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!



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