Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • Wheaton, United States
  • English
  • 1496420284
  • 9781496420282
  • 953,596

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Now open: The best new bakery-café in Denver.Pastry chef Melody Johansson welcomes you to the bakery of her dreams--never mind that achieving one dream might cost her another.In life, as in pastry, the choices can be bittersweet.
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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.--Foreword Reviews
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1,355 ratings
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4 41% (558)
3 18% (240)
2 3% (43)
1 1% (8)
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