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 façade, 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.
With a hidden depth that is slowly revealed as you read the story, these authentic and multifaceted characters bring this story to life. The Narnia-styling give the story just enough whimsy and flair to keep things light.
Steeped in a love for all things Narnia, Emelia our quirky heroine has moved to Oxford with the desire to save a failing non-profit company. Emelia thinks that she can atone for past mistakes, by doing good and helping others. But will the secrets she keeps, be the one thing that keeps her from recognizing her dreams?
Peter is a star-athlete and coach for the Oxford rowing team. While searching for a teacup to complete his mother’s set, he is surprised to find more than what he’s looking for. As Peter struggles to come to terms with the past, will secrets keep him from realizing the true dream placed on his heart?
The sweet romance and with gentle reminders of forgiveness are the hallmarks that are sure to bring a smile to your face. There are some real-world issues dealt with in this story, however, don’t let that steer you away.
(I purchased a copy of this book for my collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
About the Author:
Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When she’s not chasing three hobbit-sized little people, 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 and is a RITA Award nominee. Her sophomore novel, Can’t Help Falling, released in October 2016 and was an RT Reviews Top Pick. She loves to connect with readers on GoodReads, Twitter, Facebook and through her website.
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Can’t Help Falling
Other books by Karen Isaac
Close to You
Then There Was You
All Made Up
One Thing I Know (expected publication Feb. 2019)