“London Tides” by Carla Laureano, book review

“London Tides” The McDonald Family Trilogy #2, by Carla Laureano

Grace, the famed Irish photojournalist , has returned to London after 10 years on the road. Ian McDonald has waited the same 10 years for her to return. Will they be able to rekindle their relationship?

Grace has been out to change the world by capturing the hurt and hope in the most dangerous places in the world. And her pictures are famous. But after one to many deaths, which she feels responsible for, she decides it is time to head home and Ian.

Ian was crushed when Grace left with out any explanation except leaving her engagement ring on the counter. He slowly put his life back together by focusing on rowing and work. But he has kept track of Grace through her published photos.

As this couple tries to come to grips with how they have changed in the last decade, they also are sure they want to be together.

While this is the second book in the series, it was readable without reading the first book. I was a little disappointed with the amount of attention and detail given to physical affection. And the mention of living together- by several couples in the book was also disappointing. While I know this is socially acceptable, it is not Biblically acceptable. I prefer to read fiction by Christian publishers as Biblical principals are the standard, but this is not the case with this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, David C Cook. All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

London Tides
David C. Cook (June 1, 2015)


Carla Laureano


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.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of London Tides, go HERE.


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