(READ) Close to You Author Kara Isaac

I m so glad I finally took the time to read Kara Isaac s debut I loved her two follow ups so I was eager to get to this one Close to You is humorous poignant and a bit whimsical I immediately warmed up to Allison but Jackson was not so uick to get on my good side I felt for Allison and the poor dynamics in her family and also related to Jackson s desire to make up for past failures Yes the romance is endearingly sweet but their personal growth and development caught at my heart as well The secondary characters are a flavorful bunc 45This was an unexpected surprise Allie lives in New Zealand where she is a Tolkien tour guide She takes enthusiastic Tolkien fans on tours of where The Lor This is a standout contemporary novel hilarious touching and enjoyable right to the very last page Allison Shire is working for a Lord of the Rings tour company She is perhaps the most over ualified tour guide ever but this is where she must stay until the courts can annul her marriage to a charmer who was only after her money and citizenship and just happened to already be married Jackson Gregory went from entrepreneur and businessman success story to disaster when his girlfriend stole his company s secrets and gave them to his top competitor Now he has been dragged to the bottom of the world on a trip that sounds like a combination of everything he finds bottom of the world on a trip that sounds like a combination of everything he finds But he must impress his uncle with his Tolkien knowledge which is actually less than nonexistent and good character if he wants his uncle to invest in his latest scheme less than nonexistent and good character if he wants his uncle to invest in his latest scheme hopefully save his family s farm and pay back what he owes to disappointed investors Both Allie and Jackson have been severely burnt by love and life but they can t deny the feelings that spring up on their trip through the great New Zealand scenery although those feelings are mainly frustration and irritation It just might take a miracle for these two to survive the trip with their hearts intactClose To You flips from charmingly amusing to downright hilarious Everything that could possibly go wrong does from falling into mud pits or getting lost in the rugged New Zealand wilderness The interactions between Allie and Jackson are magic From the ou re driving me crazy moments to the ones where something lingers under the surface I loved every minute of it It s been a while since I ve read a contemporary that is so well paced It felt long And not in a this is boring hurry up way but in that it felt like the relationships developed naturally Nothing is rushed the characters are able to express a whole range of feelings and the time it takes for Allie and Jackson to move from deep dislike to something with maybe a few twists in the middle felt realistic and worthy Both are determined to stay away from relationships I love how their feelings sneak up on them I also loved how this never happened in a way that was all I ve given up on love but two seconds later I m totally head over heels They both fight the slowly growing attraction each step of the way and there are plenty of arguments sweet moments hilarious stunts and pure frustration Despite Jackson s initial arrogance I couldn t help feeling a little bit sorry for him He is clearly out of his depth And Allie makes a great heroine smart and brave but very weary after everything life has handed to her While I ve seen the movies I m not a die hard Tolkien fan I had to look up a few references while reading but both main characters are well and truly sick of all things Hobbit most of the time so everything is approached with a blend of respect and humour as well as a whole lot of disbelief cynicism and eye rolling Perfect and very amusingThe writing style is flowery. A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together and fall in love on a Tolkien tour of New ZealandAllison Shire es like where the Hobbits live is a disgraced academic who is done with love Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury to. ,
Close to You

