A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.
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.
In her well-received debut, Close to You, Isaac tapped into the worlds created by J.R.R. Tolkien and a contemporary New Zealand tour of the sites associated with the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. This enchanting follow-up portrays an unlikely love story between a man and a woman who have much more in common than their shared interest in C.S. Lewis's land of Narnia. Peter Carlisle is an injured Olympic-level rower struggling to get his life back. While looking for a birthday present for his mother, he opens a wardrobe in an Oxford antique store and discovers Emilia Mason, who is joining her mother's search for Lewis's fictional land. She came to Oxford in hopes of reinventing herself and atoning for a past mistake. While romantic sparks fly between Peter and Emilia every time they meet, the list of reasons that they should not be together is long; among other things, Peter is the board member overseeing Emilia's work at SpringBoard, a charity devoted to getting books into the hands of poor children. The story's faith elements are not overwhelming, but they underpin the burgeoning relationship between Peter and Emilia. Fans of Isaac's debut will be thrilled that previous protagonists Allie and Jackson return as supporting characters. One need not be a Narnia fan to settle in and enjoy Isaac's story, which romance readers will easily fall in love with.