The Second Chance Supper Club

The Second Chance Supper Club

by Nicole Meier

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542041560
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 119,033
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Nicole Meier is the author of The Girl Made of Clay and The House of Bradbury. 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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The Second Chance Supper Club 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
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!
Zach_B 5 days ago
In the acknowledgements section of this book, the author states that the “book stems from my love of sister stories.” I, too, love sister stories, probably because I don’t have a sister so I like to witness them as others live their stories. I’m giving The Second Chance Supper Club 3.5 Stars because I wanted more of this relationship. I never felt any intimacy or vulnerability from either of these sisters. At the end, they agree to live and work near each other, but I don’t feel like they really discussed or resolved the issues that drove them apart in the first place. Part of that, for me, came from the lack of dialogue in this story. There are a lot of times when the sisters are looking at each other and the reader is being told what the character is thinking, but they don’t open up to each other. Julia has just been suspended from her high visibility anchor job in New York. GInny is floundering in her pop up restaurant she runs with the help of her daughter, Olive. These women need each other, but they never really reach for each other. Likewise, Olive, The now grown daughter of Ginny never had a derp conversation with her aunt regarding their lives or how the absence of each other has impacted the other. Maybe I just really had high expectations but this story just left me wanting. That being said, with some editing and revision, this could have been really good, so I look forward to Ms. Meier’s future work. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced e-copy of this book for an honest review. #thesecondchancesupperclub #netgalley
Anonymous 6 days ago
I like books about sisters and family so this book appealed to me. This concept isn't really new, but it's a sweet story without any surprises. It could've used a bit more excitement, but if you just want a nice read, this is it.
MugsyMae 6 days ago
Family relationships can be difficult at times, and are often hard to repair. I really enjoyed reading about this relationship and how things worked out. Good story and believable characters. Definitely recommend.
Dedee1 6 days ago
Great read for a women's novel. This would be a great beach read! Estranged sisters, a mother daughter conflict, a relationship based on job status, work politics, makes for some interesting scenarios. The characters were believable and quite likeable. Those of us with sisters understand some of the conflict but not the lengthy rift between these two sisters. It is unfathomable to most of us that there really are families who have siblings who don't speak to each other for years. This is a book of women coming to terms with themselves and what truly makes them happy. The book flows nicely and while it has an acceptable ending, it leaves a few things open for more stories of this group and their new life choices. I would love to see additional books with these characters growing in themselves and their community. Enjoy the read! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. . This book was provided as a complimentary copy for an unbiased review. The opinions expressed are my own.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 8 days ago
It has been a while since I’ve fallen into a book as quickly as I did The Second Chance Supper Club. From the very beginning, I was intrigued by how Julia was going to handle to upheaval in her life, how as Ginny going to accept Julia’s unexpected visit, and how as Olive going to fit into the story with them. The relationship with Ginny and Olive was so real. Olive is Ginny’s daughter and the bumped heads at every turn. It was probably because they were so much alike, but just as much that Ginny was doing everything could to keep her head above water that she couldn’t see what it was doing to her daughter. Olive was wanting to help her mom as much as possible, but she is old enough to have her own life too. There is a fine line when working with family and that line was blurred even more since they lived together also. Julia had her own issues. I feel that she worked so hard to be successful that she feared losing her success. She made a poor decision and ran from it instead of staying and dealing with it. Her fiancé called her out on that but this time the running worked, and she found something that she really didn’t know she was missing. The family dynamics in this book are real to many families. There are happy times, stressful times, and sad times but together they make an amazing story.
KerryACroucier 10 days ago
The Second Chance Supper Club is a story of second chances (of course!), sisters, forgiveness, starting over, and hope, mixed in with some delicious food. Julia and Ginny Frank used to be close, but when the death of their parents sent them on different paths, the anger, hurt, and resentment combined for a three year separation. Julia has a successful career, but the stress she faces keeping it together causes her to make a potentially career-ending mistake. Knowing she needs space and a chance to re-evaluate, she goes to the only place she can think of: her sister’s. Ginny Frank was a successful chef in New York packed up her daughter and returned to Arizona to deal with her parents’ estate. She still loves her career as a chef and is trying to make a private supper club successful. The stress of trying to make it work is taking its toll on her and straining her relationship with her daughter, Olive. The last thing she needs is her sister showing up and stirring up all her anger and resentment to add to the stress. Or maybe, it’s just what they all need. Full of good food and strong women, this novel was a delightful visit with women I would love to know. It was a joy getting to know the Frank women and watch them find their strength to move forward as well as rebuild their relationships with each other. #TheSecondChanceSupperClub #NicoleMeier #LakeUnionPublishing
Anonymous 10 days ago
An excellent story of two very different sisters who come together during one's crisis to reunite what's left of their family. I loved the restaurant/ supper club setting...it's different than the usual back story. The business kept the sisters together and too busy to face their differences. They had to work together, so it brought them together. Nicole Meier wrote as if she were telling the story of her life, a first person example of families growing apart only to come together in the end. I've already ordered a copy of this book to be sent to my reading buddies.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Sisters and second chances. After their parents died in a tragedy, Ginnie moved back to Arizona and Julia, a broadcaster, stayed in NY. After years of not keeping in touch, their paths finally cross again when Julia lands on Ginnie's doorstep at a much needed time for both. I loved how the author used food and hospitality to bring them together again. I love novels about families reconnecting and I highly recommend taking a bite out of this one.
