One Thing I Know
A fresh, heartfelt romance involving a case of mistaken identity when a ghostwriter masquerades as a relationship expert and the man who is determined to expose 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. Afraid 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.Lucas Grant is a star of late night radio and set on achieving his dream of syndication. 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?

One Thing I Know Details

TitleOne Thing I Know
Author
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherHoward Book
ISBN-139781982103347
Rating
GenreContemporary, Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Christian

One Thing I Know Review

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    I have heard great things about this author, so I was very excited to finally read one of her books. Right away, I was drawn into the story and didn't want to stop reading. Unfortunately, by about 40% through, I was only mildly interested in the story and characters, and the several innuendos spread throughout really irritated me. There was more than a couple of casual mentions of sex and gay couples, not to mention someone thinks the main character may be gay. I was very disappointed by these k I have heard great things about this author, so I was very excited to finally read one of her books. Right away, I was drawn into the story and didn't want to stop reading. Unfortunately, by about 40% through, I was only mildly interested in the story and characters, and the several innuendos spread throughout really irritated me. There was more than a couple of casual mentions of sex and gay couples, not to mention someone thinks the main character may be gay. I was very disappointed by these kinds of things coming from a Christian author and allegedly Christian publisher. While Isaac seems like a very promising author, I can't get past the issues mentioned above, and likely won't be reading any of her other books.FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 to 3 StarsOne Thing I Know is a sweet story about understanding, second chances, and letting go of the past to make way for the present. I saw someone else mention that this almost had a You've Got Mail feel to it and I can totally see that. Two people coming together, both with pasts and secrets that neither of them know and yet they still come together, work through it, and make it all work out. While this did have some religious tones to it, it wasn't over powering or overbearing and inst 2.5 to 3 StarsOne Thing I Know is a sweet story about understanding, second chances, and letting go of the past to make way for the present. I saw someone else mention that this almost had a You've Got Mail feel to it and I can totally see that. Two people coming together, both with pasts and secrets that neither of them know and yet they still come together, work through it, and make it all work out. While this did have some religious tones to it, it wasn't over powering or overbearing and instead felt more uplifting and inspirational. A sweet story about overcoming our past and forgiving others as well as ourselves. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner by Kara Isaac!Initially, the story line wasn't my favorite premise...girl hides secret from guy she's in love with, big blow-up and then amends are made. However, One Thing I Know was substantially more complicated than that though and for that reason I found myself more and more engaged in the novel as Rachel and Lucas' story played out.I loved the banter between Rachel and Lucas. I adored secondary characters Scott and Anna. And the cover...lovely!My gratitude to publisher Howar Another winner by Kara Isaac!Initially, the story line wasn't my favorite premise...girl hides secret from guy she's in love with, big blow-up and then amends are made. However, One Thing I Know was substantially more complicated than that though and for that reason I found myself more and more engaged in the novel as Rachel and Lucas' story played out.I loved the banter between Rachel and Lucas. I adored secondary characters Scott and Anna. And the cover...lovely!My gratitude to publisher Howard for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Storylines that revolve around secrecy can be tricky. If not handled the right way, or if based on anything that doesn’t evoke strong empathy from the reader, it can really start a story off on the wrong foot. However, when it comes to Kara Isaac, I’ve learned to trust her unique plots and instead just enjoy (and maybe agonize the teensiest bit) as I watch everything unfold.Rachel Somers is tired of her duplicitous role in Dr. Donna’s best-selling books and much-loved advice. Her role is a means Storylines that revolve around secrecy can be tricky. If not handled the right way, or if based on anything that doesn’t evoke strong empathy from the reader, it can really start a story off on the wrong foot. However, when it comes to Kara Isaac, I’ve learned to trust her unique plots and instead just enjoy (and maybe agonize the teensiest bit) as I watch everything unfold.Rachel Somers is tired of her duplicitous role in Dr. Donna’s best-selling books and much-loved advice. Her role is a means to an end, but it doesn’t mean that the charade doesn’t wear her down and keep her from showing up in her own life. Lucas Grant has been working hard and the popularity of his late night radio show proves it, but he’s ready to move on to the next step. However, the price the big Hollywood producer requires may not be something he is willing to pay, especially as he begins to get past Rachel’s hard exterior. Lucas has his own baggage to work out though, and it’s easy to get mixed up with those feelings of betrayal.I felt a genuine connection with both Rachel and Lucas. Their experiences felt so realistic and gave Isaac’s signature romantic banter a greater depth than ever. Though