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Rejected Writers Take the Stage (Southlea Bay #2)

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After months of playing the lottery and hoping for an uptick in her dog-boarding business, Janet’s friend Annie must face the inevitable: the bank is foreclosing on her family farm. But thanks to the Rejected Writers’ Book Club, Annie doesn’t have to face it alone. With just a few weeks to raise the $20,000 that she and her fifty rescue dogs need to avoid becoming homeless

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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I'm sorry I only just saw your question. Actually it's Whidbey Island :) and the town of Langley is loosely Souhlea Bay.
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One of the most ridiculous, fun and wholly unrealistic stories I have read in a long time, that surprises readers with an unexpected depth of emotion and solidarity when one of the members of this little club is in trouble. Not to put too fine a point on it, but at one point or another, each of the many characters in this book has their moment of crisis: some simple, others not so, but the varying strengths and quirks in this group show the power of speaking a thought into the universe.

See, the
Nicole Normand
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review.
I loved how the author gathered this bunch of unbelievably crew together and all the mishaps that go with it. I certainly laughed much less than with the first book but I really didn't like Stacy the self-centered daughter at all all in the first book; imagine my surprise when the author brings her back with a "decisive" place around her parents and her mother's friends, all the while being even more selfish - I didn't think it coul
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as funny as Rejected Writers Book Club! I loved it from beginning to end. There HAS to be a book 3- they've got some planning to do...

Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.
What a pleasure it was to catch up with the kooky, quirky ladies of the Rejected Writer's Book Club. The entirety of the book was set in Southlea Bay. I loved getting to know the denizens of the town. In this second book of the series, the ladies need to help Annie, one of the rejected writers, save her house. Major hijinks ensue.
The Flora and Stacy subplots really kept the story moving.
While Rejected Write
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read😀 I love the diversity of each character and the different personalities are very true to life. The author has written about a diverse group of women who have forged a connection through their writing skills-or rather the lack of😀 It is humorous but also tugs on my heart stings. Each character is unique but relatable. Having lived in many small towns, this story and its cast of characters brought many memories. I would recommend this book to anyone! Be prepared to laugh and have ...more
This is the second in the Southlea Bay series and it was a delight to return the crazy, colourful and highly entertaining world of the Rejected Writers' Club. If you haven't read the first book it doesn't matter, this works just as well as a stand alone. Kelman is very good at filling the reader in with any information that they need in a non evasive manner with a succinct recap to allow you to pick up the story and tell you know all you need about the key characters to enjoy this second foray i ...more
Anita Kovacevic
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When a book starts off with this chapter title - FROZEN YETIS & SCOTCH TAPE SHENANIGANS, you know you are in for a fun(ny) ride. If you have had the chance to read the first book in the Southlea Bay Series, The Rejected Writers' Book Club, and liked it as I did, then you are looking forward to each of these chapter titles, each of the darling characters and their quirky mishaps and strong friendship. If you enjoyed Suzanne Kelman' witty writing, you will have high expectations.
And the autho
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 product
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book set in Southlea Bay some time back and loved it so I was really pleased to be contacted by the author Suzanne Kelman to ask if I'd like to read the sequel, Rejected Writers Take the Stage. I'm pleased to say, I enjoyed it just as much. Although it's a sequel, you don't need to have read the first book as the story is completely standalone. If you have read the first book though, you will enjoy meeting the characters again.

In this book, the ladies of The Rejected Writers Boo
Danielle Urban
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rejected Writers Take Stage by Suzanne Kelman is a wonderful woman's fiction piece. The charcaters are charming. There are moments I laughed out loud, worried, and fell in love with this group. A group of writers get together to help one of their own be saved from being homeless. Their actions to save her and the dogs under her care, will be full of drama, flair, and excitement. This book is full of craziness, humor, and friendship. The sense of community in this small-town of theirs was believa ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a fun story that got my attention from the start. Why? First, I have rescue pets. Second, I love the theatre.

The basic story is that a group of friends, all unpublished writers, learn that the bank is about to foreclose on a friend’s home. Annie lives in her old family home where she houses rescue dogs on the property. The rejected writers decide to write and produce a theatrical production in order to help Annie raise the funds needed to avoid foreclosure.

The fun begins from the time t
Melissa Henderson
A wonderful story of friendship, love, and what can happen when a group of friends care deeply about each other. This story made me laugh from the very beginning. I laughed and I cried throughout the whole book. The characters remind me of people in my own life. The author tells a story that touches the heart and keeps the reader wanting to know more about the characters. I LOVE this story ! I am telling all my friends about this story. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know these people!

These two books are the funniest books I have read since the James Herriot books. I hav e read books that claim to be funny and they do not rate a smile. "Janet's" descriptions of the other members are great, and while she protests not wanting to be a member, she's glad she is. I also like her description of her house: rats in the cellar, bats in the attic, and mice in the kitchen. I know that house. In fact I have lived there.. For light reading, and a funny story, this book
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't you just love a book that makes you laugh out loud. Suzanne Kelman brings her characters to life right before your eyes. Follow Doris Newberry as she's pulled into another adventure with the Rejected Writers Club. This time they're putting on a "show". ..way way off off Broadway. I highly recommend this book and this series.
Rebecca Yelland
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit for author Suzanne Kelman! Her quirky characters continue to entertain and make me laugh aloud. I enjoy the personable tone of her writing - like she's telling the story to an old friend over coffee. I hope there are many more adventures to come for the wacky women of this unique club called the Rejected Writer's group. Well done, Suzanne!
Jen Rossington
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect light hearted reading, good for losing yourself for a few hours, curled up on the sofa & transported to another world! I love the interactions between the characters & the sense of community amongst them, even if they don't always see eye to eye! Looking forward to reading more from this lovely author!
Susan Crowe
This was cute, but not as good as the first one.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read! So enjoyable. I chuckled through the entire book. Friendship, helping each other in a small town. I'm off to get book #1 and sooooo looking forward to the next. Thank you for such great entertainment and the goodreads win.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rejected Writers Take the Stage

