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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About the Author
Kara Isaac is the RITA® Award-winning writer of five novels. She lives in New Zealand (yes, it’s really as beautiful as it looks in the movies!) where she spends her time chasing three small people, writing horribly bad first drafts, and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in the South Pacific. Find out more at KaraIsaac.com.
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One Thing I Know - 1 -
Rachel Somers wasn’t sure what bothered her more: conning most of America, or the fact that they’d been doing it for almost a decade and no one even suspected.
She glanced around her tiny living area crammed with her three coconspirators. Afternoon sun through the smudged side window cast a shimmering halo through the room, dancing across surfaces covered with either people or papers.
“So, Dr. Donna, tell us how you came up with the topic of your latest book, He Wasn’t the One that Got Away.” Lacey O’Connor, their publicist, leaned forward in her chair, role-playing a talk show host.
Her question was directed at Rachel’s aunt Donna, who slouched back on the brown leather couch, face coated in an oatmeal-and-cinnamon-scented beauty mask. “Well, Suzanne, one night I was facilitating a speed-dating event—”
Rachel winced. Oh brother, this was not a good beginning. “It was a call-in radio show.” Lost in Translation, their third book, was the one inspired by speed dating.
Donna looked Rachel’s way. “What was?”
“You were guesting on a call-in radio show,” Rachel reminded her.
“I was?” Donna’s brow crinkled, or tried to, anyway. “Really? Max, can you check?”
Rachel pressed her lips together. Throttled the indignant response rising within. It was fine that Donna wanted to check. Really.
Their agent’s stubby finger slid across a line on the spreadsheet in front of him. “Rachel’s right. Lost was speed dating.”
Of course she was right. She’d written them both. With each book, the juggle got harder, the stakes higher. She liked to think that if they’d had any idea how big the deception would get, they never would’ve suggested it. They were worse than those manufactured tweenage pop bands. At least nobody took twelve-year-old boys crooning about true love seriously.
Now here they were, a week from release, and Donna couldn’t even remember this book’s inspiration. This was it. Finally. The book that was going to doom them all. Deep breath, Rachel. “You were on—”
“Drive Time with Debbie, and we got all these phone calls from women who were living in the past, wondering if they’d missed their chance at love back in 1993.” Donna’s gray eyes sparkled with mirth underneath the goop. “I know. I was just teasin’ y’all.”
“Don’t do that!” Rachel reached out for a pillow to throw at her aunt, but Lacey got there first, taking off her stiletto and swiping at Donna’s heel.
Donna pivoted sideways, moving her feet out of striking distance and pulling herself upright. “C’mon, how long have we been doing this now? And when have I ever let you down?”
Rachel blew a breath out between the gap in her front teeth. Nine years. Nine long years. And her aunt was right: the one time they’d almost gotten busted, it had been Lacey’s fault, not hers.
“All right, enough, ladies.” Max’s hand rose midair, stopping as though frozen halfway through a hallelujah moment. “Since you’re so cocky, Donna, I think it’s time for rapid fire.” He tossed one rubber-band-bound stack of cue cards to Rachel, then a second to Lacey, keeping the third for himself. “Rach, you start.”
Rachel took a swig of her ice-cold Diet Coke, then pulled a crisp cue card at random. “Do you really believe that revisiting the past is always a mistake?”
Donna’s shoulders went back, eyes narrowed, and in an instant, Rachel’s oatmeal-faced, tracksuit-wearing aunt disappeared, and Dr. Donna Somerville, relationship guru and bestselling author, showed up. “Of course not. In fact, revisiting the past is very important, because it’s our past that defines who we are today. What I’m saying is that living in the past, that’s the mistake. You’ll see in Chapter Three I talk about the difference . . .”
Two and a half hours later, the last cue card hit the floor. Where it joined six cans of Diet Coke, two bags of Hershey’s Kisses, and both of Lacey’s stilettos.
Rachel locked her hands together, stretching out her aching shoulders. It looked like they were going to live to fight another round after all. She shook her arms out, trying to shake off the strange sense of disappointment that had grown as her aunt nailed question after question, never stumbling.
“Good work, everyone.” Max snapped his last spreadsheet back into the black binder on his lap. “Lacey, you need anything more or are we done?”
