Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

Posted March 3, 2018 by meezcarrie in Carla Laureano, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 43 Comments


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…

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SERIES: Supper Club #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018
PAGES: 416

“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!

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about the author

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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To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away a grand prize of a $200 Visa Card for the winner and a friend to attend a cooking class!!

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What about you? What’s the fanciest meal you’ve ever had?

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43 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

  1. Kathy Jacob

    I loved this book as well, and you wrote a great review!!! I tend to shy away from “fancy” food, because I am somewhat of a picky eater, and therefore not very adventurous. Also, I can’t afford it! But when I was on a cruise, we had some dinners that may fall into that category. I always have the chicken.

  2. Audrey Stewart

    I have been a waitress my whole life. I would love to read this! My husband is the cook in our family.

  3. Janet Estridge

    There is a very nice restaurant in Tampa called Bern’s Steak House.
    I was there over 40 years ago. The meal for two people cost $35.00. At today’s prices, you can get a salad, but that is all.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the wonderful review on “The Saturday Night Supper Club” by Carla Laureano and for being part of the book tour!

    I can’t wait for the chance to get to read this book.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    I loved this book! Carla is an amazing author and the menus in her book made my mouth water! 😀

  6. Okay, this sounds irresistible, even to a “historical only” reader like me.

    “A “specimen of pure male beauty” … “mussed brown hair”… hazel eyes … and a “chiseled jaw shaded with just the right amount of stubble”? I am so there!

    I’m more of a meat and potatoes kind of person, though I’m working on a book about a gourmet cook, so maybe I can justify this as research. 😉

  7. James Robert

    Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description,review and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

  8. Anne

    Congratulations on this captivating novel which interests me greatly. Carla’s books are memorable, beautiful and unforgettable. I have had a few fancy meals which were delectable and simple in Italy. An whole fish with roasted veggies. The Ultimate.

  9. I’m so thrilled that I have a copy of this book – can’t wait to read it! I haven’t had a lot of fancy meals, but I love when plates are presented well. Disney World restaurants do this!

  10. Jeanne Crea

    I think the fanciest (and most delicious) meal I had was at my husband’s relative’s Italian restuarant for my birthday. I actually had the perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth steak, ceasar salad, home made french bread, and the fabulous flourless chocolate torte with raspberry sauce. Thank you so much for the chance to win! There’s a great cooking class in town, that would be so fun to take. I also can’t wait to read this book, it’s on my wish list!Love your fun review!

  11. Paula Shreckhise

    The fanciest meal I ever had was probably at an Ausrtrian restaurant on Guam when hubby was in the Navy. Or Beni Hanna near Chicago and one on Guam. We rarely go out to eat anymore.

  12. Melissa Andres

    I’ve not had a chance to read het books yet, but I’ve been hearing such great buzz about this one I’m dying to read it! Hope to win!

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