The Rejected Writers Book Club is back and this time they are planning to put on a musical to help Annie keep her farm from foreclosure. Janet has determined that this time she is not going to get involved in any shenanigans and has been practicing saying "no." So she is very surprised to find out that by saying "no" she had actually accepted the role of director of the play.

Her daughter, Stacy, arrives unexpected to spend some time with her parents while her husba
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Rejected Writers Do It Again

The Rejected Writers Club to the rescue! The group races to the rescue of one of their own, who may lose her farm. Like many of the old 30's movies, the group decides to put on a play. A musical, in fact. And the fun and farce begins. Will Flora win her boyfriend back from the scheming Marcy? Will Annie be able to save her farm? Will Stacey have her babies? All is answered by the end of this hilarious tale. You should be able to follow this band of misfits, even i
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Kindle Unlimited, this time because with the last one supposed to have gotten both the books through NetGalley and after that ridiculous back and forth {and having been computer tech} was not on my side and never got so just doing both with ku.

The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay)
Rejected Writers Take the Stage (Southlea Bay #2)

1 had the audio with it but by the time this one came out it wasn't showing that as it was before, but no huge deal. What was more of an issue, same as last on
Jill Jemmett
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The women of the Rejected Writers Book Club are back! The writers gather in a club where they collect the rejection letters that they receive from publishers. In the first novel, they go on a mission to get a rejection letter from a publisher who accepted them. In this story, one of the members, Annie, is facing foreclosure on her house. She owns a farm where she boards dogs. The leader of the Book Club, Doris, comes up with a plan to put on a play to raise money for Annie. They each pitch in to ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Rejected Writers Take the Stage" (Southlea Bay) by Suzanne Kelman

"Same Bat day, same Bat channel, same crazy bats; I thought" -- Janet

An enjoyable, laugh out loud novel that picks up several months after the first book in this series ends. The members of the Rejected Writers Club are quite colorful and full of character themselves. "They [are] an assortment of women of different ages all brought together by a common purpose: reading their awful manuscripts to each other."

While each woman is e
Virna Aryanita
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to the Author for giving me free digital copy in exchange of an honest review!

This book started few months after Janet’s trip with the ‘Rejected Ladies’ to San Fransisco. Janet thought she could take a breather from Dorris. But she is so wrong if she thinks she can get away from Dorris, because out of nowhere Dorris came to Janet’s place of work to tell her they have an emergency meeting.

What would it be about this time? Another crazy ‘adventure’ for their group?

Dan—the guy they met on
Jennifer Ritter
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rejected Writers Take the Stage is the second book in Suzanne Kelman' s Southlea Bay series. Doris Newberry has summoned the Rejected Writers book club members with an urgent plea. This time it is for sweet group member Annie, who has turned her family farm into a home for rescue dogs as well as for dog boarding. With a slump in the economy, Annie has gotten behind $20,000 in mortgage payments and the bank is threatening to foreclose.

Doris is determined the group will rally and save Annie's home
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant read in the saga of the Rejected Writers. Suzanne Kelman is one of those rare writers with the ability to make me laugh out loud as I read her books on the bus to work. The more I read about this group of extraordinary and peculiar women the more I want.

This time around one of them is in financial trouble and the ladies rally round in order to raise money to keep her from losing her home.

The indomitable Doris reminds me Hyacinth "Bouquet" from the British sitcom Keeping up Appe
Beth Peninger
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay seriously - this group is so much fun! I hope Kelman has as much fun, if not more, writing these ladies and their crazy small town shenanigans as I do reading about them.
The Rejected Writers Club is on a new mission in this second installment of the Southlea Bay series. Doris, commander in chief of sorts, has rallied the group to help Annie keep her family farm. Out of the fundraising brainstorming session comes the idea to do a musical even though none of them have that kind of background
A worthy successor to The Rejected Writers Book Club. This follow-up is just as convoluted, wacky, and sheer fun as the first! The group is once again roped into one of Doris's schemes, possibly even more hare-brained than roadtripping to San Francisco in order to persuade a publisher to reject a book. In order to save Annie's farm, the Club are... putting on a show! (Yes, it goes about as well as you'd imagine.)
There's another plot which actually takes center stage, which is the relationship be
Stacy McCain
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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REJECTED WRITERS TAKE THE STAGE by Suzanne Kelman is another amusing adventure for the crazy women of Rejected Writers club. This time they are trying to find a way to save Annie's farm from foreclosure by staging a musical. These women act with as much enthusiasm and skill as they write so there is a lot of opportunities for laughter in this novel. I also love how this group epitomizes the modern village that women rely on. They hold each other up, they hold each other accountable, they support ...more
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Suzanne Kelman writing voice has been described as a perfect blend of Janet Evanovich and Debbie Macomber.
Kelman is the author of The Rejected Writers' Book Club and is also an award-winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay award from the 2011 L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award
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Other Books in the Series

Southlea Bay (2 books)
  • The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1)

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