18667846Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

I’ve been a book club leader for nearly seven years, and so anytime that I see a book come out that has anything to do with book clubs and their participants, I automatically want to read it. Such was the case with The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott; the title of the book really caught my attention. How could a book club be “accidental”?

The book club comes about after Jean, its leader, loses her husband. Keeping the book club running every second Tuesday of the month is a coping mechanism for her. She comes up with meal ideas in advance, and it’s just as much about the book as it is about the companionship. Each of the women in the book club has her own personal issues that she is dealing with.

On top of dealing with her husband’s passing, Jean’s daughter enters into rehab and Jean gains temporary custody of her granddaughter, Bailey. Bailey, who has all sorts of her own issues, presents an interesting complication to the book club family that Jean has come to rely on.

The Accidental Book Club was another nice read from Jennifer Scott. The characters were engaging and lively, and the issues that Jean was going through with grieving for her husband were heartbreaking and real. I found myself wanting to reach through the pages so that I could comfort her and let her know that even though she was hurting now, she would eventually hurt a little bit less.

Bailey was by far the most interesting character to me. She was angry and full of pain, and for good reason. I loved watching how the relationship between Bailey and Jean grew as they bonded over a shared love for books. Though there were some pretty tense things happening in the book, Bailey also provided a bit of comic relief in an exchange of e-mails between her and the author of a book that their book club had read. The laughter flows even more when the author agrees to attend one of their book club meetings.

Jennifer Scott also writes under the name Jennifer Brown; now that I’ve read everything she’s released as Jennifer Scott, I’m definitely interested in checking out the books she’s written as Jennifer Brown.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by NAL. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.