Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

I can admit that I will pick out a book because it allows me to visit someplace interesting or new. That was one of the things that really interested me in this book–a chance to enjoy Scotland and the history and culture of the local. 

**I received a copy of this book from David C. Cook and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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.

“We’re all broken. We’re only human. Some wounds only God can mend. If we let Him.”

-James MacDonald, Five Days in Skye

Characters: I really enjoyed getting to know Andrea and James in this story. Both characters had something in their lives that was broken and needed to be fixed–and only in the ways that God can. I found Andrea very relatable in the ways that she tried to protect her heart from the experiences she has had in her past and potential risks in the future. And James was just extremely likeable in this story as well.

Storyline: This was one of those stories that when you start it, you have a pretty good idea of how it will end. You just don’t know how the characters will get there–and that part was full of surprises. The story flowed smoothly and naturally and had some entertaining moments along the way.

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this book. It was a relaxing read and one that I think would be a perfect summer read. The story did not shy away from contemporary issues and how the characters dealt with them, and I appreciated that in this book. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

About the Author:
Carla Laureano has held many job titles—professional marketer, small business consultant, and martial arts instructor—but writer is by far her favorite. She currently lives in Denver with her patient husband and two rambunctious sons, who know only that Mom’s work involves lots of coffee and talking to imaginary people.


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