Brunch at Bittersweet Café
by Carla Laureano (Goodreads Author)
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-caf� 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 Bittersweet Cafe` is the second book is the Supper Club Series. Even though this was book two, I found that it was easy to read as a standalone. The story had enough background and world building, that it was easy to follow along with the current story.
Melody is a baker. A baker who’s dream is one day to own a bakery of her own, but she keeps putting those dreams on hold. Working for the man in dead end job after dead end job. One night it all changes course with the knock on the bakery door.
Justin is a pilot. A pilot who dreams of bankers hours and his own charter business. He can never find a girlfriend with his crazy hours. Any woman he has dated has turned out bad. They don’t mind the schedule at first, till the relationship gets serious. Then they try to change him and his schedule.
One night he is stranded in the storm when his vintage mustang gets stuck. With only a bakery in sight he seeks out help. When the gorgeous woman answers the door, he can’t help but want to get to know her. He shouldn’t but he can’t help himself.
As the pair goes their separate ways that fateful evening, little do they know that God has a plan for them. One that sets things in motion that night when Justin met Melody. As these two embark on separate journeys in life, they each question their faith and what God’s plan is.
This book was a sweet Christian romance with amazing characters. I fell in love immediately with the characters. Who doesn’t like it when Prince Charming shows up at your doorstep? Right?! A steady paced read full of challenges and hard decisions, this story will make you stop and think about things. A story about achieving your dreams and what you are willing to give up to do that. I do love a book that has a good challenge in it.
Overall this book is a inspiring read. It has a sweet and beautiful romance as well as a story on testing your faith. The characters are beautiful and lovable. Each with their own challenges and obstacles to overcome. You will fall in love immediately in the first chapter. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance and has a love of God.
*ARC provided by Carla Laureano