The Saturday Night Supper Club (Supper Club #1) by Carla Laureano

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: February 2018

Rachel Bishop lives a chef’s dream life. She has won the James Beard Award and co-owns and runs a fine-dining restaurant. But when the media twists her words and they go viral, her reputation crumbles, her business partners push her out of the very restaurant she created, and the industry shuns her. Determined to get back on her feet and prove everyone wrong, she’ll do anything, including work with the very man who unintentionally destroyed her career.

When Alex Kanin wrote an editorial denouncing online criticism, he never dreamed that it would backfire. While it flamed his dwindling career, it shattered a stranger’s. Afflicted with guilt-induced writer’s block, he sets out to right the wrong and hopefully recapture his inspiration.

Utilizing Alex’s influential contacts and Rachel’s cooking skills, the pair form the Saturday Night Supper Club — an exclusive pop-up dinner. It soon becomes evident that more than just their reputations and careers hang on the line. Neither one counted on what getting to know the person behind their preconceived notions would do to their hearts.

Carla Laureano serves a decadent tale of love, hope, and second chances. Simmered to perfection, The Saturday Night Supper Club enchants the taste buds while challenging the reader to explore all flavors of life. As we learn through Rachel, sometimes closed opportunities are God’s way of ushering us into something much better.

Flawed, hurting, and resilient characters who search for identity and meaning resemble people you might know in real life or even the reflection in your mirror. At times, I questioned whether the lessons Rachel encountered were meant for her, or me. Of course, Laureano doesn’t disappoint in the romance department either. I gladly stepped into Rachel’s shoes and let Alex gaze into my eyes and steal a kiss or two.

The author deftly brings the setting to life, placing the reader smack-dab in the middle of Denver and its beckoning streets and landscapes. By the end of the novel, Melody and Ana, Rachel’s best friends, will have become yours too.

Whether you are a loyal fan of Laureano’s or new to the author, but love romances, the first installment of the Supper Club series is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, be warned! Prepare to fight the urge to eat your way through the book.

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.


Free Friday: The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

**Disclaimer: Unfortunately, time doesn’t allow me to read every book I share on Free Friday, so I can’t guarantee they’ll all be good. But I’ll do my best to find authors/books I know, know of, or sound good. If I have read it, I’ll make sure to include the link to my review as well.

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3) by Susan May Warren

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: July 2017

Professional snowboarder Gage Watson fled the limelight after a tragic accident cost a fan his life. Now working as a ski patrol and serving on the PEAK rescue team, Gage can’t seem to shake the ghosts that landed him there or forget the woman he once loved — the same one who betrayed him.

As a young senator, Ella Blair spends most of her time in the public eye. But she struggles to move forward knowing she holds the secret that shattered Gage’s career. If Ella could find a way to put his career back on the right path maybe she could stop feeling so guilty.

With a snowstorm barreling toward the Glacier National Park, Ella’s brother vanishes while snowboarding on one of the most dangerous peaks. When Ella turns to PEAK Rescue, Gage is reticent to help the woman who destroyed his life, especially when she insists on joining the search party. As sparks fly amidst the dropping temperatures, not even they can deny the kindling feelings still beneath the surface, but Ella’s secret threatens to extinguish their tentative truce.

Grab your coats for this one as you’ll feel the chill all the way to your bones. A Matter of Trust delivers a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat tale as Gage and Ella race against nature to save her brother. Susan May Warren brings an icy world to life that has the reader feeling cold and frostbite right alongside the characters.

A story about mistakes and forgiveness, I loved how the characters learned that we are rescued because we need help, not because we deserve it. Such a real, yet often overlooked, concept of what God did for us.

I greatly enjoyed the way the setting popped off the pages, the valuable lessons learned, and the nail-biting quest to find the missing snowboarder. However, the romances — both the main one between Gage and Ella, and the secondary one between Ty and Brette — weren’t my favorites. They happened too fast to feel believable and I question the legitimacy of Ella’s feelings toward Gage considering her actions.

Whether you are a fan of Warren or suspenseful rescue missions, A Matter of Trust is the adventure for you. Though the novel can mostly stand alone, Ian Shaw’s search for his missing niece has arched throughout the entire Montana Rescue series to date. We’ll finally get his and Sierra’s story in the next book. To say I’m doing a happy dance for that one would be an understatement. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Ian and Sierra’s tale since the series started.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!


On Love’s Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams #3) by Liz Johnson

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: July 2017

Fifteen years ago, Natalie O’Ryan escaped her suffocating little hometown and the people who showed nothing but disdain toward her and her family. In a new city, far from her ghosts, Natalie manages to reinvent herself and create a good life. Now she plans to marry music producer Russell Jacobs. But when he attempts to surprise her and books their special day on the very island she’d hoped never to set foot on again, Natalie must either come clean with her fiancé about her past or face the very people who once turned their back on her.

Justin Kane never forgot his childhood best friend and the girl he loved. He also definitely hasn’t forgotten the pain she left in her wake when she ran away disregarding their dreams and plans. But now Natalie has returned threatening to upheave the life he’s so carefully reconstructed. When Natalie’s reception venue falls through, Justin’s barn seems like the only place big enough to host such a crowd. However, working together to restore the rundown building could lay the foundation to repair past hurts or lead to broken hearts anew.

With this beautiful tale of love and forgiveness, one of my favorite series sadly comes to a close. On Love’s Gentle Shore delivers a poignant story that introduces readers to new friends, reunites us with old ones, and brings us home to Prince Edward Island. Liz Johnson knows how to tug at the heartstrings while creating flawed and relatable characters.

Considering Natalie was engaged to another man, the amount of time she and Justin spent together — especially considering their romantic past — was unwise. It was unfair toward both Russell and Justin. In that, I struggled to connect with Natalie. However, I could empathize with the pain and anxiety she carried from her childhood and understood the reasons for the walls she’d built around her heart. Despite addressing deep hurts and broken backgrounds the author still infuses the pages with hope.

I recommend On Love’s Gentle Shore to fans of The Prince Edward Island Dreams series and romance readers looking for a plot and characters that go deeper than just the surface. While the novel could stand alone, the entire series is too good to miss.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!


Spotlight: I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark

I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark releases on April 3rd. My birthday is the 4th. See the connection? Best birthday present ever!

Doesn’t the title sound deliciously creepy and sinister? The suspense and mystery fan in me is itching to read this book.

About the Story:

After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool.

The immediate suspect is her boyfriend who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a twenty-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn’t invite him to the party.

Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar?

Kerry’s older sister Aline, a twenty-eight-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the Prosecutor’s Office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger…

About the Author:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-seven suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, and Every Breath You Take with bestselling author Alafair Burke. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.

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