Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway - Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano

Book Synopsis
From the RITA Award–winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country?an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.



 

Purchase Links


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My Review

Breakfast at Bittersweet Cafe tells the story of Melody Johansson and Justin Keller.  Melody is a pastry chef working late at night when a stranded motorist comes to the door of the restaurant.  He is Justin Keller, a handsome pilot, and there is an immediate connection between the two.  As they get to know each other they both also plan to pursue their dreams.  Melody wants to own a restaurant in her hometown in Colorado, while Justin wants to work as a pilot in Florida.  Is it possible for them to make a relationship work?

 

This is the second book in the Supper Club Series.  I have not read the first book, but this novel worked well as a standalone read.  (Of course, having enjoyed this book, I want to go back and read the first as well!)

 

I really liked both Melody and Justin.  Justin was one of my favorite romantic protagonists in recent reads.  I loved the description in the book:  "He was funny, intelligent, perceptive.  Surprisingly humble, which was not a trait she'd have associated with a guy who was practically the template for a romance novel hero" (p. 97).   I loved the scene where Melody and Justin met at the restaurant after hours, and enjoyed their repartee and combination friendship-attraction.

 

I am a foodie and one of my not-so-secret dream jobs would be owning a little bakery.  I loved the baking details in this book!  They were just perfect (even though they sometimes made me hungry  -- i.e. for Butterscotch Bars!).

 

This was such a satisfying read about likable, decent people that I really cared about.  It just flew for me as a read, and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance and Christian fiction ... and especially for other foodie readers!

 

Author Bio

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.

 

Connect with Carla


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Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book!  Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.   Giveaway ends midnight on Friday, November 18.  Winner will be notified by email and needs to respond within 48 hours or another name will be drawn.  Good luck!

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19 comments:

Abigail Gibson said...

Looks like an excellent read. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie E said...

This looks like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for the chance.

Tracy Shafer said...

This book sounds so good!!

Katrina Weiss said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book! I think I would like it, and would share it with others in my family!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

Thank you for the giveaway. This is a book that I would enjoy very much.

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Laura said...

This book sounds great! I love the cover too!

cammie said...

This book sounds amazing.Thank you

Unknown said...

Book sounds great!

LauraJJ said...

Oh this sounds like a great book! I love that she will have to choose....cannot wait to see what her choice is! Carla Laureano is a new author for me!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

This looks like a book I would enjoy. Thank you for the giveaway!

desitheblonde said...

i am one who like to read all books and then i love to read and then the
charters are great kind and would be great to read

Anonymous said...

This book would be great for winter reading!
Merry

Heidi Robbins said...

I loved the first book in this series! Can't wait to get me hands on this one ;)

Darlene said...

Oh sounds so romantic, my favorite kind of books to read.

lkw1974 said...

Thank you for sharing

Brittany Carter said...

Sounds like a great book and I love the cover design

Leela said...

It sounds like a good read.

STF said...

Sounds like fun...looking for a Feb read🌱