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  • DELECTABLE TREAT!!

    BRUNCH AT BITTERSWEET CAFÉ (Supper Club #2) by Carla Laureano is a Delectable Treat! It may be read as a stand-alone. However, in order to truly appreciate the passion of the characters in this plot, they need to be read in sequential order. You will miss out on what drives these characters to be the way they are in you skip THE SATURDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB (it is a fantastic novel, too!). This plot is a roller coaster ride of relationships, family dynamics, emotions, a business startup, marketing strategies, learning about real love and dependence on God and not on yourself. In the midst of that ride, Laureano will have your taste buds on High Alert as she sprinkles in ingredients and Recipes throughout her novel. This is a novel that illustrates how FAMILY - whether it’s the one you’re born in or you create for yourself is so fundamentally important, FOOD - tried and true Recipes and new ones that explode all your taste buds truly does nurture you, FAITH - that God has the best plan and it’s best to not take matters into your own hands and SACRIFICE - for the ones that you love because that’s what God teaches us to do. I was provided an ARC of this novel by the author. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence. I have preordered a copy for my own personal collection.

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  • Always follow your dream?

    What a fascinating book! As one who is married to an executive chef, and a baker myself, I found myself totally immersed in the story. Melody sounds like a person that would be so much fun to get to know. Her belief that God has everything in control seems so very wrong to her friend Justin. In order to follow your dream, or passion, you had to set a course and then stick to it, or so they both thought. Was it possible to deviate from that path and still have everything your heart desired? Could they learn to accept that 'all things work together for good', even as they looked back into the past? A lovely story with such wonderful detail, I found myself getting hungry as I read. I received this ARC from Tyndale Publishers and CelebrateLit. All impressions and opinions are my own.

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  • A delightful, delicious read!

    I loved The Saturday Night Supper Club and this Carla's second book in the series is just as delightful. Brunch at the Bittersweet Cafe is a magical feast for the senses, and especially those taste buds! It's a captivating read, well researched, and its descriptiveness draws one in to savor the deliciousness fully. It's a wonderfully layered story with complex characters yet an effortless read. And not at all predictable. Themes include strong female friendships, the restaurant and aviation industry, and faith in God despite life's disappointments. Melody, a French-trained pastry chef, is stuck in a mediocre night job baking one blah loaf of bread after another. Her dream is to open a Patisserie in Denver. I mean this pastry chef can create! All sorts of goodies including french feuilletee, perfectly shaped and filled macarons, quenelles and along the way gives us creative tips to be able to do the same! It isn't a cookbook, but I learned a lot about what I don't know about baking from this French-trained pastry chef. She is a heroine with a blog featuring photos of delectable desserts and rare editions of classic literature as she loves nosing around in antique bookshops. Justin meets Melody in the early morning hours of a snowstorm when his Mustang gets stuck just outside the bakery where Melody is working. Strong attraction is immediately evident between the two, but a moot point as Justin, who flies light business jets is planning a career move that will take him from Denver to Florida. But Melody quickly becomes a distraction in his life that he can't ignore. "Melody was different. Freer. More alive. When he was with her, he felt like he'd known her forever, yet he knew he'd barely scratched the surface." An unpredictable romance develops between the two as they struggle with the plans they each hold dear and the too good to be true connection they experience with each other.

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