THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB by Amy E. Reicher
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I chose this book on a whim because it takes place near where I grew up. I am glad I did. It was a delightfully fun book with quirky characters. I liked Sabrina but had a problem with her refusing to help some ghosts, and how she sometimes treated Ray. She suffered anxiety due to lifelong bullying and resenting her gift. Family sure dropped the ball in getting her help earlier in life. Ray was a dream guy. A handsome business owner who loves to cook and is sweet on so many levels. I liked his nerdy side too. His personality and patience were perfect for Sabrina, making them a lovely couple.
The base of the story is Ray trying to make his supper club a success while wooing Sabrina. Meanwhile Sabrina is trying to get her life in order and deal with ghosts needing something solved before they can pass on. All this adds a hint of mystery and fun to a tender romance. I’m still smiling from this feel-good romance.
*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.