Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

London Tides by Carla Laureano June 8, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:15 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
London Tides

David C. Cook (June 1, 2015)
Carla Laureano


I studied literature and criticism at Pepperdine University and earned a degree in English in 1997. Since then, I’ve worked in a number of different industries as a salesperson, marketing manager, copywriter, and small business consultant. In addition to my work for corporate clients, I wrote for publications produced by the World Health Organization.

I love the history, culture, and mythology of Ireland and Scotland, which form the settings for most of my work. I also enjoy incorporating my background in martial arts and fencing into the action elements of my stories.

I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). I was selected as a finalist in ACFW’s 2012 Genesis contest in the speculative fiction category. My debut novel, a contemporary romance entitled Five Days in Skye, was released by David C Cook in June 2013 and went on to win RWA’s 2014 RITA Award for Inspirational Romance. My three book young adult fantasy series, SONG OF SEARE, is being released from NavPress in 2014 and 2015.

I live with my husband and two sons in Denver, Colorado.


Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, 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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of London Tides, go HERE.


My thoughts:

I loved Carla’s first book, Five Days in Skye. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her newest release. But I have to be honest I am very torn in some ways about this book.

The story is great, the writing is fabulous, the story world is so real and the characters well-developed.

Carla did a wonderful job drawing these two characters together yet I continually felt like something bad was going to happen to tear them about again, like this relationship was too fragile.

I loved going on Grace and Ian’s dates, they are fun and creative. I also enjoyed visiting Skye again and meeting up with characters in the first book. However, if you haven’t read the first book you can read this one as a stand-alone and not feel lost.

The passion between the two characters is hot. If you don’t like a lot of passionate kissing and coming too close then this probably won’t be your cup of tea.

And this is where I become torn because honestly, if I didn’t know this was Christian fiction I don’t think I would have known.

There are vague references to God, a quick prayer here and there but I think we could find that in a secular novel. With that being said that is what makes the characters real. There are a lot of people out there with a bit of faith and only call on God when they need something.

I also struggled with the casual references to living together in the past and not really hearing any regret or how that was wrong. Grace does talk about how she wants to do things differently this time but she doesn’t have, or at least voice, that Jesus is the reason she wants to do things differently. She talks about that she made a promise to God but she doesn’t go too deeply into that.

Honestly, I would have probably given this book five stars if there was more of a faith thread but it really rubbed me wrong without seeing more Jesus in the book so I give it four stars. The story itself is excellent I was just missing Jesus 🙂

Visit Carla here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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