Can't Help Falling - eBook
Can't Help Falling - eBook  -     By: Kara Isaac
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781501117350
ISBN-13: 9781501117350

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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 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.

Author Bio

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 children.

Editorial Reviews

"Can't Help Falling is packed with the same charming writing, witty characters and enchanting romance I adored in Kara Isaac's first novel. With a dash of C.S. Lewis and a heartfelt theme of second chances, this is one for the keeper shelf. Loved it!"

 

 
"Can't Help Falling is a rich and redemptive tale of tangled regret, bittersweet coincidence, and the courage it takes to embrace a second chance."
“Kara Isaac is a fresh new voice in inspirational contemporary romance! Close to You is well crafted, funny, unique, and endearing. A delight!”
"The perfect combination of sweet and sass, Close To You is a charming debut that had me laughing and left me smiling. Well done Ms. Isaac!"
"A new voice on the romance scene, New Zealander Kara Isaac has crafted a sweet and oh-so-original debut romantic comedy that will delight contemporary romance fans, Tolkien lovers and inspy romance readers alike. Add this novel to your TBR stack … and add this author to your 'authors to watch' radar. Recommended!"
“A terrific set-up…Isaac showcases a strong romantic sensibility and clever plotting.”
"Allie and Jackson share an immediate chemistry that readers will appreciate from the start. Both have built solid emotional walls that take effort to tear down, which makes for a courtship full of humor, tears and introspection that leads them both back to God."
"A fabulous debut. Well-written, clever, and warm-hearted this love story with the back drop of Lord of the Rings will delight romance readers everywhere. Add Isaac to your favorite's list."
"I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a debut novel so much. Close to You is filled with warmth, wit, and more than a few laugh-out-loud moments! Kara Isaac has proven herself to be an exciting addition to the world of Christian romance."


"Well-written and fun, Close to You made me laugh out loud and fall in love. An enchanting romantic escape into the land of Frodo and Aragorn."
"Close To You is a tasty blend ofunlikely romance, lovably flawed characters, and dialogue just snarky enough tomake me want to pull up a chair and watch. Kara's unique voice and freshpremise combine to create a compelling story that lingers like your favoritedessert long after the last page."
"Kara Isaac is a fresh new voice in the world of inspirational contemporary romance . . . and I can't even decide what I love most about her debut novel. The setting, the romance, the wit, I love it all! I especially loved the undercurrent of hope and redeemed dreams. Definitely an author to watch and characters to love!"

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  1. Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can't Help Falling
    February 10, 2017
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Can't Help Falling.
    Since I really enjoyed Kara Isaac's first book, CLOSE TO YOU, I knew I must read CAN'T HELP FALLING. I was not disappointed. Though this book was mainly about Emelia and Peter, it was fun that Allie and Jackson (from CLOSE TO YOU) were included as friends of the couple. Allie learned so much through her experiences that now she is a voice of wisdom for her friends. Emelia has deep secrets, trying to "reinvent herself" after some disastrous actions in the past. She sees her new job in Oxford, England, as a way of trying to set things right. Peter has his own load of guilt. Their meeting was probably the most unique I've ever read. I liked the way the author showed the good, the bad, and the ugly of relationships, for both Christians and non-Christians. Forgiveness is not easy, even for Christians. Kara Isaac's has quickly established herself as a "must read" author for me. I highly recommend this contemporary romance.
  2. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beside-Myself-Giddy over this one
    January 30, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Can't Help Falling.
    Sqqqueeaaallll!!!! Kara Isaac has taken my favourite ever children's series and incorporated it into a contemporary romance. I'm beside-myself-giddy!!!! Do you love all things Narnia? Yes? Then this book is for you. No? That's okay, you might not thrill at every literary reference but you'll still thrill at Peter and Emelia's complicated love story.

    The Narnia tie-ins are fantastic! Love Emelia's obsession with wardrobes...and I guess now is as good a time as any to confess that I share that same fascination. So, of course, I love the pivotal role a wardrobe plays in this story. And I'm thrilled that Reepicheep makes an appearance in an impactful way. :-)

    Infused with humour and witty dialogue this almost reads as a romantic comedy except for the shadow of secrets looming in the background. So even as I laughed over pithy comments and situational slap-stick, I felt the weight of those secrets bearing down on Emelia and Peter...and me. Deliciously conflicting and made for an anxiety-riddled read.

    A clever first meet had me grinning...and quickly falling for a certain Oxford rower. Brilliantly done. But did I mention it's complicated? Really, really complicated. And Isaac doesn't let us know exactly how complicated right at the start. She dangles delicious tidbits that we have to slowly piece together until we get the whole awful truth. That's when my laughter turned to tears -- some of them angry as I railed against stubborn ol' Peter. Gah!

