First Line Friday — The Saturday Night Supper Club

23 Feb

If you want to find some fabulous books, you need to do what I’ve been doing — visiting the many blogs that are participating in Hoarding Books’ First Line Friday. What a great way to discover new books and new authors. Make sure to check out their site. But first check out my first line and then leave a comment with your first line!


My first line comes from Carla Laureano‘s newest novel, The Saturday Night Supper Club. This is also the first book I will read by Laureano. Stay tuned for my review next month.

Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . .  even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life―and love ― outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

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.

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24 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Saturday Night Supper Club”

  1. Trisha - Joy of Reading February 23, 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Happy Friday!
    Over on my blog this week I’m sharing the first line from Sarah Sundin’s “The Sea Before Us”. It’s a fantastic story!
    Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 5 of the same book.
    “Teleprinters chattered and telephones buzzed, and Dorothy carried a stack of diagrams into the intelligence office.”

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. I’m resisting its pull until it’s time time to read with my book club. So. Hard.

  2. carylkane February 23, 2018 at 9:17 am #



    “It’s time,” the voice said. “Remember what we told you.” – No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      Love Eason’s books! Thanks for sharing!

  3. susandyer1962 February 23, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    Happy Friday!!

    My FLF comes from a book I’m hoping to get to soon, Looking for a Hero by Debbie Macomber.

    Savannah Charles watched the young woman wandering around her bridal shop, checking prices and looking more discouraged by the moment. Her shoulders slumped and she bit her lip when she read the tag on the wedding gown she’d selected.

    Have a great weekend!!

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      Sounds like a great set up! Enjoy your weekend reading!

  4. Becky February 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    The Saturday Night Supper Club is a wonderful read! 🙂

    I’m sharing about “Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky on the blog today. My first line will come from “Keturah” by Lisa T. Bergren since it’s the closest book to me.

    10 June, 1773
    Rivenshire, England

    In the hopes that at least one would get through, their father had sent three copies of his last letter from the West Indies; as it happened. his daughters received them all.

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

      I’m glad to hear it. I’ll start it next week. I’ll read Keturah in March. Thanks for sharing.

  5. nashpredsfan27 February 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    This was a fantastic read. I’m looking forward to the other two!

    This one is on my list for this weekend (especially with more rain forecast for Sat afternoon)

    Not much had changed about Laurel Cove, North Carolina in the ten years since Livy Johnson had last visited. (Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger)

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

      Enjoy your rainy day reading!

  6. Paula Shreckhise February 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    My first line us from Fugitive Spy by Jordyn Redwood:
    As CIA spy Casper English crossed the threshold into the abandoned home, the faint wheezes of a man teetering on death whispered just above the gusting snowstorm.

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

      Love Jordyn Redwood! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder February 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    I remember that feeling from back in my days in a restaurant kitchen! I’m sharing from Michelle Griep’s The Innkeeper’s Daughter on my blog today, so here are the first two lines from one of my other current reads, Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read:

    “Autumn had come early to Thrush Green. The avenue of horse-chestnuts, which ran across its northerly end, blazed like a bonfire.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      Aww! Thrush Green! I have a couple of books from Miss Read on the TBR shelf.

  8. lelandandbecky February 23, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken:

    “Leanna McKee pushed her hat by its brim, hiding her face as best she could. She would not let him see her.”

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      Good first line! Happy Friday!

  9. JaneReads February 23, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    I loved this book and my review will be up on my blog tomorrow.

    • rbclibrary February 23, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ll check it out!

  10. Anneliese Dalaba February 23, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    On my blog, I’m featuring A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer. Here, I will share a line from a book I am currently reading. The Heaven Answer Book by Billy Graham. The first line in the Preface is “One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that we were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for Heaven — and Heaven is our ultimate home. But what exactly is Heaven?” I wish you a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary February 24, 2018 at 8:11 am #

      A very timely read. Happy weekend!

  11. bellesmoma16 February 24, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Happy Saturday!!!

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first lines from Lisa T. Bergren’s fantastic novel, Keturah. Here, I will share the first lines from the novel I’m currently reading, A Brush with the Beast by Richard Sones.

    “Good night, Mr. D,” chirped an elderly secretary as Nick left his office on another late night. Slim, young, black briefcase in hand, he walked briskly toward the door.

    • rbclibrary February 25, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Heather Snyder March 1, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    Love the cover! Happy Thursday!

    • rbclibrary March 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm #


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