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Can't Help Falling

Kara Isaac
Can't Help Falling

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearle... Read More

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A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter facade, 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.
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Book
  • Release Date: Oct 11, 2016
  • UPC: 9781501117343
  • Height: 1.20
  • Width: 5.40
  • Length: 8.20
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: Oct 11, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 1501117343

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Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Can't Help Falling by Amanda on 12/5/2016
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I’m a Narnian at heart, therefore it was the synopsis of Kara Isaac’s sophomore novel which led me to take a chance on a new author. Can’t Help Falling starts out sweet and a little silly, a clever approach by the author to draw her readers in deeper–like wading into the ocean. Emelia and Peter’s awkward introductions wet my feet, with the hint of a secret I was in up to my knees, by the time Emelia’s plan of self-redemption is in motion I was treading water, and then whoosh… The story swept me away.

When Peter finds Emelia in an antique wardrobe he asks “Are you a Susan or a Lucy?” If you are familiar with the Narnia series, you know how Emelia wants to answer the question. However, Emelia is not a Christian and even cringes later in the story when Peter mentions church. She is worldly and Isaac writes an accurate description of the way many 20-somethings think, live, and behave. If the mention of make-up sex in a Christian novel turns you off then consider this fair warning, but I’d hate for sensitive readers to miss out on a really wonderful story about God’s sovereignty, His ability to reach the lost, and His calling on us to extend grace and forgiveness.

The manner in which this author describes a scene, her character development, as well as the C.S. Lewis/Narnia tie in were spot on! Furthermore, I don’t often buy romance novels because I can’t stand it when characters drone on and on about how physically attracted or how strong their longings are for one another (

Couldn't Help Falling in Love with this Story!!! by Suzie on 9/24/2016
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I enjoyed “Close to You” by Kara Isaac but I loved, loved, loved her newest book. And while Allie and Jackson from the first book are fairly prominent in “Can’t Help Falling,” this story is definitely about the Narnia-loving, wardrobe hiding Emelia Mason and the guilt-ridden, responsiblilty-taking Peter Carlisle.

From the moment Emelia and Peter meet, a spark occurs. But neither of them expects to see the other again. Yet circumstances (and maybe more) keep throwing them together until it’s obvious they’re going to spend large amounts of time together. While both are trying to make amends for different reasons, their friendship and attraction grows.

Isaac makes both of her characters complex but loveable—not an easy thing to do considering Emelia’s past life. Some of her scenes are absolutely hilarious (Emelia making popcorn had me laughing as I read) while others are heart-wrenching. As Emelia’s past is revealed throughout the book, she becomes so likable rooting for her to find happiness, in every area of her life, becomes second nature. The inclusion of the Narnia stories is a way for Peter and Emelia to connect on a deeper level.

A well woven tale that is a must for your TBR list, you’ll definitely fall for this couple.

****Howard Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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