The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to admit I was a little intimidated going into this book. I'm not much of a foodie or a cook. The only cooking show I've ever watched was MasterChef Jr. (Those kids are adorable and amazing!) But I loved Laureano's MacDonald Family books SO much that I knew I wanted to try this one. I'm so glad I did because it is amazing!
This book definitely fits the swoon-worthy romance category. I absolutely fell in love with Alex from the very beginning and only grew to love him more as the book went on. His commitment to making things right was the first of many things that made him undeniably attractive.
I've always loved strong female characters, so it wasn't hard to love Chef Rachel. I was so inspired by the hard work she put into getting herself to where she was professionally. But I was equally impressed by her spiritual growth. I loved that she was part detail oriented but also very good at adapting when things didn't go perfectly. That was a unique combination you don't find often.
Now for the foodie parts. I'll admit that a lot it was over my head. But I learned a lot of new foodie vocabulary (thanks to my Kindle and hover over definitions!) and it was cool to read about such fancy fare. I enjoyed the scenes with food more than I expected to.
I also appreciated Laureano giving Alex an interesting hobby which also forced me to learn some adventurous vocabulary. The detail with which his climbs were told was amazing. I almost felt like I was there.
The romance in this book was so wonderful. Great kissing scenes and some really great flirting. But as much as I loved the romance and the kissing and flirting I really loved that prayer, journaling, and commitment to God were included as well. I love characters that seek God. This book was filled with wisdom and spiritual growth that really gave the book a depth that made it stand out from some other books I've read lately.
So, all that said...whether you're a foodie or not (like me!) please pick up this book - you won't regret it!
I received an advanced copy of this book from Tyndale through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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