The Bette Davis Club

The Bette Davis Club

The morning of her niece’s wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she’s made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.Wh...

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Title:The Bette Davis Club
Author:Jane Lotter
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The Bette Davis Club Reviews

  • Debbie

    The foreword of this book is so touching. I just have to comment on it and hope somewhere up there, the author is seeing that, yes, her book is in print and hopefully gets a wide readership. Also while looking on Twitter to reach out to the daughter, I came upon a link to the obituary that the author wrote herself. If you have the time, search for the author's name and read it. It was touching as well.

    Now to the book. I loved this book!! It's premise had me on page one and kept me entertained u

    The foreword of this book is so touching. I just have to comment on it and hope somewhere up there, the author is seeing that, yes, her book is in print and hopefully gets a wide readership. Also while looking on Twitter to reach out to the daughter, I came upon a link to the obituary that the author wrote herself. If you have the time, search for the author's name and read it. It was touching as well.

    Now to the book. I loved this book!! It's premise had me on page one and kept me entertained until the very end. It was a great story and I loved all the nuances and reminders to Hollywood's past. Also the reminders to America's past. The story touched on so many subjects and dealt with them in such a great manner. It was amazing.

    This is a book I could read over and over again. It went very fast, had so many good moments and several hilarious ones. I really just wanted to hang out with the main characters and go on their journey with them. Well, except for their encounters with Boone. Ha!!

    I without a doubt recommend this book and am sad that there will not be any others by this author. RIP Jane Lotter, you left us a great gift!

    Huge thanks to Lake Union Publishing for bringing this book to the world and along with Net Galley providing me with a free e-galley so that I could spend a few moments with the author and read her book and give you an honest review.

  • Elizabeth

    I absolutely loved this book! To me, it was a book that appealed to my love of old movies, all things California (old Hollywood, in particular) and books that won't let me put them down! This book has personality and lots and lots of action!

    First the characters. Margo is a hoot! She's a boozing 50-something looking for something - of course, she doesn't know exactly what. She's down on her luck because she fell for a man that she could never have, yet could not let go. Her friends are hilarious

    I absolutely loved this book! To me, it was a book that appealed to my love of old movies, all things California (old Hollywood, in particular) and books that won't let me put them down! This book has personality and lots and lots of action!

    First the characters. Margo is a hoot! She's a boozing 50-something looking for something - of course, she doesn't know exactly what. She's down on her luck because she fell for a man that she could never have, yet could not let go. Her friends are hilarious and I completely fell for Dottie! You'll love her! Now, on to Finn. He's the love of Margo's life and she still pines for him. Enough said....Tully is amazing. A well formed character. I could see he and Margo driving from coast to coast! There are more eccentric characters. I could go on and on, but I'll leave that to the next reader.

    Now the story. Margo's sister wants her to retrieve her daughter and some valuable items that Georgia (the daughter) took from her when Georgia fled her wedding. And that leads us on a wild goose chase across America that I will not soon forget.

    I laughed and I cried in this book and I believe other readers will too. It's a great book that has been re-edited and published posthumously by her daughter. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this astonishing book. It's become one of my favorites!

  • Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay) Partrick

    I don't usually read what I call midlife crisis fiction. But the premise intrigued me and Margo drew me in -- I actually read this in pretty much one sitting! This is why despite some things I didn't like as much, this book gets an extra star. Extremely well written, pretty true to real life (obviously not completely cause it IS chic-lit!) and I was engrossed all the way to the end. Plus, the humor is wonderful and Margo's breakdown near the end is downright legendary. If you want humor, romance

    I don't usually read what I call midlife crisis fiction. But the premise intrigued me and Margo drew me in -- I actually read this in pretty much one sitting! This is why despite some things I didn't like as much, this book gets an extra star. Extremely well written, pretty true to real life (obviously not completely cause it IS chic-lit!) and I was engrossed all the way to the end. Plus, the humor is wonderful and Margo's breakdown near the end is downright legendary. If you want humor, romance, drama and some deep ponderings read this book!

  • Christine

    A “road trip” book for the “over forty” set. So much fun!

    The Hollywood elite.

    A runaway bride.

    A vintage sports car.

    A cross country romp.

    A flawed heroine.

    A damaged hero.

    Not one, but two, mysterious manuscripts.

    A maniacal bad guy.

    A lesbian dance competition.

    A tragic love affair.

    The voice of reason in the form of an always-rational best friend.

    A failing business,

    And the chance at a multi-million dollar payoff at the end of it all.

    What more could you possibly want in a quick, fun read on a Sunday aft

    A “road trip” book for the “over forty” set. So much fun!

    The Hollywood elite.

    A runaway bride.

    A vintage sports car.

    A cross country romp.

    A flawed heroine.

    A damaged hero.

    Not one, but two, mysterious manuscripts.

