The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano
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.
This is the concluding book in the delightfully tasteful Saturday Night Supper Club series.
I’ve loved the first two, and also enjoyed this one, (even though I think I’d say it was maybe my least favorite of the series).
This book explores in detail what is involved in purchasing and running a coffee farm in South America. I loved this premise. The idea of helping an area that is struggling financially to be more self sufficient.
I also loved the details showcasing the Solid Grounds Coffee Company. The process of roasting coffee beans, the production, marketing, and logistics of it all.
And then, there’s the characters, Bryan and Ana. Characters I already had met and gotten to appreciate in the earlier books. They are portrayed in a way that I feel like I would know them if I’d meet them on the street. I appreciated their authenticity. It was interesting to see how they interacted with each other, given their earlier history.
I also found it quite intriguing to read more of Ana’s back story. So much is explained, giving credence to who she is, why her personality, her characteristics, and her tendencies are the way they are.
One thing I found a teeny bit disappointing…this book isn’t as much of a ‘foodie’ book as the previous two in the series. (I just loved it when Ms. Laureano got all detailed about their cooking and baking, and their meals in general) There is a brief visit to the Saturday Night Supper Club, but it is much more in the background.
This book has a number of completely unexpected plot twists. While I didn’t necessarily like them, I found them to be very well written, and definitely added a lot to the story.
The story as a whole was captivating, and a good conclusion to this series.
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