the faith aspect is a light thread, I actually felt like it was perfect for this story. Change comes slowly and is often stronger for being so hard won. She showed the beginning of that change without rushing, and I loved that about this story. She also doesn’t make it an easy road for them, because decisions have consequences, and even when you’ve said sorry, or asked for forgiveness, those steps still must be walked to get through it. That said, there were still several times I was chuckling and laughing out loud because of the witty lines, and the romance is completely adorable and swoony without ever crossing any lines.The secondary characters are lovely in this one as well. Tightly wound Lacey, faith-filled Anna, and cut-to-the-chase Scott are all wonderful in their own way, and I’m just saying, pretty sure Lacey and Anna could have their own stories. I love how Isaac makes even the secondary characters so vibrant that I want a full book about them as well.Now the long wait begins for Isaac’s next book! I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a review, positive or otherwise; this review is my honest opinion.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    Aw, this was a really cute romance! It was well-done and I found it nice and fluffy. :D I've read another one of Kara Isaac's books and really enjoyed it, so I had high expectations set for this one. Unfortunately, this book didn't really meet those expectations. 1) My main gripe: I found the plot.... weird. Yes, it was intriguing, interesting, and in general well thought-out, but it was really unrealistic (unlike the romance). 2) There's a decent amount of content in the book (a couple of chara Aw, this was a really cute romance! It was well-done and I found it nice and fluffy. :D I've read another one of Kara Isaac's books and really enjoyed it, so I had high expectations set for this one. Unfortunately, this book didn't really meet those expectations. 1) My main gripe: I found the plot.... weird. Yes, it was intriguing, interesting, and in general well thought-out, but it was really unrealistic (unlike the romance). 2) There's a decent amount of content in the book (a couple of characters hint about PG13+ things). I didn't really mind, since it wasn't the main focus at all, but I did notice it and looking back, I don't think it was necessary to the story at all.Overall though? I liked it! It wasn't the best novel by Kara Isaac for sure, but I enjoyed reading it. 3 stars.*FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.*
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this authors’ romantic comedy that kind of reminded me of You’ve Got Mail where two characters start talking via the internet. One knows who the other is, but the other isn’t saying. They know if they reveal who they really are the relationship would end. In this case one is a radio personality and the other is a guest on the show filling in for Dr. Donna (her Aunt) because she’s on a book tour.Rachel is unnerved, “she wasn’t sure what bothered her more: conning most of America, or the I enjoyed this authors’ romantic comedy that kind of reminded me of You’ve Got Mail where two characters start talking via the internet. One knows who the other is, but the other isn’t saying. They know if they reveal who they really are the relationship would end. In this case one is a radio personality and the other is a guest on the show filling in for Dr. Donna (her Aunt) because she’s on a book tour.Rachel is unnerved, “she 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.”They were both blown away at how popular Dr. Donna had become. They never expected to make much money. Rachel was Aunt Donna’s assistant nobody paid much attention to. They liked it that way. Rachel wrote all the books and brainstormed some with Donna. Neither one of them had an idea for the next book, which they’ve decided would be their last. They both wanted to be free of the Dr. Donna persona and all that entails. They have done what they had to do to pay for the medical care of her father. Rachel has taken better care of him than he ever took care of her growing upDonna gets the idea that they should ask Lucas if he wants to be part of a book tour titled,” The Feelings and Football tour.” Maybe they’d find a book idea on the road.Lucas is a radio personality. Dr. Donna has been on his show several times over the years. If it was up to him he’d never have her on his show. He loved talking about football not feelings. His boss Ethan signed him up for this book tour. He’s furious about this tour, “So many swear words exploded through Lucas’s head that he wouldn’t have been surprised if Miss Margie – his old Sunday school teach – Rose from the grave to slap him upside the head.”Ethan looks at him and says, “…”I hate to break it to you, but according to your contract, when it comes to promotional work, if the station orders you to get dressed in a chicken suit and walk down state street clucking, you do it. ..”Rachel gets a peek into some of Lucas’ issues when he tells a woman on the air this,…”…anyone capable of living a double life is not someone I want anything to do with. Not on my show, or in my life. And if anyone ever tried it again, he’d cut them loose so fast, they’d have whiplash.”Both main characters are working through the consequences of their father’s life choices. Through it all they come to a deeper understanding and trust in God. The author handles these tough heart-breaking issues with grace, hope and love. I enjoyed Rachel and Lucas as they get to know each other on the “Feelings and Football tour.” They are both strong willed and are operating out of unforgiveness of their fathers’. They are both stuck in the past and afraid of getting hurt in the future. Kara is a gifted writer who masterfully weaves in her spiritual thread naturally and is creative with her humor, witty dialogue and delicate situations. I