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London Tides

(MacDonald Family Trilogy #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  133 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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Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Ashley Johnson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I loved Five Days in Skye, London Tides just missed the mark for me in too many ways. I felt that this book lacked a lot of character development that I was craving as the story progressed. I didn’t really understand or identify with either of the main characters, which made it hard for me to really invest in this book overall. I could not understand the relationship between Ian and Grace. It seemed to be based on such a shaky foundation of past issues that were never discussed, and future ...more
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.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2020
After reading the first book, Five Days In Skye, earlier this month, I was eager to continue the series and excited that Ian's book was next. This book is filled with angst and was definitely a heavier read than the first one. The characters made some choices that were a little edgier than I like to read, but it fit the story and wasn't too graphic. I did wish for a little more faith and remorse at times from the characters, though.

I have to say, the romance was so emotional! I could feel Ian's
100 Pages per Hour
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the 2md edition with what Laureano calls the author's cut. I still feel the same as I did with the first edition, only if anything I love it even more now because Tyndale allowed her characters to be even more realistic and relatable! Ian and Grace aren't perfect, they make mistakes. But we all make mistakes! I appreciate characters who aren't perfect!

I read this edition in a developing country. I've seen poverty during this trip. I have not dealt with the combat situatio
I was so looking forward to reading this story after recently reading Five Days in Skye, book 1 of this trilogy, which I absolutely loved! James, from Skye, is one of my favorite male characters- ever. I have read most of Carla Laureano’s books and have really enjoyed them all. I love her writing style and how she writes so vividly that you can actually picture everything that is going on.

My biggest issue with this story was the lack of Christian faith throughout. I love stories where characters
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is Ian's story. But mostly Grace's.
I really liked Grace, I enjoyed reading her story.
One of the reasons is because she came across as an all to real person.
Lots of hurts, issues from her past, and more.
On top of that, she had walked away from Ian and all he was offering her once before.
It almost felt a bit unbelievable that they were able to pick up their relationship and go on as quickly as they did, taking in the fact that they had both been hurt exceedingly by the way things had gone do
Jennifer Fluegge
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and the storyline. The closeup picturing of the effects of PTSD was eye-opening.

I will say that I would have liked to have seen more of a Christian testimony in this book - it was the perfect opportunity to show the change that God can really make in a life when they put their faith and trust in Him. Was somewhat disappointed to see references to the couple sleeping together prior to their breakup and no true condemnation of it. It did appear that they were working to avoid
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
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
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Update - I bought the new cover versions by Tyndale, and just finished the read. There are some differences, and it didn’t overly concern me. However, still the same overall review stands. I can’t abide the constant, “all the doubts washed away” but next chapter she is back to the same thought process. It’s overly done and actually I think this story lacks much in the way of developing plot. Hoping the final release of book 3 that we’ve all been waiting for, for years and years will take us ba ...more
I have looked forward to this book for a while. I absolutely loved book one--Five Days in Skye. And it was fun to be back in that world with those characters again.

First, it was fascinating to get inside Ian's head. He is quite standoffish and aloof in book one. We know his heart was broken but we don't really have more details than that. It's clear he isn't happy but why? It is a fascinating journey to learn about his heartbreak. To learn about his dreams and hopes for the future. And to see ev
Review from 2019:
This is a lot heavier than I remember. And didn't have as much Christian Fiction feel as I remember from my original read. Still a good book about making mistakes and second chances.
3.5 stars
Full review coming soon.

Review from 2015:
5 star review
RITA award-winnner for her first novel in the MacDonald Family Trilogy, Five Days in Skye, author Carla Laureano has once again written a well-crafted and heart-rendering novel about Ian MacDonald, brother to chef, James MacDonald from th
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
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
Jill Lynn
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.
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. ...more
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
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
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever gotten a book and then realized you hadn't read the other book before it? Well, this is the book I forgot to read and now I'm wondering WHY? I have enjoyed many books written by this author and yet I missed this one. I'm now glad I found it and have read it.
This book dealt with so much. The two main characters in this story battle their feelings and relationship with each other, as well as their own pasts. They struggle with self-doubt, grief, loss, self-worth, and the strong tensi
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wasted-purchase
That's a wrap for me with this author.

The author seems to write plots that portray her female characters as self-centredness and it becomes very annoying!

I picked this book because says London. As a Londoners, I love reading a book set in my hometown.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the series & 2nd book I’ve read of Carla’ was good! I like how her characters are unusual (in this case, Grace is fully tattooed) & they battle some very real issues (Grace has PTSD from being a war photographer), but both books ended super abrupt & left me feeling hanging 😕
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
In the second book of this series we get Ian’s story. I enjoyed getting to know his character more. It gave a lot more light to why he handled things as he did in the first book. This was a cute second chance at love story. I didn’t love it quite as much as the first book but it was still very enjoyable.
Lisa M.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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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

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“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.” 2 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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