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What Matters Most #4, in the Texas Gold Collection series, by Kellie Coates Gilbert
In order to take care of her sick mother, Leta Breckenridge lands a high paying job at a public relations firm. She learns that the research she has been collecting will be used againsst Nathan Emerson her new love interest. Nathan feels she holds the key to his heart. How can she tell him the truth?
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Texas Gold Collection
Leta Breckenridge is forced to drop out of college to care for her dementia-ridden mother. After learning a severely delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta steps out of her comfort zone and lands a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her dream job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition machine--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against her new love interest, Nathan Emerson.
Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty, challenging woman hold the key to his heart?
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMOctober 10, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have thoroughly been enjoying Kellie Coates Gilbert's Texas Gold series. It is like getting to peak into the lives of the rich and famous. Something about each of the stories has centered around a wealthy character and allows the reader to see situations through the lens of affluence.
What Matters Most is book four and it centers on Leta Breckenridge and Nathan Emerson. Leta is a devoted daughter struggling to keep her momma in a care facility that focuses on Alzheimer's patients. When she winds up getting what appears to be a dream job with a salary to match she thinks life is finally going to be easy. Nate is a senator who also is a researcher for Alzheimer's and other degenerative brain diseases. He's from a wealthy family that expects him to continue his career in politics with the next step being governor of Texas.
The differences between the two are vast but in spite of that they find themselves drawn to each other. There's just a slight problem. Nate has a steady girlfriend that is assumed will soon become his fiance. And that new job of Leta's? Well she is quickly finding herself being required to dig up dirt on Nate for the opposition in the governor's race.
What I liked the most about this book was that it reminded me that some things about the human condition are the same no matter the balance of your checkbook. Your heart will love who it is going to love. You will be driven to do things no matter the amount of fallout for the ones you hold dear. And money is a nice asset but it can't always buy you what you need or want.
If you're looking for a contemporary romance that seems especially appropriate for this election season you can't go wrong with this one. The behind the scenes manipulations and motivations found in the story seem to be playing out on our nightly news. I enjoyed What Matters Most just as much as the rest of the series. Each of these four books are stand-alone stories so you can pick them up and read them in any order. I'm eagerly anticipating Kellie's next book. She is a storyteller worth her weight in gold!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
CozyWriter'sDen4 Stars Out Of 5A Cinderella storyOctober 2, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the second book I've read by Ms Gilbert. I enjoyed the first one, but I must admit that I enjoyed the second one even more (What Matters Most). Her Texas Gold novels are a very pleasant read. I am a particular fan of how her storylines could so easily become tomorrow's news cast. There is a strong current of reality to her settings and plot and an authenticity to her characters that together lends to a very believable tale.
What I liked about "What Matters Most" is the unshakable moral compass of both Leta and Nathan. Leta in particular is faced with some very difficult decisions. Money can be a powerful corrupter, and her ability to withstand the financial pressures in order to stand up for what is right is a testament to the power of her faith in God. On her own strength, I do not think Leta would have prevailed through her trials. The theme of "All things work together for good to those who love God" seems to be a prevailing one in this story - though perhaps the "good" in these books is more materialistic than what is reality. While I don't think God's main purpose is to make us happy and to solve all our earthly woes, I do believe he is the business of strengthening our faith and building us into better followers of Christ.
I was also a fan of Leta's quick wit, gentle spirit, and keen intelligence. She was a fun heroine to cheer on. Her love and sacrifice for her mother was also beautiful to read. In addition to Leta, I was impressed by Nathan - it's not often such a Godly and integrity filled individual is portrayed as a political figure. Too bad he isn't running for office for real.
Lastly, I also enjoyed the subplot that delved into some of the nastier sides of a political race - I suppose these things really do happen in reality, but it was rather disturbing to read about it all the same (I'd expand, but don't want to have a spoiler in here). It certainly made for an intriguing angle to the story!
Overall this was a good American political romance that kept me entertained from start to finish.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications Inc and Baker Publishing House for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5Emotionally gripping, delightfully romanticAugust 31, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A political Cinderella story that hits the spot during this controversial election season. Topical and informative and a little bit scary. I'm Canadian, so not well versed on American politics, but I understood enough to navigate my way through the intricacies of the story. Gilbert exposes both the good and bad of the election process in this riveting contemporary romance. It made me realize how easily the public can be swayed by the media and the lengths candidates will go to feed the fury. This one hiked my blood pressure up to a danger zone when I read some scenes. Gah!
