Friday, July 10, 2015

Five Days in Sky by Carla Laureano--Book Review

Synopsis:
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.

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.

My Review:
This genre isn't usually my preferred choice. I don't usually read contemporary romances, so I expected cheesy, sappy, anguishing scenes to suffer reading through. But this book wasn’t like that at all. In fact, I found myself enjoying the story and wanting to know how it all turns out.

The plot was good. I liked the mysterious, hidden pasts of both of the main characters. The characters feel real—especially because of the hurts from their pasts. Their actions and personalities are believable to explain logically why they are who they are because of this or that event from their past. 

My favorite thing about the book was the setting. Talk about swoon-worthy. Where’s my Scottish love story? I love the descriptions of the Scottish sites. Though I’ve never been there, it made me feel like Scotland was portrayed with an expert’s eye. This of course also made my longing to adventure to Scotland grow exponentially. Plus, I was able to picture James as David Tennant, which was just wonderful. 

Other strong points: this book showed that there’s no need for sex to make a steamy, passionate love scene or that easy sex or fast-moving relationships are necessary to find love today. I also loved the inclusion of Andrea’s sister Becky. I like when siblings have strong, stable relationships and Becky definitely provided a solid rock for Andrea to lean on and learn from. 

My only iffy moments with the story was the five day time span. I know the book is fiction and supposed to be kind of magical (because of the Scottish backdrop), but it feels a bit soon to fall head over heels in love with someone after five days. But I guess that’s the point of the story, whether I like it or believe it or not. Maybe it’d be better if it was “possible future love at first sight” instead.

 Overall, I enjoyed the story. For someone who isn’t into Christian romances, I think there will be many people who will enjoy this story. If anybody is looking for a pleasant love story with a beautiful Scottish setting, this book is for them.

Five Days in Skye is available for purchase through Amazon.com.

-Jaime

*I received this book as part of the Five Days in Skye blog tour from Radiant Lit.  I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes. Review copy provided by the publisher.*

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