Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 15, 2015

Great character development, good story line

london tidesLondon Tides by Carla Laureano

Reviewed by Jill P. Jones

Radiant Lit Blog Tours

Genre: Romance

Publisher: David C. Cook

Date: June 1, 2015

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?

(Reviewer’s Note:  This is the second book in the MacDonald Family Trilogy.  At the publisher’s request, I am reviewing this one first.  My review of Book One, “Five Days in Skye” will be posted on July 15, 2015.)

I enjoyed Ian and Grace’s story for a little while and then interest waned.  The story became frustrating even knowing that Grace had PTSD and couldn’t help what was happening to her.   Laureano’s character development is excellent with vivid descriptions.  Although it wasn’t the same reading experience as the first book, it is worth reading to get the full history of the MacDonald family.

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.

London Tides is available for purchase from

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Radiant Lit, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program, and the publisher, David C. Cook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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