Contemporary Christian Fiction

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

SNSC_review“All the hustle in the world won’t get me anywhere if it’s not His will.”

My Thoughts

Consider this your invitation to The Saturday Night Supper Club. No reservation is needed, just a copy of Carla Laureano’s new book and a few hours of your time. In blending her love of literature and food—she has written an ultra-modern romance sure to appeal to both Christian and mainstream audiences.

Laureano’s writing is totally immersive. Readers will enjoy the picturesque beauty of Colorado from Castlewood Canyon State Park to the rooftop view of Alex’s Cheesman Park condo. This same care is taken to describe the prepping, plating, serving and savoring of each dish Rachel prepares.

The women of The Saturday Night Supper Club are fantastic! Single and nearing thirty, these working professionals reflect a growing segment of today’s women. I thoroughly enjoyed the laughter and loyalty shared among these friends. It’s no wonder Rachel leaned so heavily on them after a publicity nightmare cost her her job. Ana and Melody’s support went beyond take-out food and tough love when they arranged a meeting between Rachel and Alex Kanin. In a strange turn of events, the man who unintentionally helped ruin her reputation would become her best hope of cooking again.

As in life, people change and characters should reflect this transformation as well. Those who grow the most are the ones we remember… and I will remember Rachel! From the beginning, her drive to succeed in a male-dominated profession is shown when she won the James Beard Award. Through her conversations with Alex, readers glimpse the hard path she took to owning her first restaurant. In the end, it’s in looking back that Rachel knows how to move forward.

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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?


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