Leta lives by her mother's conviction to make the right choices and trust God to do the rest. It has held her in good stead until financial constraints threaten her mother's specialized health care. Juggling poor paying jobs while hunting for something better has stretched Leta's resources to the limit and then, voila -- it's as if her fairy godmother waved a magic wand and she lands a dream-come-true kind of job. Only it turns into a nightmare.
I could completely relate to Leta right from the very first page. She's scrappy and smart and committed to her mom. And she never gives up! Love a heroine with stick-to-itness. :-)
And then there's Nathan who is real Prince Charming material. A politician with ideals, he is the antithesis of his domineering mother. Phew, those conversations made my blood boil as well. Nathan is on the fast track to success and then he meets Leta.
She's poor, he's rich. She doesn't have a college education. He was a university success. They live in two completely different worlds but a chance encounter becomes the catalyst that shakes things up for both of them. These two kept me spellbound. If I wasn't swooning I was hunting down crockery to hurl in sheer vexation. Emotionally gripping, delightfully romantic and compelling right to the cheer-worthy ending.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5GOD matters mostAugust 24, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This novel is authentic. How often can you say that about a novel? You start right off joining the author on a journey to prayer, and leaving things at GOD's feet and letting HIM take care of it. We have a heroine who's mother has dementia, whereas she had to give up her dream of finishing college and go and take care of her Mom - so she gets a job at a public relations company. They want her to dig up dirt on him. She has to decide what she is going to do, first, she has feelings for him and second there is the moral aspect. This is a story of Faith, Spiritual maturity and true happiness which everyone deserves. This novel is explosive and endearing. I cannot wait to read another of her novels. What an honor it was to read this novel for a review.
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Reviewing What Matters MostAugust 24, 2016MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Once again Kellie Coates Gilbert tackles a difficult subject in her writing. What Matters Most, book 4 of her Texas Gold series gives us a glimpse of the impact dementia has on the lives the family left behind to face devastating loss of love, income, and the intricacies of managing the web of healthcare.
Leta Breckenridge was working toward a career as a landscape architect. Midway through college her mother is diagnosed with dementia and can no longer care for herself. This forces a new path that has Leta dropping out of school and working two jobs and supporting her mother's mounting costs in an assisted living facility. She barely has enough to keep her bills paid and juggle the payments for her mother's care. The anguish of providing the best care possible for her mother is the driving force behind her life of work, work and look for more work!
This book is compelling in giving us information on a disease we continue to learn more about. Nathan Emerson, the man who Leta meets and falls for is a renowned research doctor who has made inroads to cognitive brain studies. He is also a candidate for governor of Texas. After Leta met Nathan, she is drawn to his work on dementia and is impressed with the work he plans to continue in this area as governor.
In a twist of fate she is offered a research job at a prestigious public relations firm. It isn't long before she is assigned to a special project with the goal of derailing Nathan's campaign. Her company represents the incumbent, a man who has plenty to hide. Although her new job comes with a premium salary she is forced to make a choice between her values and keeping up the payments at her mother's care facility. The decision is a tough one that many in our society face today. It is difficult to leave loved ones in a care facility. In addition to the burden of providing the best care possible, much rides on knowing that the said facility lives up to its promised level of care.
In addition to a good story this book gives us look into the underbelly of political campaigns. What I saw was unexpected. We have seen how campaigns can get dirty and I don't like it. The taste for power drives some to incredible lengths. While this is a work of fiction, the author has written it well enough that I can imagine these things happening. Campaigns come and go and we read of things we would rather not see. Careers can be ruined with the click of a camera or stroke of a pen. The lengths the rival campaign goes to in the effort to win is astonishing.
After reading this story I feel compelled to see more disclosure on how our tax dollars are really spent when used for special programs. Are those little known accounts being used for what they are meant to be used for?
I was pleased to receive this book from Revell to read and review. It is much more than a Christian romance. It is a book that is well researched by a woman who loves to do her homework, no doubt honed by a successful legal career. I wasn't sure how she would tie all this book up into a neat ending but she delivered. If you are looking for a good book to read in this campaign season, pick up Kellie's book What Matters Most.