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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. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia’s biggest churches, and on a collision course with her boss’s son.

Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But his past failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He's determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he’s ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.

When Josh and Paige are thrown together to organize his band’s next tour, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to bridge the differences that pull them apart? Or will they choose the safety and security of what they know over taking a chance on something that will require them to risk everything?

343 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 2017

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Kara Isaac

7 books631 followers
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, Facebook and through her website.

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Profile Image for Beth.
783 reviews319 followers
July 8, 2017
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 everything from Paige’s American perspective and how that compared to Josh’s Australian perspective. The slight differences in wording, and particularly a sustained joke that Paige falls for, made this a really pleasurable part of the book.

The opening scene pulled me in so quickly, and I really appreciated how the details of Paige’s past are revealed layer by layer. The plot moves steadily, giving the reader time to invest in the characters, while also adding a believability to the friendships and relationships that develop over the course of the story. Everything is revealed in an organic way that feels natural to the story, and I always felt like I was learning what I needed to know about her as needed to keep the story going. When she meets Josh, the sparks fly. Assumptions and miscommunication abound, but I never felt like there was a clichéd moment between the two of them. Their interactions are full of attempts to dislike each other, but also full of hilarious back-and-forth banter. Overtime they learn that their pre-conceived notions of one another might not be as black and white as they first believed. As they decide to give themselves and one another grace, the reader is reminded to do the same for both themselves and others.

As touched on above, there are emotional, heartfelt spiritual truths found in this story. In addition to giving and receiving grace, both Paige and Josh have things in their past that color their thoughts about themselves. The healing realizations they come to throughout the course of the story are a joy to read. As always appreciated in a romance novel, their healing doesn’t depend on each other, but rather on their own personal growth and development, which makes for a deeply authentic read.

Then There Was You checks all of my boxes for a contemporary read – the romance is utterly adorable, the character development is spot on, and the spiritual truths are real and poignant. While I haven’t read all of Kara Isaac’s books just yet, this is easily my favorite so far. I’ll have my eyes peeled for what comes next, and it’s a priority for me to read her debut novel as soon as I can. Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I chose to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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679 reviews39 followers
May 24, 2017
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 have thought that a story, a fictional romantic contemporary novel, could work a much needed miracle in my life. Life has been really hard of late. Each day that has gone by has seen me sinking deeper into despair. Just when I thought I could muster up some semblance of a coping mechanism I'd be exposed to another negative experience and my soul would shatter just a little bit more. Why am I telling you all this deeply personal stuff? Because, this. 'Then There Was You' will probably be seen as just another story to many. Some may wonder why a book that centralizes its focus on a different Christian denomination than I personally practice could have such a massive impact. It is because of God. I tried prayer. Scriptures. Church attendance. Begging and pleading for help. None of it changing a thing. But despite our differing chosen Church, we believe in much the same thing. Grace. God's great love for His children. His never ending patience & His being the one that yes, manages the logistics of our crazy lives. Why have I or my children had to suffer the pains and agonies that we have/are suffering. I've still no idea. But God is in control and He surely knows. For that, I am reminded to put what little faith I have left back in Him.

Kara Isaac, is unique as an author for many reasons. Her first two books were like nothing I've ever read before in this genre. Weaving in two classical series of literature into her stories was refreshing and caught my attention. This was an author I needed to follow and watch out for.

Though this latest book, is vastly different from the first in that there is no cameo or mention of classic lit, the threads of her personality shine through just as wonderfully funny as ever. Character sarcasm & wit are ever present - and Josh & Paige are just as fun, and strong willed as the ones we have met before. Both of them have secrets and a past that has brought them to where they are today. While it may seem that Paige's huge relocation to Australia from the US, in her efforts to rewrite her life indicates she has a lot more masses of emotional baggage to carry. Josh also, has found himself, despite his success thus far as a worship singer in an Australian Megachurch, carries burdens that truly are blocking his progress in life.

From the minute Paige bumps into him in O'Hare Airport, the sparks are flying - and not necessarily the good kind!

Take a literal journey with Paige to Sydney, Australia. Discover that wounds of the past can be healed through God's great love. You will love being whisked around the Southern Hemisphere on this rollercoaster ride. I loved all the quirky lingo that I'm discovering the Aussies and the Kiwis share with us Brits.. I spent much of my teenage life watching 'Neighbours' and it gave me a little smile with its mention in the book.

