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Vendor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date: 2018
Series: MacDonald Family
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MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Five Days in SkyeSeptember 4, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had seen this book on so many "swoony hero" lists that I had to read it for myself. James lived up to his billing. Andrea and James get off to a rather bad start when they meet in a bar and she doesn't recognize him as the celebrity chef she is to meet with the next day in Scotland. She is a hospitality consultant for a firm in New York and he is wanting to refurbish and reopen his family's hotel on Skye. James has great fun flirting with her so she assumes his playboy image is correct. As she struggles to maintain a business only relationship with him, she finds there are many layers under his perfect exterior. She meets his family: his aunt who helped raise them, his brother, Ian, and sister, Serena and her two young children. Andrea and James both have built walls around their hearts to protect themselves after past hurts and are not looking for a serious relationship, especially in the short amount of time they have to be together. I'm hoping there will be more of James and Andrea in books two and three of this series, though they focus more on Ian and Serena. Romance readers will enjoy Five Days in Skye.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Rich and emotionally grippingJuly 22, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Having heard such rave reviews of Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano from fellow bloggers, I had to see what the hype is.
I was emotionally swept away to the Scottish Highlands. The vivid scenery as described in Carla's prose had me hooked onto the setting. Her characters, from James (we'll get back to him), Andrea, Ian, Serena and Muriel felt close and endearing. James and Andrea had different ideas to what their dreams were, while their spiritual and emotional chords are both wounded and doubtful at times. As they approach their lives and their dreams, their journey to healing their hearts may very well bring them more than what they expect. I love the theme of restoration, not only the physical aspect of the hotel, but their spirits as well. That parallel won't be lost on readers, and the message of the kind of brokenness only God can heal.
Now onto James. Charming is an understatement. That man is oozing with charisma, roguish smirks and a handsome face. And lets not forget a man that can cite some pretty classic Cary Grant movies knows romance. *sigh. Andrea is smart, sassy and uptight, but in a way I relate and love. I love the flaws of these characters, and by the end of the novel, we truly see their development individually and collectively. The funny moments will have you laugh out loud, the tender moments, a sigh escapes before you knew, and the moments you find yourself in awe with the wisdom exhibited, you are stunned silent. Five days, it may seem short, but it's written so richly and insightful, I came away for the better. And I think you will too.
Were all broken. Were only human. Some wounds only God can mend. (267)
So let Him.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
NOTE: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and reviews were not required. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hopelessly Romantic!July 3, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hopelessly romantic! "Five Days in Skye" was mesmerizing; engaging, entangling, enthralling; weaving a love between two broken individuals who struggled valiantly to shed their past, while courageously tip toeing towards their future. Incredibly, this love story was conceived and delivered within five days; five days in possibly one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth; the Isle of Skye. What were the chances that it could survive?
Andrea Sullivan, hospitality consultant, is pursuing a signed contract. James MacDonald, world-renowned chef and restaurateur, is innocently flirting with a beautiful woman. When the two travel to Scotland's island of paradise to review the renovation of a MacDonald family property, Andrea's New York City lifestyle comes to a screeching halt. James is quite outspoken about the fact that he can persuade Andrea to fall in love with the lush countryside, the magnificent sunrises, the succulent menus, and the majestic castles, but something much deeper innocently transpires. Lovely, witty, and tear filled conversations comprise the brilliance of this story; the characters have time to become known, all their flaws, all their pain, all their dreams; all come crashing together upon the shores of a love that has the potential to become forever.
Carla Laureano has proven herself to be a writer of significance with just one story, "Five Days in Skye"!
KatyTennesseeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Contemporary romanceJune 12, 2015KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Five Days in Skye is an intense, contemporary romance that will keep you turning pages as you become immersed in this exciting story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. I love this novel.
The main characters, Andrea and James, are so well developed, I feel as if they are people I know. The setting of the story is vividly described, and I feel like Ive missed something by not visiting there.
The spiritual thread is naturally woven into the story and adds to its depth. I always enjoy a novel that makes me think, and this one does that well.
Although the story has a very satisfying ending, I did hate to see it end. I will remember Andrea and James story for quite some time.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5needs more of somethingJune 11, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255. Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
James MacDonald is a successful chef, TV show star and author of cook books. He has a different woman on his arm every time he socializes. He appears to be a love em and leave em type of guy and not to be interested in any kind of serious relationship. However, what the majority of people dont see is his foundation set up to help at risk young men learn a way to make an honest living, his love of his family and he doesnt take any of the young women he dates to his home at the end of the night. He has a zest for life, but when he meets Andrea he realizes his life has been missing something.
Andrea Sullivan is a hospitality consultant and the top money earner for her company. She handles all the tough deals, so why is she brought in to seal the deal with a British celebrity chef on a sub-par deal? She knows she is being punished for her actions during the last deal. She has been promised the position of vice-president if she can bring this deal to a close. She has been promised this before, but what is she supposed to do? She cant let eight years of working seven days a week go down the drain, so off to Scotland she goes. Once there, her host persuades her to stay a few extra days to enjoy Skye and take a time off from work. She soon falls in love with Skye and her host. Is she ready to make a commitment to a celebrity when she shuns the spotlight? As she lives in New York and James mostly lives in London and they both travel a lot is a relationship even possibl
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