First Line Friday — Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

15 Feb

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s first line comes from a delectable novel, Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano. Food and romance, what’s not to like?! And don’t you love the cover? Makes you want to dig in doesn’t it? This could be the perfect book for your sweet tooth craving this weekend!

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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 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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22 Responses to “First Line Friday — Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe”

  1. joyofreadingweb February 15, 2019 at 8:28 am #

    This is a popular book this week! I have it on my #TBR and look forward to getting to read it!

    I’m currently reading Sarah Sundin’s latest book “The Sky Above Us” I’ll share here the first line from Chapter 30 (because that’s where I am at this moment).
    “At 250 yards, Adler squeezed the trigger. Texas Eagle’s bullets erupted the length of the Messerschmitt 110’s right wing, and smoke plumed out of the right engine. Flames.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to enjoy some time reading!

    • rbclibrary February 15, 2019 at 9:33 am #

      My book club is reading Sundin’s book I April. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. MrsDMVH February 15, 2019 at 8:37 am #

    This looks like a good read!

    • rbclibrary February 15, 2019 at 9:32 am #

      It is so good!

  3. Jessica Baker February 15, 2019 at 11:08 am #

    I can’t wait to start reading this book!

    I’ll share the first line from a book I’m starting this weekend, Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson.

    “George Emerson didn’t need anybody.”

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2019 at 7:15 am #

      You too!

  4. Paula Shreckhise February 15, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    My first line is from A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

    Summer 1896

    Alex Duval’s first hint of trouble was when Eloise failed to appear at their hideaway.

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2019 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Paula! Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Beth Erin February 15, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    That book is yummy, no doubt! I’m sharing a new release on Faithfully Bookish but here’s the first line from chapter 2 of my current read, Once Bitten by Betsy St. Amant of the Finding Ever After novella collection: “He was going to stand her up.”

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2019 at 7:14 am #

      That collection looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

  6. bellesmoma16 February 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am also sharing the first line from Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano. Great minds!!! I am loving this book so much. I’m currently just starting chapter 19, so I will share the first line from that chapter here.

    “‘A bookstore?’ Justin didn’t mean for his dismay to show in his voice when he pulled up in front of the address Melody had given him, but it escaped all the same.”

    Hope you have a really excellent weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 🙂💜📚

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2019 at 7:14 am #

      Baking and classic books — great combo!

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder February 15, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from my current read today, American Omens by Travis Thrasher (Uncorrected Proof). Her is the first line from Chapter 17 “The Same Page”:

    “The moment her father stepped foot in the barn that morning, Cheyenne couldn’t help but let loose with an uproarious laugh.”

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      I’ve got that in the TBR pile.

  8. lelandandbecky February 15, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “If Only It Were Yesterday” by A. M. Heath:

    “Oomph. Something solid bashed into my shoulder, knocking me off balance.”

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Beauty in the Binding February 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    I’ve been hearing lots of good things about that book! Happy Reading!!!

    Today I’m sharing the first lines from A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton:

    “Satahuhsiyost — Listen! Open your ears to a story I will tell you.”

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      I have Flight of Arrows on my TBR shelf. Love Benton’s books!

  10. carylkane February 16, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

    This books sounds delish!

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      It really is!

  11. Tammy Hudson February 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm #

    This sounds like a great read. I love the cover. Thanks for the chance

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    • rbclibrary February 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      Sorry, not a giveaway on this book. 🙁

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