Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Release Date: June 30, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Carol, Mary Kay, Beth, and Lynne are the closest of friends. They have been there for each other through the worst of times. Though they have drifted apart over the years, their friendships are still important. But when tragedy strikes and Lynne passes unexpectedly, the three remaining friends must band together in order to fulfill Lynne’s last wishes. In the process, they discover things about themselves they never expected.
I’ve enjoyed Sarah Strohmeyer’s previous books (Sweet Love and The Penny Pinchers Club), so I was thrilled to pick up her newest novel, Kindred Spirits. Inside, I found a lovely escape from the daily grind into a place of laughter, love, and tears.
Carol, Mary Kay, and Beth were all well developed, but Carol spoke to me the most. Suffocated by her life as a stay-at-home mom, she realized that she was in charge of taking care of everyone else’s needs, but no one paid attention to hers. She moved to New York City, leaving her husband, in order to work at a law firm and find herself. Though she has reclaimed her independence, Carol’s grown daughter, Amanda, is barely speaking to her. Carol is dreading returning home and seeing her ex-husband again. Carol’s emotional turmoil at Lynne’s death makes her realize some difficult truths about herself.
This is also a great novel to pick up when you need to remember how important female friendships are. These women go to extreme lengths to fulfill Lynne’s last wishes because they loved their friend and want to honor her memory. It’s sweet, and wonderful to see their great rapport, as well as brutal honesty when necessary.
Kindred Spirits is a wonderful testament to friendships, as well as to the curative powers of a martini. I loved the adventure that these women went on for Lynne, as well as the dual messages of love and forgiveness. It was a heartwarming read, and I can’t wait to read Strohmeyer’s next novel.