Title: London Tides
Author: Carla Laureano
Publisher: David C. Cook
“After all these years, he deserved to know why she had run away. Deserved to know it hadn’t been because she stopped loving him. And maybe he deserved to know that leaving him had been the biggest mistake of her life,” Carla Laureano writes about Grace in her novel, London Tides.
Second of the MacDonald Family Trilogy series, this three hundred and forty page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary romance. With some slang and the word hell used, discussions of death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this continuing saga of the MacDonald family, older brother Ian has always done what others wanted and expected of him. Giving up his desires working for his brother’s business, the precise perfectionist is jilted when thirty-four-year-old Grace returns to London ten years after abruptly walking out of his life and breaking off their wedding engagement.
Grace, an Irish photojournalist, chose her career dealing with war zones over her love for Ian. A decade later she seeks a sense of purpose as she debates getting out of the business and settling down. Wondering if Ian will forgive and forget her for the past, she feels like a failure if she quits the war cause to prove her self-worth.
As the confused woman deals with post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks trying to erase the guilt over a co-worker’s death, Ian struggles with playing it safe without taking risks or telling Grace his feelings.
While the photographer fluctuates on wanting to reconcile her romantic relationship with Ian, she wonders if God is giving the two of them a second chance. Although the bond of love still is strong after ten years being apart, both have matured and changed, trying to understand what they want next.
Having romantic options unanswered for other members of the MacDonald family, this read that covers the streets of London to revisiting Skye leaves room for another book in the series that promotes moving on from the past, trusting God, and finding happiness.
RITA award winner, author Laureano enjoys writing romance and Celtic fantasy series. Having ten years’ experience in marketing, she is a full-time writer who lives in Colorado with her husband and children.
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