Monday, July 4, 2022

Review: Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Series: MacDonald Family #1 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: David C. Cook
Released: June 10, 2013
332 pages
About the Book:

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she'll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she's sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she'd rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father's dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This was my third time reading this book and I enjoyed it just as much as the previous times, it has become a comfort read to me. They story gives me the feelings I get when watching a Hallmark movie, warm and cozy. I enjoyed the characters of James & Andrea and felt like I really got to know them and their personalities. I loved exploring the Isle of Skye with them. The author does a wonderful job of describing the landscape and views of Scotland, making me feel like I was right there with them. I found myself pulled into the story right from the beginning and I did not want to put it down. I enjoyed the interactions of James & Andrea ranging from professional, flirty, sarcastic, serious, and sweet. Andrea has been truly hurt in the past and when she finally opens up to James about this his response was perfect. I don’t think I could have liked him more. In addition to the main characters James’ family is pretty involved in the story and I loved getting to know each of them and see the interactions between James and his siblings.  Not all is peachy and smooth, but they do support one another and I fell in love with the whole family. With James being a chef food is mentioned a lot in this book this and could make the reader very hungry. There are some kisses that get steamy between James & Andrea but it doesn’t go any further than that. The faith message is sprinkled in over the course of the story, the characters learn that God is there for them through it all and never turned his back on them no matter what they thought. This is a truth for all of us. I loved how Andrea stood up for herself with her boss and while this didn’t end the way she wanted it to and was hard for her it worked out for the good in the end. There are times we need to stand up even when it will be hard, but God can take these moments work them out for good. My heart had warm fuzzy feelings when the story ended. I will for sure be reading the other two books in this series to spend more time with the MacDonald family. 

Favourite Quotes: 
“We're all broken. We're only human. Some wounds only God can mend. If we let Him.” 

“It's easy to say you'll make time for what's imporant tomorrow. But we're only guaranteed this particular moment. Life's too short to rush through it.”
  (I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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