Close to You, Large Print
Close to You, Large Print  -     By: Kara Isaac
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Mystery Series
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)
ISBN: 1683241045
ISBN-13: 9781683241041

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Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

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  1. Crystal
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Super Book for Tolkien Fans!
    August 23, 2017
    Crystal
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Close to You.
    After discovering her husband is actually already married, Allison Shire escapes the shame and pain from his betrayal by becoming a luxury tour guide for Tolkien enthusiasts. While she impatiently waits for confirmation that her request for an annulment is granted, Allison meets self-absorbed, handsome, and overly confident Jackson Gregory on one of her tours. Trying to hide his lack of knowledge- and enthusiasm- for the overzealous Tolkien-themed tour, Jackson has one simple goal in mind- to convince his wealthy great uncle to invest in his next business venture so he can help save the family farm back in the States. While initially repulsed by each other, Allison and Jackson find their hearts opening to one another as the tour guests mysteriously seem to be playing matchmaker with them. However, when Jackson learns that Allison is actually married, and Allisons husband betrays her once again, they both must overcome their fears of being hurt again in order to allow trust to pave the way to love.



    I, personally, am not very familiar with Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit (gasp!), so many of the references to the movies/books were lost on me. However, I did recognize the humor laced throughout the story! Allison and Jackson are two very unlikely people to be attracted to one another, yet the development of their relationship was conceivable. Isaac did exceptionally well at portraying the personal growth of both characters, especially Jackson. Unique ending, too!



    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
  2. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed This Book
    July 28, 2017
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Close to You.
    Close to You was a really fun contemporary novel! I loved the unique setting and sometimes a bit wacky characters. I could easily see this being a very fun romantic comedy movie. This was the first book I read by this author and I look forward to reading more.
  3. Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sass and Passion in New Zealand
    December 31, 2016
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Close to You.
    Close to You, debut novel by Kara Isaac is quite an entertaining contemporary romance. Alison and Jackson meet on a three week tour of Tolkein's New Zealand and the snarkiness begins! Both have baggage from the past, big baggage, hurtful baggage, destructive baggge. Can they get past the previous disatrous relationships and begin something new? Will they be able to see beyond their wounds and understand that life does not have to be defined by their mistakes? Isaac, amidst the background of The Lord of the Rings, blends a great storyline and flawed, charming characters with humor, faith and family values to bring readers a delightful love story. Looking forward to reading more of this author's work.
  4. Brittany_BnBblog
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Close to You Kara Isaac (5 Stars)
    December 13, 2016
    Brittany_BnBblog
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Close to You.
    Allison Shire's life as an academic fell apart the day that her husbands wife walked into the middle of her lecture. With a Ph.D. in English, Allison has left the university world and run home to piece together her life again, becoming a guide for luxury tours of New Zealand. On one of her last tours, Allisons group includes Jackson Gregory, a failed businessman with his own share of relationship challenges. After his girlfriend ran off with his trade secrets and his biggest competition, Jackson is desperate to please his wealthy great-uncle on a zany trip to New Zealand, even if it means three weeks of Tolkien references that he does not understand. Together, Allison and Jackson discover the true meaning of second chances and seeing through one another to their true selves, against some of the craziest odds ever conceived in fiction or real life.

    Ms. Isaac brings the fantastic landscape of New Zealand to life in her debut novel, Close to You. Fans of Tolkien and the latest film series will be absolutely thrilled with Ms. Isaac's depiction of his literary works and the behind-the-scenes life of those who call the film sets home.

    Overall, I was absolutely delighted with Close to You! Melissa Tagg, Becky Wade, and several other notable Christian authors highly recommended this novel. With the added benefit of having read Ms. Isaac' sophomore work, Can't Help Falling, I was eager to see what she would do with a story set in her native New Zealand. She certainly did not disappoint! With an incredible eye for detail and comedic timing, Ms. Isaac offers a fun and fascinating tale filled with excellent and complex characters. Additionally, she presents a unique and engaging storyline that will keep readers absolutely riveted.

    Thanks!

    Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
  5. BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't have to be a Tolkien fan to enjoy this story!
    October 13, 2016
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Close to You.
    I love this story!

    Allison Shire is a brilliant book nerd (doctorate level, serious stuff). Unfortunately, shes stuck in legal and emotional limbo thanks to her con-artist husband. So instead of inspiring young minds in the lecture halls of a prestigious university, Allie is tour guide/babysitter to the rich and Tolkien-crazed often in costume.

    Jackson Gregory is trying to get his life back in order after the catastrophe that was his backstabbing girlfriend. Jackson is desperate to save his familys farm and repay his investors. Jackson and Allison clash and grate on one anothers nerves from the start but the more time they spend together, the harder it is to maintain their hate-hate relationship.

    I love the abundance of quirky characters, virtually traveling all over New Zealand, and learning a bit about J.R.R. Tolkien along the way!

    I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the author and the lovely ladies at Seekerville. My thanks to the publisher, author, and bloggers! The opinions expressed are my own.
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