Though London Tides is the second book in Carla Laureano's MacDonald Family Trilogy, I had no trouble jumping right into Ian and Grace's story without first having read book one.
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?
As I began reading London Tides, I immediately found myself swept into Grace and Ian's story. Grace, a conflict photojournalist who can no longer work on the front lines due to PTSD, returns to London searching for the next step ... which may include her former fiance Ian. Ian is the COO of his celebrity chef brother's company, but he just goes through the motions. There's nothing in his life that he really loves ... until Grace suddenly reappears.
I was able to read the book in one afternoon—it's that engaging. I loved following both Grace and Ian as they searched for "home." Yet, somehow, I didn't really care about their romance. I liked each character individually, but I would have been totally okay if they hadn't ended up together.
One of the highlights of the book is the glimpse into Ian's family. Book one in this series, Five Days in Skye, is about Ian's brother Jamie, and the upcoming book is about Ian's sister Serena. I haven't read either of those books yet, but now I want to!
Overall, I really enjoyed London Tides, and had I been thinking of it as a straight fiction title, I think I would have loved it. However, because I went into the novel expecting a great romance, I found myself a little let down. So here's my recommendation: read London Tides because it is an engaging, beautifully written book. Just don't get too hung up on the romance. 4 stars.
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Carla Laureano is the RITA Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.
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