found myself laughing out loud several times. Her cast of characters are relatable, real and deal with the realities of life in the nitty and gritty with family members on life support, drunkin behavior that doesn’t do anyone any good etc.I liked how Rachel and Lucas separately look at their lives, not letting anyone push them around in where they decided to be. This is a fun and serious roller-coaster ride of characters seeking truth, dealing with unforgiveness, hurt and struggles with self-worth, joy, and love. Will they face their demons head on? Will they stop hiding who they really are and/or Will they go all out and let the truth set them free? I enjoyed this book and the bookish end of things with book ideas, writing, promotions "live" and on the radio as they talk to people about love, trust, integrity and second chances. Oh, and about football when Lucas had a chance to speak. Grin!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://www.bookfun.org/page/past-iss...
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  • S Deatrick
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! The story line was unique and the characters were relatable and fun. And since Kara lives in New Zealand and this story takes place in Wisconsin, I wondered. But she got it spot on. I spend a lot of time in Wisconsin and she got the sports guy right and only the mention of the ‘cheeseheads’ would have made it more realistic. This book dealt with not telling the truth and the consequences that can result, even if done for all the right reasons. Also how faith matters I absolutely loved this book! The story line was unique and the characters were relatable and fun. And since Kara lives in New Zealand and this story takes place in Wisconsin, I wondered. But she got it spot on. I spend a lot of time in Wisconsin and she got the sports guy right and only the mention of the ‘cheeseheads’ would have made it more realistic. This book dealt with not telling the truth and the consequences that can result, even if done for all the right reasons. Also how faith matters and how pride can stand in the way of love and happiness.I love Kara’s writing style and didn’t want the book to end. I might have read the last scene three or more times. Kara is an author whose books I never miss. And I recommend this one highly. I read a lot and Kara’s books are among the very best in contemporary Christian fiction. I will read anything she writes.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    In One Thing I Know author Kara Isaac once again combines flawed, realistic and loveable character with seamless writing, humour, friendship and messages of faith, hope and forgiveness. I found One Thing I Know to be utterly delightful and a pleasure to read. Rachel Somers lives a double life. She is the author of the famous Dr Donna relationship advice books but plays the part of helpful assistant while her Aunt Donna is the face of the books. She does what she has to to pay her father’s medica In One Thing I Know author Kara Isaac once again combines flawed, realistic and loveable character with seamless writing, humour, friendship and messages of faith, hope and forgiveness. I found One Thing I Know to be utterly delightful and a pleasure to read. Rachel Somers lives a double life. She is the author of the famous Dr Donna relationship advice books but plays the part of helpful assistant while her Aunt Donna is the face of the books. She does what she has to to pay her father’s medical bills and to try to assuage the guilt she feels for him needing care in the first place. She knows that someone like Lucas Grant, radio host, sports fan and all round great guy, would never understand the duplicity she engages in, especially when it involves regularly presenting on his show pretending to be Donna herself. But when Lucas is roped into the latest Dr Donna tour, Rachel finds herself falling for Lucas and dreaming of a future that could all too easily come falling down if the truth is revealed.I truly enjoy Kara Isaac’s writing. She had my attention instantly and before I knew it I too was tangled in Rachel and Donna’s plot and rooting for this story to somehow, anyhow have a happy ending. I love that Kara Isaac’s books are set in the real world. While some Christian fiction seems to be set in a magical world where everyone is a Christian and no one ever does anything questionable, the characters in this book not only struggle with their faith in God but also find the people around them to vary, some supportive and kind, others crude and rude, and all with differing levels of ideals about lifestyles and values - basically a glimpse of real life. Placing her characters in this world means they too must make tough choices about who they want to be.The chemistry between Rachel and Lucas is tangible, but what I most loved about them was their gentle teasing, light banter and the way they just clicked. Their relationship might have had a rocky start and a few bumps (some of them pretty big) along the way, but there is no doubting their connection. Along with the delicious romance, One Thing I Know also weaves into the story a wonderful thread of friendship. Over the past ten years, Rachel had fallen out with her friends but through the course of the book and some extremely tough circumstances, she has the chance to reconnect and rebuild as she also faces the trauma in her past. I particularly enjoyed these moments in the book and found them rather moving.One Thing I Know is a delightful story of love, faith, and friendship. At times funny and other touching enough to bring me to tears, this book had me cheering for the characters. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Well, where to start?How about one of my favourite quote from the book.