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 away.
When Peter finds Emelia in an antique wardrobe he asks “Are you a Susan or a Lucy?” If you are familiar with the Narnia series, you know how Emelia wants to answer the question. However, Emelia is not a Christian and even cringes later in the story when Peter mentions church. She is worldly and Isaac writes an accurate description of the way many 20-somethings think, live, and behave. If the mention of make-up sex in a Christian novel turns you off then consider this fair warning, but I’d hate for sensitive readers to miss out on a really wonderful story about God’s sovereignty, His ability to reach the lost, and His calling on us to extend grace and forgiveness.
The manner in which this author describes a scene, her character development, as well as the C.S. Lewis/Narnia tie in were spot on! Furthermore, I don’t often buy romance novels because I can’t stand it when characters drone on and on about how physically attracted or how strong their longings are for one another (😝 pining). If you understand where I’m coming from, then trust me when I say this is good romance. I will definitely read another Kara Isaac novel.