    A maniacal bad guy.

    A lesbian dance competition.

    A tragic love affair.

    The voice of reason in the form of an always-rational best friend.

    A failing business,

    And the chance at a multi-million dollar payoff at the end of it all.

    What more could you possibly want in a quick, fun read on a Sunday afternoon?

    Margo leaves behind her floundering business in New York City to attend her niece’s wedding in sunny Los Angeles. After helping herself to a dress and shoes from her half-sister’s closet and more than a couple of drinks from the open bar she is summoned into the house and told that the bride is no where to be found. Margo is charged with the task of hunting her down and bringing her back. At her disposal is her father’s classic red MG and, since Margo does not drive, the jilted groom as her chauffeur and the promise of a big payoff if she returns with the bride … oh … and more importantly it seems, some of the items she has liberated from the house before departing.

    So begins a cross-country romp, most of it along the infamous Route 66.

    I liked this book a great deal. It’s the perfect escape on a wintry afternoon when you have time to suspend reality for a little while and live vicariously through Margo’s well-intentioned yet often near disastrous escapades.

    This is an enjoyable, light, fun read that is very well written. So sad to know the author has passed away. I think I would have certainly enjoyed other books written by Ms. Lotter. In reading an article about Ms. Lotter it was obvious that she managed to maintain her sense of humor right to the end and died with grace and dignity. Much like her book’s heroine, she seemed to do things in her own time and on her own terms.

  • ✨Susan✨

    I thoroughly enjoyed this light cozy caper of two people that are thrust together into a Tinseltown adventure. Against both of their better judgements they set out toward Palm Springs in a classic, convertible MG with the thought of catching up to a flibertijibbit, runaway bride. Imaginative and ever changing characters mixed with a sturdy plot, made this a fun read.

  • Ellie

    is the debut, and sadly the only, book by Jane Lotter. In a touching preface, Lotter's daughter describes her mother as a devoted fan of classic movies and this book as, in part, an homage to them. Lotter self-published this book but died before it was brought out by a publishing house.

    The book is a delightful "screwball comedy" type adventure of the It Happened One Night (the 1934 classic of this kind which one Oscars for the film and both its leading actors). Margo Just (w

    is the debut, and sadly the only, book by Jane Lotter. In a touching preface, Lotter's daughter describes her mother as a devoted fan of classic movies and this book as, in part, an homage to them. Lotter self-published this book but died before it was brought out by a publishing house.

    The book is a delightful "screwball comedy" type adventure of the It Happened One Night (the 1934 classic of this kind which one Oscars for the film and both its leading actors). Margo Just (wonder if the first name is a tip of the hat to the Bette Davis character in All About Eve) is a 50+ owner of an architectural salvage business that is rapidly failing. She lives in New York City but is attending her niece's wedding in Los Angeles. Margo's half-sister, Charlotte, is in the movie business. When the niece runs off jilting her (much older) groom, Charlotte offers Margo $60,000 to find her and bring her back. Soon, Margo is on the road with the jilted groom, Tully.

    Their adventures en route form the main part of the book, with a backstory of Margo's deceased father, a successful television writers and another of Margo's romance with the unattainable Finn.

    The writing is witty and the story is lively and fun. There are some touching moments along the way but Margo, a middle-aged woman who has in many ways given up on herself and on love, is Lotter's biggest achievement.

    I want to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for giving me this story. I had a lot of fun reading it. I'm sorry there won't be any more like it from Lotter but I'm grateful to have had this one.

  • Obsidian

    Please note that since Goodreads does not allow for half stars that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to a 3 on this site.

    So here's the thing. I feel like a shit person for this but I did not like this book. I feel terrible about it because the foreword written by the author's daughter is touching and moving. And I really wish, sincerely wish that I had liked this book. The author passed away right before this book was published and the family was overjoyed at it being picked up by L

    Please note that since Goodreads does not allow for half stars that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to a 3 on this site.

    So here's the thing. I feel like a shit person for this but I did not like this book. I feel terrible about it because the foreword written by the author's daughter is touching and moving. And I really wish, sincerely wish that I had liked this book. The author passed away right before this book was published and the family was overjoyed at it being picked up by Lake Union Publishing since it was the author's fondest wish to be a published author.

    The main character of this book is Margo Just. Invited to her niece's wedding by her somewhat estranged half sister, Margo is reeling with the fact that she is out of money and options. Margo's sister Charlotte comes to her in a panic the day of the wedding by asking her to track down her daughter who just fled the wedding. Apparently Margo's niece has stolen something important, and Charlotte is hoping that Margo can talk her into coming back and marrying the groom. With Charlotte offering $50,000 to Margo (which can help her out a lot) Margo takes her late father's car and the jilted bridegroom on the road trip to find her niece.

