The Saturday Night Supper Club Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book

The Sunday SupperTitle: 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 expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex offers to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by hosting an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together, 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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My Perspective

This book was so fun to read. First of all, the storyline in itself is different then others I have read recently, which really drew me in. I’ve heard about pop-up restaurants, but this really gives you a behind the scenes look at it. I imagine the author spent a lot of time researching this to be able to write it in such detail, or perhaps does these kind of things on her own! In addition to the fun storyline were two charismatic characters that had you at hello.

Let’s start with Rachel. Rachel knows what she wants in life – to be a chef and run a restaurant. It seems as if she’s reached the top, all her dreams coming true. Then her world comes crashing down, and you get to see how she reacts. Personally, I would have been a wreck. Not just for days, but probably weeks. Rachel is the kind of person who gets an idea and goes after it. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She finds courage to move forward with the help of her friends -and isn’t that what we all need? Friends to pick us up when we are down, or the Lord whispering in our ears that everything is going to be okay.

Then you have Alex Kanin, the little fish in a huge ocean. His voice is not one you would expect to have tweets about, shares or comments, and yet his little editorial goes viral faster then he can say thanks for the opportunity. He’s what we all want to be – a person who is not afraid to stand up to the big guys and willingly share our opinion, no matter the results. I liked him immediately and what he stood for. His quirkiness and ability to banter a little with Rachel was refreshing to read. Even in the beginning he made the mood light, and just brought this extra something special to the storyline.

This book isn’t just for foodies, although they will love it too. It’s for those of us who need to be inspired. It’s about second chances. And of course, a little love never hurts. I highly recommend you try this book out and cannot wait to see the future installments of this delightful and delicious series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

pic_LGb_Laureano_CarlaCarla 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.

 

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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Giveaway

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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

11 thoughts on “The Saturday Night Supper Club Review and Giveaway!

  1. Thanks so much for your great review on “The Saturday Night Supper Club” and for being part of the book tour!

    Everything I read on this book reaffirms my wanting to read it.

  2. I am so excited to read this. Top Chef is on now and they are in Colorado. The finale will be in Telluride. I love this show.

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