I enjoyed Carla Laureano’s previous series The MacDonald Family Trilogy so it was with enthusiasm I cracked open The Saturday Night Supper Club. I wasn’t disappointed, the characters are well thought out and easy to relate to and the pace is swift.

I particularly appreciated the large cast, often romance books focus so tightly on the couple the reader doesn’t get much context, not here, here I became attached to Melody and Ana as well as Bryan and Dina in addition to our two leads. I am hoping this is a series and we’ll see more of everyone in books to come.

A word to the wise, do not read this book hungry or without access to food, the descriptions are mouth-watering! The research into this book much have been extensive, the kitchen/ restaurant scenes are so detailed and accurate, it’s awesome!

Christianity is worked into the characters and their reactions so the message is eloquent and feels natural, beautifully done and the conclusion of loving yourself the way God made you is such a lovely ending and encouraging to both the characters and the reader.

It’s five out of five for me, I read it almost in one sitting hungry to hear the end!

From the back cover:

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?

With thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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