Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Warnings: Anxiety, bullying
Review: Recently unemployed journalist, Sabrina Monroe can stand her hometown in Wisconsin…and it only mildly has to do with the literal ghosts that seem to find her aka the Monroe family curse: the women in her family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. Sabrina tends to direct the needy sprits to her mom who is much more open to the job than she is.
Things start to change when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his supper club, and they flirt and she ends up helping him plan a local fundraiser. Soon her hometown starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.
I have a lot of thoughts, mainly that part of me loved it in concept and part of me was bored to tears. This book was so slow, and I know this is true because I mention this many times over the course of my notes while reading it. I also felt the story was a lot of showing, not telling in their relationship…therefore I felt disconnected from the relationship and then suddenly they were in love…cool, I can see that from him but not really her.
We also had a lot of things to unpack with bullying and childhood trauma in the storyline, which is important to talk about but there was also not really a resolution…we had a mean girl, who was cruel and there wasn’t really a “come to Jesus meeting” about that dynamic. This was problematic for me. On the flip side, I do think you saw personal growth in Sabrina as a character and acceptance of who she is.
This is kind of a side note, not to single out this book but it brought me to me own thoughts which are…Can we talk about reading books where the main character has anxiety and you too have anxiety? I’m seeing this a lot more lately, which cool, love that we are getting more representation but also reading about someone’s panic attacks literally just gives me anxiety (mild not full out). Look it’s not going to be this way for everyone but I was TRIGGERED and I totally had to skip over some moments. It’s a lot to read an internal monologue of someone whose brain feels like your own.
Things I loved: Molly, seriously I loved her and her story…probably more likeable than Sabrina. Foodie references were fantastic. Ray was a sweetheart.
Things I didn’t care for: The mean girl, seriously…we had a bully with no resolution. Feeling disconnected to them as a couple. The pace of the book was hard for me to get into.
Basically, if you like cheese and ghosts, this may be for you but I’m kinda meh about it.