Thursday, 6 August 2015

Book Review: London Tides, by Carla Laureano

Review by Andrea Grigg

I love a series. Especially when it’s written by Carla Laureano. I loved Five Days in Skye (read my review here) and I was hoping her second book, London Tides, would be just as wonderful. 

It is, and here are my thoughts:

Grace Brennan is back in London. A courageous and accomplished photojournalist, her experiences in the war-torn parts of the world have left her exhausted and troubled. Coming back to London requires courage of a different nature, more than she may have left in the tank, but it’s a risk she is compelled to take. Ten years ago, she ran out on her fiancĂ© six months before their wedding. Grace needs to make amends.

Ian MacDonald (brother of Jamie from Five Days in Skye) is beyond shocked when he discovers Grace has returned to London. A rising star in the world of rowing, he’d given up his entire sporting career for her, including a shot at Olympic gold, and then she abandoned him without a word of explanation. So why is she back?

What follows is a brilliantly crafted, beautifully characterised story of two people finding their way back to love even when it means giving up everything all over again.

I adored Grace. She is fierce and brave, but oh so broken. Ian makes a fabulous hero – a man’s man, yet with that vulnerable side when it comes to love that makes him infinitely appealing.

I love Carla Laureano’s writing style. She weaves her themes of trust, forgiveness, and reaching out to God, with an expert hand. Never preachy or religious, Carla is one of my favourite authors of contemporary Christian romance, alongside Becky Wade, Varina Denman and Amy Matayo.

I can’t wait to read Carla’s next book in the MacDonald Family Trilogy. I have no doubt Serena’s story will be every bit as warm and satisfying as those of her brothers.



About Andrea Grigg

Andrea is an author and avid reader of contemporary romance. She has written two novels, A Simple Mistake and Too Pretty. 

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8 comments:

  1. Oh Andrea … how can we not pop off & buy London Tides after this marvellous review? Can we read it standalone without reading Five Days first?

    Thanks for sharing Carla's latest with us. And for writing such a great review.

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    1. Let's face it Ian, you simply have to give into the urge and go buy it ;)

      Yes, it's a stand alone novel - I should have mentioned that. Enjoy!

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  2. I loved Five Days in Skye too, Andrea. I didn't know there was a second book so I'll definitely be getting this one. Thanks for the review

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    1. Hi Carol - Not only is there a second but there will be a third. Hooray! No doubt I'll be reviewing it on here as well, so you won't miss out. Glad you loved Five Days too. You won't be disappointed with this one, I can assure you :)

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  3. Andrea, great review! I remember reading Five Days in Skye and hoping Ian would be given his own story. Another book to add to my way-too-long tbr list! :)

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    1. Thanks, Narelle. Nice to know you'll be able to add Serena's story to the pile as well!

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  4. Thanks for telling us about this one Andrea.

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    1. You're welcome, Dale. Carla is a fabulous writer :)

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