What a hoot! I laughed so hard at times while reading that tears literally flowed. Kelman has created characters and dialogue and situations that are truly hilarious.
But the book is not all laughs. There are some serious times too. In fact, the concern for the women in the Rejected Writers Book Club this time is saving the family farm of one of their members. Behind in her mortgage, the bank is hoovering over Annie, threatening possession. Doris' answer is to put on a benefit, a musical production. And that is when the fun begins.
There is also a little romance in the book. The growing relationship between Dan and Flora hits a roadblock when that conniving Marcy latches on to Dan. How can one man be so clueless about the wiles of a woman on the prowl?
All of those elements combine to form a well crafted humorous novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how the women in the club came together to help Annie. It's a heart warming story with quirky characters, a tender romance, and scenes that will make you laugh your socks off. A plus for me is that it takes place on the island of which I am a native and still reside. I can hardly wait for the next in the series.
This is the second novel in the series but reads very well on its own. You can read my review of the first book, Rejected Writers Book Club, here.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Suzanne Kelman is the author of the Rejected Writers Book Club series and an award-winning screenwriter. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, she now lives in Washington State on her own version of Southlea Bay with her husband and son. You can find out more at http://www.suzannekelmanauthor.com/.
Lake Union Publishing, 286 pages.
I received a complimentary egally of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.