Review: The Betty Davis Club

If you love classic movie stars, classic cars, and road trips, read on!

betty 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.

When the young bride flees—taking with her a family heirloom and leaving behind six hundred bewildered guests—her mother offers Margo fifty grand to retrieve her spoiled brat of a daughter and the invaluable property she stole. So, together with the bride’s jilted and justifiably crabby fiancé, Margo sets out in a borrowed 1955 red MG on a cross-country chase. Along the way, none of what she discovers will be quite what she expected. But it might be exactly what she’s been seeking all along.

Length: 274 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Release Date: December 8, 2015

About the Author:

Jane Lotter

Jane Lotter was a Seattle-based writer and humorist whose work has appeared in national publications. Her hilarious column, Jane Explains, ran in the Seattle Sun, winning several awards, including one from the Society of Professional Journalists. Jane’s only novel, The Bette Davis Club, won first place in the Mainstream category in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest.


I have a confession to make. When I was about a third way through The Betty Davis Club, I almost stopped reading. I found it dull, disjointed, and I didn’t care about if Margo and Tully ever found Georgia.

I am so glad I continued reading. The rest of the book sped by, and I loved every minute of it. It was humorous, had heart, as well as intrigue. I now loved the characters and cared what happened to them.

And the way classic movie stars were weaved through the entire story was awesome! They weren’t just mentioned, but actually played an important part in the story. This gave the story a really fun flair and even added to Margo’s character, as their lives was weaved into her life as well.

Despite the slow start, I give The Betty Davis Club, 4 out of 5 stars

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT):

Language: 3

Although swearing/vulgarity isn’t extensive, there are several uses of the f-word.

Violence: 1

There are a couple skirmishes, and nothing graphic

Sexual: 2 

Innuendos and sexual references littered throughout the book. Nothing graphic.


The Bette Davis Club is available both digitally as well as in paperback. You can purchase it by clicking on the image below.

Happy Reading!