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Then There Was You

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,097 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Would you give up everything for a life you hate with the person you love?

Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can’t even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her playing life safe and predictable for six years. Th
Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 7th 2017 by Bellbird Press (first published June 2017)
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Kara Isaac This is a clean read but with some complex issues so I would recommend it for 16+ (but possibly as young as 14 depending on the reader)

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When I first read the premise of Then There Was You, I thought it would be cute. I was counting on a sweet story with a bit of humor as well. While it certainly is cute, sweet and humorous, this story was so much more than I first thought. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a story in which a mega church plays a big role, but the characters come across as real people, flaws and all. The setting is also superbly written. I felt transported to Australia, and New Zealand, and it was fun to experience ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book a billion stars?!?!!?! Please?!?! As a bookseller in a Religious/Christian bookstore, we had a huge section of inspirational and doctrinal books to choose from. Many customers would ask my opinion, and would the books give them the answers they sought. As with anything I usually told them, my mantra is to make sure you're saying your prayers, reading your scriptures. That way the Spirit can be with you and will confirm the good things within.

Never in a million years would I
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book. It made me so delightfully happy. I shouldn't be surprised, since I enjoyed Kara Isaac's previous two novels so much, and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get my hands on a copy (preorder was invented for a reason, right?), but this book was just such a wonderful and enchanting experience that it caught me by surprise.

There are so many things that I loved about this book, so I made a list:
- it's set in Australia. Drop bears. Ha!
- it doesn't shy away from t

"Then There Was You" has officially stole my heart! I love Kara Isaac's writing! She does an amazing of writing delightfully sweet Rom-coms with depth. I really enjoyed Pagie and Josh in this book from their first meeting to their own storylines was just great! I just loved the chemistry between the two them, but I also appreciated that the romance between them wasn't the main focus. You also see their own individual growth and the struggles that they went through and learning to trust God t
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I LOVED the setting of this book in Sydney, Australia! It's always fun to "travel" when reading a great book. Paige is a contrast of professionally competent and emotional wreck. She's very impressive when she's in her element of organizing massive events, but it's her moments of vulnerability and pain that made me connect with her character. Her memories of her brother and the significance of his loss are unfolded slowly throughout the story and the poignancy of the healing moments drew me in. ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
From the very first page of Then There Was You, I was chuckling. It didn’t take long to outright laugh aloud. I adore Kara Isaac’s writing voice. It’s full of warmth, humor, sincerity, and emotion. Josh and Paige are endearingly flawed with their own stories that color their assumptions about each other when they first meet. This not only serves as a gentle reminder for all of us to look past first impressions and/or prejudices but also makes for some excellent banter between these two character ...more
Beth Erin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Paige McAllister is my kind of character! It's easy to like an all-American gal who is stuck in a rut, too hard on herself and has organizational superpowers. Paige decides to fly halfway across the world despite her paralyzing fear of flying and I'm just completely in awe of her for grabbing life by the horns.

Aussie Josh Tyler is relatively boring for an international Christian worship music superstar. When he's not jetting around the world for performances, Jos
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Something was off with this book. Maybe it was the writing style, maybe the meh romance. I don’t know. Didn’t blow my mind or shatter my heart.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book by Kara Isaac! She has a unique way of both transporting you to another place (this time to Australia and New Zealand) and making you feel right at home at the same time. I completely fell in love with the characters--flaws and all. Their realistic struggles make them seem more like regular people rather than superstars, which makes them approachable on all levels. And I can't finish this review without mentioning the romance...ah the romance. It is heartfelt and touching, ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Kara Isaac is fast becoming a favorite. I adore her writing style.

She combines humor, pain, life messages and God's love throughout.

I say keep 'em coming Kara. The talent is real.
Absolutely delightful! Loved the unfolding story, characters and humorous moments! Tucked in all of this were some well placed insights; faith moments and lessons that truly felt organic to the story. This one had me glued to the page and up late, because I just had to finish it!
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes yes yes.

Susan Snodgrass
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought Kara Isaac's first book simply because the cover was amazing. Now that's something I don't ordinarily do, but I did it this time. I was not to be disappointed. The book was great. So was her next book. Now, with her third book, Isaac has proven to have a solid foundation in Christian fiction. She can write and write extremely well!

Would you give up everything for a life you hate with the person you love?

Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can’t even commit to l
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was fantastic! I was scanning my ereader for a contemporary romance to read that would be uplifting and fun. What I got with this story was not only uplifting and fun, but also deep and thought provoking at the same time.

I blazed through this book because it was just so good. It made me laugh, but also tugged at my heartstrings. I absolutely loved the setting of Australia and New Zealand, as well as the setting of the offices of a mega church. Having Josh be the famous lead singer
Pepper Basham
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

What a fun story!

