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Rachel Bishop is a chef in Denver who has accomplished winning the James Beard award and owning her own fine-dining restaurant. Alex Kanin is an essayist who writes a negative review that goes viral causing her partners to push her out of the business and destroy her career. In order to repair the damage, Alex offers his connections and home to host an exclusive dinner party for Denver’s most influential citizens called the Saturday Night Supper Club. Rachel sees that Alex is not the self-serving person she thought he was.
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Saturday Night Supper Club
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 writers block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesnt expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.
Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachels tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denvers 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 theres lifeand loveoutside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?
Readers seeking sweet and funny romance will be delighted with this food-centered series opener from Laureano (London Tides). Rachel Bishop finds purpose in creating a fine dining experience as the head chef and part owner of an upscale Denver restaurant. But her dream job is suddenly ripped away by the unwitting hands of writer Alex Kanin: his New Yorker article about internet trolling that mentions a spurious, negative review of her restaurant goes viraland business at her restaurant dries up. Alex feels guilty about the fallout, so to combat the negative publicity he joins forces with Rachel to restart her career, creating a unique supper club for Denvers foodies. A growing connection between Rachel and Alex adds unexpected spice to their partnership, leaving Rachel to discover whether the demise of one dream can lead to another coming true. Through Alexs Russian Orthodox roots Laureano explores, with a light touch, how different faith traditions can lead people towards the same convictions. Bright, jovial, and peppered with romance and delectable cuisine, this is a sweet and lively love story.
Chef Rachel Bishop never imagined that her successful career could disintegrate so quickly after an online negative review of her restaurant goes viral, but she is determined to restore her reputation. Alex Kanins New Yorker article has given his stalled writing career a boost, but at a cost to Rachels restaurant. Guilt-ridden, he offers her a chance to prepare a dinner for an exclusive Denver supper club. As they become better acquainted, the couple realize that they have more than food in common. The latest novel from Laureano (Under Scottish Stars) is a delight for foodies, providing delicious descriptions of dishes and glimpses into the culinary world. The romance develops gradually, allowing readers to experience and savor Rachel and Alexs deepening connection. VERDICT Romance aficionados and fans of stories about overcoming obstacles and the role of faith in everyday life will eagerly await the next entry in this sweet food-centered series.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!March 20, 2018IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5If you ask readers what plot points or ideas they dont like in novels, there is always one that comes up: the impossibly good-looking hero or heroine. Others dislike too-rich heroes. Or writers. Or all of the above. I confess: Im one of them. I especially dont like the impossibly handsome rich writer (except for Richard Castle, but we all know hes a joke).
The Saturday Night Supper Club has all these things (except for Richard Castle.) Despite that, its a great readalmost perfect contemporary Christian romance. Its also a lesson in the power of the mediaespecially social mediato work for good and for evil.
And the food I wanted it all. Well, except the chard. And the fennel. It was a weed where I grew up, and we were all told not to eat it.
Anyway, about the book
Rachel Bishop is the darling of the Denver casual fine dining scene until a misplaced comment to the wrong person goes viral. Writer Alex Kanin unintentionally started the whole media firestorm, but doesnt realise the full extent of the repercussions until he tries to apologise to Rachel, and finds his article has cost Rachel her job.
Yes, hes the impossibly handsome writer whose debut memoir jumped to the top of all the right bestseller lists. Hes also rich, thanks to a couple of timely investments, and grew up in a well-off immigrant family. In contrast, Rachel left home without graduating high school, and has risen to the top of her profession through hard work and determination.
The Saturday Night Supper Club is the story of how Alex and Rachel work together to try and resurrect her career.
Its a romance, so you know how that goes. It also has a solid Christian thread, in that both Rachel and Alex are Christians, and each has lessons to learn about the nature of God. But its not preachy, which is great.
Overall, The Saturday Night Supper Club is a great contemporary Christian romance, with wonderful characters, and wonderful food. I do hope there are a couple of sequels in the works!
Thanks to Tyndale Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
cameracourt5 Stars Out Of 5A TREAT! Food, relationships, dreams, and a little romance...March 7, 2018cameracourtQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ya'll know I love food. And books. And foodie fiction, which combines the culinary world and story SO WELL. The latest treat I have had the privilege of reading is the recent release from author Carla Laureano, aptly namedThe Saturday Night Supper Club.
The Saturday Night Supper Club impressed me in so many ways: from the vivid descriptions of place and tantalizing food, to the unique and relevant social media fallout angle as a story influence, and to the portrayal of a life journey filled with deep meaning and purpose. Perhaps the most prominent, though, is its complexity of characters and their respective interconnected relationships and backstories. These were revealed one morsel at a time, creating a character arc that is all the more meaningful because of the reader's understanding by story's end.Thisdelightful complexity is what will make me proclaimSupper Clubas a favorite and best-of-the-year read for many months to come!
If you will allow me to use a food analogy, I will further describe its awesomeness: The foodie atmosphere and eclectic setting are the appetizer, laying the foundation. The character transformation is the main course with great substance. The resulting romance is the dessert, like a salted caramel truffle, ending with a sweet note but not without its "salty" contrasts of reality.
