Saturday, June 27, 2015

London Tides (MacDonald Family Trilogy #2) by Carla Laureano

Title: London Tides (MacDonald Family Trilogy #2)
Author: Carla Laureano
Pages: 340
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: David C. Cook
Note: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley for the purpose of writing my honest review.

About the book:

     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 review:

     This is a deeply moving contemporary romance.

     Grace Brennan carries so much pain and heartache within herself that my heart broke repeatedly throughout this book. She has seen so much pain and anguish and been in danger so often that she doesn’t really seem to know how to live a happy life. Yet she has never forgotten the man she once loved and was engaged to.

     Ian MacDonald is as different from Grace as he could possibly be. I thoroughly enjoyed this character and in many ways I can relate to him. He has a very strong level of commitment to doing what is expected of him in business and family relationships.

     Both of these wonderful people needed to grow and learn before they could find their happy ending. The biggest hurdle for them was Grace’s PTSD from all of her years as a war photographer.

     I had heard about PTSD and terms connected with it. It was quite eye opening for me to read the scenes where Grace had nightmares or flashbacks. Carla Laureano did an incredible job of writing them so that I could not only see what was happening but also feel what Grace felt, or as close as I possibly could without actually struggling with the trauma and aftermath myself.

     I am looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future. I am giving this wonderful book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it.

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