Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review: London Tides by Carla Laureano

London Tides
(MacDonald Trilogy,#2)
by Carla Laureano
Asked to Review 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.02
Published by: June 1, 2015
Published on: David C. Cook 
Pages: 340

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and mentor in the field, 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?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? The synopsis drew me in. I'm a sucker for second chance romances. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't realize that this was the sequel in a series that I'd just read the first one to until about 10 pages in. It was a pleasant surprise.

I'm always surprised by Laureano's writing. It has a Christian base, but is very different than most Christian books. The characters enjoy drinking, have tattoos, and do all sorts of things that most of the time there just isn't in Christian fiction. And yet, she does it in a tasteful way while remaining to be Christian in focus without scaring off other more "secular" readers.

I thought the plot was intriguing and I love second chance romance stories like I mentioned earlier. The idea of a couple getting back together after ten years automatically demanded that I read this one. 

It was a great sequel to the first one, but one that can be read as a standalone.

I loved that Grace was a war conflict photographer. What an interesting world to learn about. Watching her struggle to confront the past, live in the present, while facing her future was intriguing.

It was an enjoyable read. 

The Characters: Grace and Ian were two characters that I enjoyed reading about. I also adored the secondary characters. Grace was probably one of my favorites of the novel. As I mentioned, her story was intriguing.

However, Ian was also cute and fun to read about. 

Major Strengths: Background stories for the characters. 

Major Weaknesses: Lacked the polished touches to really sell it and the story dragged at times. 

So why 3 stars? The fact that the story dragged a little knocks this down to a 3, but I did enjoy it. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, it reads like a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Violence. Mention of drinking. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel centered on two characters with intriguing backgrounds. 


Danica Page

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