“Sometimes things really are that uncomplicated; the rest is just baggage”Lucas and Rachel have had childhoods full of hurt caused by the ones who were supposed to protect them. Each one has carried on somehow - one with a heart full of regrets and the other full of judgment. These scars should make them kindred spirits but the sparks that fly at first are not really friendly.And then, their banter and awkwardness turn overly Well, where to start?How about one of my favourite quote from the book.“Sometimes things really are that uncomplicated; the rest is just baggage”Lucas and Rachel have had childhoods full of hurt caused by the ones who were supposed to protect them. Each one has carried on somehow - one with a heart full of regrets and the other full of judgment. These scars should make them kindred spirits but the sparks that fly at first are not really friendly.And then, their banter and awkwardness turn overly cute that you chuckle and blush nonstop, and their flirting is a pure guilty pleasure 🙊It was easy to be swept by the story and completely forget what I had to do.But it was impossible to forget for long the thick layer of lies and resentment that could not stay if there were to be a real relationship. So, I continued on to see how Kara Isaac would lay out everything. I will let you read the book and find that out 😉The thing with Kara’s books is that at first, I think there’s something improbable about her settings/plot. But there’s something VERY REAL about those characters, flesh, bones, ink and all! Let me tell you, I’ll take crazy plots for the promise of good writing any day, but good writing PLUS authentic and approachable characters? Impossible to miss.Hence why I chose that quote at the beginning of this review.This is a story of people who have made many mistakes, some by our human judgment are “small”, such as a lie, and others are “big”. Nevertheless, the betrayal and hurt these mistakes cause are undeniable and incomparable. What spoke truth to me in this book is how the author did not commend the wrong done but pointed out how true character can be discerned despite the wrong.Very much looking forward to her next book :)* I received a review copy from the publisher; all opinions are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    '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 hea '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.
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 stars. I really struggled to connect with this one. Lucas and Rachel spent hardly any time together, yet they were madly in love? This was really about Rachel's struggle with the Dr. Donna deception and her past with her father. Also, reader be aware: IMO, this should have been tagged as Christian or Religious. Not my cup of tea.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Usually, as I go through each stage of reading a book, my mind wanders to how I'm feeling about it. There were moments in the beginning pages, where I felt a little thrown. This is quite a common feeling when you are familiar with an author's work, in which you feel 'secure' in the writing style and material. It felt different, is different. As I reflected back on Isaac's previous books I realized that she has the ability to take a conflict and weave it into her characters in a way I appreciate. Usually, as I go through each stage of reading a book, my mind wanders to how I'm feeling about it. There were moments in the beginning pages, where I felt a little thrown. This is quite a common feeling when you are familiar with an author's work, in which you feel 'secure' in the writing style and material. It felt different, is different. As I reflected back on Isaac's previous books I realized that she has the ability to take a conflict and weave it into her characters in a way I appreciate. No matter the plot, or how major or minor the conflict is, she can place it appropriately into the story. For some the writing may be too edgy. If you are the kind of reader that wants some easy to read feel-good story with little real plot, this will certainly not be a book you'll want to read. What I love about this author is that she can take real world issues and present them in a way we can relate to. Does anyone want to have a work colleague like Brad Shipman? Would we like to live a life without tragedy? Do people sometimes find themselves trapped in an impossible situation, and make moral compromises to find a way out? Of course! This is the world we live in today, including the society that is so far from what God planned for His children. Families, goodness, charity, love. All of those elements can be found in 'One Thing I Know'. So yes, while it took me some time to adjust to a different approach from the author, I thought the individual development of characters so well done. Even the ones on the sidelines like Scott & Anna I felt like strengthened. I'm hoping this isn't a stand alone, because the reunion between the 3 friends was tender but obviously in need for further nurturing. I would love to see a story for both Lacey & Anna. I'm glad I continued to see this through to the end. So many moments, where you as the reader are drawn in, and connections are made. I received a complimentary copy from Atria Books & Netgalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Secrets are always revealed in one way or another. In this heartfelt story, the reader finds personality conflicts, family and honesty issues, secrets, heartache and yet also, finds hope, trust and love. I received a complimentary copy of this book and this is my honest opinion. No review was required.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    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 inte 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.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    "Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review."Loved this book very much. It had just enough sweet, sexy romance and the storyline was great! I highly recommend!