Kara Isaac's characters are adorable. They remind me of the stories I love to write, so, of course, I love to READ them!! Paige is completely adorkable - in her clumsy, bumbling, victory-dancing sort of way, she stumbles right into musician, Josh Tyler's life. Their personalities are opposite in some ways, but perfectly fitted where it matters most. Kara keeps the faith theme organic, but a strong thread in the midst of two people trying to understanding how to move fo
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book that makes you laugh a belly laugh and cry an ugly cry (or almost) is worth the read. Contemporary fiction is not my favorite genre (give me a good historical any day!) but I make exceptions for ones that stand out above the rest. This one definitely stands out.

I do have to say on the mega church issue, that the problems many people have with them are much more multi faceted than presented in this book. This was an extremely shallow treatment of the topic, so don't expect deep thoughts
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNFstarted good, then - MEH.............
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book to read in public if you can't hold your laugh while keeping a normal face.

Looooooooooved <3
Now I understand why Paige and Josh were one of people’s favourite characters from last year. This book is all kind of adorbs.

Paige, feisty, loyal, lovable, cute Paige. She’s waking up. Or better yet, finally opening herself up. Daring to live out of a sheltered life. She’s off on an adventure to the other side of the world. But once she discovered her cousin’s idea of a perfect job is
Dana Michael
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swooning Romance!!

I just finished Then There Was You and I have the biggest smile on my face. This was such a sweet and fun read. I couldn't put this book down. It had all the feels. I laughed, and I cried, and then I laughed some more. Then... I swooned. I love books like this. If you are looking for a fun romcom with an inspirational message, then this book is for you.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Took me forever but . . . . *sigh* what a delightful read.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 3 1/2 and 4.
Suzie Waltner
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last year, I read two wonderful books by Kara Isaac and have not been shy about proclaiming one of them (Can’t Help Falling) as one of my top reads of 2016. So, when I found out Isaac had a new one out, I promptly ordered it. And it sat and sat. Not because I didn’t want to read it but because I’ve been busy with other reading commitments.

Finally, finally, I carved out the time to read this gem of a book. And I devoured it! There is so much to say about this book. The humor is delicious. Paige M
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ownedpb
This was such a funny story that I laughed out loud so many times ( which required explanation to family members), yet it was a poignant one as well.

The story was so well written that the reader can really empathize with the characters as they try to move on with their lives with things in the past still haunting them. It's easy to relate because life isn't a bed of roses. This story has the struggles, pain, and turmoil that take place in our lives, and how a God can use those to mold us into th
Natalie Walters
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In her third novel, author, Kara Isaac, does not disappoint! Set in the idyllic Australian landscape readers are introduced to event planner extraordinaire, Paige McAllister, and world-renowned worship leader, Josh Tyler. Ms. Isaac's witty humor spills onto the pages and into the character's lives as they navigate the murky waters of regret.

This romantic comedy is reminiscent of a bygone era when the meet-cute was enough to send a heart soaring and sarcastic flirtation was endearing. It's the ki
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wolfed this story down in two days. I love Kara's writing and I'm about to dive into edits, so rather than anxiously waiting to read this lovely book as a reward, I read it first. Kara has the ability to evoke all the emotions. I laughed, a lot, and cried. A lot. This was an interesting novel for me, as it dealt with what has become so common nowadays, the mega church. I'll admit, like Paige, I'm not a fan. It was interesting to get a peek inside the walls and perhaps a better understanding of ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun romance with a convoluted plot and a "down under" setting. I enjoyed it. ...more
sydney elaine
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
this book was really sweet. I originally wasn't sure if I would like it because I tend to not be a huge fan of megachurches and everything that goes with that, but I ended up liking it way more than I thought.

there are a couple of things holding this back from being a five star book, like how I wish it was a little bit longer because the ending wrapped up far too quickly and not as neatly as I would have liked. I also wish Paige's musical talent had been explored more (or differently) then it ha
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved loved loved this book!!

I totally adored this book!! Josh and Paige were incredible hero and heroine! They felt so real to my heart that I found myself praying for them! It has been a long time since I got lost in a book but this book consumed me!! Kara isaac is now one of my favorite authors. Highly recommend!!
Amanda Geaney
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Then There Was You is a heart-stirring, belly laugh inducing story from award winning author Kara Isaac. In her first indie release, Isaac offers return readers another glimpse of her homeland (New Zealand) as well as a 6-month stay in Australia. This ends up being the perfect amount of time for Paige McAllister to build her resume, take in the sights, and overcome a bad first impression.

Kara Isaac has a knack for making me feel like I’m in the moment with her characters. This was especially tru
Sally Poyzer
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! With everything going on with coronavirus I wanted a light, fun read and this fit the bill perfectly. A lot of banter, funny moments and romance, plus a pretty realistic view of Christians and God. I loved that it was set in Australia too. I devoured it in a few days. Highly recommend! 4.5 stars.
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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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