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Can't Help Falling

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  196 reviews
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
Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Howard Books (first published October 2016)
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I could not help but fall in love with this book! This story was nothing less than enchanting it had everything you want in a contemporary romance! From beautiful setting in Oxford, England to the super cute meetings at the antique shop and the constant nods to the Chronicles of Narnia that any fan would appreciate. I found myself swept in up in this story. The characters were so endearing and beautifully flawed. I really felt connected to both of the main characters of this book, I really f
m a r y l i z

I loved this book for so many reasons . . . but there were also things that infuriated me.

Ughhhhhhh. Review to come, maybe.
I LOVED this book! That's it, the end. No other embellishment is needed. That should be enough to make you immediately go out and buy it, right? ;)

Seriously though, this story is absolutely delightful! After reading and loving, Close to You earlier this year, I was highly anticipating Ms. Isaac's next book. Even more so when I knew Jackson and Allie would be secondary characters in it! In fact, those two featured quite a bit more prominently that I thought they may, but you'll get no complaining
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Kara Isaac's sophomore novel was witty and engaging.

While I found Can't Help Falling to not be as filled with humor as Close to You, there were still lots of laughs among the pages. In continuing a comparison, the story in Can't Help Falling was deeper. I was so pleased to get up to date on Allie and Jackson along with getting to know Peter and Emelia.

What a brave undertaking for the author to set the story at Oxford which she has never visited! I haven't been there either so if there were any e
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A truly magical story. From the cover and the title to the summary and the fact that I absolutely adored Close To You, I just knew that I was going to love Can't Help Falling. And I was right, because this book is fantastic.

Emelia longs for a second chance. She has moved to England, left her old life behind and intends to make restitution for her past. But she doesn't expect it to be so hard and when hiding in an antique wardrobe she happens to meet Peter Carlisle. As they continue to meet, they
Dale Harcombe
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars
American born Emilia arrives in Oxford, England determined to try and somehow make amends for the tragedy that occurred as a result of her reporting. But is there anything she can do to make amends? Emilia is a young woman with a penchant for climbing into wardrobes, still searching for the Narnia her mother had introduced her to as a child. Peter Carlisle was a burgeoning rower headed for the Olympics, until he injured his shoulder. He is determined to fight his way back e
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Shut Up! An antique shop, a wardrobe, and C.S. Lewis set in Oxford.

Sometimes you meet a character whose heartache is so palpable, it fairly leaps off the page. This is how I experienced both Emelia Mason and Peter Carlisle in Can’t Help Falling. Both are trying to rebuild their lives after poor decisions and shattered dreams, and when they meet, it’s hard to see how they are going to get past their regrets and consequences of their decisions. Emelia’s former life was that of a successful tabloid reporter; her job wasn’t personal, until one day, death made it so ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Can't Help Falling was so stinkin' cute! I loved the scene where the two MCs first meet -- it was unique and memorable. I felt bad for the heroine and all the guilt she carried for someone's death..but I could see why she felt that way, even if it wasn't really her fault.

I liked the romance and I knew when he finally learned who she was there would be conflict...and there definitely was. Surprisingly, I wasn't a huge fan of the characters from Close to You being in this book. While I had liked t
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
I didn't appreciate the Susan and Edmund bashing, but otherwise this was a very sweet, enjoyable romance novel. ...more
Laura Van Nice
Emelia Mason is in Oxford, England seeking absolution for something horrific she feels she set in motion and she longs with all her heart to recreate herself in the process. Peter Carlisle just wants to return to the man he was before an injury sidelined him on the way to Olympic rowing glory. They are brought together by combined charitable work and a little bit of Narnian magic. The story that flows from that beginning contains more than a whiff of that fantastical place.

This was a marvelous b
Paula Vince
This novel is a tribute to C.S. Lewis as well as a romance, since the main couple first connect over their mutual love of the Narnia Chronicles. Whenever Emelia sees an ornate, antique wardrobe, she steps inside to test the back, just in case. It's a bit of a childhood tradition. And Peter catches her doing this not once but twice. Their relationship is based on a series of coincidences, but the magical, historical setting invites us to suspend disbelief.

I liked the Oxford setting, because I vis
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Can't Help Falling completely captured my imagination from the beginning to end. The writing is a literary treat and the storyline kept me guessing. This is a good read and I would recommend it but with the disclaimer that the theology was a bit off. I would prefer it be left out completely than for it to be off. Also "sex" was casually mentioned but was directed in the right way but if that offends you then this is not the book for you. ...more
Karen R
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anglophiles beware, once you open this book you'll be drawn into it, and won't want to leave!
A sequel of sorts to book one picking up where it left off, with the return of the main characters playing a big part of the story, but probably fine to read as a standalone.

Loved the many references to the Chronicles of Narnia, especially the wardrobe and book quotes. Seriously, how can anyone resist a redemption tale wrapped in all things British, such as C.S. Lewis, the Oxford-Cambridge rivalry, row
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable book to read. There were plenty of humorous moments, yet the characters had to deal with some tough realities. Decisions have consequences, and both main characters struggled with guilt over things that happened in their lives.

I really liked the way the attraction developed between Peter and Emelia. The fact that one of them was not a believer created complications and made for a very interesting story. It was fun that Jackson and Allie, the main characters from the b
Amanda Geaney
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m a Narnian at heart, therefore it was the synopsis of Kara Isaac’s sophomore novel which led me to take a chance on a new author. Can’t Help Falling starts out sweet and a little silly, a clever approach by the author to draw her readers in deeper–like wading into the ocean. Emelia and Peter’s awkward introductions wet my feet, with the hint of a secret I was in up to my knees, by the time Emelia’s plan of self-redemption is in motion I was treading water, and then whoosh… The story swept me ...more
Toni Shiloh
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my stars! I loved this book. From the moment Emelia and Peter meet until the very last page I was transported to another place. I felt like I walked in their shoes. This book was fantastic and should be read by every romance reader!
Joy Woodbury
TW: I discuss suicide in this review.

