by Carla Laureano
I knew this book was the book for me when I saw the main character Rachel Bishop was a chef. I love reading about chef’s – always thought it would be a fun (and very hard) job. I blame Friends, Monica always made it look so fun. 🙂
The author Carla Laureano did a great job at hooking the reader within the first page(s). I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see how this story unfolded before the first chapter ended. The Saturday Night Supper Club is a sneak peek into the world of fine dining. One I don’t know much about, so I enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of Rachel and Adam. The banter/ dialogue in this book was witty and fresh. The characters as well as the story was very well developed and flows so well. The cover is what grabbed my attention and I was so happy that the story was just as great as that beautiful cover. You will go on the journey with Rachel as she experiences some career lows and hard falls to finding a way to pick herself up and not let it keep her down. She has a great support system and friends who have her back. She can rebuild her life and maybe find not only that she still has a passion for food it just might not be what she always envisioned for herself. This book is a christian contemporary fiction book. Please don’t let that put you off from reading it. It is not a preachy christian fiction. This book is for all readers, yes faith is talked about and through out the book, but it is just one element and not the main focus. I saw on GoodReads that it is listed as book 1 in the series. I was so happy to see that we will get to read more from the Supper Club.
One take away from this book which I’m sure isn’t the real take away: Always wait to post that negative review at a store, site or restaurant. Sometimes in the heat of a bad experience we can say things that maybe we wish we hadn’t. One bad review can cause a ripple effect that trickles down and so many people might face consequences. We all have off days or bad days even customer service people whether it’s a store or place to eat.
About the Book: 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?
Thank you so much Tyndale for sending me a copy of The Saturday Evening Supper Club for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Jill Shalvis
series: Heartbreaker Bay
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Looking for a sweet romance to read this holiday season Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay 4.5) just might be what your looking for. This book is only available as a e-book or mass market paperback.
It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!
When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.
The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.
But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.
series: Louise Rick #9
by Sara Blaedel
A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing.
Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen–one who’s been missing for almost two decades–so Louise Rick is called on to the case.
Then the police discover that the woman, Sophie, had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover. Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Unsettled by the connection, and sick with worry for Eik, it falls to Louise to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…
This was my first Sara Blaedel book and man was it good, makes me wonder why I’ve waited so long to read her. I know I probably shouldn’t have started with book 9 but I really didn’t feel like I was that lost. Sure some of the relationships took a few more seconds to figure out but really I was fine reading this and I really enjoyed it. Louise is a like-able character and I liked the police procedure drama that unfolded. The ideal of a sharp shooter killing you through your kitchen window really gave me the creeps and has me shutting those curtains at nightfall. I liked how it explored a very taboo topic that is behind Sofie’s murder. There were some big plot twist and turns even for a newbie like me. I called them both but that didn’t bother me. It was interesting to see how the author disclosed them. Even with the big cast of characters I felt each was well developed and I got to learn about them all. I really liked the chemistry between Louise and Eik and really can’t wait to dive into the whole series so see how their relationship unfolds leading up to book 9. If you are like me and haven’t had a chance to read Sara Blaedel’s series Louise Rick than pick a copy of The Lost Woman or start with book 1 Call Me Princess. Really while I do usually recommend reading a series from the start I think this author is such a great writer you could start anywhere in the series and be OK.
Thank you so much Hachette for sending me a copy of The Lost Woman. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay however it is a stand alone
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I will say I haven’t read books 1 – 3 of the Heartbreaker Bay series. I usually don’t go for sappy romance books. Every now and then I will pick one up, however if it takes place during Christmas I’m all for it. I thought this book sounded really sweet and a nice light read. I was right I really enjoyed Chasing Christmas Eve. I’m going to be checking out more from Jill Shalvis and will read the rest of the series as well as grab books 1-3 from my library soon. If you’re looking for a holiday, winter themed book that is sweet than Chasing Christmas Eve might be just the book.
About the Book: Meet cute… Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.
Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself… just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?
…and hope for a miracle.
Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
Thank you HarperCollins and Avon books for allowing me to read Chasing Christmas Eve. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.