Book Review: The Solid Grounds Coffee Company

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great bookish weekend. I spent my time reading (as usual) and relaxing with the family. Today, I’m sharing a book review on Carla Laureano’s The Solid Grounds Coffee Company. It’s book three in The Saturday Night Supper Club series. Have you read any of the books? They’re so good. Plus, this one features a minority female in the lead of heroine. 🙂

Let’s get started!

About the Book

Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices haven’t been in vain. But when she’s asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job.

Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it–only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.

When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she’s desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though he’s the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect there’s much more to Bryan than she’s given him credit for . . . and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming.

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My Thoughts

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It’s over! (Cue music to sob to) I can’t believe The Saturday Night Supper Club series is no more. How did we get here so soon? (Totally rhetorical because I vaguely remember lamenting having to wait for book 3!)

Carla Laureano knows how to grab your attention and pull you into another world but make you feel very much included. The Solid Grounds Coffee Company tells the story of Brian and Analyn and it was fantastic.

Brian might be my favorite hero of the three. He had a lot to overcome and a past to rise above, but with the help of Analyn he did it! To see him change and care about others, well, it made for a great read.

And there were so many great moments with Analyn. I really enjoyed learning about her past and who she was now. Even better, the scene where she visits her family. There was such an authenticity in the scene, her character, and really, in the whole book.

We all have a defining moment, and I enjoyed Brian and Analyn letting those point back to God. All in all, it was a bittersweet end to a series I will have to revisit when I want to see them all again.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

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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