development of her character.
That being said, I think Kelman has a strong foundation here to continue the adventures of this group of ladies in Southlea Bay. I didn’t find any announcements on a second book yet, so I’ll have to keep an eye out.