Friday, January 26, 2018

The Saturday Night Supper Club (Supper Club Book 1) by Carla Laureano Reviewed

About the book:

Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.
Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.
Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life—and love—outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

About Carla Laureano:

Carla Laureano is the RITA Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

My Thoughts:

Carla Laureano has a new book and it is both clever and delicious. It is a great blend of romance, friendship, and great food. The food entices you to jump through the pages for dinner with friends and it has the kind of romance that makes you remember what it’s like to fall in love for the very first time.

This book is not just about romance, food and friendship, there is so much more to this story. Like a great chef, Ms. Laureano adds a dash of realism, and a dollop of being true to one's self to finish off the meal.

Both Rachel and Alex feel as if they have to prove something to be worthy. Through twists and turns some of their own doing they learn that they are worthy. A trap we all fall into from time to time. Instead of doing what we’re gifted to do and sharing that gift with others we pull back determined to prove we are worthy before we do what God has called us to do.

Having lived in the Denver area as a child it was fun revisiting those places as I read the book.

My bottom line:
This book is satisfying in romance, flirty banter, delicious food, but most importantly it satisfies the soul. Ms. Laureano with her wit and style points not only the characters but us the readers back to the only person that can truly satisfy our soul, Jesus Christ. He makes us worthy when we aren’t satisfying our God shaped vacuum meant only for Him.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, as part of a street team. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. I did not receive any monetary compensation.

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