    What can I say. This book had very little depth when we got to the main character of Margo or her sister, niece, the bridegroom named Tully, and Margo's best friend/older sister type for several decades Dottie. I feel like from beginning to end the whole book felt rushed. I didn't get Margo at all, and she was not that interesting. And excuse my language, at times she was an ass.

    The main issue is that we have present day hijinks ensuing while Margo is also reminiscing about her past. The two time-lines don't line up very well at all and frankly it would have made more sense for the book to be flipped around. We had to read about things in dribs and drabs and you don't get what happened with Margo's father and her mother, and Charlotte' mother until almost the end of the book. You don't find out why Margo has not married until the very end of the book. Heck you don't get what the heck possessed the groom to be to even be interested in getting married to Margo's niece until the very end of the book. Frankly younger Margo was more interesting than the present day version intent on tracking down her niece.

    The writing was on the side of tedious. I think a lot could have been cut away from the book to make it work. This was written like what I would consider a romantic comedy in the 1930s starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel, however the main character is not charismatic like Rosalind at all. There was one scene where Margo admits she is an alcoholic at an AA meeting and man oh man, I wanted to shake her. She was insufferable and rude. And seriously that was her throughout most of the book.

    The ending comes and everything works out in the end. Heck we even have Margo having her happily ever after though you wonder how in the world did we get from point A to point B by the end.

  • Reyes

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars

    I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was nuts in the best possible way, Margo was a funny and charming MC for the most part and the book as a whole was just hilarious. I loved that the MC was a single woman in her 50s very much enjoying life, although she still had the problems typical of any chick-lit book (struggling for money, a crappy family situation and a disastrous love life). Why then the kind-of-low rating? Well, while the story was

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars

    I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was nuts in the best possible way, Margo was a funny and charming MC for the most part and the book as a whole was just hilarious. I loved that the MC was a single woman in her 50s very much enjoying life, although she still had the problems typical of any chick-lit book (struggling for money, a crappy family situation and a disastrous love life). Why then the kind-of-low rating? Well, while the story was interesting and really funny, it was also very irregular. It would mix funny, over-the-top situations with scenes dealing with issues as alcoholism and drug use in a more serious manner, and the way the author would jump from the former straight into the latter didn't work for me at all, and I'm not entirely comfortable with the way the more serious issues are dealt with either. The other reason that made me lower my rating was the end: it was far to clichéd for my liking, and to be honest it didn't make much sense.

    It still makes for a light summer read if you're in the mood for that :)

  • Irena

    actual rating:

    Reading story narrated by a woman who's over 50 years old was out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it anyway. Branching out, spreading my horizonts, that's what I was thinking about.

    I knew that, what I was about to read was a comedy, but if you ask me what was it that I expected from this book, I wouldn't know what to tell you.

    The story follows Margo, a fifty-something years old woman who finds herself at her niece's wedding. Everything would be great if there wasn'

    actual rating:

    Reading story narrated by a woman who's over 50 years old was out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it anyway. Branching out, spreading my horizonts, that's what I was thinking about.

    I knew that, what I was about to read was a comedy, but if you ask me what was it that I expected from this book, I wouldn't know what to tell you.

    The story follows Margo, a fifty-something years old woman who finds herself at her niece's wedding. Everything would be great if there wasn't just one problem: the bride is missing. She ran away, and Margo's sister is asking her to find her. Margo wouldn't accept that request usually, but 50 000 dollars deal is hard to decline.

    On her roadtrip, she won't be alone. Tully, the groom, is going with her to try to convince the love of his life to change her mind.

    Let me just starting this review by telling you what

    . The story is written in present tense and it pulls you in immediately. Good sense of humor can't hurt either. Even though the story itself is not so good, the writing style is what keeps you reading and, believe it or not, I actually had good time reading it (most of the time).

    It has a meaning and it is awesome (I'm a proud member of The Bette Davis Club myself).

    , or should I say, Morgo's past. That part of the novel is what is actually worth reading. I think that story is really good, it can make you feel and, honestly, if the writer decided to write only that story, the novel would be better.

    Now, let me tell you what

    Not only did some of them had stupid names, but they were also… stupid. There is only one character (Dotty) that I can say was intelligent enough, but no one else.

    They got themselves in bizzare situations, had no idea how to handle them, weren't thinking whatsoever and honestly, if they had only little intelligence, the problem would be solved really quickly and this would be a short story.

    One character even says for himself that pople are telling him he has high IQ and I was all like…. NO, YOU DON'T!

    They also have no dignity or self esteem.

    I really hated

    They were unnecessary, stupid and just made me roll my eyes instead of wondering what will happen and rooting for main characters.

    That being said, I think I should stop now because there is really nothing good I could say, and since I am huge Bambi fan, I know what Thumper's father told him and I listen to his advice…

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