Review: The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott

Posted May 21, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer ScottThe Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott
Published by NAL Trade on May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Second Chance Friends

Writing a new future takes a little time—and a lot of love.

Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter—and for books.

There’s Loretta, who deals with the lack of intimacy in her marriage by diving into erotic novels. Dorothy, whose ruffian sons are a never-ending source of stress. May entertains the group with her outrageous dating stories, while Mitzi finds something political to rant about in every book—including Loretta’s trashy romances. Even Janet, with her mousy shyness and constant blush, has helped Jean rediscover the joy in life.

So when Jean’s family starts unraveling again—her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim—she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And, together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose…


The Accidental Book Club was a little hard for me to get into at first.  I didn’t care for the main characters, Jean and Bailey.  They drove me bonkers.  But in the end I wound up really feeling for these characters.


Jean doesn’t know how to be a widow.  She’s always sad, and can’t seem to move on.  She’s extremely lucky she has the wonderful group of women in her book club to keep her occupied.  I absolutely love her friend Loretta.  She says the most off the wall things, and brings so much humor to the group.   I think the fact that Jean is extremely mopey in the beginning is what I didn’t care for at first, or it could be her almost non-existent relationship with her granddaughter.  She just doesn’t seem to care about anything except living in the past.


Bailey is a hot mess.  She does outrageous things to get attention.  She knows that’s why she does it, but she still continues with the shenanigans.  I can understand her need for someone to notice her, but there are other ways to make that happen.  I think her living with her grandmother was a great thing for her.  It opened her eyes to more than just her problems.


Both Jean and Bailey grow so much throughout this novel.  They break out of their shells, and learn that it’s okay to be sad and grieve, but not to let the world pass you by. Everyone has problems, but it’s how you handle it that makes the difference.


This book makes a great book club read.  I’m even going to suggest it to mine. 😀

Katrina Sig

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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