BOOK REVIEW: The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier @nmeierwrites @LUAuthors

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Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction / Women’s Fiction

Goodreads Average: 3.70   *As of  9/08/2019*

 

Goodreads Blurb:

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:

The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier is an emotional but endearing look at family and putting your life back together when things fall apart.

What it’s about: Sisters Julia and Ginny have been estranged for years, ever since their parents died in a freak accident and Ginny went home to Arizona to pick up the pieces while Julia stayed behind in New York City to work on her journalism career. But after making a big mistake that may leave Julia out of a job, she decides to run from her current problems and travel to Arizona to reconnect with Ginny and her niece, Ginny’s daughter, Olive. But Ginny has her own struggles and tempers will flare, can Ginny and Julia patch things up again or are they doomed to be estranged forever?

The Second Chance Supper Club was such a cute book, and I really enjoyed the two storylines of Ginny and Julia. I did think that it felt like I was reading from younger POVs than I actually was though. Julia is 38 and Ginny is older, but I got the impression I was reading from the perspectives of women much younger. This might be because they weren’t as developed as they could have been, and I would have liked to get to know them a bit better.

I do think that Meier struck the perfect balance between talking about food (Ginny is a chef) and family. The Second Chance Supper Club is a great book to read among heavier books, and while my eyes were glistening with tears at the end – overall it is not a tearjerker. However, this is definitely a book that will make you want to spend more time with friends and family and hold them tight. It makes you reflect on just how short life can be, and that part in itself made me emotional because I know from experience.

Besides wanting more character development, I was also a little disappointed about a couple of plot lines that just fizzled out with no explanation, and for adult women, they didn’t really act like it or have the sense they should have, especially financially for Ginny. Overall though this is a super sweet book that I do NOT regret reading in the slightest.

Song/s the book brought to mind: Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles.

Final Thought: If you are looking for a nice palate cleanser between heavier reads that still has heart, The Second Chance Supper Club could be the book for you! The parts about food made my mouth water, so I think chefs and foodies will also be able to appreciate this book. Julia, Ginny, and Olive were 3 characters that I felt for and I loved reading their stories. This may not be anything too crazy, but it was super sweet and a book that will stick with me for a while.

Thank you to Get Red PR and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to Get Red PR and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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