Review Close to You

With plenty of metaphors but it works it this rolling tale of love literature and adventure Aside from all The Lord of the Ring references there are many other cultural references to all The Lord of the Ring references there are many other cultural references to movies and TV showsFaith doesn t play much of a role in this book until later in the last half Allie is a Christian but feels distant from God due to her bad choices Jackson s family are Christians and he was raised as a Christian but he hasn t had much time for God in between his business deals and past relationships God is only mentioned in passing a few times in the first half of the book but this increases towards the end of the book where the characters find themselves turning back to God choosing to follow his direction and ultimately trusting in his love and plans It s a great balance never preachy or overdone but nor is it lacking in any way for a light Christian feelThe end is absolutely perfect a wonderful moment and all the moments leading up to it The characters worked so hard to get to this place and they totally deserved every minute of it I loved how it was paced How It Wasn T it wasn t or assumed or cliche or anything but brilliantI love that this is set in New Zealand I love the abundance of pop culture and literature references I love everything about all the Lord of the Rings aspects from the fan devotion movies books locations uotes characters and storylines but especially that the book is not afraid to make fun and tease never taking itself very seriously while still remaining respectful and authentic enough to please any fanThe humour is what makes it a five star book for me It s a book I will go back and pick up when I m down and needing something fun making it a perfect Christian contemporary The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Find reviews on my blog Madison s Library This was so cute I reallyreally enjoyed reading this one With my husband being such a huge Lord of the Rings fan this book just hit the perfect niche for me It made me laugh out loud many times and I often found myself telling my hubby about the characters and plot he was also laughing This debut novel is a wonderfully uniue romantic comedy 35 stars Close to You by Kara Isaac wasn t exactly what I expected I was thinking it was YA when it is in fact about two adults But I still enjoyed It was fun uirky and filled with details about JRR Tolkien and Middle Earth Also included were faith matters and some deep strugglesA novel about a used to be Tolkien fan who s now a guide in a Tolkien tour with a client who doesn t know the least bit about this author and his famous fantasy books is a novel that cries out for me to open it Allison Shire and Jackson Gregory don t have much in common unless ou count their betrayed hearts and shattered futures When they are thrown together in a Tolkien esue part of New Zealand for a few weeks things are about to get exciting and complicatedIt was an interesting and fun journey From the first page Ska you re pulled into this contemporaryet intriguing setting And there s plenty of action and humorous momentsI did have a couple complaints One I would liked to have seen Allie s faith grow Two there were a couple incidents that bordered on inappropriate Nothing obscene but I just felt some characters weren t exactly living out their CHRISTIAN WALK WITH ALL PURITYBUT OVERALL walk with all purityBut overall was uite real There was character growth Things developed slowly Even the romance though when ou count the actual days they were together was rather fast felt like it took time to happen There was no immediate kissing and declarations of love The characters held themselves back from certain actions knowi. Ur guide Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t faceJackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big Then suddenly his girlfriend left him for his biggest business competitor and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her To make matters worse the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure Determined to save his parents from financial ruin he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great uncle to invest in his next scheme which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die Ng deep down the time wasn t right I really appreciated that Past immorality was confronted Wrong choices weren t excused So even though some of the themes felt a little edgy compared to what I usually read everything was dealt with
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choices were Characters decided to wait on God There was a lovely bit of faith that echoed through Close to YouOne of my favorite aspects of Close to You was the Tolkien theme Hobbits elves dwarves and orcs I learned new tidbits favorite aspects of Close to You was the Tolkien theme Hobbits elves dwarves and orcs I learned new tidbits JRR Tolkien and The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings booksmovies And even The Silmarillion It was all so fun and delightful and interesting I felt like watching all the movies over while reading this book And though old books intimidate me I think I must give at least The Hobbit a try So that was really cool Great job Kara IsaacNow I m so excited about picking up a copy of Can t Help Falling I m ready for a Chronicles of Narnia esue contemporary novel from Kara Isaac grins Where can I find a Jackson Gregory because I need one now Um es I would LOVE for a man to uote the Hobbit view spoiler as he s proposing to me hide spoiler I am going to review this one closer to its pub date But what a refreshing sparkly voice uniue setting and relevant subject I loved that it taps into the world s obsession with Tolkien and I loved that it featured a strong willed intelligent grad student as its lead Hilariously winsome After reading this book I just want to stare off dreamily and remember all of the awesomely great parts of this storyClose To You was a delightfully fun rom com adventure I loved every minute of it Kara Isaac writing is uick hilarious and heartfelt I love how this story was centered on Lord Of The Rings Whether Becoming Project Five Fifteen your a fan of the books or movies or a don t really know much about them ahem Like me The excitement that the characters had on the Lord Of The Rings Tour tour was just down right contagious It was entertaining seeing crazy situations Allie and her eclectic tour group would get into Plus the fact that it s in beautiful new Zealand doesn t hurt either Kara s beautifully descriptive writing about all the sites just makesou want to pack Britain, Australia and the Bomb your bags and go on a tourourself I loved the opposites attract chemistry between Allie and Jackson I was a fan of them going in because I read Can t Help Falling first another awesome book btw but it was entertaining see how they first met I found myself giggling with all the back and forth banter Jackson But honey child this story also had the drama and emotional feels as well Let just say I couldn t enough of this book 5 stars This debut was super cute Among the humor were two hurt souls finding love even though they were definitely not looking for it And the endingwowsuch a sweet sweet endingThe author writes with a great deal of humor and I found myself laughing out loud several times For readers that are familiar with or fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Kiffe Kiffe Demain you will enjoy this novel even than I could with having zero knowledge of the novelsmovies Likely this would have been a five star read if I would have gotten all the references But please don t let zero knowledge of Lord of the RingsHobbit scareou away The novel is fantastic even if ou know nothing about the Tolkien novelsI look forward to reading other works by this author I recommend this debut to fans of My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade An utter delight to read Witty romantic and heart felt I even laughed out loud reading it which is unusual for me I loved the costumes the Lord of the Rings references the characters and the repartee Just fun to read as well as moving The faith mentions are well woven in and gentle I m glad I read this. Ard Lord of the Rings fan even though he knows nothing about the stories The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know it all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the planeWhen Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies she and Jackson start to see each other differently and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour they find themselves drawn to each other Neither expected to fall in love again but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking fo. ,