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Another satisfying novel from Kellie Coates Gilbert: "What Matters Most"
about the book....
Just when she can't take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true, they often are. Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia. When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her seemingly ideal job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she's swiftly falling in love with.
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 woman hold the key to his heart--and his future?
With emotional depth and keen insight into what drives us, Kellie Coates Gilbert offers a salient story that calls us to consider what we value most in this life.
"What Matters Most" may be my most favourite Kellie Coates Gilbert novel yet - and since I have enjoyed each one of her books so far, that is saying something. What I most loved about the story is the central character of Leta, as she has sacrificed so much in her life to provide love and care for her mother, who has dementia. You just can't help but like a person like that! Her vulnerable financial state makes her a perfect pawn, and yet I admired that she stuck to her values and really was a true hero in the story. The plot is chock full of twists and turns and the result is a gripping story that I didn't want to put down for a single moment. The romance that blossoms between Leta and Nathan is truly a unique one, as at first Nathan is already in a relationship. Also, as a senator there is a lot of pressure from his family, and society, to be with someone in a similar social class, and Leta seems nowhere near that. I love that Gilbert doesn't allow her characters to dip their toes into the moral cesspool that they could have, though I don't want to give the story away so that's all I will say. Rather, they maintain their integrity and make some difficult decisions along the way. That makes the ending all the sweeter! I have no doubt that readers will really relate to many of the situations these characters find themselves in, from caring for ageing parents, to financial struggles, to finding themselves facing a variety of ethically difficult decisions. All of these issues are packaged in an interesting, well-plotted novel that I am sure fans of Gilbert will love.
Contemporary fiction doesn't get better than this! I really enjoyed Kellie Coates Gilbert's newest fiction offering, and award it a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
about the author....
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.