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…
SERIES: Supper Club #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018
“Nothing’s wasted. Not with God. Sometimes you just need to have faith that He’s got what’s next.”
UPDATE: This post was supposed to be up much earlier, but for whatever reason the blog gods wouldn’t let me post it. Personally, I think Alex and all his scruffy dimpled-grin hotness short-circuited the server 😉
We all know how much I love #myJames, created by Carla Laureano. Some might call it an obsession. Others may just roll their eyes. Still others fight me over him. (I put him on a t-shirt. I win.) I’m telling you – He smolders and flirts and grins and COOKS and is just all-around HOTNESS. But y’all. Alex is giving #myJames a run for his money.
He is a “specimen of pure male beauty” … “mussed brown hair”… hazel eyes … and a “chiseled jaw shaded with just the right amount of stubble.” Whew. I’m still fanning from our first glimpse of him. Add in his killer grin, great heart, and general swooniness? HUBBA HUBBA!
But in all his well-intentioned goodness, he inadvertently makes a mess of poor Rachel’s life. (We forgive him, of course, because … hello… did you not just read that paragraph right above this one?) And I love the fact that Laureano doesn’t let him off the hook as easily as we might be tempted to. Nor does she let Rachel get away with her own flaws. Together, they take the burnt mess of the great social media debacle and reframe it into a deep spiritual message that nothing is wasted in the hands of God. Which brings me to one of my very favorite songs:
This isn’t a mushy romance with little substance. In fact, I don’t think Laureano could write one of those if her life depended on it. Instead, we are treated to a deliciously swoonlicious romance inside a greater novel. A novel peppered with scrumptious food platings, descriptions that put you right in the heart of the urban-chic Denver setting, layered characters (main as well as supporting), and an authentic sincerity to the message. What happens when life doesn’t turn out the way you dreamed, the way you prayed?
Bottom Line: I’ve been waiting for what feels like FOREVER for a new novel by Carla Laureano (no, i’m not melodramatic at all, I promise), and The Saturday Night Supper Club not only hit the spot – it completely exceeded even my high expectations. This is a gourmet reading experience, fine dining of the written word. Yet at the same time, it’s completely relatable and engaging. Along with subtle humor and friendly composition, Laureano seamlessly weaves into this story the message of trusting God to waste nothing that comes your way (even if that involves a disaster of your own making) – as well as the strength that comes from true friendship and the breathless beauty of true love. Highly recommended both for foodies and for those of us who are afraid of the kitchen!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Excellent in every way!
KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep those fans and fainting couches close at hand!
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.
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What about you? What’s the fanciest meal you’ve ever had?