- Author / Artist▼▲
- Top Rated▼▲
Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs.
Faith Marin is a television news host who works to uncover the truth in her job, yet she has so much to hide in the past of her personal life. Her husband Gary is a happy-go-lucky pro bass fisherman and family man. His side of the family is constantly meddling. Faith and Gary’s marriage hits a wall when their differences begin to break them apart. Is divorce the only answer? What happens when tragedy strikes? Can she bear to lose him?
|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Texas Gold Collection
Kellie Coates Gilbert takes readers on an emotional roller coaster as she weaves themes of unexpected trial, self-discovery, and forgiveness in this profoundly honest portrait of the tensions that can break a marriage--and the ultimate healing power of love.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A touching, poignant storyJuly 13, 2016Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A Reason to Stay is a very moving story poignant, compelling, heartwarming, and even humorous at times. Its the story of a marriage, with past and present cleverly entangled throughout. The romance is tender, characters are richly drawn, and tough issues are faced realistically. It touched me in lots of ways and left me with much to think about after the last page was turned.
Kellie Coates Gilbert instantly became one of my favorite writers after reading her first book, Mother of Pearl, which has a similar emotionally engaging plot. Ive read four books (#5 has just been released), and as for a favorite? It would probably be whichever one Im reading at the time, theyre all that good.
Before Christian fiction became my primary focus, womens fiction in the secular marketplace was my favorite genre, and I have devoured many excellent books over the years. While there is much that I enjoy in the CBA, the limited amount of quality womens fiction has been disappointing. So let me quickly say that I applaud the writing of Kellie Coates Gilbert, for it holds its own with anything Ive read elsewhere.
Faith Marin had a glamorous job and celebrity status, all of which had come at a price. A characters likeability often determines the extent to which readers enjoy a book, and let me just say that Faith is a flawed broken character that has a lot of spiritual growth and maturing to go through from the time we first meet her. As the layers are peeled back to reveal glimpses into her background, my understanding of her behavior increased and I easily connected with and felt for her. Geary had his own flaws, but he modeled the patience, love and commitment that are so desirable in a mate, and I adored him.
A lot of stories reflect the values of forgiveness and second chances yet somehow Kellie Coates Gilbert is able to take these themes to a whole new level, one that completely engages the emotions and envelops you with a sense of Gods hand in the midst of difficult situations. A Reason to Stay reflects a reality where Christians dont always marry Christians, physical attraction is a big motivator, and couples arent completely supportive, open and honest with each other. The enchanting honeymoon ends and the reality of differing goals, values, belief systems, and expectations sets in. Vocation was just one area of conflict, as Faith thought Geary failed to understand the commitment level required by her job, and she wasnt all that enamored with the idea their financial security rested in large measure on whether or not the bass were biting on crankbait or woolly buggers, or that the season, time of day, and weather could determine the size of his paycheck. As in real life, it takes a crisis to open their eyes to whats really important.
I also loved how family played such an important part in this story, and was reminded how marriage is not just the joining of two individuals, but of two families. Faiths experience with Gearys family and their traditions was so funny a redneck family with strong faith values that loved unconditionally, yet boundaries were nonexistent and everything was meant to be shared.
A Reason to Stay is a touching and memorable story, and while the ending is very satisfying and uplifting, I hated to see it end. Best of the best for me.
Thank you to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Robin Willson4 Stars Out Of 5Bring me your broken . . .April 4, 2016Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For the most part I stick to historical fiction, but this is based loosely on events that happened in the more recent past. Faith Marin is a talented investigative reporter, whose star is on the rise. She has a rigid expectation for her life, with deep rooted issues her guiding force. Then Geary comes into her life - a relaxed professional angler, from a preacher's family.
Their love story has constant up and downs. Faith is not used to the loving, Christian family she marries into and resists it. Her God is her career, until a series of events bring about a major change in her life and her family. Very well written. The Christian message is very softly told, could have been illustrated better. But you'll want to read to the very end to reach the fullness of the story.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from Revell and Netgalley book review bloggers program. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
knowltonnest5 Stars Out Of 5A story of healing and hopeJanuary 11, 2016knowltonnestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert is the third book in her Texas Gold series. Faith Marin is a successful news anchor with her own show on the local TV station in Texas but hides a secret past that she doesn't want to expose ever. Then she meets Geary and they become enchanted with each other. She even puts up with his overbearing and strange, but loving family. But Faith and Geary have different interests and dreams and eventually they go their separate ways emotionally. Then an accident happens and Faith is unable to accept that her life will forever be changed. She and Geary must trust God with their pasts and future to be honest and give their marriage new life.
This story had me hooked from the beginning. The bounce between present and past was very tasteful and helped me to understand the story better and kept me guessing as to how the relationship between Faith and Geary changed. The way they went from complete separation to healing and hope was quite a transformation. This book kept me glued to my seat until the end.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I really enjoyed this oneDecember 1, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hmmm... Where to begin...
