Kara Isaac. Can’t Help Falling. New York, NY: Howard Books, 2016.
Periodically, I have the absolute pleasure of trying out a new author based on a very early copy of their upcoming release. For Kara Issac’s October release of Can’t Help Falling, I actually read the book in early July! I am very excited to share my review of this excellent book with all of you. :)
Can’t Help Falling follows the story of Emelia Mason as she arrives in Oxford, England. Emelia hopes to find a new start and a second chance after her previous career as a tabloid reporter led to catastrophe. To make amends, Emelia has given up the glitz and glamor for an underpaid position as an events coordinator for a small British charity. However, her nerdy obsession with Narnia lands her at the unexpected feet of Peter Carlisle, a former Olympic hopeful with his own need for redemption. Together, Emelia and Peter find themselves continually crossing paths and encountering Narnia-esque moments of serendipity that just may lead them to the greater truths they need to overcome their pasts.
Ms. Issac offers a delightful tale filled with whimsy and hard-hitting truths about faith and life. Fans of C.S. Lewis and Narnia will find themselves appreciating her literary connections, along with a quirky set of characters and plotlines.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with Can’t Help Falling! Melissa Tagg and several other notable Christian authors highly recommended Ms. Issac’s earlier work, Close to You, but I have not yet had the chance to read it. Based on the quality of Can’t Help Falling, Ms. Isaac’s debut novel has definitely been added to my must-read list. Ms. Isaac brings a fascinating literary angle to her novels, reminiscent of the work of Katherine Reay. I found myself completely drawn in by her storylines and character development. So often, authors attempt to portray flawed or intelligent characters, but never entirely succeed. Ms. Isaac manages to defy expectations, as she builds an international cast of scholarly and professional characters, including some first introduced in Close to You. Based on the caliber of Can’t Help Falling, I am eager to see Ms. Isaac’s future work and her further growth as an author.
Fans of Ms. Isaac’s previous release, Close to You, will definitely want to read Can’t Help Falling. Additionally, readers who enjoy the quirky characters and plotlines of Melissa Tagg should highly consider trying Ms. Isaac’s novels. Likewise, fans of Katherine Reay’s literary-inspired Christian fiction will want to take a look at these fun novels. Readers who are interested in Narnia and C.S. Lewis may also want to read this book, although (I can attest) a deep knowledge of these subjects is not required to thoroughly enjoy this novel.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Howard Books for the advanced copy of Can’t Help Falling!
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