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London Tides

(MacDonald Family Trilogy #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  273 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
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 year
Paperback, 340 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by David C. Cook
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The second book in the MacDonald Family Trilogy focuses on older brother Ian and his relationship with his ex-fiance, Grace, as she returns to London. As a conflict photojournalist, she has seen, heard, and experienced more than one person ever should. She longs to reconnect with Ian but doesn't know whether it is possible.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Five Days in Skye; but this one resonated with me in even a deeper way. I had never thought about the fact that people who co
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Grace returns to London unsure and hesitant about her life's new direction... or lack thereof. Ian is also feeling unsettled in his career, and those feelings reflected on the vibe I felt while reading the story. Even as the story progressed, it seemed a bit aimless, and I was not sure what was driving it. I felt for both Grace and Ian as they tentatively rekindle their relationship and simultaneously seek for meaning and passion in daily life. The descriptions of London and Grace's photography ...more
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

After reading Five Days in Skye, I was really looking forward to its sequel, London Tides. However, once I dug into LT, I was disappointed on a few different points. There were four expletives, lots of sexual innuendos, many mentions of people living with each other prior to or instead of marriage, a scene involving nudity, and several immodest clothing items. Because of those things, I am not eager to read the third book in the trilogy.

Something I liked about LT was how Carla
Cara Putman
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
LONDON TIDES was a book that wooed me back over and over again because I had to know what happened between the characters. Grace is scarred by choices she made and things she has experienced as a war photographer, while Ian is stuck in life. The romance is a compelling wooing of fresh trust that reminded me in some ways of the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. A story that will be a great addition to the libraries of those who like a contemporary romance.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I read Five Days in Skye and fell in love with Scotland as well as James and Andrea so when I heard there was another book by the same author available for review, I jumped at the chance to read it and share my thoughts. I didn't even realize London Tides was supposed to be connected to Five days in Skye. It was a lovely surprise so get to revisit a few of the characters and even take a short trip back to Skye for the Wedding.

I really had high hopes for this book and wanted it to be like Five D
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winner by Laureano! In this bravely written novel, every emotion is evoked. You feel deeply for the characters, and while you want to smack them once in a while, you keep reading to see if things will turn out all right in the end. An enjoyable read, realistic characters and real dialogue that has you nodding in agreement, laughing and sometimes wanting to shed a tear. Highly recommended.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The tides of life – and love – ebb and flow, and author Carla Laureano masterfully captures the emotional intensity that can be left in the wake of both tragedy and triumph. Ian and Grace play off each other beautifully; the backdrop of London the perfect setting for their rekindled romance. I found myself consumed by London Tides from the first word until long after I finished reading the final page – the themes of value and forgiveness, trust and healing, are not easily shelved in one’s spirit ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
London Tides is the much-awaited sequel to RITA Award-winner Five Days in Skye, which was about James MacDonald. It’s been too long, partly because the author has released two fantasy novels (as C.E. Laureano) in the meantime. I thoroughly enjoyed Five Days in Skye, so was looking forward to reading this sequel. I found it hard to get in to, but in the end it didn’t disappoint.

Grace Brennan is a photojournalist who’s spent the last ten years working in war zones. She’s produced some amazing phot
Andrea Grigg
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 fiancé 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 dis
Jill Buteyn
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*deep sigh* There is nothing like finishing a great romance. The need to flip back through the pages and find favorite scenes. The sigh-worthy hero. The gritty, tough heroine. This book has it all, including spice, spice, spice. What a great follow up to Five Days in Skye. Laureano had me flipping pages and now she has me waiting for the next in this series.
Janka H.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful love story about hidden pain and second chances.

This is a second book in The MacDonald Family Trilogy, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Grace Brennan and Ian MacDonald were lovers once, even engaged. Until Grace left, leaving just her ring, but no explanation with it.
10 years ago, she is back in London. After a life as a war zones photographer, she has seen her share of cruel things and then some. Even her young protégé had died before her eyes. Experiencing the turmoil of emotion
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
I love inspirational fiction. I love romance. So I REALLY love good inspirational romantic fiction. When I was offered a chance to review London Tides, a new to the market (as of June 2015) book, and sequel to Five Days in Skye, book I had already read...I jumped on the opportunity and hoped it would at least meet up with my expectations from the previous book.

