Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Gathering Table by Kathryn Springer


Winsome Lake, Wisconsin, is postcard-pretty, but for chef Jessica Keaton it’s also a last resort. Fired from her dream job, Jess is starting over as a live-in cook and housekeeper. When she arrives, she finds her new employer is in rehab after having a stroke, and Jess expects she’ll be all alone in Elaine Haviland’s quaint house. A chef with no one to cook for.

But instead, she encounters a constant stream of colorful visitors who draw her back into the world. As Jess contends with local teenagers, a group of scrappy women and a charming football coach, Elaine faces some battles of her own that extend past her physical challenges. For both of them, all the ingredients for a fulfilling life are within reach, if they’re willing to take a leap. And maybe Jess will start to see that it’s not just what’s on the table that matters—it’s the people gathered round it.



About The Author

 Kathryn Springer grew up in a small town where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child, she spent hours sitting at her mother's typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of reading - which turned into a desire to tell stories of her own.
Kathryn has written over thirty books and lives and writes on a lake in northern Wisconsin. She enjoys long walks in the woods and the change of seasons (although sometimes she wishes the "change" between winter and spring didn't last quite so long!) When Kathryn isn't at the computer, she's spending time with family and friends, paging through cooking magazines or sitting in the sun. A really, really good day includes all three!
Visit her website at kathrynspringer.com or find her on Facebook or Instagram at



My Review

Welcome to Winsome Lake, Wisconsin, a place where everyone knows one another, and all are family.
Twenty five years ago Elaine Haviland bought her home, and moved in, a new comer, and she still considers herself as a newbie, and she repeats history by hiring Jessica without ever meeting her. Mistakes? No, you are about to enter a very heartwarming read, where strangers become family.
We are with Jes as she arrives to the empty home, well, maybe not empty as there is a constant stream of strangers, at least to her. Elaine is in rehab. Can you imagine thinking your alone, and being awakened by someone playing the piano?
Come and see how this family developes, and we come to see the parallel of lives through the generations. A sweet story that you won't want to end!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harlequin, and was not required to give a positive review.

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