What Matters Most

What Matters Most

by Kellie Coates Gilbert


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What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Deeply Emotional Writing Highlights the Complexities of Human Relationships

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722753
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Texas Gold Collection Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of A Woman of Fortune, Where Rivers Part, and A Reason to Stay. 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.

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What Matters Most 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I 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.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
What else is Leta Breckenridge have to endure? She has left school because her mother was sick and she has taken care of her. She finally gets a good job and everything seems to be a little better. Leta has met a man named Nathan Emerson and she thinks she may be in love. There are some that are asking Nathan to run for office. Can Leta make him notice her even though he has a girlfriend. What will happen if Nathan does notice her? Will they get together? How will two different people get along? I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company ad these are all my opinions. I give this book a 4/5.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
And I thought . . . Refreshing. I was very excited to get the opportunity to read and review this book. I was not disappointed. This is the first chance I've gotten to read any of the works by Kellie Coates Gilbert. I look forward to many more including others from this series. What Matters Most is book 4 in the Texas Gold series. I enjoyed the storyline. And it was a bit refreshing. I expected the typical love story with a conflict ending in a happily ever after. What Maters Most is much more than a sweet little romance. There's a little bit of intrigue. There's a villain that causes trouble for the couple. There are some twists and turns leaving the reader interested. Bringing to light the struggle of aging parents was an interesting sub story in the book. And gave me something to ponder. I actually was surprised who the villain was. Which made refreshingly unpredictable. Ms. Gilbert gives the reader and inside view of dirty politics and the effect it has on everyone. All the characters are fun and believable. I enjoyed getting to know them. I look forward to reading more by Kellie Coates Gilbert! This review is posted at My Journey Back and linked at appropriate blog parties. (see the list on my parties page) This review is posted on Good Reads. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
What Matters Most is the first book I have read by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It is the fourth book in the Texas Gold series. I obviously have not read the others in the series but didn't feel it was necessary in order to enjoy this book. That being said, after reading this book I know I would enjoy reading the others. What Matters Most takes you to the great state of Texas and a place few writers go, politics. The main characters Leta and Nathan are one of a kind. Nathan is being pressured by his family and friends to run for governor, and he's not sure that's what he wants most. Leta hasn't had an easy life, and landing what seems to be a dream job couldn't have come at a better time. But what will she do when her job asks her to go against what she feels is right? Leta is stuck between staying in a job that helps her take care of her mother who is suffering from dementia, and working against the man who is quickly winning her heart. The more she learns about Nathan the more she likes. She wasn't into politics before, but with every assignment she gets, she learns more about the fascinating process. Not only is Nate handsome, but he also wants to help make Texas a better place. There is just something about him. Leta doesn't want her feelings to grow any stronger knowing he has a girlfriend, who in every way seems perfect. Can Leta give up her amazing salary and the life she is just realizing she can have? Or will she choose money over integrity? Nathan knows what his mother plans for his near future, but he also knows it's no decision to take lightly. Running for governor would mean a lot of work, and that his life would be put under a microscope. He has nothing to hide, but like anyone else enjoys his privacy. If he decides to run, having the right woman beside him can only help gain votes. But since meeting Leta, he wonders why he can't get her off of his mind. She is unlike anyone he's ever known, and felt an immediate connection to her. But will following his heart only lead to hurt and confusion? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Fiction. I found it interesting learning more about the election process, and all of those people in the background. I caught myself cheering for Nathan to make the right decisions. Gilbert brought to the forefront some of the struggles that the families of those suffering from dementia deal with. All in all it was an enjoyable story. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite book in the Texas Gold series. Can two people who are so different get together? Yes, of course. Leta and Nathan are fantastic characters. This helped me enjoy some politics. I had a hard time with the dementia because I just lived through some of that with my mother-in-law but it was nice to see that there are more drugs that are slowing it down more. I received this fromRevell for a fair and honest opinion.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series. They are all stand-alone books but they each deal with big issues. This book is very timely, dealing with political issues and what goes on behind the scenes. I found it very interesting. Leta is a very likeable and real character. She’s like anyone of us, just a normal girl dealing with life and some tough things. Reading about her mother really made me reflect on my own parents and what will happen as they get older. This is sort of like a Cinderella story, a regular girl gets the prince kind of thing. Nate is a wonderful character and someone I wish I could vote for. As much as I loved the first three books this one didn’t grab me as much. I didn’t really feel a sense of urgency. Don’t get me wrong, I did like this book I just didn’t love it as much as the others in this series. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
