From the publisher:
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 love Amy Reichert’s books, and this one was worth the wait.
Sabrina is a wonderful character, so well developed that I felt like I knew her. Besides having anxiety issues, Sabrina has a gift that runs in the family. At least among the women in the family. They can communicate with the dead. Ghosts. But only those who need help in getting their affairs in order before they leave forever. But a few of the ghosts don’t leave, they hang around. Especially Molly, who has been hanging around for over a hundred years and is, in fact, Sabrina’s best friend.
Sabrina grew up in the Dells, near Door County, Wisconsin. In fact, that is the only place her and her mom can connect with ghosts. Once that ability hit, around puberty, Sabrina became the town weirdo. Her nemesis bullied her all through high school and beyond. And, in fact, is her current boss. Sabrina tries her hardest to hold on to her job, she really needs it to pay off her college loans and other debt. She was determined to be a journalist until she eventually realized talking to strangers was not something she ever wanted to do.
The Dells have a newish resident who has taken over an old supper club and has turned it into a destination, not only for tourists but for the towns people. Ray’s family owned quite a bit of the area but his parents moved to NY and are in a highly successful real estate business, and they have no intention of losing him to the Dells. But when his uncle Harry gets sick, Ray moved in to take care of him and the supper club was born again. Ray finally felt like he found himself, and his place. Especially when he meets Sabrina.
Ray and Sabrina are a couple who just don’t know it yet. Ray has family issues, Sabrina has her own issues, and it seems like they are always at odds. Ray is a patient man, and he realizes that Sabrina is the one for him. It takes her a bit longer to figure it out, but it is so much fun to get there. I also loved the Wisconsin food facts and recipes. And while I’m still not 100% clear on what a supper club entails exactly, I definitely want to go to one!
All of Reichert’s books tend to focus on food, which probably explains why I enjoy them so much! I hated to turn the last page. I really hated it. I wanted to spend more time in the Dells, especially with Ray and Sabrina. Another winner from one of my favorite authors.
4/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB by Amy E. Reichert. Berkley (April 20, 2021). ISBN: 978-0593197776. 352 pages.
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