Friday, June 12, 2015

London Tides (The MacDonald Family Trilogy #2)


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 following her work through various publications and dating other woman off and on, but nothing serious.  He is dissatisfied with his job, but wonders what else he could do.  Then, out of nowhere Grace returns.
Grace Brennan felt called to document via her photography the lives of those affected by conflict in mostly war torn countries.  She has become well-known for her outstanding photographs, but they have come at a price to Grace.  She gave up the only man she ever loved to pursue her career.  She now returns to London suffering from PTSD and grief from the loss of a young colleague while covering a violent story.  She still loves Ian, but isn’t sure he will even talk to her after the way she treated him.  Can there be a second chance for them?
While I did like the dates Ian and Grace went on as they were unique and romantic, I didn’t like the fact that they had lived together ten years prior during their previous relationship.  I did like the character of Ian and the effort he put forth to make special dates for them, his willingness to forgive Grace and his support of her career.  The romantic scenes were steamy for a Christian marketed book.  For me, there was not much suspense in the story with nothing really going on outside of the relationship angle so my interest waned.  There was little reference to God in the story with a few quick prayers, but nothing readers couldn’t find in any other non-Christian book.
My rating is 3 stars.

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