“By all accounts, Suesca was haunted. From everything Bryan Shaw had seen, he believed it.”

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano concludes the three book supper club series. It focuses on two characters which have added greatly to the previous two books and it’s lovely to see them both in the limelight. Because of a string of unhappy circumstances, both Ana and Bryan end up at a loose end. Bryan feels called to purchase a coffee farm and open a coffee roastery. Ana soon finds herself using her marketing and business savvy to help Bryan get it off the ground.

In the process, the two both spend time introspectively reviewing their lives and what they want for the future. It’s a reminder to pay attention to what life is really all about. With a Christian thread, Carla weaves truth and compassion along with hope through the storyline. 

Coffee is at the centre of much of the discussion and deep research adds authenticity and an interesting element to the story, you’ll definitely be more clued up on the coffee making process by the end!

This series has such heart and humour, I enjoyed all three and this is a great end to it. It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended.

From the back cover:

Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices haven’t been in vain. But when she’s asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job.

Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it—only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.

When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she’s desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though he’s the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect there’s much more to Bryan than she’s given him credit for . . . and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Carla Laureano. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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