I loved the dialogue between James and Andrea. It was flirty, skillful, and intelligent. I could almost hear the sparks between them when they were talking. However, the novel had a somewhat worldly feel to it. This surprised me because I knew that it was supposed to be Christian. God wasn't even mentioned until about halfway through the novel. And there was a lot of alcohol, which shocked me more than anything. God calls us to be “in the world but not of the world”. Andrea and James might as well have been non-believers because they surely didn’t act as Christ followers. Though they did move closer to the Lord by the end of the novel, it didn’t really change anything in their behavior.
Also, James and Andrea kissed a few days after they met. After that, they kissed a lot though they had made no commitment to one another. This bothered me because they were not acting like Christians. But then, James and Andrea weren't very close to God to begin with. However, the setting was beautiful and obviously well-researched. The dialogue and unique personalities of the characters was an utter delight to read about and discover.
One more thing that I found was somewhat disturbing was the way church was represented. Andrea was judged in her church so she never went back--which I understand completely. And James never went to church because his father never did. Apparently, James's father had had a falling out with his church. But God calls all Christians to serve in some form or fashion in the church. It's in the Bible to do so.
The author did an amazing job in creating situations that were sure to get to the reader's heart. I sighed with delight more times while reading this book than the last five books I've read put together. It certainly was a lovely novel, despite the flaws I have mentioned.
I give Five Days in Skye 31/2 stars out of 5.
*I received an e-book copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley for my honest opinion.