The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

4/5 stars

Fiction – Metaphysical/Romance

If you could choose five people—dead or alive—to have dinner with, who would you choose? At Sabrina’s thirtieth birthday dinner, she is accompanied by five individuals of her choosing. Sitting with her are her absent father, her favorite college professor, her best friend, the love of her life, and Audrey Hepburn. Each is there for a particular reason, which they will soon learn, as Sabrina recalls the past and looks ahead to the future.

This book had it all: love, friendship, abandonment, coming of age, and more! It was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The beautiful love story that unfolded really captured my heart. I could relate to the ups and downs, and I felt like part of my own story was being shared. The struggles that Sabrina faced are real and relatable—things we have all gone through in one way or another. I enjoyed the interweaving of the past and present that told a larger story as a whole. One without the other left questions but, when put together, things slowly began to connect and make more sense until it was clear why each person was chosen to be at the dinner. An interesting twist on the classic love story, this book is one I would suggest to anyone! The ending shook me—I will just leave it at that. Pick this one up ASAP, and let me know what you think of it!

Author Rebecca Serle’s website

Thanks to Flatiron Books for a free copy of this novel.

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