lauriesophee 11 days ago
This book is so easy to read and enjoy and would make a wonderful story to sit and relax with on a beach. It tells the tale of two sisters filled with anger at each other and estranged for years. An act of fate will have them meet again, still unreconciled. The struggle to accept each other continues until ultimately family love and loyalty bring them together. There are some lessons that we can all learn from this story. 1) Family love and loyalty is an undeniable fact which somehow always emerges. 2) Compromise is a wonderful middle ground rather than walking away, which solves nothing and leads to hard feelings. Open minds and open hearts can really do so much to bring peace and harmony into our lives. It was a pleasure to open this novel and read it!
BriannaS3 11 days ago
The Second Chance Supper Club is about the relationship between two sisters. Julia lives in New York, where she works in media, while Ginny is a cook in Arizona. Events in their lives have separated the two sisters, but they reconnect after Julia flees New York in an attempt to escape the fallout from an incident at work. The book was fairly predictable with a plot in which life is composed of opposites: New York vs. Arizona, family vs. work, head vs. heart. Even the sisters are opposites. For example, Julia drinks green juice for breakfast and counts calories to maintain a slim figure, and Ginny is a somewhat plump foodie. This is a world of binaries. I prefer books where things are less clear cut, but this is a sweet story about the importance of family. Meier is able to show the kinds of things that can lead families apart and bring them back together, and there are also some delicious descriptions of food. The Second Chance Supper Club could be a good choice for people looking for a fun and uncomplicated story about sisterhood. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MatteaLC 11 days ago
I’m always reluctant to read a novel that highlights food, because I usually put on some pounds, as a skilled author vividly tempts my palate. And this proved to be the case. Nicole Meier wrote a very entertaining story of loving sisters, estranged by stressful events that left them miles apart, in locations and their relationship. For Julia, it took an unfortunate mistake that had her fleeing N.Y. her job and her fiancé, to seek the solace and comfort from her sister Ginny in Arizona. As she is roped into helping Ginny in her popular but struggling secret supper club, she begins to heal. This is a story of second chances, whether in relationships or business and despite differences and disagreements. The skill in which the author describes the beauty of the desert and the preparation and presentation of tempting dishes, just adds to this delightful novel. I really loved it! My thanks to #Lake Union Publishers and #NetGalley for the ARC.
Anattorneywrites 11 days ago
“The Second Chance Supper Club” by Nicole Meier is an amazingly delightful novel about sisterhood, forgiveness and food. Julia is a broadcast journalist with a dashing fiancé, but is worried about being replaced by the next best thing. When she takes a risk and accuses the New York mayor of committing tax fraud, she loses her job and flees to her sister Ginny’s home in Arizona. Unfortunately, the two sisters have been estranged since the death of their parents several years ago, and as a result, Julia is not a welcome guest. Older sister Ginny owns a secret supper club in Arizona, which she runs with the grudging assistance of her daughter, Olive. Once a well-respected chef in New York, Ginny currently struggles to make ends-meet and suffers a strained relationship with her daughter. As a result, Ginny is not too pleased to see her estranged sister, but allows Julia to stay if Julia promises to work. “The Second Chance Supper Club” is an enjoyable novel with quick and lively prose. While I have read many novels on this subject of family dysfunction, I love novels on the topic, and the author’s detailed description of cooking and food and thorough character development make what could be a trite story, instead, a delicious treat. This was the first novel I have read by Nicole Meier, but it certainly won’t be the last. I'd like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author for providing me a copy of this novel.
JW88 11 days ago
Julia is a host of a network morning show who feels that her job is in jeopardy. Taking a chance on a rumour she overheard regarding the mayor of New York, she confronts the mayor who is a guest on the show without first broaching the subject with her boss. Needing to flee the city as a result of her actions, she travels to Arizona to her estranged sister Ginny and niece Olive. Ginny is the chef behind the secret supper club - a one table dining experience she operates out of her home. The supper club has done well and has built a good reputation, but has also proven to be a financial liability for Ginny and Olive. Olive has been working for Ginny as the server for the supper club - a responsibility she doesn't want. As a result, the relationship between Ginny and Olive is anything but ideal. When the three women work and live together under one roof, each with their own problems , the reason behind their estrangement must be confronted in order for the family to move on. I loved the discussion of the food served, and the ambience created, in the supper club. I appreciated the relationship work that needed to be done for this family to grow and thought that this was described with compassion by the author. The story is a little predictable, but perfect for the reader wishing an easy read. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5. Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
ShelleyWalton_123 11 days ago
Every now and then I like to take a dip into a different genre and I have had some wonderful surprises in this type of genre. Not so with this one I am afraid. It is not terrible, it is an afternoon read but you have read it all before. Julia, the ambitious career woman, living in New York with her perfect fiancé, suddenly turns her world upside down. You have read that correctly, she turned it upside down, by sabotaging her own career as a host on a TV talk show. I must admit that I found it rather implausible that someone of her experience and age would be so rash. Naturally when this happens you leave and go to your hometown to re-evaluate your life. You also apparently arrive on the doorstep of your estranged sister assuming she will take you in, which she does. The sister, Ginny, had sacrificed her promising career as a top chef, in New York, for family duties in Arizona. She is resentful of Julia and battling with her daughter, Olivia. The story is about the secret supper club Ginny created in her house, and the relationships between her, Julia and Olivia. It is not a bad novel it is just too formulaic. Thank you #Netgalley for the arc of #TheSecondChanceSupperClub in exchange for my honest review.