I’m always excited to read another Kara Isaac book, and I was so happy to get my hands on this one. I absolutely adore Isaac’s unique, attention-grabbing writing style, and One Thing I Know is another fantastic read. Her signature humor and wit are such fun. Main characters, Rachel and Grant, are endearing, lovable, and multi-layered. Their back stories bump into their relationship and cause major difficulties. Grant can’t abide secrets and Rachel has a big one! A stellar supporting cast of characters add color and interest and also conflict.
I loved the emotional connection between Rachel and Grant and the witty banter they engage in. I can always count on chuckles, giggles, and laugh-out-loud moments in Isaac’s books, and this one had many of those. There are also tender, uplifting messages of forgiveness, honesty, integrity, and healing that add emotional depth to the story. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary romance with wit and heart.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
I have to start out by saying that I’m a huge fan of Kara Isaac, and I appreciate that she’s unafraid to tackle the real and messy parts of life. This story is full of those messes, and there is no sugarcoating here. I have a lot of thoughts about this book, and I’m having a hard time organizing them, so I’m just going to share my impressions of the characters in this story:
Rachel is an amazing daughter and niece who sometimes goes way above and beyond what her family deserves from her. She has a lot of guilt issues and has a hard time juggling all of the complicated parts of her life. I don’t envy her, and I love her willingness to change even if it’s somewhat begrudgingly.
Aunt Donna is adorable, encouraging, and very much what you expect from a meddling, matchmaking mother figure. I love her and her husband in this story.
Lucas is a tough nut to crack. On one hand I completely understand his frustration with the strange turns that his career has taken. I found that part of the story a little hard to believe, but it did serve as a great way to bring Rachel into his life. Due to his past, he has trust issues when it comes to letting people get close to him. Why he then accepts an assignment from a sleazy producer to dig into Rachel’s and Donna’s lives seems baffling unless you know his motives. It’s sometimes hard to write reviews without including spoilers, so I’ll just say that Lucas really is a good person, I promise. You’ll have to read the story to see what I mean.
I know that other readers have said that this story wasn’t at all what they expect out of Christian fiction, and I can understand how some people are uncomfortable with that. I occasionally read secular fiction so I found this book to be pretty mild and true to its characters. However, I really could do without the uses of the Lord’s name in vain. Even in a realistic portrayal of characters who are just starting their faith journey, I really prefer not to read those words and phrases.
I’m already looking forward to seeing more of Lucas and Rachel in the upcoming books in this series and seeing how they continue to grow in their spirituality!
*I received a copy of this book from the author and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.
She has the whole world fooled. But the one man who just may see through her holds not only the key to her success, but also her heart…
Rachel Somers is America’s #1 relationship coach—America just doesn’t know it. Rachel writes the books, but her Aunt Donna plays the face of the operation. Living in fear of their secret being exposed, Rachel has no choice but to keep up the charade or lose the big money required to care for her father. With the deadline for their next book closing in, Rachel finds herself out of inspiration and running out of time. The last thing she needs is her aunt and publicist concocting a harebrained scheme to join forces with some radio star in the hope it will help deliver the elusive next book idea.
Lucas Grant is a star of late night radio—though it’s come with an unexpected price of hordes of women who keep calling his sports show to ask him for relationship advice. They make his ratings look great, but they also mean he has to waste hours talking to people like Dr. Donna Somerville about feelings instead of his first love: football. When a big-time producer calls, it looks like his hard work is about to pay off. But the offer comes with a catch—the producer is convinced Dr. Donna is not what she seems and he wants Lucas to discover her secret. To do that, he needs to win over her tight-lipped assistant who holds the key to his success and—he begins to suspect—his heart. Can love find a way through the lies that force them apart?
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