Book Review: Kindred Spirits – Sarah Strohmeyer

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
ISBN: 9780525952220
Pages: 304
Release Date: June 30, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

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Comments

  1. Love the way you have described the whole premise of the story.. My kind of read! Will pick it up sometimes soon!

    Cheers

  2. Love the way you have described the whole premise of the story.. My kind of read! Will pick it up sometimes soon!

    Cheers

  3. I really love the sound of this one. And yes, I believe in the martini!

  4. I really love the sound of this one. And yes, I believe in the martini!

  5. Thank you so much! Really touching review…Swampna, if you don’t mind, here’s the video about making a chocolate raspberry martini my best friend and I shot over the weekend to promote KINDRED SPIRITS. I think it captures the spirit of a longterm friendship, which is what I also tried to capture in the book. Thanks again!

    http://tiny.cc/ehjsw

  6. Thank you so much! Really touching review…Swampna, if you don’t mind, here’s the video about making a chocolate raspberry martini my best friend and I shot over the weekend to promote KINDRED SPIRITS. I think it captures the spirit of a longterm friendship, which is what I also tried to capture in the book. Thanks again!

    http://tiny.cc/ehjsw

  7. A beautiful review, and I can’t wait to read this one.

  8. A beautiful review, and I can’t wait to read this one.

  9. Books that highlight the restorative and healing powers of friendships between women really float my boat, and I really like the plot synopsis on this one. It sounds like this might make a really great summer read for me, so thanks for the enticing review that definitely swayed me!

  10. Books that highlight the restorative and healing powers of friendships between women really float my boat, and I really like the plot synopsis on this one. It sounds like this might make a really great summer read for me, so thanks for the enticing review that definitely swayed me!

  11. I’ve enjoyed a few of her previous books as well so I’m excited to see she has a new one out and that it’s so good!

  12. I’ve enjoyed a few of her previous books as well so I’m excited to see she has a new one out and that it’s so good!

  13. I loved this book as well. I thought she wrote a touching book. I loved all the martini recipes in it as well.

  14. I loved this book as well. I thought she wrote a touching book. I loved all the martini recipes in it as well.

  15. I happen to love books that explore the power of friendship. This sounds like a really great read and Strohmeyer sounds like a fantastic author. I’ll be sure to check out some of her work in the future.

  16. I happen to love books that explore the power of friendship. This sounds like a really great read and Strohmeyer sounds like a fantastic author. I’ll be sure to check out some of her work in the future.

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