Review Time: London Tides by Carla Laureano

Book 2 in the MacDonald Family Trilogy.
Book 2 in the MacDonald Family Trilogy.

Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and mentor in the field, 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 Review:  I was thrilled when I heard that Carla Laureano had a second book coming out this year in the MacDonald Family Trilogy. I picked up her first book, Five Days in Skye, on a whim, and realized very quickly I had found a gem! Book two, London Tides, does not disappoint. In the first book, we glimpse Ian MacDonald, Jamie’s very uptight, business-minded brother. I didn’t care for his haughtiness, which I learned in book two had to do more with his parent’s broken marriage, and his own heartache caused by his fiancee leaving him before their wedding with no explanation. Fast forward ten years. War photographer, Grace Brennan (aka: ex-fiancee), has seen the raw and ugly side of humanity and the causalities left behind. Dealing with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, she returns to London seeking peace, forgiveness, and a new beginning…hoping beyond hope with Ian. However the past is difficult to leave behind, and both Ian and Grace have much to learn about healing, forgiveness, love, and letting go of the past so they can achieve their dreams and perhaps a future together. One of the aspects I really enjoy about Ms. Laureano’s work is how she inserts faith elements without being “preachy.” Her characters have depth, and she is able to capture the passion and pain that often occurs in life. I was pleased to note that we do find out more details about Jamie and Andrea’s relationship much to my satisfaction, and I hope in book 3 we will also see how Ian and Grace’s relationship is growing. I also hope Ms. Laureano will consider a novella or story for Asha, Grace’s friend. I was intrigued by her intelligent, fashion savvy, physician friend and I couldn’t help wondering if there was a wedding in her future?

Finally – NOTE TO AUTHOR: Ms. Laureano, would you please quit tantalizing us with delectable food and give us the recipes?! Maybe your characters Jamie and Grace could whip up a little recipe book for those of us who enjoy cooking, eating good food and trying something new!

Five Days in Skye-Author Carla Laureano
Five Days in Skye-Book 1 in The MacDonald Family Trilogy by Author Carla Laureano

Carla Laureano is the RITA® award-winning romance writer of Five Days in Skye, as well as the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (as C.E. Laureano). A former professional marketer, small business consultant and martial arts instructor, Carla lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.