Review: THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB by Amy E. Reichert
Published by BERKLEY on April 20, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
I was first drawn to Amy E. Reichert’s new novel, The Kindred Spirits Supper Club because the cover is so sweet, but let me tell you, the story inside is even sweeter and sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
Sabrina Monroe is a journalist. She loves to write and thought this would be the perfect job for her. There’s just one problem; Sabrina is an introvert and has anxiety, which makes it nearly impossible for her to call and interview people so she can actually get the information she needs to write her articles. Her anxiety has cost her more than one job over the years and when we first meet Sabrina, she is jobless and living at her parent’s house in a small town in Wisconsin, trying to regroup.
Sabrina is, by far, one of the sweetest, most lovable main characters I think I’ve ever come across. I can’t even express how much I both adored Sabrina and related wholeheartedly to her introverted personality and her anxiety. Even though she has lost her job and is stuck working as a duck tour guide driving amphibious vehicles all day and working for someone who actually used to bully Sabrina when they were in school together, Sabrina is still a walking ray of sunshine. She spreads kindness wherever she goes, whether it’s to the library where she leaves $5 bills inside of her favorite books for other readers to find and treat themselves or to the laundromat where she’ll leave stacks of quarters on machines so some lucky person can do a load of laundry on her. I was invested in her happiness within a few pages of watching her in action. I mean, seriously, how can you not root for someone who is so utterly kind?
I also very much liked Ray Jasper, a new local restaurant owner, who becomes instantly smitten with Sabrina as soon as he sees her in action at the local waterpark, picking up strangers’ dropped towels and rehanging them so they’ll be nice and dry when they return for them. Like me, Ray is immediately struck by Sabrina’s kindness and he is determined to get to know her better. What’s great about Ray is that he not only appreciates how kind Sabrina is, but he could actually give her a run for her money in the kindness department because he’s also a sweetheart. I immediately wanted them to get together because they each deserved someone as sweet as they were, so they were a perfect match.
In addition to cheering on this adorable two-some, I also loved that this story has an element of magical realism in it. The women in Sabrina’s family have a rare gift – they are able to see local spirits who passed away, leaving behind unfinished business. Whether it’s to let a cheating spouse know they didn’t get away with the cheating or to help dispose of some adult toys the deceased doesn’t want their family to discover, Sabrina and her mom help these spirits to wrap up their unfinished business so that they can move on and rest in peace. There’s one spirit they haven’t been able to help though, a young woman named Molly. Molly died long ago as did the person she has unfinished business with, so she is stuck in a kind of limbo and hangs out with Sabrina. The two of them have become practically like sisters over the years and Molly is as delightfully upbeat and kind as Sabrina is. Even though she can’t move on, Molly does everything she can to help other spirits move on and she’s also determined to play matchmaker for Sabrina and Ray, which leads to some funny moments. Sometimes magical realism doesn’t work for me, but it’s honestly just perfect for this story since the story itself is pretty magical.
If you’re into charming small town romances with absolutely adorable characters, you’re going to want to check out The Kindred Spirits Supper Club.
Everything about this is adorable and fun! And the magical realism is an unexpected twist as well.
Yeah, it’s a pretty special book. 🙂
This sounds like a delightful, uplifting blast of escapism. Just what we all need right now – and you’re right about the cover, too. Thank you for a lovely review, Suzanne.
Yes, it’s exactly the kind of read that has helped to get me through this pandemic. I loved how uplifting it was.
This sounds delightful! Although the whole spirit part seems out of place, but I’m sure it makes sense when you read the story. And it’s a good reason for me to check this out!
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Yeah, at first I thought the spirit element would just be weird, but somehow it just all works in the most natural way.
YES!!! I want to shout about this book. I loved it so much. Those random acts of kindness were the best, and Ray was a total sweetheart.
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It’s such a special book. At first I was going to rate it 4 stars but the more I wrote about it and really appreciated how lovely and uplifting the story was, I had to go with 5 stars.
Love how cute the cover is! ANd I totally love small town romances!
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The cover is so adorable!
I really want to read this one…even more so now! 😀
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I hope it’s a great read for you. 🙂
This sounds very cute. Where does Sabrina get the money to give away if she’s lost her job? I thought about this one but couldn’t get it into my schedule just now Fantastic review!
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Sabrina is working as a tour guide for a Duck Tours company. The money isn’t great and she should be saving every penny but instead she’s constantly giving it away to brighten other people’s days.
Sounds sweet.. which is exactly not my kind of book. Thanks for sharing.
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The magical realism is an unexpected but fun twist, and I feel like I could really relate to Sabrina!
Yeah, as soon as I started reading about Sabrina, I found her so relatable and could totally picture myself ending up in her shoes.
The paranormal element sounds like a lot of fun!
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It really was fun. At first I thought it would be strange but the author really makes it work well and Molly the Ghost is just hilarious at times.
This sounds absolutely adorable and definitely something I would love! Added to my TBR, so thanks for the review!
I hope you love it as much as I did. 🙂
Oh, this sounds like what I need right now. I have it on audio. Wonderful review, Suzanne💜
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