Thursday, June 11, 2015

Five Days in Skye (The MacDonald Family Trilogy #1)

Title: Five Days in Skye (The MacDonald Family Trilogy #1)
Author: Carla Laureano
Pages: 330
Year: 2013
Publisher: David C. Cook
My rating is 3 stars.

James MacDonald is a successful chef, TV show star and author of cook books. He has a different woman on his arm every time he socializes. He appears to be a love ‘em and leave ‘em type of guy and not to be interested in any kind of serious relationship. However, what the majority of people don’t see is his foundation set up to help at risk young men learn a way to make an honest living, his love of his family and he doesn’t take any of the young women he dates to his home at the end of the night. He has a zest for life, but when he meets Andrea he realizes his life has been missing something.
Andrea Sullivan is a hospitality consultant and the top money earner for her company. She handles all the tough deals, so why is she brought in to seal the deal with a British celebrity chef on a sub-par deal? She knows she is being punished for her actions during the last deal. She has been promised the position of vice-president if she can bring this deal to a close. She has been promised this before, but what is she supposed to do? She can’t let eight years of working seven days a week go down the drain, so off to Scotland she goes. Once there, her host persuades her to stay a few extra days to enjoy Skye and take a time off from work. She soon falls in love with Skye and her host. Is she ready to make a commitment to a celebrity when she shuns the spotlight? As she lives in New York and James mostly lives in London and they both travel a lot is a relationship even possible?

I really liked the descriptions of the beautiful scenery and the delicious food the characters experienced. I liked the faith element in the story and would have liked to see that sooner in the story and more often. I just didn’t find the story between the two characters all that interesting. The tale moved slowly and was predictable. I thought the conflict between James and his brother Ian could have been explained better.

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