The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano Review


About the Book


Title: The Saturday Night Supper Club

Author: Carla Laureano

Genre: Christian fiction/romance fiction

Release Date: February 6, 2018

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…

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My Thoughts:

This was such a fun and delightful story! It felt very modern but had great faith content. I related a lot to Rachel and her views regarding men and women and how they are treated…it’s a less popular view in this day and age but the author addressed it very well.

The book is full of food references, which I loved but left me feeling hungry ;). I learned a lot about the restaurant industry and the difficult job of a chef. I also loved reading about the pop up restaurants, something I had never heard of.

The romance was delightful as well as the friendships. I enjoy stories with healthy female friendships and this was a great one.

Overall, this was a very fast paced book that I flew through and really enjoyed. I will definitely be checking out more of the author’s books.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author


Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

Guest Post From Carla Laureano

I’ve got a confession to make: I have a cooking problem.

It started early and innocently enough, flipping through my mom’s cookbooks and marking things I wanted to try. Making cakes and muffins from a mix. Flipping frozen steak patties. Doctoring canned spaghetti sauce.

It wasn’t long before I got into the hard stuff: muffins from scratch, slow-cooked marinara, cast-iron seared and oven-finished rib eyes. Over the years, I tried to kick the habit numerous times, but every time things got tough, I found myself falling off the wagon and heading back into the kitchen. Even hosting dinner parties. Yes, dear reader, I pulled my hapless friends into my madness. To my shame, I even got some of them hooked with their own addiction.

Before I knew it, my obsessions started creeping into my day job. No longer was it enough to write contemporary romance about normal people who order take-out. No, I had to write chefs and passionate home cooks and describe the food in the books just as lovingly as I did a first kiss. And then the final straw—a book series centered entirely on food and the culinary profession, beginning with The Saturday Night Supper Club.

All joking aside, cooking really is an addiction that I haven’t been able to kick. As a writer, I spend hours locked in my own imagination, creating things out of words and ideas. And while it’s immensely fulfilling, it’s a long, painstaking process that takes months, even years, before I can release the final product into the world. While there’s a large amount of planning and analysis involved in creating a book, the work is still mostly in my head.

Which is why I find cooking to be such a relaxing creative pursuit. Dicing a pile of vegetables into perfectly uniform cubes may take the same concentration and precision, but it’s concrete and measurable. It becomes a personal challenge to do something better than last time, improving by tiny, nearly imperceptible increments. It’s the closest to meditation that my always-on brain ever experiences, clear of all thought except for my activity at the present moment.

And yet, simultaneously, food is ephemeral. Mistakes last only as long as it takes to eat them or toss them directly into the trash can, depending on the nature of the mistake. If a sauce breaks, I toss it and start over. If I burn something, I either cut off the burned part or I order takeout and try again the next day. There’s an element of experimentation and instinct and whimsy that isn’t hampered by the pursuit of perfection. Let’s face it, a mediocre chocolate chip cookie beats a perfect celery stick any day of the week.

It was natural, then, to write a chef heroine who had dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of culinary perfection and explore all the ways that food makes our lives and relationships richer. How it anchors our memories. How we nurture others by feeding them. How a simple meal becomes meaningful not because of the food, but because of the connections we form with others over the dinner table.

In the end, I guess my cooking problem isn’t that much of a problem after all. If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen.

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The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers Review


Synopsis: A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

My Thoughts: In one word, beautiful! This book was a beautiful story of two damaged people from difficult backgrounds. Francine Rivers’ writing is superb. Although this story is almost 500 pages, it never dragged or felt like it was too long.

The characters were complex and developed beautifully through the story. I was not a fan of Grace at first, but after learning more about her life, I understood why she had her guard up and acted the way she did. The reader gets a look at Roman’s thoughts and sees his vulnerability and the pain that he’s dealing with.

There are a lot of great lessons to be learned in this book but they’re not presented in a preachy way. It’s definitely the kind of book that makes the reader think and can grow their faith.

My only problem with this book was the trope of “misunderstandings” happened a few times and it’s a trope that I really dislike. Other than that, this book was nearly perfect. I’m not a “romance reader” but I read Francine Pascal’s romantic stories, because they are so much more than romance.

