Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac

Sunday, October 30, 2016

About the book:

Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter fa├žade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused.

Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream.

When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances.

Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When she's not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, released April 2016. Her sophomore novel, Can't Help Falling, releases in October 2016 and is an RT Reviews Top Pick. She loves to connect with readers on GoodReads, Twitter, Facebook and through her website.

My Thoughts:

While this is Kara's sophomore book, it is the first book I have read of hers, and I loved it! I am a huge Narnia nerd and I loved all of the references to C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. The characters were so real I was praying for them and had to remind myself that they were just characters in a novel. The spiritual thread within the story was beautifully woven. Emelia struggles with belief in God because of what has happened in her life, her flat mate Allie points out that everything that has happened to Emelia since her arrival in Oxford has been by God's hand.
The romance between Emelia and Peter is sweet and has it's own bumps in the road.
Whether you are a lover of Narnia or not you will enjoy this great book and the sights and sounds of Oxford.


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