Release Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Series: Supper Club, Book Two
Check out my review for the previous book in the series: The Saturday Night Supper Club
About the Book:
From the RITA Award-winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.
Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.
Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country–an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.
Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafe in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.
“Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe” by Carla Laureano is the second book in the Supper Club series. While this is the second book, this can easily be read as a stand-alone. Can I just say that I thought the first book was super fun and made me hungry for all of the food? Mrs. Laureano outdid herself with this sequel. With that being said, I think readers would find more enjoyment having read the previous book before reading as there are many beloved characters and references throughout the book.
We first meet Melody as one of Rachel’s best friends in “The Saturday Night Supper Club” and now it is her turn for a story. What isn’t there to love about Melody? She loves to bake, collectible classic books, and vintage items (many of which she refurbished herself)! Oh, and she has the most amazing Instagram page that shows her love of baking and books. She also talks her love interest into going on a date to the bookstore (sign me up!).
And there’s Justin. Just like Melody, I was immediately infatuated with this character. I mean a good looking pilot who just so happens to get stuck in a snowstorm just outside your workplace? And that isn’t even the half of it. He knows how to be romantic and make a girl swoon. I hope to meet a man like him one day.
And then there is the writing. Carla Laureano has a way of writing about the topics in her story. She doesn’t just simply write about them. She invites her readers into the kitchen, the ins and outs of the airport, and the process of opening a bakery cafe. The way the author describes the food will leave your mouth watering, longing for a bite of whatever Melody has been baking. Trust me, mine was.
Negative Content: Some characters drink wine, but no one gets drunk or stupid. It’s simply just a drink. The word “hell” is used; there is mention of a couple of characters having an affair; characters sometimes curse, but no actual words are used; there is talk about a character having sex in past relationships outside of marriage.
Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. This is a fantastic book that shows us the importance of appreciating God for who He is and what He has given us and trusting in God and not just His blessings.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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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.