Friday, September 13, 2019

Review for The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier

Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Two estranged sisters reunite in an emotional novel of family, forgiveness, lost hope, and new beginnings.

They had a forever bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each at a crossroad in her own life, two sisters’ paths are about to intersect.

Broadcast journalist Julia Frank has it all: a career, an ambitious fiancé, and the hard-won respect of her peers. Until a ruinous decision destroys her reputation, puts her job at risk, and sends her reeling toward the only soul left to turn to: her estranged sister, Ginny.

The owner of a clandestine supper club hidden in the Arizona desert, Ginny Frank has a lot on her plate. The last thing she wants is more drama—or the burden of nursing her younger sister’s wounded ego. But family is family. Besides, Ginny can use the help in more ways than one, and she’s going to make sure Julia pulls her weight.

As a tenuous reunion reopens old wounds, Julia and Ginny have no choice but to confront the pain and betrayals of the past. Will working to keep the secret supper club running be just what they need to find common ground and a path toward forgiveness, or will the increasing stress push them even further apart?

My Thoughts…

It has been a while since I’ve fallen into a book as quickly as I did The Second Chance Supper Club.    From the very beginning, I was intrigued by how Julia was going to handle to upheaval in her life, how as Ginny going to accept Julia’s unexpected visit, and how as Olive going to fit into the story with them.  

The relationship with Ginny and Olive was so real.    Olive is Ginny’s daughter and the bumped heads at every turn.   It was probably because they were so much alike, but just as much that Ginny was doing everything could to keep her head above water that she couldn’t see what it was doing to her daughter.   Olive was wanting to help her mom as much as possible, but she is old enough to have her own life too.   There is a fine line when working with family and that line was blurred even more since they lived together also.   

Julia had her own issues.  I feel that she worked so hard to be successful that she feared losing her success.   She made a poor decision and ran from it instead of staying and dealing with it.   Her fiancé called her out on that but this time the running worked, and she found something that she really didn’t know she was missing.   

The family dynamics in this book are real to many families.    There are happy times, stressful times, and sad times but together they make an amazing story.  

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