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About the Book
Title: The Saturday Night Supper Club
Author: Carla Laureano
Genre: Christian fiction/romance fiction
Release Date: February 6, 2018
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…
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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.
What first grabbed my attention on this book was the absolutely gorgeous cover. I love food. Unique, new-to-me, even exotic foods. I love trying new entrees, and new restaurants. I enjoy cooking shows (when I get a chance). I love looking through cookbooks. You get the picture…I couldn’t wait to read this one! Also, this book sounded like a nice switch from what I’ve been reading. In fact, I can’t remember ever reading a book with a similar story line.
Let me tell you, I am loving it! Fast paced, restaurant style happenings. Rachel is an anomaly–a woman chef/restaurant owner. I love the details, and how it feels like you’re right there in the restaurant, cooking with her, seeing her make decisions, and more.
If you like reading about restaurants, or if you like watching fast-paced cooking shows, you won’t want to miss this one! It is a delight from the beginning to the very end!
I especially liked the main character, Rachel. She is portrayed in such a realistic manner. Her journey was one that I could connect with in so many ways. Her search for self-worth. Finding meaning in life. And more.
She considered herself a realist. Until it was pointed out that she was living as a pessimist.
There are so many life lessons that can be taken from this story. The one that stood out to me the most is that we need to live to be the person God has called us to be. Not just striving to meet the expectations we imagine others have placed on us, or who we need to be to protect ourselves.
A few quotes that resonated with me:
“If God had wanted you to be anything other than who and what you are, He would have made you that way.”
“Nothing’s wasted. Not with God. Sometimes you just need to have faith that He’s got what’s next.”
This book is written by a new-to-me author, but I can guarantee this will not be my last!
Note: This is a contemporary Christian fiction romance. I saw one reviewer describe it as ‘edgier’ and I think that might be the appropriate word. There are a few kissing scenes, etc., included in this story.
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources. This includes publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Guest Post From Carla Laureano
I’ve got a confession to make: I have a cooking problem.
It started early and innocently enough, flipping through my mom’s cookbooks and marking things I wanted to try. Making cakes and muffins from a mix. Flipping frozen steak patties. Doctoring canned spaghetti sauce.
It wasn’t long before I got into the hard stuff: muffins from scratch, slow-cooked marinara, cast-iron seared and oven-finished rib eyes. Over the years, I tried to kick the habit numerous times, but every time things got tough, I found myself falling off the wagon and heading back into the kitchen. Even hosting dinner parties. Yes, dear reader, I pulled my hapless friends into my madness. To my shame, I even got some of them hooked with their own addiction.
Before I knew it, my obsessions started creeping into my day job. No longer was it enough to write contemporary romance about normal people who order take-out. No, I had to write chefs and passionate home cooks and describe the food in the books just as lovingly as I did a first kiss. And then the final straw—a book series centered entirely on food and the culinary profession, beginning with The Saturday Night Supper Club.
All joking aside, cooking really is an addiction that I haven’t been able to kick. As a writer, I spend hours locked in my own imagination, creating things out of words and ideas. And while it’s immensely fulfilling, it’s a long, painstaking process that takes months, even years, before I can release the final product into the world. While there’s a large amount of planning and analysis involved in creating a book, the work is still mostly in my head.
Which is why I find cooking to be such a relaxing creative pursuit. Dicing a pile of vegetables into perfectly uniform cubes may take the same concentration and precision, but it’s concrete and measurable. It becomes a personal challenge to do something better than last time, improving by tiny, nearly imperceptible increments. It’s the closest to meditation that my always-on brain ever experiences, clear of all thought except for my activity at the present moment.
And yet, simultaneously, food is ephemeral. Mistakes last only as long as it takes to eat them or toss them directly into the trash can, depending on the nature of the mistake. If a sauce breaks, I toss it and start over. If I burn something, I either cut off the burned part or I order takeout and try again the next day. There’s an element of experimentation and instinct and whimsy that isn’t hampered by the pursuit of perfection. Let’s face it, a mediocre chocolate chip cookie beats a perfect celery stick any day of the week.
It was natural, then, to write a chef heroine who had dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of culinary perfection and explore all the ways that food makes our lives and relationships richer. How it anchors our memories. How we nurture others by feeding them. How a simple meal becomes meaningful not because of the food, but because of the connections we form with others over the dinner table.
In the end, I guess my cooking problem isn’t that much of a problem after all. If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen.
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The Power of Words, February 23
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, February 23
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Faery Tales Are Real, February 24
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To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away a grand prize of a $200 Visa Card for the winner and a friend to attend a cooking class!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9b4