When I received this book I guess I had something totally different in mind. It was really nothing like I expected, and yet, it was very good and I didn't really want to put it down. Although, I read many different genre, I am mostly a mystery reader, suspense, and a little bit of romance, not too mushy, of course. I especially enjoy story lines that portray real relationships. Well, this book fits in the "real relationship" category, I guess.
It starts off with Faith, at television show host/ news anchor, being called to do a piece on the senator. Just as she arrives and gets set up, tragedy strikes. From there most of the book is written in retrospect. Basically, Faith is remembering how she arrived to this point in her life. Her marriage is quite rocky at the moment; she is very successful at her career, but success has also come with a price.
The story retrospectively unfolds her life, her rising in the ranks to morning show host of Faith on Air, as well as, how she met and finally married Geary (and his over bearing family). And trust me, it truly felt as if she was married to his family.
Here are some things that caught my attention:
The simple truth that opposites attract. When you read this book, it is both sobering and humorous. Faith comes from a broken home, a background she would love to forget, and at best, has stuffed it in the past. Geary comes from a loving family, too loving it seems at times. He is bound to his family with an unbreakable bond. Faith is somewhat uptight, classy, goal- prioritizing gal. Geary is a laid back, pro-bass fisherman, who holds possessions lightly, but values time, family, and faith - not necessarily in that order.
Things are not always what they seem. At first they hit it off well, she overlooking his faimly's strange ways; he is overlooking her career oriented goals and dreams. Until... the honeymoon is over. Then alas... reality sets in, as well as, many disagreements and struggles, magnified by outside people who seem to know no boundaries.
There is always hope. Once tragedy hits home, they each have to look at things differently, because life will never be the same. The question is, can they heal and save their marriage and family, or will they become just another statistic?
Kellie took me on a journey, not just into Faith's life, but my own also. She gives some serious food for thought. While there is much lightheartedness to break up the tension, there is also some very emotional issues going on behind the scenes. Many not-so-different from what I have experienced myself. Maybe that, in itself, kept me reading. But there is also the fact, that Kellie is a very good author. This by the way, is the first opportunity I have had to read one of her books. But it certainly won't be the last.
Both Faith and Geary have ideas, dreams, and goals they need to work through and re-prioritize. In some ways, I felt like Faith seemed to be portrayed in a somewhat negative light, always being picky about things, going against the grain, a bit selfish, goal oriented, etc... (maybe it just hit too close to home - smiley); and Geary, came across portrayed more of a hero (the family man, taking things lightly - when at times, he could have been more considerate). Personally, I related to them as two different people, from different backgrounds, coming together, both with ideals for marriage, hopes and dreams for their lives, only to discover - this was way different than they expected, unfamiliar territory. Each needed to hold loosely, give a little, forgive, love, and communicate better. They needed to find ways to accept each other, support each others dreams, and yet make new dreams together. Difficult - yes, impossible - no! So run out and get yourself a copy, because this book is worth the read!
Thank you Revell for blessing me with this book in exchange for my review.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A STORY OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVENovember 27, 2015MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a real page turner! Faith Marion is a news commentator with the focus on making it to the top of her profession, and is well on her way. She has carefully constructed her life in every way. Her bubble she lives in is filled with self-centeredness, materialism and many facades. This protects her from facing and dealing with her painful past.
Geary Marion is just a good ol boy, Laid back, easy going, and a strong Christian. He couldnt be further from the other end of Faiths life spectrum. A professional bass fisherman, money and material things mean little to him.
The two meet in an unconventional way, fall in love, and marry. She who has no family is totally caught off guard by his close loving family. They are pastors family that is devoted, loud, and bit backward and very involved in with each other. They dont meet the new brides standards and definitely invade her very limited personal space. It doesnt take long for their marriage to go on the rocks with two such very diverse people.
Her world falls apart when a horrific tragedy strikes. She is no longer in control and everything she worked for is not in reach. This is where God needed Faith to be to work in her life.
There were so many lessons in this story. The first one I saw right away is that it is easy to get married; it is another thing to work and have a good marriage. It mistake many people make. Faith wasnt willing to make an effort in her relationship. She just expected Geary to fit into her plans. Also, there is the old saying that rings true, when you marry someone you marry the family. She didnt include them in the equation and especially the big part they played in his life. Faith was very selfish and no marriage can make it with that standing between a couple.
Quite a few scriptures came to mind about how we can make plans but the Lord has the final say. Faith had no concept of God, only what she wanted. Her calamity was a beautiful example of how He can use tragedy to bring about good things for us. Geary and his family illustrated true unconditional love in their actions and attitudes toward Faith. She did not offend them; all they wanted to do was be there for her. She was unable to drive them away with rudeness or rejection. When all is said and done Faith had to make a choice to surrender her will and pride or continue in her self-destructive ways. A fantastic story of brokenness to wholeness!
I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publishers. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.