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About The Book
Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter façade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused.
Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream.
When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances.
What a beautifully written novel! I was immediately drawn to the characters of Emelia and Peter, and could not wait to see where this story was headed. This budding romance had such an original, thought-out plot, and you could tell by all the Narnia references that perhaps Ms. Isaac is a fan herself. Either that or she really did her homework! Since she was so knowledgeable about the books, her characters were just as knowledgeable. I could see myself copying Emelia and searching wardrobe after wardrobe, looking for that magical one that would whisk me away into the world of Narnia.
Although the book is long (373 pages paperback), I did not feel as if the storyline dragged at all. It was lovely to see how these characters interacted in their daily lives, in their natural surroundings, and with each other. I thought their relationship was sweet and innocent in its own way. While it may take a good portion of the book to learn more about their secrets, I felt it was necessary to the storyline and character development. I liked seeing the characters for who they were in spite of their secrets. And I think it was important for Peter and Emelia to see each other that way first. Otherwise they may not have gotten so close.
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Isaac has next for her readers! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.