The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier

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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 review:

This is a captivating story of healing and reconnecting. When Julia’s career implodes in a huge way, she escapes to her home state of Arizona to regroup. She and her sister Ginny haven’t spoken in three years but Julia is following her instincts and shows up unexpectedly at her sister’s door. Ginny, meanwhile, is under intense financial pressure and her unending conflicts with her 21 year old daughter Olive exacerbate the feelings. The last thing she needs is her selfish little sister in her way making things worse.

I love how real this book feels. Julia and Ginny have a lot of hurt and anger to work through, even as they remember how much they love each other and forge a tenuous new connection. Things aren’t smoothed over in an instant but old resentments bubble out from time to time. Ginny and Olive also can’t seem to communicate without attacking each other, both resentful of the other for various reasons. But Julia is a good buffer between them and helps them to connect again as well.

I was so relieved that this is not a romance, either. There is a hint of something to come in the life of one character, but it doesn’t happen before the book ends and I am so glad. This is a story of family and forgiveness. Throwing in a gratuitous love story would take away from the beauty that is Julia and Ginny’s story.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About the author:

91AJ3-sB9LL._SY200_Nicole Meier is the author of The House of Bradbury, The Girl Made of Clay, and The Second Chance Supper Club (out September 2019). She is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosy Aussiedoodle. Visit her at www.nicolemeierauthor.com.

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