From the RITA Award–winning author of Five Days in Skye
comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for
Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.
Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country—an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.
Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.
Laureano (The Saturday Night Supper Club) resumes her Supper Club series with the sumptuous tale of a pastry chef who dreams of starting her own patisserie. Classically trained baker Melody Johannson works the night shift at a franchise of a no-frills Denver bakery chain that cares little for the quality of their pastries or breads. However, Melody has been plotting to open her own bakery with friend Rachel Bishop, an award-winning chef (and the heroine of the previous novel). . . . With her and Rachel’s bakery plans nearly realized, Melody must decide if she can give up her dream for the chance at love. . . . Melody also realistically wrestles with her faith as she considers her decision, creating an extra level of tension in the resolution. With fun food scenes and organic spiritual elements, Laureano’s book will be relished by sweet-toothed inspirational readers.
Sweet dreams take flight between a pastry chef who’s lost her
way and a pilot looking to avoid a relationship in Brunch at
Bittersweet Café. Carla Laureano’s second title in the Supper
Club series melds Christian romance with culinary insights,
highlighting Denver’s independent spirits.
When Melody Johansson, a thirty-year-old who dreams of starting her own bakery, meets Justin Keller, a stranger whose family history leads him to doubt God, the pair sets out on a course that seems bound to fail. He’s leaving for an opportunity in Florida. She’s learning to put down roots in her beloved city. Neither knows what the future will hold. Both are in love.
Out of uncertainty, miscommunication, shifting impressions, and growing admiration, a charmed story on faith unfolds. Melody and Justin display enough raw emotion and mistakes to keep the plot tense, even as perfect timing points toward God’s familiar hand. Amid the drama of finding a partner, heartening side stories gather force: parent-child relationships in need of healing; unresolved fears; and the pull between loyalty to loved ones and personal desires.
Instead of waiting for a fairy tale, Melody embraces a new venture. Lush descriptions of baking highlight the importance of using one’s talents while living out faith in community. Scenes with friends who challenge her emphasize how Melody’s otherwise carefree life is grounded in sisterhood. An arc that sees Rachel—the protagonist of the first series title—finding a resolution is a satisfying tie-in to Melody’s story, and the lead characters’ passions for patisserie and aviation result in sharp, clever parallels.
Carla Laureano folds joy and pain into Brunch at Bittersweet Café, a warm portrait of taking chances.