  • Amina Ibrahim
    January 1, 1970
    I did not understand some things about the book. Rachel wants no one to know she is the writer. But if all the credit goes to her aunt, Donna Sommerville then it means she is a ghost writer which is nothing to be afraid of. At the beginning it is told that Rachel felt disappointed when Donna got all the questions right about the book. This point was not elaborated further when it should have been.  If there was no “love” between Lucas and Rachel, 90% of the story would have progressed the way it I did not understand some things about the book. Rachel wants no one to know she is the writer. But if all the credit goes to her aunt, Donna Sommerville then it means she is a ghost writer which is nothing to be afraid of. At the beginning it is told that Rachel felt disappointed when Donna got all the questions right about the book. This point was not elaborated further when it should have been.  If there was no “love” between Lucas and Rachel, 90% of the story would have progressed the way it had. This book should not have been in the romance genre. Otherwise the book was okay. The lessons and morals were helpful. “Relationship and secrets can’t come together. We have to select one over the other”. This book is about forgiveness, moving forward, believing in God and doing what's right.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    Kara Isaac's is a talented writer and I was looking forward to her next book, One Thing I Know. The story centers around two successful people and how it appears they have everything going for them. Their initial meeting is cute, flirting takes off and they have good chemistry together. But as the story deepens it becomes obvious both are suffering the ill effects of less than stellar childhood experiences. It was so very interesting to see how the two different personalities handled their choic Kara Isaac's is a talented writer and I was looking forward to her next book, One Thing I Know. The story centers around two successful people and how it appears they have everything going for them. Their initial meeting is cute, flirting takes off and they have good chemistry together. But as the story deepens it becomes obvious both are suffering the ill effects of less than stellar childhood experiences. It was so very interesting to see how the two different personalities handled their choices and relationships based on their past. One taking the road to heavy guilt and overwhelming responsibility, the other becoming judgemental and unforgiving. There were times I was so exasperated I wanted to sit them down and give them both a good talking to.I enjoyed the spiritual thread offered up through Rachel's friend Anna and the strong witness it was to Rachel, who really knew next to nothing about God. Lucas also had a good example of letting the past go in his brother Scott. I will say there were a number of crude and off-color comments that were more reflective of a worldly point of view more often found in general fiction than what I've experienced in Christian fiction before. Lucas mentioned several times feeling like he needed a shower after some of them, and I kind of felt the same myself. This story is a good match for readers who enjoy delving deep into what makes a person who they are and how they deal with life because of it. One Thing I Know is more a women's fiction offering than a romantic comedy, but still an enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.I appreciate Howard Books for making a copy of One Thing I Know available for review.
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  • Cassidy
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t feel like it was really advertised that this was a religious romance novel. It really wasn’t bad for one. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I had known. I voluntarily read an early copy.