Their publicist tapped a glossy red nail across her iPad, the screen showing Donna and Rachel’s calendars side-by-side. “One final thing. Got a last-minute request for a two-hour call-in slot with Lucas Grant next Tuesday. Donna’s in Atlanta and has an early start. Rach, can you sub?” She kept her gaze focused on her iPad as she asked the question.
“Doesn’t he do a sports show now?” At least he had the last time she’d heard anything about him. Which admittedly was a couple of years ago.
The edge of Lacey’s mouth tipped up. “Lucas would like to do sports. Unfortunately for him he’s single, very eligible, and can’t seem to escape all the women calling in to get his advice on their love lives.”
“And he wants Donna on his sports show for two hours?”
Lacey shrugged. “No idea. I only deal with his producer, but as your publicist I am telling you that two hours on Lucas’s show is like filling a stadium with fifty thousand Wisconsin women. We’d be nuts not to do it if we can make it work.”
“Okay, fine.” Rachel could use a break from staring blankly at her computer screen, grasping for inspiration.
“Great.” Lacey put her phone to her ear, stepping back into her shoes. “Ethan. Lacey. Tuesday sorted. Donna will call at ten your time. Ciao.” She slung her navy leather purse over her shoulder and grabbed the matching suitcase from where she’d parked it in the corner. “Mwah, mwah.” Air kisses all around, and she was heading for the door.
Twenty-one-year-old Lacey, with her crazy curly hair, wouldn’t have recognized her perfectly groomed decade-older self. Or understood the well-worn tension that undergirded their every interaction.
Max, meanwhile, piled folders into a battered Wal-Mart tote. Between that and his rumpled thrift-shop suit, you’d never know he was one of the biggest literary agents in the country. He paused and turned as he opened her front door. “Rach . . .” Green eyes loomed large over his bulbous nose and gray-spiked mustache.
“I know. I know.” Rachel didn’t meet Donna’s eyes, sure of what she would see there. “Soon, I promise.”
“I’m just saying, next Thursday . . .”
“Max, as soon as I know, I’ll tell you.” She crossed her toes. Childish, yes. But she wasn’t quite up to telling their agent their decision just yet.
Max picked up his tote, then draped his coat over his arm. “Okay, then. I’ll see you both at the lunch.” They both watched as the door clicked shut behind him.
“Raaaachel.” Donna was using the voice.
She knew. “I will.” Rachel pulled the trash can out from under the sink and started picking up the detritus littering the floor.
“You have to tell him. He fought hard to get us such a great offer. It’s not fair.”
“Tell me about it.” Fairness. Now that was something her life knew nothing about. “It’s not like there’s not time. We’ve still got one book to go.”
“Speaking of which . . .”
“Nada.” Not a bean, not a blip.
“Nothing?” Donna flipped open a silver compact.
“Sorry.” And she was. There was nothing more she would like to give her aunt to take to their publisher than the premise of her next book. But given that in three months she’d come up with three possible book ideas and abandoned them all less than five thousand words in, she didn’t put much hope in the next few days being any different.
Her aunt shrugged. “It’ll happen. You didn’t think you could write one book and yet here we are.”
Yes, here they were, still in the same dingy one-bedroom condo the whole charade had started in. “Indeed.”
“You okay?” Her aunt snapped her mirror shut and peered Rachel’s way.
“I just . . .” Rachel struggled to put her thoughts into words. “Do you ever . . .”
“Of course.” A sigh escaped Donna’s lips as she slipped the compact back into her oversized purse. “Rach, you’re a brilliant writer. And what you write is good, and true, and it helps people live better lives. Do I feel bad that people believe those words come from me? Of course I do. But we made the best decision we could at the time. No one could have ever guessed it would have turned into this.”
“I guess.” They were the ones who’d suggested the charade. Yet the most noble of reasons in the world didn’t make it right.
“Oh, I almost forgot.” Her aunt dug around in her purse until a white envelope appeared.
Rachel slipped the crisp monogrammed sheet out of its pocket. The certification from their accountants was standard. It was the check appended on the top that mattered. A twitch of a smile. $88,657.23. The Christmas season had been good to them. Only half a million to go before she would be free. Finally.
All that stood between the two of them was one more book. Well, one more book and another year of living a lie.
