Thursday, July 4, 2013

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Andrea is a hot shot hospitality consultant for a major firm in New York City, helping entrepreneurs provide a welcoming environment for their customers. She is in England on her way to Scotland when she stops at a pub to rethink her circumstances. She just lost an account because she refused the advances of a businessman who expected more from her than facility planning. And now she was supposed to go to some island and land a contract with a celebrity chef and some old hotel he was restoring.

A handsome fellow sits next to her and before long, Andrea is saying more than she meant about her next assignment and her irritation at the probable personality of the man she will have to work with. To her horror, she finds out that the fellow sitting next to her is in fact James, the celebrity chef and owner of this pub and several restaurants in England.

That is the beginning of this fun romance set on the Isle of Skye. I like it when I learn something from reading a romance, and in this case, I was introduced to a beautiful part of Scotland. Who wouldn't want to go there after reading the beautiful descriptions found in this novel?

I would have liked to find out more about the restaurant business in England and the hospitality consulting aspect of it. But this novel centers more on the characters of Andrea and James and the past hurts they must overcome before they can let their love grow.

The novel's ending is super quick and leaves us wondering if it is really possible, after such a short and whirlwind romance, for the two to make a reasonable future work. And there is a change in Jame's brother near the end that seemed out of character.

Other than that, this is a pretty good romance. Characters must work through past hurts and mistaken ideas about family actions. Andrea must finally come back to the God she abandoned when her world had crashed into her years ago.

If you like reading about a place you may only explore in a book, you'll like this one taking place on the Isle of Skye.

Carla Laureano had been a professional marketer, small business consultant, and martial arts instructor. She lives in Denver with her husband and sons.

To find out more about the author and the book visit http://www.carlalaureano.com/ .

David C Cook, 332 pages.


I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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