Thursday, May 9, 2024

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano (Review)

Series: Supper Club # 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: February 6, 2018
381 pages

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?

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐⭐

I initially read this as an advance reader copy back in 2018, but I recently purchased a copy and read it for the second time. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

There is so much to enjoy about this book. The focus is on a chef who specializes in fine dining, but after an article about her goes viral she loses her kitchen and it looks like all her dreams have come crashing down. Alex never imagined that his article would have the effect it did and feels horrible about it, so he sets out to make amends with Rachel (someone he has never met). Neither imagined a partnership between them would turn into so much more. As much as I enjoyed following the possible romance, I especially enjoyed the friendships portrayed - Alex and his friend Bryan, Rachel and her friends Melody and Ana, Alex and his sister Dina. Each relationship was special and touched me in different ways. This is a beautiful story that kept me glued to the pages, connecting with the characters and feeling their emotions.

Favourite Quote: 
“If God had wanted you to be anything other than who and what you are, He would have made you that way.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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