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I loved this novel. To be fair, I've enjoyed everything I've read from Kara Isaac. This one feels a little different as none of the main characters are Christians, but still the Lord whispers to them and as I read the last page I had every reason to believe Rachel and Lucas would both embrace faith in the very near future. The story itself is a great picture of how the road to ruin is paved with the very best intentions and that God's love is more than big enough to reach down even in our very worst moments of defeat, loneliness and self doubt. There is redemption and forgiveness on every page, along with a healthy dose of falling in love, humor and a typically twisty plot. Highly recommended.
Once again Isaac delivers a great plot line with the wittiest of characters. This book is a little different from previous books by her. However, it’s not lacking in what we’ve come to expect from her writing style. The characters may be a miss for some and their arc doesn’t follow the the typical path. I believe there’s going to be more revolving around these two. Which would be great. Those coming from the Christian genre expecting a conversion story will be disappointed possibly. Although I hope not because this is still a beautiful story as well as believable. I’ve read some mixed reviews but I was not disappointed in anyway. I hope you give this a chance, as well as the author. They’re amazing well written stories. Thank you for the free copy, my opinions are my own.
In Kara Isaac’s latest romantic story, Rachel is Dr. Donna’s assistant (the popular relationship coach) even though she is actually providing all of the relationship advice in her books. Rachel has one more book to complete left on her contract, but is fresh out of ideas. Dr. Donna helps to set up a partnership of sort with Lucas, a sports radio host who gets calls for advice instead of sports questions. Lucas has his own baggage that he must work through, as well as Rachel. Through several interesting twists and turns, Kara Isaac provides the reader with a very interesting story. This book not only examines Rachel and Lucas’s relationship, but Rachel’s relationship with her friends. You will want to read this book and not put it down! I highly recommend this book and her other books as well! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
One Thing I Know by Kara Isaac is a charming, chaste contemporary romance that is lightly sprinkled with a Christian message. The story is about love, forgiveness, and second chances in the face of human imperfection. No one is perfect, least of all Ms. Isaac’s characters. Famed relationship advisor, Doctor Donna, and her assistant, Rachel, are down-to-Earth, relatable characters who I couldn’t help but love. Lucas Grant is a tell-it-like-it-is host of a radio sports talk show. His honesty and authenticity is charming, until he lets his sorrowful past turn him judgmental. His story in One Thing I Know is clearly a message of "those who live in glass houses should not throw stones". The handful of secondary characters deeply enhances the story, as well as play a significant role in the author’s underlying message. Many of Ms. Isaac’s richly developed characters have losses and regrets that cast such a large shadow that their current lives are essentially stagnate. It is like a self-imposed emotional incarceration. The few characters who have been able to forgive, if not forget, provide Rachel and Lucas with much needed advice, which is somewhat ironic since those two are the self-proclaimed authorities on life and relationships. The story develops in an organic fashion, and the plot is well paced. I truly enjoyed Ms. Isaac’s writing style and story telling. A story set in America with Midwestern characters could pose a colloquialism challenge to a Kiwi author, but there were a only few instances where her editors didn’t correct the phraseology. Overall, One Thing I Know is a delightful read. I enjoyed the charming Doctor Donna, the banter between Rachel and Lucas, and I greatly appreciated that the author’s message was not overpowering but well blended into the plot.
