Book Review: Five Days in Skye

17879360-1Every now and then, I take a peek in my church library to see if there’s anything new. I pass over a lot of titles, but every now and then, one catches my eye. Now, for the last several months, I’ve looked at this one and thought, “That looks interesting,” but walked away in the end. This time, I didn’t. And my oh my am I glad I didn’t.

I have a special place in my heart for Hallmark movies, but the writer in me always thinks – such bad scripting! It’s corny, the acting is usually not that great. But this book – I want it to become a Hallmark movie so much. And have Joy Lenz star as Andrea. I can just picture it now. It’s one of those, “The book will always be better, but this so great, everyone should see it/read it,” type of stories. And it has some of the typical Hallmark storylines to it. Not that it’s cheesy. This book is not cheesy. It’s sweet. And it’s set in the Highlands – which is fascinating. And oh! It’s just so good!

Basically. The girl (me) who says she rarely reads contemporary has a new favorite.

Andrea Sullivan is so consumed by her hospitality-consultant job that she’s forgotten what brings her joy. She dreads her new assignment—a last chance to snag a high-profile client in Scotland. Yet the lush Isle of Skye transcends her preconceptions. As does the man she must impress, the rugged, blue-eyed Scotsman James MacDonald.

He’s passionate about cooking, but after six restaurants, four cookbooks, and his own television show, he’s grown weary of the scrutiny that comes with living in the public eye.

Soon Andrea and James begin to sense these five days in Skye together may just be God’s wild invitation into deeper life . . . and truer love.

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This was such a great read. I finished all 300 some-odd pages in the course of a day or so. It like… a bit of Pride and Prejudice mixed with The Holiday and then set it in the Highlands with some great food, just for fun. I seriously want to make some hot chocolate with cinnamon from scratch now. And I don’t mean heat up some milk and throw in some syrup like I usually do. He melted the chocolate into the milk and threw in some cinnamon and vanilla. I need to try this

The themes are so relatable as well. I feel like I can’t share as much as I want to because of spoilers. But these characters have such great depth. Jamie is very carefree, but has an unintentional reputation he needs to shed. And Andrea has regrets she’s carried around for years that keep her from pursuing what she longs for.

And I promise… this one is the light reading with enough depth to make you feel satisfied everyone hopes to find when they go hunting for their next book. And if it makes this any more appealing… I looked Carla Laureano up on Pinterest. Her board for Five Days in Skye has Henry Cavill pinned as her character inspiration for Jamie. I can totally see it, except I can’t exactly imagine him speaking with a Scottish burr.

Please… someone tell Hallmark to option this book. It’s just that perfect. And thank goodness it’s a series, I want to live in this world a little longer. Only, I think she switched publishers, so I might have to wait a bit. Lord help me.

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