Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

February 5, 2019
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Book 2

Winner of the 2019 Foreword INDIE Award, Gold Book of the Year
Winner of the 2020 INSPY Award

Finalist for the 2019 ECPA Christy Award

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.

Carla Laureano folds joy and pain into Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe, a warm portrait of taking chances. Foreword Reviews

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Melody realistically wrestles with her faith as she considers her decision, creating an extra level of tension in the resolution. With fun food scenes and organic spiritual elements, Laureano’s book will be relished by sweet-toothed inspirational readers. Publishers Weekly

...a charmed story on faith. Carla Laureano folds joy and pain into Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe, a warm portrait of taking chances. Foreword Reviews

"...the delightful characterization of baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson coupled with a realistic romance and spiritual message make Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe an exceptional pick." Midwest Book Review

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