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Five Days in Skye (The MacDonald Family Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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By Carla Laureano
I don't even know how to rate this book. The writing structure is perfect. Nice blend between conversations, descriptions, and setting changes makes the book very easy in smooth read. I know very few authors who can accomplish it. And I have read the unedited script so it is Author's talent shining.
There are three things that really bothered me though. First--alcohol as a must, ( I expected prayer as a must at the table - not wine or ale or scotch for that matter).
Second-- inappropriate comments and clothing. ( it suggested too much comfort with the world, which would have been ok to just be on Andy's side, considering her abandonment of christianity but from James- who led her back to God, despite his flirtatious reputation, I expected a much better vocabulary).
And Third-- there is no real reflection of God's presence in this book or any suggestion it is a christian read, except very few pleading words sent toward Heaven.
The book is an awesome read for non-christian audience who isn't into all sexual scenes but likes a more neutral reading material. I have enjoyed all the sight-seeing of Skye historical places, they made me want to take a vacation and enjoy it for myself. The family ties and the value put on them was great and touching. The secondary characters, especially Ian kept me very interested. The relationship between the two (Andy and Jamie) and his complete sacrifice for love touched me. But like I said it should not have been branded christian.
Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book from David C Cook Publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I had the pleasure to discuss this book with its Author. And I have to tell you that I am rating it high because there is an explanation to each part of it. Alcohol is custom in Skye and you cant have a prominent chef without him appreciating and good drink. Tradition related!
And everything else relates to the fact that in reality christians let themselves be more liberal then they admit and some that are honest about it refuse to read books that portray saints instead of real people. God's salvation is for everyone and how we receive Him in our heart is personal and unique for everyone. So when you read this book don't be judgmental like me, better ask yourself what compromises you let slip in your walk with God.
Its a great book, even greater after you have a nice chat with its maker and know the purpose in writing it. I personally believe that each book has to have an introduction page that tells you what to expect and why.
I have read many books that I first thought were a waste of time and print or totally unfit for printing but after I discussed it with author or other readers I looked at it from a different perspective and it was quite an eye opener.
From the first chapter I was hooked. The meeting of our two main characters was both hilarious and engaging. From that point on, I couldn’t put the book down. The chemistry was fabulous.....there was an undeniable draw to one another, but both Andrea and James were dead set against it. Though Andrea was a bit of a dichotomy, I did enjoy her. It seemed at times that the sass didn’t match the vulnerable/insecure part of her, but maybe that’s just me. I thought James was charming; his integrity, compassion and sense of humor were all beautifully integrated into the story. Scotland itself was also a main character in the book. I’ve never been there, though after the beautifully descriptive picture I’d love to see it for myself.
Andrea struggles with hurt from mistakes in her past as well as from the difficulty of a woman working in a man’s world. She assumes James is a womanizer as the media has portrayed him to be (with his cooperation....being seen with beautiful women has enhanced his celebrity status as a chef) and understandably doesn’t trust him. The fact that he is flirtatious just seems to confirm what she already believes to be true. But she has to please him as a client, and she does find him highly attractive. For James, his charm and his appearance have made women fall all over themselves in his presence. But he knows they are interested because of his fame, not the man himself. So he has his own trust issues. But Andrea is unimpressed and frank, which he finds both refreshing and appealing. And she lets him know, in no uncertain terms, that she is NOT happy to be in dreary, drizzly Skye....and he has five days to change her mind. It doesn’t take long before he wants to win her over to more than Skye.
I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It’s a bit of a departure from the usual inspirational romance. Light on spirituality, heavy on fashion (I got quite the education on women’s shoes, thank you very much), food and travel, I found the characters to be super likeable and their journey to be both fun and thoughtful. Themes of family, faith, forgiving others and self were all there, though not at all preachy. A lovely read.