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“Sweet and scathing, lush and intimate.... This story has guts and heart as well as the depth and heat necessary to satisfy any romance reader's palate."
(USA Today 2014-11-12) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carla Laureano is the author of the RITA® award-winning romance Five Days in Skye as well as London Tides and the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781410428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781410427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carla Laureano is the author of the RITA® Award winning romance FIVE DAYS IN SKYE, as well as the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (as C.E. Laureano). She's an avid cook, an enthusiastic but untalented singer, and a thwarted world-traveler. She currently lives in Denver with her patient husband and two rambunctious sons.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Molly on June 17, 2013
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When Becky Wade, author of My Stubborn Heart (and one of my favorite authors) recommended Five Days in Skye on her facebook page, I knew I needed to check it out. I immediately read the synopsis and reviews on Amazon, and then checked out the author Carla Laureano's website, and I was officially hooked. Okay, I'll be honest, I was pretty much hooked with the words Scotland and romance in the same sentence.

That being said, this novel is exactly everything I wanted and wished for it to be. The story is a fast paced read, hence a literal five days in Skye, for these two people to fall in love. I didn't think it could happen, as I'm not a fan of quick romances in books, I like for the relationship to have time to culminate, but I was extremely surprised how perfect Andrea and James are, and found myself rooting from them from the start.

A books that can make me laugh in the first paragraph or cry by the end are pretty rare, and this one made me do both.
And oh, the beauty of Scotland! I have never been there myself (it's on my bucket list) but I feel like I have and could describe the Island of Skye to you perfectly. The mental illustration Carla Laureano paints for you is so lovely, you'll feel like Andrea and never want to leave.

I could truly go on and on about how good this book is. A handsome Scotsman with that accent (I can only hear Gerard Butler's voice when James speaks), an American girl who is trying to make her way in a mans world, sub characters who you want to just sit on the sofa and hang out with, food that melts in your mouth, and a beautiful ancient land where romance just is.

Ah, perfection.
I was a tiny bit skeptical before I began because this is the authors first published novel, I wasn't sure what to expect.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Afzelius on June 10, 2013
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Giddy.

That's how I felt as I read this book. It's difficult to pin point why exactly. Was it the terrific setting? Partially. Was it the Scottish celebrity chef, definitely. Was it Andrea herself who you could see (before she did) that she was bottling up so much pain, she needed a release? That too!

The descriptions of Scotland and everything Andrea goes through, you can really visualize thanks to the writer. It was amazing, even for someone who has never been to Scotland, but after reading Five Days in Skye, I kind of feel like I have.

I felt like I was with Andrea and James in the kitchen. Which at times was kinda awkward! But that makes for good storytelling.

Andrea is all business and when the book starts, I'll admit I was really looking forward to her falling for James and to watch her walls crumble despite herself. This book did not disappoint!

James is a charismatic charmer. And the author did a great job of painting this picture. The chemistry between him and the (at first) reluctant Andrea popped off the page.

There's a message too about forgiveness, acceptance, and being able to move on. About being able to forgive yourself. All of which is incredibly important and potent. I'm sure someone will come along and be able to talk about that on length.

But I'll just say this novel was stinking fun!

Yes, I was moved emotionally by certain aspects of the book. And I rooted for Andrea and James from the very beginning. And if this novel was ever turned into a movie, I'd be first in line!

If you buy it, you'll love it. If you read it, you won't regret it. And maybe along the way you'll learn something too.

Bonus.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Suzanna on October 31, 2013
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I initially enjoyed this book because of its main characters and setting, which drew me in. About halfway into the book, it started developing a Christian focus, which didn't bother me initially but the last few chapters really didn't seem to have much to do with the relationship between the characters as much as their feelings about their religion. Frankly it seemed odd that this appeared halfway through the book.

I looked at the description of the book and didn't see anything that would lead me to expect a Christian romance novel. I was looking for a light romantic novel set in a destination that appeals to me...so I felt a bit let down. i think if you specifically wanted a Christian romance you might enjoy this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Basham on December 2, 2013
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In her amazing contemporary, Five Days in Skye, Carla not only displays her talent as a writer, but pulls together two remarkable characters with the tight threads of a beautiful romance. Andrea Sullivan is broken and tries to find her savior in her work as a professional consultant. When a rash decision leaves her trying to salvage her job by taking the renown celebrity chef James MacDonald on as a new client, she's determined to suffer through five days in the cold land of Skye and seal the deal.

Despite her preconceived notions, James genuine charm, humor, and tenderness awakens her heart to the terrifying realization...she wants to love again. But love can't bloom in five days? Especially between two opposites?

You'll have to find out what happens.
Let me just say that Carla's writing is intense, clean, with powerful forward momentum. Jamie MacDonald is a hero-extraordinaire :-) I don't know how she could top him.
Andrea's struggle is beautiful woven through the choices she makes and battle against her heart, with a lovely element of faith gently piecing so many broken threads back together.
I loved it! And am going to have to find more of her books to read - whatever the genre :-)
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