Another phenomenal story by Kara Issac! One Thing I Know is a compelling story wrought with life altering circumstances and challenges of faith. It is also not your "typical" Christian fiction, which I found to be very refreshing! Spiritual truths are woven throughout the story. Although not all the characters are ready to receive these truths. I'm looking forward reading future works to see the growth of these characters. As I was reading, I found myself examining my views on forgiveness. This story will linger in your soul long after the final chapter. I borrowed a copy of this book from my library. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
"Forgiving him doesn't make what he did okay; it just means refusing to carry it any longer." What an incredible journey of hope, forgiveness, love, and compassion swirled in with heart-breaking reality of life and beautifully packaged with an interesting premise, fun and witty writing with plenty of comedy, and great banter and dialogue! This book had me crying one minute with such devastating mistakes and tragedies and laughing out loud the next with some of the scenarios and conversations. This book exposes what makes us who we are - our past and present, our hopes and dreams, our faith or lack thereof - and asks what it all means in the end. If you enjoy a well-written contemporary romance novel that makes you think, you will absolutely love this newest offering from Kara Isaac. Yes, the plot is well-knitted and the writing is flawless, but the characters - the characters - totally make this book outstanding. Rachel, with her secret past and present, is kind and practical but lives like a hermit to protect herself and those she loves. Lucas is loyal, kind, compassionate, honest, and noble. They both have tons of emotional baggage from losing their moms at an early age and having abusive or hypocritical fathers. Even the secondary characters are amazing. Anna, Rachel's college friend, and Scott, Lucas' older brother, are solid rocks of faith even in the midst of trials and tribulations and provide straight-forward questions for Rachel and Lucas (and the readers) to ponder. Rachel and Lucas' struggle to even be open-minded about God's love and Sovereignty is real and moving. I'm hoping there will be another book where we can get a glimpse of Rachel and Lucas again! I was given a copy of the book by Howard Book via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
What we do in the aftermath of our poor choices says a lot about who we are and/or how desperate we were at the time. Rachel has been stuck between a rock and a hard place long enough to appreciate a restful night’s sleep on a hardwood floor. Truly, her backstory breaks my reader heart and I completely understand how she and Aunt Donna got themselves in the big stinky (and ever-growing) pickle they’re in. Lucas can’t help but stand up for (and often to) his persistent lady callers in distress as they sabotage their love lives one jerk at a time and I can’t help but love him for it! I personally can’t stand talk radio (I’m a visual learner) but I’d tune in just to hear Lucas (a man’s man sports fanatic) give relationship advice (usually against his will). Fabulously flawed characters, a sticky and complex plot, and a whole lot of baggage and brokenness kept me glued to each page as the author skillfully guided this story to a point of someday soon they will live happily ever after. Unexpected? Yes, and I love it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
“No matter how hard it is, no matter how much it hurts, no matter how many ugly layers of lies, you have to deal with it. The truth will always set you free.” There is SO much to this book, and although I’m not a huge contemporary fan...and I really didn’t connect with the characters- there was a lot of truth and realism in this read! It seemed a typical storyline at first, but the truth between the pages and the struggles and messiness of life just seems so fitting and perhaps a book that can help so many. I do want to mention that this is the first in a series. The author put out a statement, and I’m going to include some of it here for two reasons. First, I want anyone who reads this to understand the four stars. ( Not typical of me without a strong conversion/ forgiveness ending) Second, I think some clarification is needed for readers of this novel especially if you read some other reviews and thoughts. Kara Isaac: “neither of them are Christians at the beginning of the book and neither of them are Christians by the end...There is no amazing conversation experience... They are the kinds of people who will take their time, ask big questions, and then make a decision based on a cumulative knowledge and experience base. I knew when I was writing their story that that wasn't going to happen in the space of one book from where they started...” The secondary characters however, are the light and hope of the novel. Their wisdom and knowledge they impart is crucial to the development of the main characters. There are a few things that people found offensive in this read...I did not. I’m Incredibly particular about what I read...however, this book contained nothing that isn’t part of life. I venture to say most hear it every day. There is no foul language, no explicit scenes, and no explicit talking of inappropriate things. If you like raw, real to life stories...and you enjoy laughter and humor in your novels...this is your read. I for one am looking forward to following these characters as they learn more about Christ and his love from their friends and family that care for them so much! “If you can love the wrong person, imagine how it will feel when you finally love the right person.” I received this book from the publisher. 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.