London Tides is the second book in the MacDonald Family Trilogy by Carla Laureano. London Tides picks up where the previous book Five Day
Denise Hershberger
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
London Tides

by Carla Laureano

This is book two in a series but the cover, back cover description, and setting appealed to me more than the first book so I decided to take a chance and read this one first and I am so glad I did. And I'm looking forward to going back and reading book one now that I know I love Laureano's books!

London Tides has a unique story line in that the main characters are not getting to know each other for the first time. I love stories of second chances and I love romance so
Velva Brown
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
London Tides - Carla Laureano

Hmmmm….where do I begin? London Tides wasn’t quite what I expected. I am still trying to decide if that is good or bad. I didn’t realize it was in a series, and I found myself breaking MY rule of reading books out of order!
Grace made decisions when she was younger that led her down more than one rough road. These rough patches led to a horrible case of PTSD, and away from her soon-to-be husband, Ian.
Ian is almost 40. He has settled into a mundane life of rowing, wo
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This was not quite what I was expecting, it was a lot heavier than Five Days in Skye.

Grace is a combat photographer and has had a very successful career. After loosing someone close to her she decides to return to London to try and get back together with her ex boyfriend, Ian. Grace suffers from PTSD, although she wont acknowledge that things are really that bad. Ian was so in love with Grace that when she returns he welcomes her back with open arms. To be honest, I had a hard time connecting w
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
London Tides is a clean read, but not as engaging as the first book in the series, Five Days in Skye. Ian MacDonald, the hero, just isn't as lovable as his brother James, but by the end of the book I liked him. I can't say the same about the heroine, Grace. If I had to sum it up, I would say it is a story about how true love is patient and full of mercy.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book since I "met" Ian MacDonald in the first book, Five Days in Skye. It was a book I really enjoyed so I wanted to read Ian's story. Ian is a rather remarkable hero. After living with Ian for two years and only six months until their wedding, Grace suddenly leaves. Now ten years later, after an acclaimed career as a war photographer, Grace is back in London, claiming she has loved Ian all those years and is ready to settle down (maybe, she's not completely sure). Though w ...more
Lynda Edwards
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I would classify myself as a historical Anglophile, if there is such a thing—I love all things relating to Great Britain, but almost exclusively with regard to the past. Even though contemporary novels are not my genre of choice, I looked forward to this one given its English setting and characters. While the setting was spot on for me, unfortunately I had trouble connecting with the characters and really did not enjoy the book.

One of the best parts of this novel was how it immersed me in the se
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grace is a war photojournalist. She has been through hell and back and has the emotional difficulties to prove it. Ian lives a humdrum office life. He didn't always. But Grace once deserted him and took the joy of life with her. Now she's back. Can they make it work? I was kept guessing right to the end of the story. This is the second of the MacDonald trilogy. I can't wait for the third one!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy via the publisher at NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This is another book that the editor at The Christian Manifesto sent out for review, and I picked up based solely on reading the description. As a result, I didn’t have many expectations going into it. I didn’t even know it was a part of a series until I added it to my Goodreads. It definitely is a book that can be read as a standalone as I didn’t feel like I was missing anything from
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carla Laureano brings us book two in The MacDonald Family trilogy with London Tides. London Tides is Ian MacDonald's story.

Grace Brennan, photojournalist, travels the world's war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken and returns to London.

Grace and Ian MacDonald had been engaged ten years earlier, but she left without a word, only leaving her engagement ring at his home. Ian gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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London Tides by Carla Laureano
Reviewed by Rachel Dixon
Radiant Lit Blog Tours
Genre: Romance
Publisher: David C. Cook
Date Published: June 1, 2015

Grace Brennan has seen the brutality of war first hand. Will she give up her identity in her career to build a new life with the man she loves?