I highly recommend this book!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Safe House Shannon Symonds Review and Giveaway

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About the Book: As a victim’s advocate, Grace James is used to rushing into trouble to save her victims from abuse or assault. And with a handsome officer like Joe Hart at her side, Grace is sure there’s nothing she can’t do. But an ominous storm brewing on the Oregon horizon is about to change everything—and bring with it dangers and revelations Grace and Joe never expected.

My Thoughts: This book had several “edge of my seat, holding my breath” suspenseful moments that left me with a lot of emotions. I found learning about the role of a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor’s advocate very interesting…this was an occupation I don’t think I’ve encountered in a book before. I also loved Grace’s character, her kindness and love towards those she helped was beautiful.

The author was very good at setting the scene and building suspense. The story opened with a chapter that immediately sucked me into the story.

There is a lot of focus on the LDS/Mormon religion in this book and to be honest, it made me a bit uncomfortable. I just don’t agree with some of the Mormon beliefs and it was just very different from the Christian fiction I’m used to reading. On the positive side, it was interesting to learn a bit more about that religion and the content was extremely clean.

I received this book from SLB tours to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:


Shannon Symonds worked for 15 years as an Advocate. Shannon lives in a small seaside town where she works, writes, runs and paints. She believes the word can be changed one heart at a time and then even small acts can make a difference.

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No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert Review


Synopsis: Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?

My Thoughts: There were so many thoughts running through my mind as I read this book and they continue as I write this review. This book was tough, it was challenging and it was heavy.

The story revolves around 3 women…Camille, a white mother who’s life seems perfect from the outside, Jennifer, a white woman who has recently adopted a black child, and Anaya, an African American teacher who just got a job at Crystal Ridge…a school that is now accepting students from another district (the district Anaya grew up in) that has lost it’s accreditation. Tensions are high in the Crystal Ridge community as the residents are not happy with integrating new students into their school and throughout the school year, the reader sees the situation through the eyes of Camille, Jennifer, and Anaya.

I found it very interesting to walk in Anaya’s shoes. Honestly, I’ll admit that I am very ignorant to many of the race issues that black people face. This book really opened my eyes to the struggle and frustrations that occur within the black community. It also showed me that the problem is much bigger than I thought it was and made me wonder if it could ever be fixed.

I was challenged when I read this book. There were several times when I had to put the book down and google things that were referred to in history…I was appalled and heartbroken by the things I read. I was also frustrated that I had never learned about some of these events in school.

This book was amazing. Not only was it thought provoking and challenging…it was very well written and unputdownable. I had to keep reading and needed to find out more. I grew attached to each character and felt a connection to each one.

I highly, highly, highly recommend this book to everyone!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal Review


Synopsis: Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Met in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in Georgia to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience. Convinced a kiss between Claus and Ana is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off his engagement with Ana. Rejected by Peter, and knowing Claus is dancing at the Met soon, Ana decides to repave her path to her dream. With her 2002 Thunderbird and Baryshnikov, an old dog crippled by arthritis, she moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own memories of Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company prove to be a high price for a shot at success.

My Thoughts: I love everything about ballet…the costumes, the music, the movements, etc…so I loved this book. It follows Ana, a ballerina, who is facing difficult decisions regarding her relationships and following her dreams.

I loved Ana, she was searching and seeking God and her transformation was beautiful. She was also extremely real…the author did not sugar coat her behavior, but this made the story and the transformation feel extremely realistic. The rest of the story flowed very nicely…it was fun to follow Ana as she dances through life and love.

The ballet references were wonderful…the author was a ballerina and is gifted at describing the movements and costumes, etc…which made me feel like I was in the audience, watching the beautiful dancers.

This book was heartbreaking at times but also heartwarming. There were definitely some Kleenex moments in this book.

I highly recommend this book if you love ballet or a sweet romance.

My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

Faith Hope and Clarity by Carol Margaret Tetlow Review


Synopsis: Few people realise that Faith Faber, seemingly an accomplished doctor is really a shy and insecure person. Her lack of confidence is not helped by the fact that she lives with her critical and overbearing mother, who has never come to terms with her own divorce and who does not approve of Faith’s engagement to the gregarious Jonty.

Faith is delighted to be offered a post at Teviotdale medical centre, one of the partners is on sick leave and soon she meets Pollyanna Smith, a hugely overweight young woman who yearns to be slim, something Faith can sympathise with as she herself has had a constant battle with food for most of her life. But nothing they try seems to help…. well, not Pollyanna anyway.

