Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
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.
As not so much of a Narnia fan myself, I was skeptical about this book. (I had an unnatural fear of the idea of a closet with another land in the back of it). But she quickly won me over and I was engrossed in the storyline immediately.
I, of course, felt some frustration over the secrets that seem to plague the characters, but I forgave them and throughly enjoyed the read. If you are a fan of literature, you will want to pick up these books.
The book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher for review. The opinions expressed herein are my own.
This is the second book in the series, and I recommend you read the first book before reading this one. I read them out of order and still enjoyed them both, but it would be nicer the other way around.
They are available for purchase from Amazon.