I received an eARC of this title from NetGalley to review.
All of Amy Reichert’s books should come with a warning: Reading this book will be hungry. Food always plays a part in her stories, and is always deliciously described! But you should also know that her books will make you laugh, tear-up in places, and just go “aaaww!” The Kindred Spirits Supper Club is no exception.
Sabrina Monroe is home in the Wisconsin Dells after losing her job in Washington, DC. Her plan is to work hard (for the Ducky tours of the river) and save up enough money to pay off most of her debts, make a good dent in her student loan, and be able to move away again once she finds a new job – as quickly as possible. Sabrina, like all the women in her family, can see ghosts. Spirits come to her so she can help them with whatever unfinished business that’s keeping them from moving on. Seeing spirits when no one else can is distracting, to say the least. The appearance of a spirit while Sabrina was in the midst of giving a book report in middle school led to her being labeled as Psycho by school bullies. Now as an adult, she battles sometimes crippling anxiety. She wants to get out of Wisconsin as soon as possible so she can leave her painful memories and the spirits (she only sees them when she’s in her home state; other families are tasked with helping spirits in other states). She is NOT looking for romance.
Ray Jasper is happy to be back in the Wisconsin Dells. He left his family of real estate tycoons in New York to stay with his great-uncle Harry and help him with the supper club he runs. Harry has died, leaving his property divided between Ray and Ray’s parents. Ray is determined to show them that he can make the supper club a success and that staying in the Dells is the right thing for him. A big part of the club’s success will be tied to the annual Goodbye Gala, held at the end of the summer season. He isn’t looking for romance, but when he meets Sabrina, he’s drawn to her.
What follows is an often humorous, sometimes poignant, romance as Ray tries his best to show Sabrina she is loved, and a few ghosts work not only to further their romance but to help reunite two spirits kept apart for decades. It is everything you could want in a summer romance and a wonderful escape.
5 out of 5 stars