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Brunch at the Bittersweet Café reintroduces us to baker par excellence, Melody Johansson. Melody embodies a delightful character from the first book of the Supper Club series, The Saturday Night Supper Club. She has been biding her time working in a bakery while she ponders what she wants to do with her life. Working as the pastry chef with Rachel Bishop at Paisley, Melody had felt duty bound to quit when the owners fired Rachel for a bad review. But now Rachel had a nice condo conversion. Their other best friend, Ana, worked as a big-time publicist. And Melody just slung dough at a small-time bakery.
Justin Keller, knew he shouldn’t have driven his 1967 Mustang GT to the airport in the winter. Now Denver is in the midst of a blizzard, and his car is stuck in a snow drift. He knocks on the door of a nearby bakery to use their phone (wouldn’t you know his died and he’d forgotten his charger in the last hotel). Melody lets him in, and sparks begin to fly. She ends up driving him home and wondering if he will turn out to be like all the other male romance disasters she’d been involved with in the last few years.
Melody inherits a nice sum of change from her grandmother along with her house. An investor is backing Rachel, so the two of them decide to open a breakfast and lunch café. The story rolls along describing the ins and outs of that decision, lots of baking, and some bits of romance. You’ll love getting to know Melody, Rachel, and Ana further. And Justin, well, let’s say he’s a major piece of the action. You’ll enjoy reading Brunch at the Bittersweet Café—a sweet romance. Four stars.
Carla Laureano, a RITA award-winning author with three series—the Supper Club series, Discovered by Love, and the MacDonald Family Trilogy, writes inspirational romance and young adult books. Prior to turning to writing as a career, she worked as a sales and marketing executive. She and her husband live in Denver—she writes during the day and cooks things at night.
Tyndale House Publishers gave me a Net Galley Advance Reader Copy of Brunch at the Bittersweet Café, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.