Tuesday, September 22, 2015

London Tides by Carla Laureano

London Tides by Carla Laureano

I’ve been working intermittently on a novel for some years that begins in a way very similar to this story. That can happen. I found it intriguing. 

Let’s begin with the summary:

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?
And now, my review:

I loved Five Days in Skye—one of my favorites from the year it came out (2013). This story references characters from that book, which was fun. 

I enjoy reunion romances. These characters have changed a lot since they’ve seen each other. They’re very mature now. I like Carla’s voice and prose. The heroine’s a professional photographer, so it was enjoyable to watch her work her craft. These two had some fun, innovative dates. 

My challenge with this story is I didn’t stay hooked. I lost interest around the 30 percent point. (I read it as an ARC  in e-book format.) Though I didn’t love the book, I wish the author all the best. I'll be watching for her next contemporary title.

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