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Close to you: Book review

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Close to you: 

By Kara Isaac:

Inspirational Romantic Comedy.


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 Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, 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 tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson 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-hard 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 plane.

When 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 for?

My thoughts:

Oh my gosh. I love this book! I won this book as a prize on a blog giveaway from Natalie Waters’ blog.

Disclosure: I did NOT receive a copy of this book in an exchange for a review. I was never required to give a good review of this book. All of these opinions are my own. 

This book is hilarious. Snarky. Sarcastic. Romantic, thought-provoking. I high lighted almost every simile  because they were so funny.

I loved this story’s premise..2 broken people who were caught up in lies and betrayal have to figure out what it means to fall in love  and trust again. The voices, the unique way the characters were portrayed sucked me in. Their bitter sarcasm and snarky banter and at times hostile confrontations with one another made me laugh.

Then, the way they fall in love, made me swoon. Beautifully written. Hilarious antics. Deeply flawed characters. Romantic tension, emotional revelations, a little bit of thought-provoking questions about God and love and what it means to have faith. All set against the backdrop of an amazing and gorgeous setting in the hills of New Zealand. What is not to love!

Oh and by the way if you are a LOTR Fan you will love this book because it is filled to the brim with LOTR references. To. The. Brim. I suppose that’s what you get when the author lives in New Zealand!

I am absolutely putting her next book on my TBR list.

Close to you is Kara Issac’s Debut novel, which in itself, is amazing. I highly recommend it if you love romance and romantic comedies. You won’t be disappointed.

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