Then There Was You by Kara Isaac


Having read Kara Isaac’s first two novels, I should have known what to expect. As I read through the first few pages I thought it was a bit different from the others but I kept reading. I can truthfully say that “Then There Was You” is probably my favorite thus far. It probes depths of human emotions with an understanding that many never achieve.

With two primary characters who have been wounded by events in their lives and who shy away from romantic relationships, the story is both poignant and hopeful. Paige especially had many layers of buried pain to overcome. But don’t despair, the author’s quirky sense of humor also abounds within the pages of this book. I found myself laughing often as I read, even while I empathized with Paige and Josh and their issues.

I loved the Australian setting, especially that most of it took place on the site of a megachurch. Even better is that Josh was one of the primary worship leaders in the contemporary worship band. I was often reminded of Hillsong United as I read. It was fun seeing Australia and New Zealand through the eyes of the characters.

“Then There Was You” is a wonderful romantic tale that is filled with faith, forgiveness, and emotional healing. I so enjoyed this book and hope others will pick up a copy also.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author.  A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


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, in the past, his 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?


Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and two children.

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