Friday, January 21, 2022

The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert

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.

 Kindle Edition, 350 pages,
Published April 20, 2021
 by Berkley
4/5 stars

Do you every feel timing plays a role in your enjoyment of certain books?  I was given this arc about a year ago from the fine folks at Berkley.  At the time I tried to read before publication, its the norm when receiving an arc.  But I couldn't get past the opening chapters.  I have tried it a few times since and viola last month it worked!

The KSSC is more than a story about seeing ghosts (though I wish they were more predominate). It's the story of finding oneself and acceptance. Sabrina is forced to move back home after losing her job. While home is a safe place for her the outside world contains an old boyfriend and his new fiance (also Sabrina's new boss).  Let the fun begin.

This was a fun read, especially when Ray comes into the picture.  Can Sabrina overcome her past with Molly, that ghost from the past - literally? Find purpose and contentment?  Guess you will have to read the book to find out.

My thanks to Berkley (via Netgalley) for a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

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