  • Synergy Quest
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars - One Thing I Know is a sweet story about two people who were nearly broken by their fathers. They find each other and, having to wade through life’s baggage and revealing secrets, before they can capture the kind of love and commitment everyone dreams of. There is a sure Christian/religious theme through that gets stronger toward the end. I love Jesus, so this doesn’t bother me in the slightest. However, if this sub-topic is not the type you’re looking for, you may want to give this o 4.5 stars - One Thing I Know is a sweet story about two people who were nearly broken by their fathers. They find each other and, having to wade through life’s baggage and revealing secrets, before they can capture the kind of love and commitment everyone dreams of. There is a sure Christian/religious theme through that gets stronger toward the end. I love Jesus, so this doesn’t bother me in the slightest. However, if this sub-topic is not the type you’re looking for, you may want to give this one a pass.I received an ARC of this book, from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Shauna
    January 1, 1970
    I've been intrigued by a couple of Kara Isaac books before and I finally took the leap with this one. It wasn't as I expected, but that's not all bad. It's an interesting premise with a cast full of colourful characters - at times in the beginning it's difficult to keep them straight. There's more depth to this story than one would think at first glance, but that does contribute to a slower pace and a lot more introspection and discussion than I'm used to.I enjoyed it, but I can't say I loved it I've been intrigued by a couple of Kara Isaac books before and I finally took the leap with this one. It wasn't as I expected, but that's not all bad. It's an interesting premise with a cast full of colourful characters - at times in the beginning it's difficult to keep them straight. There's more depth to this story than one would think at first glance, but that does contribute to a slower pace and a lot more introspection and discussion than I'm used to.I enjoyed it, but I can't say I loved it. Personally I thought they missed quite a few chances for some humor that would have lightened it up a notch, or throw in some action now and again, but that's probably just me. Just be warned, this isn't a light read, but I did appreciate the author's light touch in the romance department. Definitely a clean read, thank you for that.
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  • Debb Hackett
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this novel. To be fair, I've enjoyed everything I've read from Kara Isaacs. 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 w I loved this novel. To be fair, I've enjoyed everything I've read from Kara Isaacs. 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.
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  • Susan K
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean; Christian faith elements; Beautiful romantic read. Rachel and her Aunt, "Dr. Donna" have worked together, Rachel writing books, and "Dr." Donna being the public persona behind them. Lucas is a sportscaster who is being pushed into working with Dr. Donna. Lots of twists and turns, but secrets come out gradually as they are on a tour together. Rachel and Lucas' hearts are drawn together as they spend time together and see each other. Sweet, heartfelt, beautifully romantic, interest Romance, clean; Christian faith elements; Beautiful romantic read. Rachel and her Aunt, "Dr. Donna" have worked together, Rachel writing books, and "Dr." Donna being the public persona behind them. Lucas is a sportscaster who is being pushed into working with Dr. Donna. Lots of twists and turns, but secrets come out gradually as they are on a tour together. Rachel and Lucas' hearts are drawn together as they spend time together and see each other. Sweet, heartfelt, beautifully romantic, interesting backstory, and fun side characters that were well developed. Two honest hurting hearts, unexpected twists to help them find their HEA. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair an honest review. My opinions are my own, and in no way influenced by this gift.
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  • Pam Graber
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. She dresses as frumpy as she can, almost melting into the upholstery when she attends publishing meetings with her aunt as "the assistant." Rachel and Donna have both decided that the next book will be their last. Unfortunately, there can't be a next book unless Rachel can write it, and she has a massive case of writer's block. 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?This book has all of the feels! I swung from wild snickers, to fuming at one of the characters (I won't say which one, but OOOOhh, he made me mad!) to crying when Rachel's full story came to light. The characters are complex and have some pretty deep emotional scars. I felt their pain almost as deeply as they must have. Themes of forgiveness, trust, honesty, and loss are woven throughout this story, and each plays a role in each character's life.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, maybe even on the next page. 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!
