Author: Carla Laureano
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Kristi ( Christmas gift )
Goodreads: 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?
Ope’s Opinion: Oh, this was wonderful! I just finished it and I don’t know where to start to tell you all the things I really liked about it.
The characters were ones I want to be friends with – they have flaws, believe in God, and want what is best for each other. The story was perfectly paced – kept moving, but the relationships weren’t rushed. I really liked how independent the women were, but they weren’t bashing men.
Warning – there is a lot of food happening in this book, so you might get hungry!
This is the first of a series. I plan on reading the second one next. Carla Laureano’s writing flows – it is descriptive, but not so detailed you loose where the story is going.