As a conflict photojournalist, Grace Brennan has faced and seen the unthinkable. She has documented the atrocities of war zones, witnessed the helplessness of poverty-stricken villages, and experienced the devastating loss of friends and co-workers. Broken and lost, Grace returns to London, hoping to find healing and maybe even revive the love of the man she left behind to pursue her dreams.
Ian MacDonald gave up everything for the love of Grace, even his championship rowing career and dreams of an Olympic gold. Despite it all, one day she vanished without a word, leaving him to pick up the shattered pieces. Now Grace has returned and seems to have her eye on him again. But the years have changed them both and possibly destroyed any chance of a future together.
The highly-anticipated sequel to Carla Laureano’s Five Days in Skye has finally arrived. London Tides reunites readers with Ian MacDonald and introduces them to the woman who stole his heart years ago. Heavier than its predecessor, the second book in The MacDonald Family trilogy explores the difficult topics of PTSD, war, and poverty as we follow Ian and Grace through the arduous and heart-wrenching journey toward physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.
The main characters are both far from perfect. They’ve made many mistakes and bad choices in their lives, but in a way, that’s what makes them all the more real. Everyone can relate to that, but like Ian and Grace discover, it’s what follows that makes the difference.
While tattoo-laden Grace might not fit the conventional leading lady’s description; her journey, struggles, and wounds pull in the reader nonetheless. Ian intrigued me from the beginning of this series so I enjoyed learning more about him, his motivations, and what makes him tick. Fans of Five Days in Skye will enjoy appearances from James and Andrea (the protagonists of the first novel). However, those who have yet to read it won’t have a problem following this story as it easily stands alone — not that one would want to miss the first book!
Once again, I face the difficult task of waiting for the continuation of the MacDonald family saga. I am itching to get my hands on the next story — Serena’s. A brief glimpse of Malcolm has me eagerly (and not so patiently) waiting to learn more about the next leading couple.
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London Tides is available for purchase from Amazon.
Carla Laureano is the author of the RITA® award-winning romance Five Days in Skye as well as London Tides and the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (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.
Note: I received this book as part of the London Tides blog tour from Radiant Lit. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.