If you’ve read Can’t Help Falling or Close to You, then you know how artfully Kara Isaac uses humor in her writing. While you’ll still catch glimpses of this humor in One Thing I Know, her writing has definitely taken on a more serious tone. Between Donna and Rachel’s deception and the drama that unfolds at Rachel’s father’s long-term health care facility, Isaac grapples with much weightier topics than in her previous romantic comedies. The main characters, Rachel Somers and Lucas Grant, both come from broken homes and are still wrestling with the consequences of their parents’ actions well into adulthood. This is especially noticeable in the relationship advice they dole out to women who call into Lucas’s radio show and in how they guard their own hearts from one another. Uniquely, it’s not the main characters who rely on God, but rather two minor characters Anna (Rachel’s friend) and Scott (Lucas’s brother). I found it to be disheartening the way Rachel, Donna, and Lucas embraced the “ends justify the means” mentality throughout much of the story. It finally fell to Anna and Scott to speak Truth into Rachel and Lucas’s circumstances. Even in doing so, their desire to right the wrongs they had committed seemed to stem more from a desire to clear their consciences rather than due to repentant hearts. In the end, I believe this story will cast a broad net—capturing readers who traditionally read Christian Fiction and those who do not. I felt it had a reality TV vibe and would also appeal to readers with a bend towards those programs. Finally, Lucas’s gentlemanly advances towards Rachel and her humorous avoidance will endear the book to those who have enjoyed Isaac’s previous novels as well as people simply seeking a clean and wholesome romance. 3.5 Stars Christian Shelf-Esteem received a book to facilitate this review. The views and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255 Guidelines, concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
One Thing I Know is a charming new story by Kara Isaac that reminds me of the movie Someone Like You, only it’s cleaner and faith-based. When it comes to romantic comedy, Isaac is truly gifted. She has a wonderful way of creating scenes that can take you from belly laughs to tears in just a few paragraphs. Readers will empathize with Rachel Somers and swoon over Lucas Grant. It’s just a great book.
I really liked this sweet story about faith and family and love and life. Books that focus around secrets, and not being truthful and forthcoming can be kind of iffy for me when reading, but I was pleasantly surprised with the way this was handled in One Thing I Know. Kara Isaac is an author I've been wanting to read read for awhile now, and I'm really glad I finally got the chance to do so. She has a way with words that really brought the story to life, and I found myself really mesmerized with the story as it moved along, and not wanting to put it down as I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. I was really rooting for Rachel and Lucas, and not just for their relationship, but also for them to overcome past hurts, and truly learn to move forward. I personally really enjoyed the way that so much of their relationship blossoms as a friendship, before it moves into anything more, as you could tell they had a really deep connection that wasn't just based on physical attraction. I enjoyed the emphasis on healing and redemption and second chances, especially when it centered around Rachel learning to forgive her friends and in the process herself. This is only truly achieved through letting go, and letting God, and I appreciated that this was definitely stressed upon from numerous characters throughout the story. While all in all, I really did enjoy this one, and it was a winner in my eyes, however I didn't think some of the pg-13 content was necessary for the story, and it hindered my enjoyment slightly, as I felt it was a tad off putting in a Christian novel. Overall though, this was a great first experience with a Kara Isaac novel, and I will definitely be picking up more books from this author in the future. Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thanks so much to Howard Books and NetGalley for the chance to advance read this! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher, Howard Books, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author Kara Isaac offers a twist in her repertoire of romantic comedies with One Thing I Know. While readers will still find witty banter between lead characters, Rachel Somers and Lucas Grant, the plot dives into complicated territory of deception leading to the kind of tension that made it impossible to put this book down. One of the things I appreciate about Ms. Isaac and this story in particular is the way she doesn't shy away from hard topics. This story doesn't skirt around touchy subjects and is not overtly Christian but it does show well rounded characters living authentic lives where they're forced to make decisions with moral implications. Personally, I find these kind of stories good for the soul because it challenges me as a reader and a Christian to address the situation and understand that not everything in life can be tied up in a pretty little bow of perfection. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
'I know that when nothing makes sense and life is as hard as it's ever been, God is even more present in the middle of all the brokenness. Because Jesus changes everything.' How do you even begin to write a review that truly expresses how you feel about a book that is just so tremendous, you weep through parts of it? For years Rachel Somers has been ghostwriting her Aunt Donna's best selling books. She doesn't want to, but it takes the big bucks the books make to pay for her father's expensive health care. She even does some of the media work, too, such as radio call ins with a certain Lucas Grant, sports radio guy. Lucas hates doing this type of work; after all, he's into sports, not relationships, as Donna's books detail. Then he is approached by a big time LA producer, asking him to get behind the secret of Donna's books because he is convinced something is indeed quite fishy. Lucas could use the money to help his own family, too. So he agrees. Neither Lucas nor Rachel ever figured on having feelings for each other; now there are too many lies between them. This book held me captive. Kara Isaac has a way with words and a story that simply grab the reader's heart and refuse to let go. Every word she writes is worth reading, no skipping ahead, no glossing over to get to the good part, so to speak, but to just read and savor every single word. Then go back and reread certain passages. How does she manage to pull my heart right out of my chest and cause me to weep at the depth of the feelings she has just portrayed? This is one well done book. Do not miss it. Do. Not. Miss. It. Bravo! I will be putting this on my top ten list for 2019 and thinking about it a long time. Definitely one worth a reread and for the keeper shelf. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
I absolutely loved this well written inspirational romance. Great plot and we'll developed characters. I highly recommend wbook. I received advance copy via the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions stated are my on.
