Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Five Days in Skye 
(The MacDonald Family Trilogy,#1)
by Carla Laureano
New Adult/Adult
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Published on: June 10, 2015
Pages: 332

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis 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.


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was pleasantly surprised. I forgot this was supposed to be a Christian fiction novel until nearly the end. The writing was just great and the subtle Christian themes were just that subtle. It didn't seem overt or forced.

In fact, it just read like a clean new adult novel. I really enjoyed that. I like new adult, but I don't like all the smut that goes into many of them.

The characters were intriguing as was the plot line. The story had me entertained from page one. There was plenty of romantic tension to keep me turning the pages.

And the backdrop of Scotland was an excellent choice. It made for a rich story. 

The Characters: The characters were multifaceted, which I really enjoyed. I loved that they weren't cookie cutter characters. 

Major Strengths: The fact it was a clean read and yet still romantic. 

Major Weaknesses: Just didn't quite stand out. 

So why 3.5 stars? I knocked it up to a 3.5 stars because it stood out from other new adult/christian novels, but it wasn't quite a 4 because it didn't quite have that extra pizzazz to qualify it a 4 stars. However, I did enjoy it.  

Warnings/Side-notes: Perfectly clean. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that comes recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

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