Second Chance Supper Club book review + a recipe for cream cabbage soup.
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The Second Chance Supper Club Book Review + Creamy Cabbage Soup

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.

So, this may or may not be the start of a new blog post series. While reading The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier, I was inspired to share my review with a recipe. I’m not sure if it was the beautiful cover or Ginny’s gourmet creations, but something tugged at me and I went with it.

The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier

About The Book

Two estranged sisters reunite in an emotional novel of family, forgiveness, lost hope, new beginnings and delicious food.

Ginny and Julia Frank had a forever bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each at a crossroad in her own life, their paths are about to intersect. Broadcast journalist Julia has it all: a career, an ambitious fiancé, and the hard-won respect of her peers. Until a hasty and desperate 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 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. Her young adult daughter Olive is enough to deal with. 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? 

Warm, comforting and brimming with hope, THE SECOND CHANCE SUPPER CLUB is the perfect reminder of the unique bonds that make up a family.

My Thoughts

The Second Chance Supper Club is a cute, light read that is perfect for the end of summer. I enjoy stories about sisterhood, and Ginny and Julia had me rooting for both of them, though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Olive. The Arizona backdrop was perfect for this story, and I love the way Nicole Meier writes about food. Her writing is so detailed you can easily imagine the taste and smell of Ginny’s dishes. This is a quick heartwarming, and cozy read about family and forgiveness, and it would make a fun book club read. If you’re looking for a light, end of summer read, give this one a go.

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 or on Instagram.

Creamy Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

Soup is really the ultimate comfort food, which is why I think I was inspired to make it while reading this book. The Second Chance Supper Club is a bright and comfortable read, and these rainbow carrots reminded me of Ginny inspecting produce at the farmer’s market.

Ingredients

1 lb smoked sausage
1 onion, chopped
5 cups chicken broth
4-5 carrots, sliced
1/2 of a medium-sized head of cabbage, chopped
2 stalks of celery
2 TBSP butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups cream
1 cup milk
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Saute onion in a large pot until translucent. Add in sausage, celery, carrots, cabbage, and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Gradually add in cream and milk, stirring constantly. Cook until desired thickness is reached.
  3. Add cream mixture to the soup, stirring until combined. Add thyme, salt, and pepper, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

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