Monday, January 20, 2014

Dawn Crandall's Review of “Five Days in Skye" by Carla Laureano

{My Review}

Five Days in Skye was one of those books I just kept hearing about. I'd never heard of Carla Laureano before her book was featured on a few different blogs I saw posted through Facebook.... and then saw her mingling at the ACFW conference in Indy last September. And then all I ever heard was how great her debut novel was.

I also must have a thing for accidentally finding similar books and reading them all in a row. Five Days in Skye is, much like the last book I read (Once Upon a Prince), about an American woman falling for a rich and famous Brit with a fabulous accent, by way of a whirlwind romance. It was pretty much simply a love story about the slowly unfolding courtship between Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald and Andrea Sullivan, the hospitality consultant he hired for his hotel on the Isle of Skye. There were complications, of course, which mostly concerned Andrea getting over a past heartbreak. 

Carla's writing is superb, and I loved every beautifully constructed sentence. The romantic tension was right on throughout the whole of the book too. The story was great through and through, though I would have liked it to involve something more by way of a subplot to make it a little more complex than just strictly a love story. 

Five Days in Skye currently has a rating of 4.10 out of 5 stars (from 212 ratings) on Goodreads. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


{About the Book}

[The Blurb from Goodreads] 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.


{About the Author}

Carla Laureano earned a degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997. Since then, she has been a professional marketer, copywriter, and martial arts instructor, but her first love is telling stories that cause readers to look at their world and their faith in new ways.

Carla is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She was selected as a finalist in ACFW’s 2012 Genesis contest in the speculative fiction category. Her debut romance novel, Five Days in Skye, was released by David C. Cook in June 2013. The first volume of her three-book young adult fantasy series, The Song of Seare, is due out from NavPress in May 2014. 

She lives with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of small pets in Denver, Colorado. To learn more about Carla and her books, visit

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