Can’t Help Falling – Review & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Kara Isaac & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordThis book swept me into its world, almost as if I had stepped through a magical wardrobe much like the one Emelia is always looking for. She is a likeable girl from the start, her quirks and all. The past she’s running from continues to haunt her while she makes a new life for herself in Oxford. Enter Peter Carlisle and fireworks instantly go off between these two. Romance fans, you won’t be disappointed. πŸ˜‰

I hate to confess that I’ve not read the Chronicles of Narnia, but even so, that did not keep me from enjoying their fascination with the books or appreciating the witty storytelling. This author’s voice shined throughout the book and I enjoyed the fresh storyline.

It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but I was soon immersed into the plot. My heart ached for Peter and the pain of losing his dream career. I loved how Emelia flipped his whole world upside down. Their relationship and charming banter throughout was fun to follow. This is a new-to-me author I encourage you all to read. πŸ™‚

I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was requiredβ€”all opinions are my own.



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 faΓ§ade, 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, Englandβ€”home to C.S. Lewisβ€”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 rowersβ€”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.


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Kara has graciously offered to give away a copy of Can’t Help Falling to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering!Β Contest is open to US residents only and ends December 9, 2016.Β  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!


Interview with Kara Isaac & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted Word


Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy,Β Close ToΒ You,Β is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand and just released from Howard Books. When she’s not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She loves to connect on herΒ website, onΒ Facebook at Kara Isaac – WriterΒ andΒ Twitter @KaraIsaac




54 comments on “Can’t Help Falling – Review & GIVEAWAY
  1. Joan Arning says:

    I don’t know if it “swept” me away but I just read Hope Under Mistletoe by Jessica R. Patch and it was very good. Believe it was the first book I’d read by her.

  2. Julie P. says:

    I was swept away by “It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist. πŸ™‚

  3. Winnie Thomas says:

    I’ve been reading The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham, and it’s been sweeping me right in. I’m loving it.

  4. Alison Boss says:

    The last story that swept me away was: The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz. I love historical fiction. It was a wonderful read!

  5. Mallory Reynolds says:

    I haven’t been swept away by a book in a while (though I haven’t had my time to read lately😒), so finding a good book(or winng one😍) would be great! And this sounds like a winner! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  6. The first one that came to mind was “The Captive Heart”! SUCH A GREAT book! πŸ™‚ Waves of Mercy, Finding Margo, and The Devoted also did some sweeping. πŸ˜‰

  7. Beth Erin says:

    Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren was the last book that swept me away! That Ben is swoony!!!

  8. Susan Anne Mason says:

    Hi Savanna! Thanks for the review! I met Kara at this year’s ACFW conference and she is such a sweetie. Her books are on my wish list for Christmas!

  9. Susan Anne Mason says:

    P.S. I live in Canada so if I might be off limits for the contest!

  10. Rachel Robinson says:

    Right now I’m finally reading The Lord of the Rings. Geek! The first one, The Fellowship of the Ring, was so well-written that I was savoring really getting to know the characters. Now I’m on The Two Towers and loving it. It makes me want to read Kara Isaac’s first novel that involved the fandom of The Lord of the Rings! πŸ™‚
    Anyway, I loved Narnia growing up and I’m sure Can’t Help Falling captures its magic well. I’m sure I’ll read it soon!

  11. Diana Guz says:

    I’ve recently read Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette and my, that was a beautiful story! I’m heard so much about Kara Isaac, I will have to get my hands on her books ASAP! πŸ˜‰

  12. Brooke Robinson says:

    I absolutely loved Close to You, it’s definitely one of my favorite books!! I can’t wait to read this one!!

  13. Amanda T. says:

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

  14. Joan says:

    Listening Valley really affected me. I recommended it to a friend and she enjoyed it also.

  15. Becky B says:

    The Hesitant Heiress and An Elegant Facade and My Stubborn Heart.

  16. dianne casey says:

    The best series I’ve read in a long time is the Tradd Street Series by Karen White. It really transported me to Charleston SC.

  17. Linda Romer says:

    The Fighter and the Baroness by Sunniva Dee A Modern Fairy Tale! I loved it β™‘ Thank you

  18. Connie Saunders says:

    Restoring Christmas my Cynthia Ruchti is an excellent read!

  19. Sonnetta Jones says:

    I am reading Anchor in the Storm( pun not intended). I love the character Lillian.

    Now I will have to read Narnia.

  20. Raechel L. says:

    “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall and “Forest Child” by Heather Day Gilbert were two of my latest reads that I absolutely adored. πŸ™‚

  21. A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay was excellent!

  22. Kim Potter says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I was swept away in Jen Turano’s “A Most Peculiar Circumstance”

  23. Shantelle says:

    Black Tiger by Sara Baysinger … amazing dystopian novel. Thrilling and dangerous.

    Also, Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot. So lovely. ^_^

    I’m really looking forward to reading both of Kara Isaac’s novels!! Thanks for the opportunity to win Can’t Help Falling! πŸ™‚

  24. Alyssa Faith says:

    I’ve read two novels this year that truly swept me away into their worlds. Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert and The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof.

  25. Sara Beth says:

    What was the last story you read that swept you away?
    I have read through a lot in the last 2 years and what usually sweeps me away are books in a series. So I’d say one of my favorite series that swept me away was the Yesterday series by Amanda Tru. Time travel, romance, suspense all in one series. So fun. But there are SO MANY new and exciting authors I’ve run across in the last several years, it’s hard to narrow it down πŸ™‚

  26. Kara Isaac says:

    Thanks so much for having me to visit, Savanna. I’m so glad you enjoyed Can’t Help Falling!

  27. Dianna says:

    I’ve seen this cover on several blogs lately and I just love it. This is a new author for me. Thanks for sharing!

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