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  • Ronel Olver
    January 1, 1970
    This the first book I have read by this author and I feel that the author did not research real life concepts and feelings and could have done a better job overall. The baseline of the plot did not make sense to me at all and most of the time I was left wondering why? .Rachel Sommers writes America’s most popular relationship advise books under the name Dr. Donna. Her aunt Donna is the face for the book. Rachel poses as Donna’s assistant and has 1 book left on her contract. She feels guilty for This the first book I have read by this author and I feel that the author did not research real life concepts and feelings and could have done a better job overall. The baseline of the plot did not make sense to me at all and most of the time I was left wondering why? .Rachel Sommers writes America’s most popular relationship advise books under the name Dr. Donna. Her aunt Donna is the face for the book. Rachel poses as Donna’s assistant and has 1 book left on her contract. She feels guilty for deceiving the public but also know that it is the only way she can pay for her father’s care. I was a bit confused about why this is such a big secret as many writers write under penname and uses ghost writers. Rachel and Donna brainstormed and collaborated on the books. I don’t know many people that will be up in arms to find that out as we saw with Dr. Phil. In fact, when I look for my favorite authors, I search all their known pennames. Why on earth does Rachel feel the need to get forgiveness for being a ghost writer or them using the excess money they don’t need for a charity?Lucas Grant has a sports show where women continuously ask him for advice. When he and Dr. Donna is forced to team up, he gets a call from Brad Shipman, a slimy character who offers him money, as well as a job offer which he needs to help his brother provided he find out all Dr. Donna secrets for Shipman to exploit – not very Christian of him and I really did not like him especially when he goes off on Rachel for deceiving him and cuts her loose. I really don’t understand where Rachel and Donna’s feelings of conning the public and Lucas’s anger about this comes from. In fact, Lucas should be ashamed of himself taking money to exploit another person and then throwing her out of his life while he himself is committing a worse crime by deliberately deceiving her and gathering “dirt” for the sole purpose of money and enriching himself. He goes all out to expose every lie when they go back to his show to reveal the truth – not the actions of a christian man in love- he destroys her on radio and then expects her to forgive him when he confesses off air that he has been doing dirty work for Brad Shipman – whether he turned the information over or not, He lives by a double standard and only Rachel remains guilty of double life and breaking trust. It literally takes his saying “I didn’t tell him” for Rachel to forgive him, be in love with him ready to ride into the sunset – this is not real life, I don’t know many people regardless of faith that will be so understanding on the spot, most people need to process. I understand forgiveness is important but on the spot from the woman’s side only is ridiculous and she continuously asks forgiveness even in her dedication page and after the show, something he never does. Just made me dislike him more. It was a good story idea and if the writer stuck to more realistic concepts, human behavior and feelings with some trust rebuilding especially in the end, combined with a much stronger female character it could have been a 5-star story. I received a free ARC copy for my honest opinion.
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  • Gail Hollingsworth
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read other books by this author and they were all good but this one is my favorite so far. It had a lot of emotion, deception, childhood issues and romance. The two main characters had more in common than they realized for a long time. Both had grown up with alcoholic fathers that put their families in turmoil. They both struggled with issues relating to their fathers and how it affected the way they lived their adult lives later on. A big deception relating to the true author of several be I’ve read other books by this author and they were all good but this one is my favorite so far. It had a lot of emotion, deception, childhood issues and romance. The two main characters had more in common than they realized for a long time. Both had grown up with alcoholic fathers that put their families in turmoil. They both struggled with issues relating to their fathers and how it affected the way they lived their adult lives later on. A big deception relating to the true author of several best selling books puts Lucas in a spot to find out the secret. A promise of big money to help his brother with financial issues prompts Lucas to try to find out the hidden secret. Rachel’s money she makes on her books help her finance a nice place for her father to live while physically alive, but brain dead. Her aunt provides the name and physical presence to keep Rachel out of the limelight masquerading as the assistant. I loved how the relationships among the characters changed and developed over the course of the pages as I read. I was drawn into the story and related personally to some aspects of what happened. It was interesting as I drew close to the end how the author had written in a big surprise that helped conclude a very interesting story.