This was a cute, entertaining story. I really enjoyed it. As someone who loves Narnia, it was pretty fun to read about two characters who were absolutely obsessed with Lewis's enchanting tale.

I had a few problems with this book though. One being that for a Christian novel, it was severely lacking in some respects, and it didn't contain nearly as much faith as I would have liked it to. I think there should have been more detail about Emelia's struggle with Go
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just this minute finished Can't Help Falling and I just wish I could give the book 10 stars! I was just overwhelmed. Totally and completely overwhelmed.

Kara Isaac burst up on the Christian fiction scene with her first book, Close To You, last year. I heard so much about it and read great endorsements from authors I loved that I decided to try a new author. I don't think I've ever been so glad of a reading decision. I absolutely loved that book. Just weaved its way around my heart and made me
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Newcomer to the Christian Contemporary Romance scene, Kara Isaac has hit the ground running. First book, 'Close to You', is quirky, fun and different from anything I'd read before. With her second book, 'Can't Help Falling' we see more of her captivating writing, so unique that she is carving out a solid place for herself within the genre. The same fun sarcasm between characters is evident here, though less than the first book. It's fun & fresh and puts a smile on my face. Fans of Allie & Jackso ...more
Alice Chittock
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my! This book was adorable, or is that adorkable? Set in Oxford with a background of Narnia, this will delight fans if romance and C S Lewis' classics alike.
When Emelia flees her life in America, for a new job, she quite literally falls for (or on) Peter. Yes it is obvious where this story is going to go from the outset, but sometimes that's comforting. And there are enough twists along the way to keep those who aren't usually fans of romance, or those who have have read to many, interested.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a hidden depth that is slowly revealed as you read the story, these authentic and multifaceted characters bring this story to life. The Narnia-styling give the story just enough whimsy and flair to keep things light.

Steeped in a love for all things Narnia, Emelia our quirky heroine has moved to Oxford with the desire to save a failing non-profit company. Emelia thinks that she can atone for past mistakes, by doing good and helping others. But will the secrets she keeps, be the one thing tha
4.5 stars

I found this to be a heart-warming, humorous story of second chances. Emelia has come to Oxford to start over, to make amends for poor decisions that had far-reaching consequences. Peter Carlisle is nursing an injury that could prevent him from fulfilling a lifelong dream. Kara Isaac has written one of the most humorous, whimsical meetings of boy meet girl that I have read in a long time. The attraction between these two continues to grow as they work towards a common goal of rescuing a
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the obsession of Narnia in it. I do love that series of books too. I'm glad that Emelia was finally able to get over her past. It was good for Peter to finally know the truth. Most importantly the ending was a happy one. ...more
Grace Morris
I won a copy from a giveaway. The author or the people running the giveaway did not pay me for a review and all the thoughts here are my own honest opinion.

I haven't read a lot of C.S. Lewis' works, so I might not have understand all the references to his books. Nonetheless, I enjoy being able to fall in love and laugh with a new set of characters as well as re-falling in love with the old ones too.

The Writing:
The writing in this book is beautiful, however I had a small problem relating to the c
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Are you a Susan or a Lucy?"

When Emelia Mason tumbles out of a wardrobe in a quaint Oxford, England antique store, she never could have imagined meeting the tall, handsome Peter Carlisle, who doesn't seem to mind at all that she was exploring the possibility of a portal to C. S. Lewis' famous allegorical kingdom. Fleeing Los Angeles, California after an unintentional fiasco, Emelia is determined to dissolve her past as a tabloid journalist and save the charity organization that a young celebrity
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. The characters definitely are the defining part of this story. The plot is interesting, and particular scenes are truly laugh out loud funny...I didn't try to explain to my hubby why I was laughing so hard I snorted, but I hope any reader enjoys those scenes as much as I did.

Since I know there are readers who will buy a book based strictly on my review, I do want to mention that a Christian man drinks, and there are a few other moments in a pub,etc. This is, however,
Meghan DeWalt
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I heard the title, Can't Help Falling, it reminded me of the old, classic song and I figured it fit since it was a contemporary romance. Oh my, but it is so much more. For one: there is quite a lot of literal falling in the book from both Emelia Mason and Peter Carlisle. And two: a lot of falling into God's steadfast grace that covers brokenness.
The Narnian influence is strong in this book, but not in ways you would expect at first glance. Kara boldly included classic Narnia cameos like the
Beth Erin
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Nearly losing herself in her pursuit of a career in journalism, Emelia Mason hardened her heart to survive the gritty life of a tabloid reporter until one story broke her heart. Emelia can’t forgive herself for her part in the tragedy and moves halfway across the world to do something good.

Peter Carlisle was plodding strong and steady down the road to an Olympic rowing medal when an injury derailed his dream. Although he s
Jaime Jo Wright
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic novel by Kara Isaac. The characters are refreshing, the romance witty and the overall message one of gentle redemption. Kara Isaac has melted all the snow in Narnia with this warm romance. The heroine's fascination with wardrobes is complimented by Narnian references throughout. And who doesn't love a hunky, hero named Peter? It's a must read of 2016!! ...more
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Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When she's not chasing three hobbit-sized little people, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She is the author of the RITA Award-winning Then There Was You, along with four other contemporary romances. She loves to connect with readers on GoodReads, Twitter, Instagram, Faceboo ...more

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