Most impressive to me is that you cannot typecast Alex or Rachel. They are layered so well--- as you get deeper and deeper into the story you get equally deeper into who they are, why they make certain choices, and how they play off of and affect each other. There is a romantic aspect of this story, but it is almost distinct and separate from the personal growth of these characters and their friendship~relationship dynamic.
I just want more of this little story world, Alex's and Rachel's friends, and with the book 2 teaser at the end, I am up to my elbows in bliss because it's about Melody and BAKING!
Thank you to the publisher, Tyndale, for the review copy. This is my honest review.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great character-driven storyMarch 6, 2018Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Charming, witty, and relevant for today The Saturday Night Supper Club is all that and more. This is the first book by Carla Laureano that Ive read and Im instantly a fan of this skilled authors work.
As you would expect from the books description, theres plenty of food, friendship and romance but I was delighted to discover a lot more complexity than I expected. The story combines elements of romance and womens fiction with rich characterization and relevant social issues.
The relevancy of social media gone awry is the catalyst that moves Rachel out of a job she loves into an area of trying to prove her worth as a person. Both Rachel and Alex are extremely appealing lead characters, and rather than what Twitter thinks, Alex sees Rachel as guarded, tough-minded, and determined. As their initial relationship turns into friendship, the romantic tension can be felt and their snappy, witty dialogue is so much fun.
Both Rachel and Alex have difficult family backgrounds that affect who they are today, especially spiritually. Alex has an unusual Russian Orthodox background His parents were set in their thinking, their expectations, their disappointment that their children hadnt turned out to be the people they wanted them to be. It no longer made him angry. It simply made him sad.
Although Denvers restaurants and food itself play a big part, this is more of a character-driven story, which I loved, as Im a simple country cook. Although I didnt connect with all the foodie stuff, it was fascinating to glimpse behind the scenes into the restaurant world. But those foodies out there will be crazy about this book.
Bottom line: I loved everything about The Saturday Night Supper Club and am eager for the next story in this series. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
hes75 Stars Out Of 5The Saturday Night Supper ClubMarch 6, 2018hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With cooking, drama, and romance, The Saturday Night Supper Club is an entirely delicious read. Carla Laureano fills the story with mouth-watering descriptions, fantastic chemistry, and heartwarming development overall, and its so well done.
Chef Rachel Bishof and writer Alex Kanin start their relationship on the wrong foot, considering hes responsible for her loss of her job and reputation, but when the idea for the Saturday Night Supper Club is born, the pair must work together to make it successful. The more time they spend together, the better they get to know one another and the pasts that drive them. Naturally, complications arise, but they handle them well, considering the circumstances, without purposely exaggerating the drama. Sweet and heartwarming and oh so yummy, the way the story between Rachel and Alex unfolds is perfect.
I loved everything about The Saturday Night Supper Club. Its excellent contemporary fiction involving food and romance (plus a great inclusion of faith), and I recommend it to any interested reader. It wont disappoint.
Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of The Saturday Night Supper Club and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Fizzy Pop5 Stars Out Of 5You don't have to even pretend to be a foodie to appreciate this book.March 4, 2018Fizzy PopQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This! Book! Sorry, had to get that out of my system. I'd seen this book around in the previews and was drawn to the idea of it but I'd recently read a foodie fiction that didn't quite hit the right notes for me. Way too much development to the food descriptions and not near enough development of the characters or plot. I kept the idea of this book simmering on the back burner (that was totally accidental but you see what I did there?) because it still sounded so interesting. When the opportunity came up to review it I actually had a couple of different options but I knew that I would regret not reading this book. And I am so glad I did!
With a plot so real I almost felt like I should be Google searching the reviews and articles that were central to the developing story, Rachel Bishop and Alex Kanin are the perfect characters to draw this story out. They are so real, so relateable, and just breath. I honestly can't begin to even figure out how to review this book. I don't gush often and rarely do I not find some little something that I took issue with. The truth is, well OK there is that thing with the 'perfect' drop everything and show up besties. I wish those actually existed in real life. Mine all either live across the country, or have to work, or any number of other things that make a spur of the moment shopping trip or commiserating dinner impossible. That's it people. That's the only thing I can think to nitpick. The truth is that I was so drawn into this story and invested with these characters from page one that it could have failed editing 101 and I wouldn't care!
Seriously, this book is perfect for anyone that loves a slice of romance with their real life. You don't have to even pretend to be a foodie to appreciate this book. Yes there's food, a lot of it, but it's tasteful and actually adds to the story instead of distracts. Yes there's drama, lots of drama. But it's not Drama Queen worthy, it's just life happening in an unexpected spotlight. Yes there's besties, these mystical magical 'drop everything and show up' besties. Yes there's romance, the kind that makes you want to Gibbs' smack then a time or two because you know . . . communication with storybook love is always a hiccup. There's also discovering yourself, following dreams you didn't know you had, and real life relationships on a real life stage (even if it's not anything like my real life). I can't wait to see where Laureano takes the next book in these series. I can't wait to read it!
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.