What Matters Most, by Kellie Coates Gilbert

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

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?

My Take:

I’m so used to a series consisting of three books that it’s a surprise whenever a fourth title comes out. That’s the case here with the newest Texas Gold novel by Kellie Coates Gilbert. What Matters Most takes us into the world of Texas politics and contrasts an idealistic candidate who wants to do an honest job with the incumbent who will do whatever it takes to keep his job. Caught in between is a somewhat naïve and overworked young woman trying to provide for both herself and her mother.

While I’ve loved other books in the series, this Cinderella-style story didn’t grip me the way they had. I think it’s because I didn’t care much for the characters. I couldn’t connect with Leta and couldn’t understand how she could pay so much attention to detail in her research job but was so inattentive in other matters. Nathan’s mother was so pushy I wondered who’d want her as a mother-in-law!  I actually found the most sympathetic character to be Nathan’s girlfriend, who, most of the time, handled the situation with grace. Part of the storyline also felt a little unrealistic. While the idea of Nathan doing his own groceries was nice, I don’t think he’d really be able to do so without having his shopping list scrutinized by the media and the opposition research team! Wouldn’t he have a housekeeper for that?

Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of What Matters Most, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read What Matters Most? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.


Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 05 July 2016

Page Count: 320

Read more on:   Kellie Coates Gilbert’s Website   Revell’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com


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