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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"Brunch at the Bittersweet Cafe" by Carla Laureano--Blog Tour (Review) & GIVEAWAY!

Hardcover: 432 Pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 5, 2019)

From the RITA Award–winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.
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.

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 “Brunch at the Bittersweet Café” by Carla Laureano is the second book in “The Saturday Night Supper Club” series.  It can easily be read as a standalone.  I read (and loved) the first book and I think readers will have a more enriching reading experience by reading the first book as well, as there are many familiar places and faces that show up in this installment.

Ms. Laureano does not just simply write about a subject, she writes about it!  Meaning she goes above and beyond in her research about the subjects at the forefront of her books.  In this case, those subjects are baking, aviation and the business side of opening a bakery.  Ms. Laureano seems to know all of the ins and outs about each one and invites the reader into the kitchen, the airport and to come along in the process of opening a bakery.  I learned so much about each topic.  I warn you, reader, that she will make you hungry; many, many times.

I love our main character, Melody, who is very multi-dimensional.  She has many quirks; she loves baking, books and vintage objects.  She even takes bookstagram photos!  She and her love interest also go on a date to a bookstore (yes please!).

This book contains some lessons that can apply to all of us.  It talks about appreciating the things God has actually given us and trusting in God and not just His blessings. 

Content:  I give this book a PG-13 rating.  Some examples of the content are: people drink wine; the word hell is used; there is mention of a person having an affair; a person curses, but the word isn’t actually written; there is talk of having sex in past relationships outside of marriage.

Rating: I give this book 4 stars!

Genre:  Christian fiction; Contemporary; Romance

I want to thank TLC Book Tours, Tyndale Publishers and Carla Laureano for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

About Carla Laureano:


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.

Connect with Carla

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One winner will win a physical copy of this book!  Just leave a comment below on something that intrigues you about this book and follow this blog (tell me what name you followed with and what way you followed).

Giveaway ends on midnight February 6 at the conclusion of the tour.  The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by email.  They must respond within 48 hours or another name will be drawn. US ONLY per the publisher.

Carla Laureano’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 7th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, January 8th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, January 9th: @createexploreread
Thursday, January 10th: Book Fidelity
Friday, January 11th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, January 14th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, January 15th: Amy’s Book-et List
Wednesday, January 16th: Faery Tales Are Real
Thursday, January 17th: Girl Who Reads
Friday, January 18th: @hollyslittlebookreviews
Tuesday, January 22nd: Read Eat Repeat
Tuesday, January 22nd: @_ebl_inc_
Wednesday, January 23rd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, January 24th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit and @mwladieswholit
Friday, January 25th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, January 28th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, January 29th: Running Through the Storms
Wednesday, January 30th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Thursday, January 31st: The Sketchy Reader
Friday, February 1st: @thecaffeinated_bibliophile
Friday, February 1st: Blooming with Books
Monday, February 4th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Wednesday, February 6th: What is That Book About

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

"A Bound Heart" is Sure to Warm Your Soul--"A Bound Heart" by Laura Frantz--Review

My Review:

“A Bound Heart” by Laura Frantz was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019.  Christian historical fiction that is partly set in Scotland?  Sign me up!  From the settings to the characters, I fell in love with this book!

Ms. Frantz’s descriptions of the scenery are lyrical and breathtaking (certainly doing Scotland justice).  The first part of the book that is set in Scotland reminds me of Poldark with the smuggling and the rugged coastlines.  Ms. Frantz also has an amazing grasp of the Scottish culture. 

The two main characters, Lark and Magnus, are so likable and well written.  Lark instantly became a favorite for me.  She is so sweet, innocent and Godly.  I love watching Lark’s struggle with her faith when her life is turned upside down.  She asks some frank and honest questions of God.  I especially love seeing that despite their troubles, both main characters praise God and count their blessings when going through suffering and loss.  What a wonderful encouragement and reminder to Christians! 

I loved this book and highly recommend it!  You won’t be disappointed!

Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating.  Some examples of the content are: mention of brandy and smuggling; a man has a reputation for wenching; a man swears but the word isn’t actually written; a person is possibly addicted to opium and may have committed suicide; men smoke; a baby is born out of wedlock; men take women as lovers on a ship; a man attempts to rape a woman but does not get far.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!

Genre: Christian fiction; Historical fiction; Romance; Scotland

I want to thank Revell and Laura Frantz for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

About the Author:

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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