By: Rebecca Serle

5 out of 5


We’ve been waiting for an hour. That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day,and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, The Dinner List is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.


Each of us has, at one time or another, looked back at pieces of our past and wished we knew more. Why did <insert scenario> happen? What if I…? Maybe I could have…

We wonder if our lives would be different had we chosen better words, made a different decision, took an alternate path. We think of these moments when sad, happy, or longing for a chance to ask unanswered questions…

Without spoiling this wonderfully worded and excellently told story, THE DINNER LIST is th story of Sabrina, a woman celebrating her 30th birthday dinner with her best friend and four unexpected guests. Alternating between dinner and backstory, THE DINNER LIST is a beautiful journey of love, friendship, doubt, and what-ifs.

THE DINNER LIST allows its reader to eavesdrop on an intimate, at times contentious, conversation had between six unlikely dinner companions. Reading THE DINNER LIST was a five-star experience and will forver be remembered as a perfectly woven tale of love and redemption.

PS: I have found it impossible to make my own dinner list. My only for sure guest- my grandfather who passed away when I was 15.

PPS: Grab a box of tissues. They will be needed. THE DINNER LIST makes you feel all the feels.

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