Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac | Review & Giveaway!

Second occasion in a year to fangirl over a Kara Isaac book? Heck yes please.
And look! I met her a little over a month ago! Freaking out and flailing about.

Oh my gosh. This book. On a scale from brussel sprouts to cotton candy this book was Turkish Delight. Layered, sweet, tangy and dusted with snow-like powdered sugar at the end. Props to my dear friend Barbara for coming up with this unique ranking system that is all her and I'm only borrowing for special occasions.
When I heard the title, Can't Help Falling, it reminded me of the old, classic song and I figured it fit since it was a contemporary romance. Oh my, but it is so much more. For one: there is quite a lot of literal falling in the book from both Emelia Mason and Peter Carlisle. And two: a lot of falling into God's steadfast grace that covers brokenness.
The Narnian influence is strong in this book, but not in ways you would expect at first glance. Mrs. Isaac boldly included classic Narnia cameos like the wardrobe, the lamppost and even Reepicheep, but what she did with the heart of the Narnia stories for her story's world and characters--oh, what wonderful execution! She deftly wove their threads of redemption and hope into every page of her book--even the bleak moments where I wanted to shake the characters until they met in a lover's embrace once more. The joy is in every part of the journey though and I was so thrilled with how everything came together!
Filled with sugar, spice, antique shops, purely British sports, more than a dash of drama and heavy intrigue, Kara Isaac's sophomore novel set in Oxford England was a glad story to devour. She writes with such a bold humor, peppered with a work-in-progress hero and heroine that it just instantly welcomed me in to ride the crazy journey alongside Emelia and Peter, enjoy catching up with Allie and Jackson from Close to You, and stay up until 1am last Thursday night finishing their magnificent story.
(Keep reading for more about the book AND a chance for you to win a paperback copy! Giveaway for US Readers only)

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 a curious wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in this inspiring and romantic story about second chances.

Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and two Hobbit-sized children.
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  1. One of my Fall reads is "Keep Holding On" by the amazing Melissa Tagg. Loving it!!

  2. Beautiful review! I absolutely loved this book!!!

  3. So I saw that you used my ranking system, and my gut response was, "HEYYYYYY." and then I saw that you gave me credit for the idea. hehehe. Thank you. :*

  4. Favorite fall read? Erm. Whatever book is next on my stack!


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