The Second Chance Supper Club

In a story of betrayal, family, hope, and second chances, two sisters reunite over some culinary delights in the Arizona foothills.

They each had to find their way, wherever that might lead.

— Nicole Meier

Synopsis:

Ginny and her younger sister Julia haven’t spoken for three years, ever since Ginny left New York City and her prestigious career as a highly sought-after chef to attend to all the arrangements needed after their parents’ untimely death. Both sisters have harbored hurt and anger toward each other over their respective feelings of grief and abandonment. When Julia needs a breather from a fallout at her high-profile news anchor job, the first place she can think to turn is Arizona and her sister and niece, Olive. Will the women be able to put their hurts to rest and repair their relationship?

Review:

Ok, to be completely honest, I was THIS close to marking this one as DNF. I was a whole THIRD of the way into the book and just couldn’t slog my way through the third-person cyclically redundant helping of blame and shuttered vulnerability that each sister whined about in each chapter. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a healthy dose of drama and anguish to set up a conundrum of “Will they or won’t they be able to work this out?!?!” but it was just too heavy handed.

Because I’m supremely stubborn, I revisited the positive reviews and decided to keep reading. And I was glad that I did. I still didn’t enjoy the first 1/3 of the book, and I’d be hesitant to recommend it to someone with that disclaimer, but at least the end wrapped things up nicely for the three women.

The foodie descriptions were mouth watering and enticing – I would love a plate of whatever Ginny whips up in the kitchen! Ah, and the Arizona setting felt earthy and inviting, the way family does. Those elements were so tangible and exquisite, and they really breathed life into the story. The characters were very relatable (I have a sister and we can both relate to letting each other down and helping build each other back up), and overall I’m happy to have stuck with it and finished the book. Can’t leave a sister when she’s down!

She felt her roots reestablishing themselves,
spreading back to the earth and back toward her family.
There wasn’t any price tag that could be put on such a gift.

— Nicole Meier

The Second Chance Supper Club
by Nicole Meier
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Summary

In a story of betrayal, family, hope, and second chances, two sisters reunite over some culinary delights in the Arizona foothills. The first third of the story is a little redundant, but I'm happy that I stuck with it, as the middle to end of the book was a richer storyline with better flow.

— Cassie
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