Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

From the Back of 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? 

My Thoughts

This book released in February of 2018 and I promptly borrowed it from the library, extended it the maximum number of times, and returned it unread. During a recent trip to the bookstore, I found it on sale so I picked it up and I'm glad I did! If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I think you should add this to your summer reading list.

I related to Rachel right away. She is really wrapped up in her job and I have certainly been at times, too. I don't know anything about being a chef or working in a kitchen but I could certainly relate to her drive for success (even if we have different reasons for that drive). Rachel makes a mistake and her two business partners run her out of their business. It's interesting to see how that turn of events changes Rachel.

I liked Rachel's besties, Ana and Melody. I loved how they had Rachel's back and were cheering her on. These women were like family to Rachel and I loved that element of the story. I also like Alex's sister and hope we get to see her story unfold in future books.

I liked that Alex sought advice from a close family friend about a decision he had to make and the friend told him to pray about it and listen to the Lord. At another part of the book, Alex tells Rachel that God made her who she is and she is that person all the time - not just when she's working. That is a great reminder! We aren't just who we are in our careers, who we are as mothers, or who we are as (insert however you define yourself here). God made us each unique with talents and abilities to use all the time - not just in our careers, parenting, etc.

I liked how the book ended and I am looking forward to reading Melody's story set to be released next year!

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