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January 17, 2019

Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"Once upon a time, Melody Johansson had believed in happily ever afters.

To be truthful, she still believed in them, but with her thirtieth birthday in the rear-view mirror, the fairy tale ending had turned away from meeting a handsome prince to owning a little patisserie in Paris.  Even if sometimes, as she toiled away in her own version of Cinderella's attic, both fantasies seemed equally far-fetched."

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Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe
February 2019; Tyndale House Publishers
978-1496420282; ebook, print (432 pages)
romance
Brunch at Bittersweet Café was my first book by this author. After reading it, I want to read the first book in the series - The Saturday Night Supper Club. This book can be read as a standalone with no confusion. The series is about three friends and each book features a different friend.

This book was about Melody who was a baker and pastry chef. She wasn't using her skills at her current job as a bread maker and her classical French training is being wasted at a mediocre chain bakery. She wants to have her own bakery and when her beloved grandmother leaves her money in her will, she and her best friend Rachel, decide to open a restaurant together. At the same time, Melody - who has also been unlucky in love - meets Justin - a pilot who is getting ready to relocate to Florida. This sets up a painful decision - should she follow her heart and move to Florida with Justin or follow her dream and start a new restaurant with Rachel.

I would classify this book as women's fiction with some Christian fiction mixed in. It's a story about love and friendship and making good choices in life. The description of some of the pastries that Melody bakes are so well done that they will either make you hungry or ready to pull out your baking pans and make a sumptuous dessert.

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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.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.


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