Then There Was You (2017) by Kara Isaac is a stand-alone novel. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 343 pages in length. With a full-time job and a full-of-life five-year old, I read this book in 2 days. I give this novel 5+ STARS. This book is a Contemporary Christian Romance.
About the Book
Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can’t even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her playing life safe and predictable for six years. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia’s biggest churches, and on a collision course with her boss’s son.
Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But his past failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He’s determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he’s ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.
When Josh and Paige are thrown together to organize his band’s next tour, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to bridge the differences that pull them apart? Or will they choose the safety and security of what they know over taking a chance on something that will require them to risk everything?
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I LOVE this book. I mean, I really love this book! If you do not have a copy of this book, I recommend you go buy a copy immediately. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it is currently FREE right now!!! This is the first novel I have read by Kara Isaac, but it will most definitely not be my last. In fact, I’m probably going to spend a little money today in honor of #NationalBookLoversDay and buy all of her novels so I can devour those, too!
I cannot fully express in words how great this book is…but, I will try! LOL! First, I absolutely love the main characters, Josh and Paige. Truly, they are two of the most genuinely written characters I may have ever read. When you read the premise, you may think to yourself, “Ok, sure! How do I relate to a Christian rock star?” I could see how I might be able to relate to Paige, but was worried that Josh would be a little too “rock-star” arrogant and phony. He is absolutely not. His character is very believable and very swoon worthy! And, Paige!!! Oh my goodness, I love her. She is so down to earth and so real. Her insecurities, her fears, her lack of motivation — all so real. And, what these characters have gone through in the past makes them even more genuine. When you get to the character backstories, make sure you have a box of tissue nearby because you will need them. I have not wanted to hug two people more after reading their stories than I did after reading this novel.
But, the drama is not the only part of the story that catches your attention from page 1. This book may be one of the funniest novels I have ever read. That box of tissue you have for the sad moments…you may need it for the funny moments too! There are many scenes throughout the book that left me rolling with laughter, but the “drop bear” scene will have you dying with laughter. Most of the comedic moments in this book are Paige’s doing. She may be the funniest character I have ever read. The situations she finds herself in are hilarious. Seriously, buy the book now simply for these great comical scenes!
If I had to find a flaw in this novel, it would be with the editing. I don’t know if it is just the eBook version, or all versions, but I did notice a few errors. Sometimes a word was missing, sometimes a wrong word was in a sentence and it didn’t make sense so I would have to reread the line to figure out what word Ms. Isaac actually meant, and sometimes there would be repeated words. But overall, this was minimal and not enough to take me out of the story. The settings, the characters, the comedy, and the emotion far outweigh a couple of mechanical and grammatical errors. I still fully recommend this novel… and, don’t forget a box of tissue to go with your reading!