Thank you so much to Kara Isaac for the complimentary eARC I received. This is my honest review.
Profile Image for Madison.
1,078 reviews62 followers
July 27, 2017
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 the issues in churches or try to present them as anything more than the flawed, human-run organisations that they are. But it also presented some of the best qualities of churches.
-there were so many, many layers to the story. Just when I thought Paige was a complex-enough character, with fears, regrets and dreams, another layer was added, giving so much depth, both to her character and the story.
-that despite the many themes of grief, guilt and past hurts in this book, it is such an uplifting story.
- the romance. Wow. It takes its time. It slowly, slowly develops from an antagonistic relationship to strong friendship to crush-but-it-won't-work to (spoilers, so I'm not going to say more). But that ending!!!
- Josh. Flawed, but so loveable. Arrogant at times, wrestling with his past, very talented and perfect for Paige.
- Paige. Hurting, running, totally organised, hers is a really enjoyable story and she is a character who is easy to love.
- all the other characters. There are so many spin-off stories I would love to dive into.

Thee is so much to love about this wonderful contemporary Christian romance. I can't wait to see what Kara Isaac produces next!

Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
Profile Image for Baylie Clagg.
57 reviews46 followers
February 28, 2023
I feel like I could just go on and on about this book. The Australian setting, humor, banter, rawness, and so much more. This is a favorite of all time. I don’t even have the words to do this review justice right now.
Profile Image for Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...).
1,517 reviews449 followers
August 1, 2017
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. Paige's volatile interactions with Josh and her prejudice against megachurches created drama but things smoothed out over time, even as conflict builds in other aspects of the plot. The author's writing is fluid and I never got bored as the dynamics of the story and characters worked together. Josh and Paige spend much of the book fighting their attraction to each other, so it's no surprise that their romantic relationship is bumpy. I enjoyed their friendship and banter more than their romance to be honest ;) Overall, the powerful themes of grief, healing, and grace made this a book to remember.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Profile Image for Chantel.
137 reviews54 followers
April 13, 2018

"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 to heal with the broken pieces of their past.
Oh-my-goodness! Josh's family is now one of my favorite book families! they were so loving and funny. I just loved Sarah and her fiesty sisterly ways! Lol! It's just makes me wish that Josh had the extra brother that I can just marry into the fam! ( stares off dreamily). :-)
Hopefully we get to see more of the Tyler family in the next book, Kat's story, which I'm totally looking forward to read!
Profile Image for Carrie Schmidt.
Author 1 book366 followers
July 5, 2017
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 characters.

Speaking of banter, the romance in Then There Was You is swoony and fun and heartfelt – and full of moments where you forget to breathe because you’re so caught up in the chemistry playing out on the page. Josh? Hello. He’s hot, he loves Jesus, he’s a musician, he’s adorably grumpy at times and HE HAS AN AUSTRALIAN ACCENT! Need I say more? Paige is adorable in every way – approachable, feisty and unintentionally quirky. Her friendship with her brother is deeply touching, and I keenly felt Paige’s emotions when she thinks about Ethan.

Another something I really appreciated about this novel is the care given to both the Australian and American vocabularies. We, of course, speak English in both places but the language does have its subtle (and not so subtle) differences, and Kara Isaac does a great job at including these differences without making an issue of it. Of course, now I’m making an issue of it (lol) but I find it rare in novels that I read. Probably my favorite example of this is the scene where Josh and Paige are eating lunch at the mall’s food court. When we’re seeing Josh’s perspective, Paige dips her chips in tomato sauce. When we switch back to Paige’s head, Josh steals a fry and puts it in ketchup. It’s little details like this scattered throughout a novel that take it from ‘good’ to truly great.

Bottom Line: From the sassy banter, the laugh-out-loud humor, and the breath-stealing romance to the sincere emotion and poignant spiritual insight, Then There Was You is delightful on all levels. It also contains one of my very favorite declaration scenes of all time. (I’ve read that section more than once. Don’t judge.) Brilliantly written, endearingly relatable, Then There Was You belongs on every romcom fan’s must-read list!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

see my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower
Profile Image for Meital.
171 reviews34 followers
February 19, 2019
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.
Profile Image for Beth | Faithfully Bookish .
879 reviews195 followers
October 23, 2017
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

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, Josh spends his time in prayer, practice, and songwriting. Josh is surprisingly and refreshingly grounded and humble.

