Finished April 19
London Tides by Carla Laureano
This novel is a story of self-acceptance, and love.
Grace Brennan fled London a decade ago to work as a war photographer, leaving her fiance with her ring and a note. She was inspired by her photographer, who died in their home country of Ireland trying to cover the story of unrest there. But while Grace was running towards the work she loved and was driven to share, what was she running from.
She left behind Olympian rower Ian MacDonald, confused and unhappy at her flight. Ian has moved on, running his younger brother's restaurant business, but personally he still hasn't moved forward.
When the two of them reconnect, they will have to face all the things that kept them apart, as well as own up to their own identities.
This story shows how easy it is to do what others expect you to do, instead of being true to that small voice inside of you that knows who you really are and what you really want. It tells the story of PTSD and its effects on one's psyche.
This is a novel that follows the author's earlier book Five Days in Skye, whose characters also have a role here.