Thursday, 27 October 2016

Book Review - Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac

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 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's second novel Can't Help Falling is better than her first! A delightfully intriguing story that played out slowly giving me a 'have to finish it tonight' evening last week.

I had initially stayed away from Isaac's first book- Close to You as I had heard about the Tolkien flavour and I'm really not a fan, but when I was gifted a copy of Can't Help Falling from Kara herself, randomly through signing up for her newsletter, I thought that I'd had better read both in order, so I bought her first. I'm so glad that I did!  

Can't Help Falling is everything to Lewis and Narnia as Close to You was to Tolkien. I particularly loved the quotes throughout with even a Screwtape Letters nod.

I would have listed my favourite quote but it's so beautifully delivered in just the right place that I'd love for you to read it for yourself and decide if you love it too.

As we know, the path to Faith for anyone, can be clear or as muddy as the Yarra river (the river through Melbourne that is notoriously muddy) and Issac has delivered this with an authoritatively realistic author voice in often raw emotive scenes while adding punches of fun throughout.

It was clearly a romance but with all the skips, trips and falls of life making for a realistic read.  

I gave Close to You 5 stars on GoodReads and I'm about to do the same for Can't Help Falling.

Can't Help Falling was published by Howard Books and released in October 2016.

Kathy Smail is a Social Media, Marketing, Business & HR Consultant who loves words and is working on a novel, when she isn’t reading! She can be found chatting at…

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  1. Fabulous review, Kathy. I so enjoyed "Close to You" so I'm looking forward to reading this one. And it's even better? Wow … Might have to push it up my TBR …


  2. I also thought this was even better than Close to You ... yes, Ian. You need push it up the pile :)

    1. Safe travels tomorrow, Iola. See you Saturday bright & early.