Story elements of healing, forgiveness, and seeking God's will above our own plans and understanding touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I highly recommend this and all of Kara Isaac's books!

I borrowed this book through Kindle Unlimited and also received the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Melissa (Semi-hiatus Very Behind).
4,650 reviews2,116 followers
June 24, 2017
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, with lots of turmoil to overcome. I found myself laughing and crying along with the characters. Fun book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Staci.
1,789 reviews541 followers
July 13, 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.
Profile Image for April.
913 reviews30 followers
June 23, 2017
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!
Profile Image for Susan Snodgrass.
2,002 reviews202 followers
June 17, 2017
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 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. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia’s biggest churches, and on a collision course with her boss’s son.

Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But his past failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He's determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he’s ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.

When Josh and Paige are thrown together to organize his band’s next tour, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to bridge the differences that pull them apart? Or will they choose the safety and security of what they know over taking a chance on something that will require them to risk everything?

Kara Isaac has once again created a cast of characters that jump off the page and take up residence in the reader's heart, along with all their emotions, hurts and joys. I was enthralled from page one and by the last few pages, I was crying, laughing and my heart was dancing with joy! Isaac's dry wit is in evidence here and it is not to be missed. She seriously has talent in delving into her characters' emotions. And she is quite good at wonderful spiritual themes. Fear can destroy a person, but God does not desire for His children to live in fear. Great message here.

With her first novel, Kara Isaac became an author I wanted to follow and this last novel has only cemented that opinion deeper in my heart. I love reading books like this. You can't stop thinking about these characters long after the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment.

*I was given a preview copy of this book by the author. I was not pressured to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own and honest.
Profile Image for Christine Indorf.
730 reviews123 followers
July 16, 2021
I have never read Kara Isaac before and I think she'll become one of my favorite authors. This book was so fabulous. The story of Paige and Josh. Josh is a worship team leader in a big church in Sidney Australia. Paige decides to take hold of her life years after her brother death and she join the team at Josh Church. Both don't like each other. But as time goes on both start to feel a change in their relationship. Can Paige heal from her past and the death of her brother? Can Josh ever trust someone again and let them into his life? Will they ever find love with each other? I have to tell you that you will not know what will happen to them until the very end. You will be wondering if they will get together or not. During this you will see both heal from their past with each one helping the other. I was about ready to scream at the book not knowing what will happen and this is why the book is so good. You will see Christ love and forgiveness between both Paige and Josh and the story itself is just wonderful. Really if you haven't tried this author you really need to read this book. I highly recommend it!!
Profile Image for Brittany .
2,298 reviews148 followers
August 11, 2018
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 of a worship band was a real treat, too.

The building up of attraction throughout the story between Josh and Paige was perfect and very believable. All of these characters felt so much like real people that it was hard to finish the last page and have to walk away from them! This is a book that I anticipate re-reading many times.
Profile Image for Pepper Basham.
Author 31 books1,630 followers
September 27, 2017
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 forward when deep, life-altering wounds redirect their futures.

Kara's voice is light-hearted, but her messages are deep and beautiful. If you're looking for a funny, sweet story with a perfectly-fitted ending (oh my goodness! too much FUN!), then this book is for you!
Profile Image for Natalie Walters.
Author 14 books994 followers
July 23, 2017
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 kind of story that Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds would be perfect for!!

Ms. Isaac's story-telling is snappy, heart-warming, and delivers all the feels through well-developed characters and a relatable plot. This is Christian fiction at its best and makes Kara Isaac an author whose books will always have a place on my shelf.
Profile Image for Dana Michael.
1,204 reviews107 followers
June 28, 2017
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.
Profile Image for Anne.
512 reviews14 followers
January 8, 2018
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 on ecclesiastical theology (I think I picked the right word there lol). The relationships and personal development in the story get much better depth, so the mega church thing was a minor detractor for me.
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121 reviews26 followers
June 9, 2019
DNFstarted good, then - MEH.............
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1,144 reviews638 followers
April 8, 2021
I really liked this story, which was my introduction to the author’s work. I laughed, I cringed and I even was taken to heartbreaking lows as the characters revealed their past baggage and hurts.

