Tuesday, June 09, 2015

London Tides by Carla Laureano

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.

My Thoughts: 

Let me start by saying this book is part of a series. I wasn't aware of that when I first received it so I didn't read the first book in this series before reading this one, but it didn't matter, this book was just fine as a stand alone. (However, now that I've met Andrea and James...the main characters from the first book...I'm going to have to get their story Skye and read it.)

There was a lot of conflict for Grace throughout this story. A lot that she has to deal with from her career and trying to move on and rectify what she believed to be a mistake from her past; leaving Ian years before. This conflict affects the rekindling of Grace and Ian's relationship and leaves us wondering whether or not this couple will be able to work things out.

I liked the story, the characters, the writing, and loved the setting of this novel. I wish we could've seen more of Grace's "issues" being dealt with toward the end of the book. These issues were a big part of the story and then there was mention of how she was dealing with them but nothing really in depth. However, it worked out well so I'm satisfied with it.

All in all I really liked this book and I look forward to going back and reading the first one.

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