The best kind of escape read is one that does your soul good while your brain is soaking in endorphin bubble bath. Five Days in Skye is exactly that kThe best kind of escape read is one that does your soul good while your brain is soaking in endorphin bubble bath. Five Days in Skye is exactly that kind of read. With romantic chemistry from page one, a setting to make Rick Steves pack his bags, and luscious details—the food, the shoes, the guy!!—to satisfy every woman’s dreams, this book delivers the perfect holiday.
Andrea Sullivan is a high-powered career woman on track to a promotion when an unexpected incident throws her off course and into the path of James MacDonald, a celebrity chef. Andrea is assigned to snag James’ account for her company, which involves a quick trip to Scotland, which Andrea views as punishment and the reader views as heavenly.
James MacDonald sees in Andrea an accomplished woman who needs to relax. He makes it his mission to loosen her up, but what starts as teasing and harmless flirtation quickly deepens as the two are drawn together by more than chemistry.
Laureano creates likable, layered characters. Both Andrea and James are hiding who they really are, but the personas they’ve created start to crack in each other’s presence.
While many of us don’t have glamorous careers involving travel, it’s still easy to identify with Andrea—the way she thinks and her past mistakes. So that even while she’s being escorted around Scotland by a gorgeous man and fed gourmet delicacies by the same man, we can still sympathize with the battle raging within her.
No, forget that. Yes, Andrea is likable, but James is lickable. You read that right. The man is delicious. At the end of the book, I was rooting for them to get together, but I was also kind of hoping Andrea would get fat on James cooking. Sorry Girl, but a rich, handsome Scottish man who cooks? You don’t get to have it all. Hope all that pasta goes straight to your thighs.
I devoured this book and like I said, while I was reveling in luscious details and having a grand time, Laureano managed to remind me that life is about more than working hard to earn good things. Taking a moment to breathe, to lift your head and appreciate creation, to let go of mistakes you’ve made and allow people to love you—all these gems are embedded in the pages of Five Days in Skye. You’ll come away from this novel refreshed and craving good food, good times and the company of loved ones. ...more
Soak in the words. That’s what I do when I read a book by Beth K. Vogt. She has a gift for details, description and dialogue that plunges the reader iSoak in the words. That’s what I do when I read a book by Beth K. Vogt. She has a gift for details, description and dialogue that plunges the reader into a fully-realized sensory world. If her novels were paintings, they’d be termed “photorealistic.”
Beth Vogt’s latest release, Catch a Falling Star, rings true not only with a well-crafted story world, but also with themes every woman will relate to.
From the back cover:
Dr. Kendall Haynes’s plans to have it all—a career, a husband, a family—are eluding her. Now that she’s thirty-six, she needs to stop wishing upon a star and face reality: Some dreams just never come true.
Air Force pilot Griffin Walker prefers flying solo in the air and on the ground—until a dangerous choice ejects him from the cockpit. His life becomes even more complicated after the sudden death of his parents makes him the guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother. There’s no way his life will ever get back on course now.
When their lives collide during a near tragedy, Kendall and Griffin must decide if they can embrace the unexpected changes God has waiting for them.
Catch a Falling Star explores one woman’s struggle to obtain the dream we all want—a career and a family—a full life. Kendall Haynes is a balanced heroine, strong and accomplished but in need of connection.
Griffin Walker serves as a foil in the beginning of the book. He prefers the solitary life and doesn’t even recognize his own loneliness, a fail-proof combo in a romantic lead.
I appreciated that the conflict between Kendall and Griffin is authentic, not a series of misunderstandings. They grow to respect and like each other in believable, satisfying vignettes that add to the novel’s realism while making the reader cheer every time hero and heroine draw a step closer to each other.
With a cast of well-developed secondary characters, there’s much to invest in and much to celebrate in Catch a Falling Star. Snag this sparkling story and enjoy a well-grounded heroine’s journey to discover her own fairy tale. Beth K. VogtCatch a Falling Star: A Novel...more
Beth K. Vogt’s writing is so visual and immediate that I felt like I was watching a classic romantic comedy as I read Wish You Were Here.
It’s easy toBeth K. Vogt’s writing is so visual and immediate that I felt like I was watching a classic romantic comedy as I read Wish You Were Here.
It’s easy to like heroine Allison Denman despite, or because of, her disastrous faux pas at the beginning of the novel. Engaged to the perfect man, Allison finds herself kissing his brother, Daniel, five days before the wedding! As her carefully planned life unravels, we catch glimpses of the secrets Allison hides as well as the longing for adventure she’s stifled.
Daniel is all about adventure, but his on-the-go lifestyle as well as friction with his family has made romantic relationships difficult. Vogt does an incredible job of revealing tidbits of Daniel’s character through his postcards to Allison as well as their interactions. With his mismatched eyes, cargo pants and backpack, and easy-going attitude, Daniel practically hollers, “Come have fun with me.” Readers will be cheering Allison with “You go girl” by the end of this delightful novel. ...more