Paige and Josh was very likable and relatable characters, though I did feel Josh and his family sounded a lot like pastors and their family of a mega church in Australia (not sure if it was intentional or not).

Josh had a lot to learn, especially to be humble even though he was in the limelight with a powerful purpose. Paige had to learn to trust God and that he has the best in store for her.

I had to get use to the narrator’s Australian accent tot the characters but when I did enjoyed the story.

There was a joke the Australians played on tourists which reminded me a lot about our South African practical jokes as well.

I enjoyed Kara Isaac’s writing and have already placed all of her published books on my wishlist to hopefully read soon.
Profile Image for Suzie Waltner.
Author 8 books119 followers
July 19, 2017
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 McAllister constantly finds herself in the most embarrassingly funny situations and always in Josh Tyler’s presence. Did someone say drop bears?

As the worship leader for a well-known Australian church, Josh Tyler is a little too serious, extremely concerned about his public image, and in need of a little lightheartedness. But Paige is not at all the woman he needs. As a matter of fact, she’s proclaimed his life her worst nightmare.

Forced to work together, Paige and Josh slowly learn that first impressions based on assumptions aren’t accurate. That believing them could derail something beautiful. This story is about living life, about not hiding from the past, about letting go of fears and letting God lead you. Another original and delightful read from Kara Isaac should not have surprised me, but it did. In the best way.
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321 reviews67 followers
October 23, 2018
This was such a good book that I told my husband we couldn't go to our anniversary dinner until I finished it. Priorities, you know!

It was not what I expected, but I could tell there was more to the story. It is a story of Paige McAllister and Josh Tyler, from opposite sides of the world, but with equally heartbreaking histories. Paige suffers from PTSD after a tragedy in which her brother is killed, and it is a trip and the chance at meeting Josh that helps her break through the "wall". Josh has had his bad luck with relationships, a bit gun-shy they say. But it is Paige's compassion that leads Josh to realize not all women are the same. It is their mutual understanding of heartbreak that makes these two work together.

I have to admit I loved this book a bit more than I thought I would. I thought I would be getting another ho-hum he broke my heart I am fending off boys for life book, but it was so much more. It is the depth of understanding, of compassion, that God puts you in the right place at the right time kind of book. It even made me laugh out loud (at work!) and cry. I would definitely recommend this book especially if you need a feel good, quick read.
Profile Image for Sydney.
440 reviews101 followers
February 27, 2021
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 had. but the romance was sweet, and the plot itself was funny and also heartfelt. if it had been longer I think it would have really helped everything not feel so rushed, but nonetheless I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
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232 reviews30 followers
February 9, 2023
I looovvveeedd this book! This was such a sweet story about two characters who were able to work through past hurts and come together. It was very faith based especially since it took place in a mega church. I love when characters in books are older. I am in my 30's and appreciate seeing the maturity that comes with the older characters vs. the younger, which are sometimes hard to relate to. Paige and Josh were very real and had flaws, which made the book all the better. I now must read all the Kara Isaac has written. She writes so real and authentically that I cant wait to dive into the next book. A must read if you love a cute, fun romance!
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396 reviews13 followers
April 12, 2023
rating - 4.4 stars

loved the banter. normally hate meet-cutes but THIS was top-tier. also loved Sarah, Janine, Kit, Emma's additions to the story - the best side characters. Loved both the MCs. Christian humour on point 😂😂 Also this really wasn't JUST a fluffy romance -love how she addressed things that aren't normally talked about like church hurt and problems due to some ppl's behaviour in the church - the ppl aren't the perfect ones tho God is! Also nearly had me in tears w/ the Ethan part. honestly really liked this. had me laughing, swooning, on the brink of tears all at once!

Also i feel like these days im being more picky with my 5 star ratings haha - can't really figure out anything that was wrong with this but yeah, love it but not a 5 star but close;)
Profile Image for Catherine.
Author 8 books747 followers
June 28, 2017
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 what might go on behind the scenes. I enjoyed all the characters immensely and found their stories to be well-rounded with a satisfying conclusion. A great well-written novel for fans of Christian fiction.
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