Will the course of love run smoothly? Will Faith accept who she really is? While her relationship explodes and she is faced with one of the biggest and most difficult diagnoses of her life, Faith discovers who her real friends are makes a huge decision of her own.

My Thoughts: This book was an enjoyable story that follows Faith, a doctor, who has many issues…a struggle with food, an unhealthy relationship, and a difficult mother. I really enjoyed reading about Faith, who presents herself as a respected doctor, but behind closed doors has many struggles that people wouldn’t expect. I had a love-hate relationship with Faith…there were many times that I just wanted to shake her and tell her to wise up, but I also related to her in many ways.

The book is 251 pages but it took me a long time to get through…there was something about the pacing that made it feel a bit slow.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the characters and would definitely read more by this author.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

I received this book from the author to review. All opinions are my own.

Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley Review with Giveaway!

like-moonlight-at-low-tide-FB-cover-copyAbout the Book

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Title: Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Author: Nicole Quigley

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Release Date: 2012

When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.

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My Thoughts: Oh, wow…this book ripped out my heart and stomped on it. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that made me feel this way. This book covers a lot of difficult issues but they are handled very well. The issue of suicide is dealt with in a realistic way…the author quietly gives hints to the warning signs leading up to it and the aftermath is heartbreaking.

I really liked Melissa’s character…I related to her feelings of not wanting to stand out or be the center of attention, I also was taken back to my Junior High days when reading about the torment she went through by her peers in middle school. The only thing I disliked was that she called her mother by her first name, which seemed a bit strange and disrespectful.

The faith content was good. I liked the fact that one of the characters was unashamed about going to church and reading his Bible.

The relationships between the characters were enjoyable to read about and kept me guessing at times.

Overall, this was a very good YA contemporary story with a lot of depth. I would recommend it for ages 16 and over because of some of the content (underage drinking, partying, sexual innuendos, etc.).

My Rating: 4.5 stars

I received this book from Celebrate Lit Publishing to review honestly. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Quigley - Book Signing 2Nicole Quigley is the author of Like Moonlight at Low Tide, a winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers “Carol Award” and “Genesis Contest” for best young adult fiction. Nicole works in public relations and spent many years in Washington, D.C. She now lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast, where she grew up. Nicole holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, where she majored in Communications/Public Relations and minored in English. Her favorite place in the world is Western North Carolina, and her favorite place to write is a late night coffee shop, wherever she can find one open.


Guest Post from Nicole Quigley

Three Things I Hear from “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” Readers

When I first wrote “Like Moonlight at Low Tide,” I thought my readers were going to get the same things out of it that I did. The book gets off to a start when Missy Keiser sneaks into her neighbor’s pool to go nightswimming. She thought no one was home until she sees the figure of an unknown guy standing in the dark, at the edge of the pool.


Missy was bullied when she was younger, but this story is about what happens after she is bullied. What happens if you got everything you ever wanted? Would it be enough? I think that when we really look at the reasons behind why we want things and why the things we want can become so big in our lives, especially in high school—we often find that there’s really a bigger question left for all of us.


Who is going to love me?


Since “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” debuted, I’ve been so honored to hear from readers who could relate to Missy’s story. One thing that has surprised are the things I hear about from readers time and again.


First, I always hear about the ending! I definitely wrestled with how to bring the book to a close. I won’t say more about it (no spoilers!), but I have to laugh because most readers tell me I was really close to hearing a lot more from them! Second, I always hear about a certain guy who becomes the male protagonist. Yes, girls, I have to admit that I loved writing him!


Lastly, I often hear the book was written “just for them.” That’s what touches me most of all. I wrote this story from the heart. It means so much to hear that it reached others, and often in ways I never predicted. I love that.


Once a reader picks up my story and brings her own experiences to it, it becomes something new. And it’s really special to connect with a reader on some of these heart questions that we all have in common. One reader who has really made an impact on me sent me a hand-made charm bracelet based on the book. She took Missy’s story, and she turned it into something entirely new. Her creativity is really special, and the bracelet is now one of my most treasured possessions


I love hearing from readers about what they liked (or even didn’t like) in Missy’s story. As it turns out, listening to readers is one of the very best parts of writing for them.

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