    I thrilled over the faith thread Isaac has woven into this story. Because, well, as Reepicheep would say, "We have nothing if not belief." And Emelia has been living with nothing for a long time but learning to believe in a loving God -- and in her own self-worth -- is so hard. I got shivers up my spine and at one point!

    A poignant, funny and tender romance that inspires hope in second chances.
  3. IVLeague
    Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A really wonderful story...
    December 5, 2016
    IVLeague
    Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Can't Help Falling.
    Im a Narnian at heart, therefore it was the synopsis of Kara Isaacs sophomore novel which led me to take a chance on a new author. Cant Help Falling starts out sweet and a little silly, a clever approach by the author to draw her readers in deeperlike wading into the ocean. Emelia and Peters awkward introductions wet my feet, with the hint of a secret I was in up to my knees, by the time Emelias 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 Id hate for sensitive readers to miss out on a really wonderful story about Gods 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 dont often buy romance novels because I cant stand it when characters drone on and on about how physically attracted or how strong their longings are for one another (😝 pining). If you understand where Im coming from, then trust me when I say this is good romance. I will definitely read another Kara Isaac romance.
  4. tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Jolly Good Read
    October 27, 2016
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Can't Help Falling.
    This book hooked me right from the beginning. Imagine finding someone hiding in a wardrobe in an antique shop. And after they practically fall out of it, realizing you both know a C.S. Lewis' story. That's what happened to Peter when he met Emelia. To top it all off, after she leaves he finds the cup and saucer he's been searching ten years for to complete his mother's collection in the wardrobe.

    I enjoyed learning a little more about English culture as I read the story and the mystery behind Emelia trying to reinvent herself. The writing was superb, keeping the mystery a secret until right at the end, and I didn't peek. There have been a couple of times in my life when I wanted to reinvent myself so I could totally relate to Emelia on that level. The romance of Jackson and Allie carried over from Close To You, which I haven't had the pleasure to read yet but it didn't keep me from enjoying this book.

    The romance was real, heartbreaking at times, but no one has a perfect relationship and I appreciated that Kara Isaac wrote it that way. I also admired the fact that Peter wanted a relationship with Emelia but couldn't follow through because she wasn't a Christian. I enjoyed this book so much that I'll be reading Close to You the first chance I get. I've found a new author to follow!

    This book was given to me and I wasn't required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
  5. Angela J
    Age: 25-34
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Second Chances in Oxford
    October 25, 2016
    Angela J
    Age: 25-34
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Can't Help Falling.
    Emelia Mason and Peter Carlisle are both broken people. Life isn't working out the way either thought. Past decisions and what ifs keep them tied to their previous mistakes. Both of them have goals: Emelia works at a non-profit, trying to raise money when donors start backing out - partly thanks to a secret she exposed. Peter is determined to make the Olympic team in rowing and fulfill a promise he made to his cousin before she died.

    They meet in the craziest of ways and find themselves working together to pull off a series of events for Emelia's non-profit. But when it turns out their past is tangled in the same secret, can they find the forgiveness and honesty to move on together?

    Several things struck me about this story compared to other Christian rom-coms.

    1. There was quite a bit of drinking. I know I'm in the minority on this but I don't understand the need to have beer, alcohol mentioned so much. I didn't really know who was supposed to be the Christian influence until a quarter way through the book. It read like a secular novel without bad language. As the story developed, Christian themes and values emerged and I appreciated/agreed with what was said. But Emelia herself noticed one of my questions. When she finds out Peter goes to church/is a Christian she thinks about the various times she's seen him drinking a beer and basically equals that with 'he's normal after all, even though he's a church-goer'. I'm not going to get into a debate on Christians and alcohol. It just had me scratching my head.

    2. I enjoyed Isaac's writing style. The language was easy to read but flowed well and captured the mood. The voices and actions matched the characters well and she made the British people sound British and the Americans sound American. Since she's neither nationally, I found that impressive. :) Her descriptions were also handled well and I could picture the excitement of the boat race, the stroll through Oxford, the majesty of the country estate although I've never really experienced any of them.

    3. I was a little distracted by the heroine's name. I kept thinking of her as Emilie then remembering it was Emelia and trying to get back in the story. There was never a reason given in the story for her unusually spelled name so it would have been nice for the traditional spelling, just because I'm easily distracted by those things. Not a huge deal though.

    4. Peter actually lays down the law when it comes to his conviction of not dating a non-believer. I appreciated that and the conversation he has with his mum about it. In many books where one of them isn't saved, it's treated like a non issue. But he acknowledged his reservations to Emelia. Again, a difference from other contemporary rom-coms.

    All in all, I enjoyed the book. Isaac clearly knows how to pace a story, keep things interesting, and weave together a story of grace and second chances. The Narnia quotes and references tied in well, although I haven't read all those books. Isaac explained the context enough that even if you aren't a Narnia nerd, you could see the parallels.

    I received a copy of this book from a giveaway. The views and rating are my own and were not influenced in any way by others.
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