Thursday, March 1, 2018

THE SATURDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB by Carla Laureano, Review by Karen Klepsteen

The Saturday Night Supper Club was my first book by Carla Laureano. I don't know how she wasn't on my radar before, but she's definitely staying there now! I was first hooked by the premise of the book because I love romances that revolve around food, and this one didn't disappoint!

This book has so many things that I love! Set in Denver, the city has just the right progressive vibe for this series. There's the combination of an author and a chef, both careers requiring creativity but in very different ways. The food in the story is also very eloquently and deliciously described. (I love scallops, so the cover art alone makes me hungry!) All of these aspects combine to make a fresh Christian romance for our day. In addition, I love how Carla addresses the pros and cons of social media in Rachel's and Alex's lives. 

I feel like this is something that is extremely relevant to society right now, and this book is great food for thought! (Yes, a really bad pun, I know!)


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?

Available in digital, paperback, hardcover and audio!


  1. Thanks for the review, Karen. The restaurant business is certainly full of ready-to-go conflicts. I like that this story sounds a little unexpected. Oh, so yes, FRESH, is always good when it comes to fiction, especially when food is involved :)

  2. This one is on my radar....along with a few hundred!! Thanks for the lovely review, it makes me want to devour the book (pun intended) :-)


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