Ian MacDonald has not seen Grace since she left him ten years ago. Grace has suffered very severe trauma with her job as a conflict photojournalist. As she searches for a place to call home, can she lay to rest the
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Life can take some unexpected turns. The thing we think we want most in the world, can be the one thing we simply walk away from. Grace Brennan had what some might call a picture perfect life as a photojournalist that found herself more and more in the midst of conflict. Her love life with Ian MacDonald was everything she had hoped for and more - until the day she walked away without a word, simply leaving behind her engagement ring and move forward to get lost in her career.

Now years later she
Lisa Johnson
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Title: London Tides (The MacDonald Family Trilogy #2)
Author: Carla Laureano
Pages: 387
Year: 2015
Publisher: David C. Cook
Ian MacDonald works for his celebrity chef brother, taking charge of the business side of things. He is an avid rower who won an Olympic medal in the past, but gave up a chance at the gold medal to settle down with his fiancée, Grace Brennan. One day he discovers she has left him, leaving behind her engagement ring to pursue a career in photography. Ten years pass with him follo
Lis K
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the MacDonald Family trilogy, this time centering on oldest sibling, Ian. When I read the first book, Five Days in Skye, Ian was quite an enigmatic character who seemed a little tough on his brother, Jamie. I wondered how the author could make him likable but she really did! I loved this character. I understood him more as I learned about his backstory and I loved how he cared for Grace. He was forgiving and really pursued her, even after she broke his heart ten years ...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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You can sometimes get a second chance at life, but what about thirds and fourths?

Grace Brennan has physically survived photographing in the most perilous war zones, however her spirit is afflicted by the horrors captured by her lens. Debilitating post-traumatic stress and the death of her protégé have forced her to surrender her nomadic lifestyle in the field and she returns to London on a personal pilgrimage of self discovery. In addition
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Definitely better than the first book in the trilogy. Wow. I never thought I'd like a book like this.

Full review:

Since this is the second book in the MacDonald Family Trilogy, there will be some spoilers for the first book Five Days in Skye. However, I think one could read London Tides without reading the first book. Reading them in order only adds more to the story and the world Carla Laureano has shaped.

That being said, I think I enjoyed London Tides much more than I did Five Days in Skye (w
Dora Hiers
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Five Days in Skye, and LOVED it. You can read that review here. It's not necessary to read Skye first although London Tides revisits Skye for a joyous celebration, so I'd recommend it. :)

"She shouldn't be here." London Tides pulled me in with the first line. It didn't take long for Ian and Grace to reconnect after a ten year separation, and, oh, what a sweet romance for a few pages! Always a but, though, right? This is one of those books where I knew the bottom was going to drop out any m
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Sep 03, 2015 09:34AM  
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  • A Twist of Faith (Mitchell's Crossroads #1)
  • The Wishing Season (Chapel Springs, #3)
  • Catch a Falling Star
  • Too Far to Say Far Enough (The Reluctant Prophet #3)
  • Here to Stay (Where Love Begins, #2)
  • For Better or For Worse
  • Only Uni (Sushi, #2)
  • Finding Mr. Write (CANDID Romance, #1)
  • Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey, #2)
  • A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3)
  • Kept
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Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (asC.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks thin ...more

Other books in the series

MacDonald Family Trilogy (3 books)
  • Five Days in Skye (MacDonald Family Trilogy, #1)
  • Under Scottish Stars (MacDonald Family Trilogy, #3)
“Ten years wondering how she'd feel if she saw him again. Ten years convincing herself that time and distance would change things. Pure rubbish, all of it. She still loved him. And he still hadn't forgiven her.” 1 likes
“You should stop wearing suits.'
'For greater ease of shawarma eating?'
Grace chuckled, then took a sip of her fizzy.
'Because they suck the life out of you. It's like cuff links are your Kryptonite.'
'Cuff links keep my sleeves together. Besides, that would make me Superman.'
'Well, then, Superman, you should kiss me.”
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