Ever since Kara Isaac's first book, "Close to You", I've waited in breathless anticipation for every subsequent novel to hit the shelves. Her humor, quirky characters, and amazing storylines never fail to keep me entertained from page one until the novel closes. I don't think I've read another author's works that so consistently had me in stitches, as Ms. Isaac, or in tears, as the various characters exposed their deep wounds amid the laugh lines. She has also consistently pointed her characters, and by extension, her readers, toward a saving faith. One Thing I Know follows this pattern for the most part. The main difference I saw was that this story has elements that are far edgier than I was used to in a Kara Isaac story. The main characters, while they may have had contact with faith in their backgrounds, do not profess to be believers, nor do either of them really commit to that by the end. However, steps are taken, and often, the journey is as important as the final destination. Since this is book one of a three-part series, knowing Ms. Isaac's work, I have few doubts that redemption is on its way. Rachel Somers has been hiding in plain sight for almost a decade and only three other people know it. She's America's Number 1 relationship coach, but America thinks that title belongs to her aunt Donna. Rachel writes the books that hit best-seller status almost before they hit the shelves, but Donna is the face of the "Dr. Donna" franchise, relegating Rachel to the background. When their publisher comes up with the brilliant idea of taking the last book on tour with a co-host - radio personality Lucas Grant - will they be able to keep up the charade when feelings get in the way? All Lucas Grant ever wanted was his own show where he could talk about sports. Unfortunately, the women of Madison, WI, have hijacked his show by calling in to ask about relationship questions instead of sports. What's a guy to do? As a gentleman, he can't shut them down, but he REALLY doesn't feel comfortable in the feelings arena. Over the years, he has occasionally had Dr. Donna on his show as a guest. They seem to work well together - she gives the professional opinion, and he gives a man's point of view. When he is approached about going with her on her latest book-signing tour, he initially says, No Way, but when his boss dangles his own show plus possible syndication before him, he can't say no any longer. As Lucas and Donna work together on the personal appearances, he becomes more and more fascinated with Donna's assistant, Rachel. Behind that frumpy appearance is an intelligence and wit that piques his interest. As Lucas and Rachel get to know one another, they find out that their stories are fairly similar. Will their relationship stand, though, when the truth crashes down around them? Romance readers will enjoy the romance that develops between Lucas and Rachel. Readers who are expecting an overtly Christian novel because Kara Isaac wrote it, may need to dial back their expectations a tad. While overall, I did consider this to be Christian fiction, there are some situations, and some verbal innuendos that step a bit outside those normal bounds. That said, keep reading. You'll find redemption just around the corner. In One Thing I Know, Kara Isaac demonstrates a depth of understanding that is not common in writers today, and she does it with her trademark humor. I loved this book, and I think others will, too. I highly recommend!
“And the truth shall set you free.” This latest novel by Kara Isaac was a heartwarming contemporary romance that showed how secrets, even when kept for a good reason, can shatter a person’s trust in another. The two main characters, Rachel and Lucas, both dealt with difficult family issues as young adults that many readers can relate to. There was a sleazy secondary character that I didn’t really care for in the novel mainly because of his inappropriate comments, but there are some people like that in real life as well. This was an story that fans of contemporary romance will enjoy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Howard Books and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
One thing I know This is one of those books that is so good it is hard to write a review. From the very first word the book had my attention. Loved the characters, very inspiring. Loved Rachel, so caring about ones in her life, a good friend. She did have a lot to deal from her past. Lucas had a call in show for sports but women are always calling in with other questions. His show becomes a connection with Rachel. Of course there is lot more to the book. I definitely recommend reading it. I received a advanced copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
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.