Monday, June 29, 2015

London Tides by Carla Laureano

About the Book:

Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken.

She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace ... only for her to choose career over him.

Will life’s tides bring them back together ... or tear them apart for good this time?

My Thoughts:

Carla Laureano is a multi-talented author, and I adore everything she writes!  I've read the first book in this series as well as her first novel in the fantasy fiction genre....and she is just so good at telling a story that captivates and moves the reader.

Grace is so broken, your heart will ache for her.  Ian is so wounded and confused you can't help but pray for him....and HE'S NOT REAL!  "London Tides" is the kind of book you don't want to begin after 8 o'clock, unless you like playing the "Just One More Chapter" game.

The characters are well developed and nestle into your heart's imagination, intent on staying with you a good long while.  The setting is gorgeous described, and it adds to the story instead of bogging it down.

Carla knows the delicate balance between description and action, and she balances both beautifully.  An added bonus: Andrea and James are back from "Five Days in Skye", and play a pivotal role in the story of Grace and Ian's story.

Something else Carla does very well: she puts you in the character's shoes, allowing you to learn more about those who bring us stories from the front lines and the cost on their souls to do a job well done.  I see foreign correspondents differently now, and view them with more compassion.

"London Tides" also tackles the idea of sacrificing your dreams for another person, examining the benefits and the cost of letting go.  Ian needed divine wisdom in his decision making in order to benefit himself as well as Grace.

My thanks to David C. Cook for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  "London Tides" is highly recommended.  In case you were wondering, "London Tides" can be read as a stand alone novel, but why not invest in "Five Days In Skye" and get even more enjoyment out of your reading?

I invested in both stories, and I'm all the richer for my reading!!

Happy Reading!



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