Sometimes you just need some good food and a Hallmark movie. And that is what “The Saturday Night Supper Club” by Carla Laureano feels like.
Laureano artfully weaves the story of Rachel, an acclaimed chef living in Denver. Almost immediately, her life collides with that of freelance writer Alex. When he offers her an opportunity to overcome a social media disaster and rebuild her career, Rachel realizes she is putting her faith in a man she barely knows. She is scared of opening up and trusting other people, but suddenly, she has no choice but to trust Alex.
This story is chick lit at its best. You can pick it up and be guaranteed a sweet romance and lovely characters you will want to root for. You can also expect to be starving. Because Laureano writes as if she has been working in high-end kitchens all her life. Or maybe she’s just been watching a whole lot of Food Network. The point is, this story feels really accurate. From bacon, cheese, and chive scones to pistachio financiers with orange blossom ice cream, your mouth will be watering. “The Saturday Night Supper Club” is definitely a foodie’s dream.
As satisfying as the food is, the love story is even better. Following along with Rachel and Alex as they struggle to balance their work lives and emotional baggage with the challenges of a budding relationship is a treat to read. They are both very likeable characters, as are the additional side characters you will meet along the way.
If you are looking to settle in for a Sunday afternoon of easy reading, or if you just need a break from heavier fare, “The Saturday Night Supper Club” might just be the right fit for you. It was for me. Now, about that scone...
*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.