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 fantasy land 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.
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, CAN'T HELP FALLING is a romance, loosely based on Lewis's Narnia series and set, of course, in Oxford. Emelia is set on finding the real magical wardrobe the fictional characters in Lewis's series had, but even through she crawls into random wardrobes and hides, of course, she doesn't seem to have much luck finding Narnia. Instead, she finds Peter. I would love to see the tea cup Peter found though, and am curious how it got to be inside a wardrobe...
Peter is a rowing coach, seeing as he is medically out of racing for the time due to an unfortunate injury. He's also dealing with a messed up older brother. I wanted to like this book, I truly did. I love romance. But unfortunately, this book was another miss with me. Ms. Isaac truly has mastered deep point of view, but her characters are one-dimensional, and I couldn't find any sympathy for them. I did like Allie better in this book than I did in the first one. There are some instances of the characters drinking alcoholic beverages if readers find that offensive. There's also not much of a faith message. More of a sweet romance. Some fans of romance might love this book.