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Review: The Accidental Book Club

July 17, 2014

The Accidental Book Club

Jean Vinson is at a loss when her beloved husband dies.  Loretta, her neighbor and best friend, suggests she start a book club to help fill the void she is experiencing.  Jean decides to do it and one night, during book club, she gets a call that her daughter is in the hospital.  Jean rushes to see her and finds her daughter has alcohol poisoning and needs to go into rehab.  Jean’s son-in-law can’t handle Bailey, their teenaged daughter, alone and asks Jean to take her in.  Jean is reluctant at first because she doesn’t really know Bailey but feels like she can’t say no.

Bailey comes to live with Jean for a while.  Things are tenuous at best – Bailey is full of anger and looking for attention and Jean is not quite sure how to handle her.  With the love and support of her book club friends, Jean – and Bailey – learn about love and family.

I loved The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott!  This book spoke to my heart and I cried and I laughed as I read it.  The characters felt so real – I could relate to most of them even though their lives are very different from mine.  They felt like people I know and I was invested in them.  Just like real people, none of them were perfect but they were all doing the best they could.

The storyline felt real to me as well.  These women dealt with issues that many women deal with from horrible bosses to divorce to kids who are in trouble.  Many of their issues were resolved in the course of the book but not everything was tied up neatly which felt very real to me as well.

Scott’s writing is terrific – she kept me fully immersed in the world of these women.  She tells their story with heart and emotion and it totally captivated me.  You won’t want to miss The Accidental Book Club!

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2014 4:04 am

    With a glowing review like this, I can’t pass it up. I’m adding it to my list!

  2. July 17, 2014 6:28 am

    I am sure I’d like it too, I want it 🙂

  3. July 17, 2014 7:18 am

    Loved your review – going on the wish list!

  4. July 17, 2014 7:26 am

    This sounds like a definite kleenex book!

  5. July 17, 2014 8:22 am

    Sounds like a winner. I like the book club angle, too.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 17, 2014 9:30 am

    Excellent review, Kathy! You’ve sold me. I’ll definitely add this book to my list.

  7. July 17, 2014 9:38 am

    Adding to my ever growing list!

  8. July 17, 2014 10:01 am

    I’ve seen this one, but hadn’t really thought about it. I’m glad you posted about it, because I would have passed it up. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks!

  9. July 17, 2014 10:33 am

    I love anything that begins as “accidental;” you know that wonderfully unexpected gifts will follow. Thanks for sharing…this one is on my list.

  10. Jennifer permalink
    July 17, 2014 10:43 am

    I love books about book clubs. I keep meaning to start one and I’ve tried several time to get one kick started with some old friends but things never seem to work out like I plan. So I guess for now I’ll just keep reading about book clubs and writing reviews on my little blog. 🙂

  11. July 17, 2014 11:35 am

    It’s great when you can relate to a book while reading it.

  12. July 17, 2014 1:35 pm

    This sounds like a great book, Kathy. I am adding this to my wish list. Thank you!

  13. July 17, 2014 4:04 pm

    I love a book where the characters seem real.

    Great review.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  14. Patty permalink
    July 17, 2014 4:08 pm

    You have made it sound lovely!

  15. July 17, 2014 4:25 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  16. July 17, 2014 5:50 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    This is a new to me author and to be honest, one who writes books the likes of which I wouldn’t generally choose to read. However, the premise for this story is rather good and any book which has a book club, book shop, or library at the heart of it, has to be worthy of consideration.

    You gave this a very even handed review, which tells me everything I need to know, thanks!


  17. July 17, 2014 6:06 pm

    I like books like this that deal with real middle-class issues. Very rarely they are given spotlight because there are bigger problems to write about.

  18. July 17, 2014 6:15 pm

    sounds good.

  19. July 17, 2014 7:04 pm

    Awesome review. I’ve added it to my reading list.

  20. July 17, 2014 8:01 pm

    I think I’d like it too!

  21. July 17, 2014 8:15 pm

    Your review has me wanting to read the book.

  22. Tea Time with Marce permalink
    July 17, 2014 10:46 pm

    I loved the sound of this one, very glad you thoroughly enjoyed it.

  23. July 18, 2014 2:24 am

    Oh, this sounds nice! I was intrigued by the title of course, but the story sounds good, too.

  24. July 18, 2014 6:39 am

    I love when a story you’d least expect to just resonates with you. Sounds great Kathy

  25. July 18, 2014 7:39 am

    Your review has convinced me to look for this one.

  26. July 18, 2014 11:27 pm

    This looks so good! Off to see if it’s on my wish list or not!

  27. July 19, 2014 11:51 am

    I’ve had my eye on this book, attracted to it by the title at first. Your review makes me want to read it all the more.

  28. July 20, 2014 12:34 pm

    This sounds fantastic, and I love the cover!

  29. July 21, 2014 12:01 am

    This sounds like a great story! Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  30. bookingmama permalink
    July 22, 2014 7:56 pm

    I enjoyed this one too! For some reason, I was expecting a lighter read but it definitely had substance.

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