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review***Overall rating: 4/5 Very cute, very clean bookHeroine (Rachel Somers): 4/5 A young relationship writer that hides from the publicity. Hero (Lucas Grant): 4/5 A sports radio host whose callers end up being women asking about relationship advice. Plot: 3.5/5 Rachel and her aunt Donna are a team, one writes the book and one publicizes them. Their tour to promote their latest book and an attempt to get inspiration for the next book leads them ***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review***Overall rating: 4/5 Very cute, very clean bookHeroine (Rachel Somers): 4/5 A young relationship writer that hides from the publicity. Hero (Lucas Grant): 4/5 A sports radio host whose callers end up being women asking about relationship advice. Plot: 3.5/5 Rachel and her aunt Donna are a team, one writes the book and one publicizes them. Their tour to promote their latest book and an attempt to get inspiration for the next book leads them to roping in Lucas Grant, host of a sports call in show. Lucas’ callers however more often than not end up being women in search of relationship advice. Lucas’ team push him onto the tour when ‘Dr. Donna’s’ team asks him to come along. When in public Rachel is Donna’s assistant instead of the writer and before long she is struggling to keep the secret from Lucas as feelings start to develop. Personal Review: I really did enjoy this book, but it was a tad too clean for my taste. The tension between Lucas and Rachel kept building with no real release. Also while I like the ending, why does Rachel think it is such a big deal that she writes the book? Based on what her team is telling her, it would be fine if she was the known ghostwriter from the beginning. Donna was my favorite character of the bunch, she was like a mother hen herding all her little chicks into a row.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    Lucas has a sports radio show but for some reason women keep calling him asking him for relationship advice. It’s about to make him batty when his producer decides to make him partner with a real relationship expert. Just what he needs!From the start Lucas and Rachel have a fun, teasing relationship. I enjoyed their dynamics. It gets complicated because Lucas thinks he’s talking to Dr. Donna, not Rachel at times. Rachel has to keep straight what was said to her and what he said to Donna.Deceptio Lucas has a sports radio show but for some reason women keep calling him asking him for relationship advice. It’s about to make him batty when his producer decides to make him partner with a real relationship expert. Just what he needs!From the start Lucas and Rachel have a fun, teasing relationship. I enjoyed their dynamics. It gets complicated because Lucas thinks he’s talking to Dr. Donna, not Rachel at times. Rachel has to keep straight what was said to her and what he said to Donna.Deception is never a good idea. Even when it’s not supposed to hurt anyone. It’s hard to perpetuate a lie and people don’t like getting duped.Joey is Lucas’ nephew. He was hilarious. He’d come in and say brutally honest things. It made me laugh and cringe for those whose secrets he was sharing.This is a well-written, interesting book. The characters are flawed and “have enough baggage to keep Fedex in business for years” but they’re authentic and real. I felt like I knew them. I would recommend this book.Thank you to Howard Books for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this not so typical, Kara Isaac romance. The main characters, Rachel and Lucas, have tons of baggage, which gets in the way of trust.I enjoyed the witty banter, teasing, and the attraction between them. As that attraction turns toward love, there are still lots of secrets they are keeping from each other. What happens when those secrets come out and the truth is told... you have to read that for yourself, no spoilers from me. I can say it had me glued to my tablet though. This may I really liked this not so typical, Kara Isaac romance. The main characters, Rachel and Lucas, have tons of baggage, which gets in the way of trust.I enjoyed the witty banter, teasing, and the attraction between them. As that attraction turns toward love, there are still lots of secrets they are keeping from each other. What happens when those secrets come out and the truth is told... you have to read that for yourself, no spoilers from me. I can say it had me glued to my tablet though. This may be weird but I thought the author wrote an excellent scumbag character, in the form of a big-shot, LA radio executive. I couldn't stand him! There is a great deal of drama throughout the book, making this a very engaging story. I loved how it ended. *I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a digital preview copy of this book. A review was not required. All thoughts expressed are entirely my own. (less)
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this not so typical, Kara Isaac romance. The main characters, Rachel and Lucas, have tons of baggage, which gets in the way of trust. I enjoyed the witty banter, teasing, and the attraction between them. As that attraction turns toward love, there are still lots of secrets they are keeping from each other. What happens when those secrets come out and the truth is told... you have to read that for yourself, no spoilers from me. I can say it had me glued to my tablet though. This ma I really liked this not so typical, Kara Isaac romance. The main characters, Rachel and Lucas, have tons of baggage, which gets in the way of trust. I enjoyed the witty banter, teasing, and the attraction between them. As that attraction turns toward love, there are still lots of secrets they are keeping from each other. What happens when those secrets come out and the truth is told... you have to read that for yourself, no spoilers from me. I can say it had me glued to my tablet though. This may be weird but I thought the author wrote an excellent scumbag character, in the form of a big-shot, LA radio executive. I couldn't stand him! There is a great deal of drama throughout the book, making this a very engaging story. I loved how it ended. *I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a digital preview copy of this book. A review was not required. All thoughts expressed are entirely my own.
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