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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.
I was a tiny bit skeptical before I began because this is the authors first published novel, I wasn't sure what to expect.Read more ›
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.
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 :-)
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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Having heard such rave reviews of Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano from fellow bloggers, I had to see what the hype is. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Just Commonly
I purchased this book strictly because of the title. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Isle of Skye, and I couldn't resist a book set in that amazing location. Read morePublished 13 days ago by LC
I was enjoying the first 90% of this book. It is cute and interesting. All of a sudden it turns religious. It was very odd and it felt like it was stuck in. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Smackabee
Very pleasant, escape read. No big surprises, but story developed nicely. Good character development. Enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by Fiddede
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Five Days in Skye is the worst kind of book for me to review. It held plenty of promise--a couple finding romance, resolution, and faith in God in the Scottish highlands. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephanie McCall
I see a lot of people liked this book, but I couldn't even finish it. I found it boring. Just a love story with some pretty descriptions of the area. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Delole
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