London Tides by Carla Laureano

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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?

I studied literature and criticism at Pepperdine University and earned a degree in English in 1997. Since then, I’ve worked in a number of different industries as a salesperson, marketing manager, copywriter, and small business consultant. In addition to my work for corporate clients, I wrote for publications produced by the World Health Organization.
I love the history, culture, and mythology of Ireland and Scotland, which form the settings for most of my work. I also enjoy incorporating my background in martial arts and fencing into the action elements of my stories.
I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). I was selected as a finalist in ACFW’s 2012 Genesis contest in the speculative fiction category. My debut novel, a contemporary romance entitled Five Days in Skye, was released by David C Cook in June 2013 and went on to win RWA’s 2014 RITA Award for Inspirational Romance. My three book young adult fantasy series, SONG OF SEARE, is being released from NavPress in 2014 and 2015.
I live with my husband and two sons in Denver, Colorado.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the MacDonald family trilogy, and Carla does not disappoint! It focuses on Ian, Jamie's brother from Five Days in Skye, and Grace, Ian's former fiance'. Jamie and Andrea appear in this book as well. From the first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down.
The story isn't fast paced, it is perfectly paced with a piece of the story coming through at just the right time.
Grace is a photo journalist and suffers from PTSD, and she believes that if she admits she has real problems Ian would see her as damaged. I know that feeling well. I have epilepsy and when I started dating after my divorce in 2010 I was scared to death to put that out there for that very reason. I learned that trusting God, and being honest was the only way to be and He brought me the best partner for me.

I highly recommend this book!


Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises--not the least of which is Sean O'Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!

About this author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

My thoughts:

This was a great book perfect for the summer! The Value Lodge reminded me of the little motel my grandparents owned when I was kid, I used to help my Gramma clean rooms and wait on customers.
When  Anna and Sean toured New York, I got a bird's eye view of New York City. 
The relationship between Anna and Sean progressed at a reasonable pace.
This book would be a great summer read for your tween or teen.

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