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Close to You

By: Kara Isaac

Publisher: Howard Books

Release Date: April 16th, 2016

Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 373 Pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Lifeway, Christian Book, and anyway else books are sold!

Add On: Goodreads

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


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?

Book Review

Where can I find a Jackson Gregory because I need one now! That last scene y’all! 😍😂

This book was set in New Zealand and had LOTR themes thought out the entire book. Um, YES PLEASE!!!!! I think I have found a new favorite book. Literally a romance that had LOTR themes woven through. I was over the moon with excitement.

I was very skeptical going into this book because come on the girl is married and clearly she falls in love with the guy however there were many, many twists and turns on that entire skem of things. I was very happy with how the author did that, it was very unique.

I also loved how even though Allison wanted to pursue a relationship with Jackson, she stuck to her vows and didn’t do anything unbiblical. That spoke volumes to me. I was expecting a totally different outcome but this story never strayed from being Biblical which I really enjoyed.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

It may seem sketchy and not biblical in the beginning but you have to read through the entire thing to fully grasp the situation and the characters full attitudes towards everything.

About the Author

Kara Isaac

Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When she’s not chasing three hobbit-sized little people, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She is the author of the RITA Award-winning Then There Was You, along with four other contemporary romances. She loves to connect with readers on GoodReads, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and through her website.



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