The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert
Paperback, 336 pages
Publication: April 20th 2021 by Berkley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Ghosts,
Jobless and forced home to Wisconsin, journalist Sabrina Monroe can tolerate reunions with frenemies and kisses from old boyfriends, but not the literal ghosts that greet her in this heartwarming tale of the power of love and connection from acclaimed author Amy E. Reichert.
For Sabrina Monroe, moving back home to the Wisconsin Dells–the self-described Waterpark Capital of the World–means returning to the Monroe family curse: the women in her family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. But Sabrina’s always redirected the needy spirits to her mom, who’s much better suited for the job. The one exception has always been Molly, a bubbly rom-com loving ghost, who stuck by Sabrina’s side all through her lonely childhood.
Her personal life starts looking up when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his supper club, where he flirts with her over his famous Brandy Old-Fashioneds. He’s charming and handsome, but Sabrina tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance–she needs to focus on finding a job. Except the longer she’s in the Dells, the harder it is to resist her feelings for Ray. Who can turn down a cute guy with a fondness for rescue dogs and an obsession with perfecting his fried cheese curds recipe?
When the Dells starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.
My Thoughts…The reason I picked up this book was because it was set in the Wisconsin Dells. I grew up about 20 minutes from the Dells and have never read a book set there. I loved that I could picture the downtown, I know about the entire town of water parks, I know what a Duck (not a bird) is, my dad use to make a comment about the dam every time we drove over it, and the supper club is such a staple of Wisconsin. The setting is what made me pick up the book but the story itself is what kept me reading.
The characters were fun, quirky, and entertaining. I love Sabrina and felt sorry that she had been bullied so much that it was keeping her from being happy, ever, in her hometown. Ray is the person I knew would help her overcome her past and find a happiness in a town where many people love her. Molly, the ghost, is my favorite character. Even though she is dead and a ghost, she is Sabrina’s best friend.
The romance was fun, the paranormal twists were entertaining, and the family dynamics real.
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Meet Amy… Amy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE, THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, and THE OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO LETTING GO, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer baby snuggler, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library’s board of directors. She's a member of Tall Poppy Writers.