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Close to You: A Novel Paperback – April 26, 2016
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"Allie and Jackson share an immediate chemistry that readers will appreciate from the start. Both have built solid emotional walls that take effort to tear down, which makes for a courtship full of humor, tears and introspection that leads them both back to God." (RT Reviews (four stars))
“A terrific set-up…Isaac showcases a strong romantic sensibility and clever plotting.” (Publishers Weekly)
"A new voice on the romance scene, New Zealander Kara Isaac has crafted a sweet and oh-so-original debut romantic comedy that will delight contemporary romance fans, Tolkien lovers and inspy romance readers alike. Add this novel to your TBR stack … and add this author to your 'authors to watch' radar. Recommended!" (USA Today)
"[A] charming novel that blends faith, romance and Tolkien." (Simple Grace)
"A fabulous debut. Well-written, clever, and warm-hearted this love story with the back drop of Lord of the Rings will delight romance readers everywhere. Add Isaac to your favorite's list." (Rachel Hauck, USA Today Bestselling author of The Wedding Chapel)
"Well-written and fun, Close to You made me laugh out loud and fall in love. An enchanting romantic escape into the land of Frodo and Aragorn." (Susan May Warren, award-winning, best-selling author of The Christiansen Family Series)
"I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a debut novel so much. Close to You is filled with warmth, wit, and more than a few laugh-out-loud moments! Kara Isaac has proven herself to be an exciting addition to the world of Christian romance."
(Carla Laureano, RITA ® Award-winning author of Five Days in Skye and Under Scottish Stars)
"Close To You is a tasty blend ofunlikely romance, lovably flawed characters, and dialogue just snarky enough to make me want to pull up a chair and watch. Kara's unique voice and fresh premise combine to create a compelling story that lingers like your favorite dessert long after the last page." (Betsy St. Amant, Author of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and Love Arrives in Pieces)
"Kara Isaac is a fresh new voice in the world of inspirational contemporary romance . . . and I can't even decide what I love most about her debut novel. The setting, the romance, the wit, I love it all! I especially loved the undercurrent of hope and redeemed dreams. Definitely an author to watch and characters to love!" (Melissa Tagg, author of From the Start and Like Never Before)
“Kara Isaac is a fresh new voice in inspirational contemporary romance! Close to You is well-crafted, funny, unique, and endearing. A delight!” (Becky Wade, author of A Love Like Ours)
"The perfect combination of sweet and sass, Close To You is a charming debut that had me laughing and left me smiling. Well done Ms. Isaac!" (Katie Ganshert, award-winning author of The Art of Losing Yourself)
About the Author
Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and two children.
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Top Customer Reviews
My preference for novels is not romance. I like romantic elements in my novels, but I tend to lean more toward books of a serious and historical nature. But, I am a huge Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien fan, so I knew this book was up my alley.
From the first page, I loved all the Tolkien references as well as the setting in New Zealand and at Hobbiton, etc. I fell in love with the characters and hurt when they hurt. I did not want the book to end.
So, even if you’re not a Tolkien fan per say, but you love a good unique romance then this is the book for you. There are threads of comedy, drama and, most certainly, faith. And it’s a great read!
Thank you, Kara Isaac. I'll definite be looking for more of your works in the future!
CLOSE TO YOU is a very good book. If you are a dedicated Lord Of The Rings fan, then it is guaranteed to drive you nuts how much the hero doesn't know. He is floundering through it because all he wants is his great-uncle's money. The tour guide was being driven nuts as soon she picked him up at the airport, because she was dressed up as a Hobbit and Jackson didn't know what she was supposed to be dressed up as. All he knew is that she wore padding, an ugly dress and a frizzy wig and that is all he knew about it.
When he encountered a gollum/smeagol statue, he was thrown for a loop and had to look it up in a "cheater book".
Allison is a dedicated Lord of the Rings fan and she knows more than I know about it. And she's always verbally slapping Jackson upside the head.
5 stars. I loved this book to death, I loved it. (Mom stepping back in here) If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you will adore this book. If you are joining me in the "haven't got a clue" category, then maybe not so much. Awarding this book the stars my daughter assigned.
Allie has loved everything Tolkien since she was a young girl. When her life come crumbling down around her, she signs on as a Tolkien tour guide to hide out until she can get her life back together. After two long years, things still aren't moving along as quickly as she'd like. Then her new tour group arrives and with it one Jackson Gregory. Sparks fly from the beginning with these two! Neither probably makes the best first impression, but they have to put up with each other for the next three weeks. Neither expected for their feelings of animosity to quickly grow into something else entirely.
I really liked Allie, she's smart and her obsession with Tolkien was endearing. Jackson knows nothing about Tolkien or his books. He only agreed to this trip to try and win his wealthy uncle over as an investor and to try and fix the financial mess his life is in. He takes some time to get the chip off his shoulder, but then he just becomes a real guy who is surprisingly really nice underneath all his arrogance. I loved the scenes with these two. They have great chemistry and some of those embarrassing moments they share had me laughing out loud. I liked that this wasn't just a fluff read (not that there is anything wrong with those kind of books, I quite enjoy them), but both Allie and Jackson have a lot of personal things going on in their lives that really affect how they treat each other. I liked that they both grow as individuals throughout the story and how they help each other heal without even realizing it.
Overall, I thought it was a really fun escape. Ms. Isaac paints a picture of New Zealand that made me want to hop on the next plane and visit the beautiful country and of course go on a Tolkien tour. I thought it was well written and other than it being a tad long, I thought it was paced well. Kept me engaged and wanting to see how things would end up. Definitely worth reading. Can't wait to read more from Ms. Isaac, I love finding new authors!!
Romance: Clean (wouldn't have minded a few more stolen kisses!)
Violence: None-very mild
Religious: Mild, not preachy
Other: Don't have to be a Tolkien guru to enjoy! Although, I will admit after reading this it did make me want to watch the movies again. haha