When Leta Breckenridge was forced to leave school to take care of her mother she thought everything was over. She lost not only a way to a great job but her whole future. When she finally gets a good job she is horrified to find out that all of her work might be the end of any new kind of life she may have had a chance at. Nathan Emerson is a senator and she thinks she has feelings for him. Nathan already has a girlfriend, one who will help his career, but he also is attracted to Leta. Will they ever have any kind of future. Will Leta ever get ahead in life. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine, I give this book a 4/5.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
In Kellie Coates Gilbert’s newest novel, What Matters Most, we are introduced to a young brilliant woman, Leta, who has sacrificed her education and career to care for her mother who has dementia. She is working two part time jobs, one as a florist and the other as a waitress just to keep her mother in her current nursing facility. Barely able to make ends meet, she begins to look for a better job so that her mother will not have to end up in a state facility. She lands her dream job, or so she thinks with a publicity firm that is paying her a six figure salary. Throughout all of this she has been quietly falling in love with a senator who is now considering running for the governor of Texas. However, as the back cover states, “but when things seem too good to be true, they often are” proves to be a very humbling experience. I really enjoyed this book and the author gives us a glimpse of how underhanded politics and political opposition groups can be. Especially during the election season we are now in, that was very enlightening. This story also emphasized that you need to do the right thing no matter how hard, and as Leta’s mother said God will do the rest. Expect to be carried away in a political race for Texas governor with a Cinderella like romance. I received a copy of the book for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eagerly awaited this book’s arrival in the mail as I had so enjoyed Where Rivers Part, a previous book in Gilbert’s Texas Gold series. While I did enjoy this book, had I not known it was by the same author I would never have suspected it. Where Rivers Part would appear to have been written by a more seasoned, mature author. Both books dealt with strong themes, What Matters Most’s being the need for integrity in all walks of life, but especially in positions of leadership, very apropos for our current election cycle. What Matters Most has two protagonists that are poster children for integrity, even when they are thrown into situations which pose significant challenges to that integrity. The antagonists are everything the American public has grown to despise in our political arena. The greater message here is hope, hope that when things are tough that doing the right thing will lead to a positive outcome, hope that a new generation is rising that will embody moral character, hope for our states and our country. Hope that is found in God. One of the most basic comprehension strategies we teach students is to bring their background knowledge to the task of comprehending, one type of knowledge is the knowledge of how particular genres of stories work. Readers who are familiar with this type of story are waiting for the other shoe to drop well into this story, because we all know that it will. Once it does, the author wastes no time in moving to clean up the subsequent fall out. The final piece to that solution comes from a very unlikely source. I recommend What Matters Most to romantic fiction readers, and to those who, during this presidential election season, need a message of hope. Thank you to Revell Publishing and the Christian Blog Alliance for making What Matters Most available to me in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no monetary compensation for my review.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Leta Breckenridge will do anything for her mother who she adores and who suffers from dementia. She works multiple jobs in order to provide quality care for her mother and yet still she struggles to make the payments. When all seems hopeless, Leta is offered the perfect job and it offers a six–figure salary. But not all is what it seems. Her firm is a front for a political opposition organization trying to find dirt on Nathan Emerson, the handsome and caring senator she can’t stop thinking about. When Leta has an accidental encounter with Nathan they form a connection neither can deny. But there are complications, Nathan has aspirations to be the next Texas governor and he is already in a relationship with a beautiful and accomplished woman. And Leta struggles between her attraction to Nathan and her job’s focus of finding discrepancies in Nathan’s speeches and flaws in his character, to use against him in the governors election. The backdrop of this contemporary novel is the election of the next Governor of Texas. It describes the messy, behind the scenes, shenanigans of the competition surrounding an election. And Leta is caught up on the wrong side. She struggles between the financial independence her job affords her and her admiration for the opponent. I appreciated her moral dilemma, which I think added a certain complexity to the story. The author has many strong women characters, which I liked and surprises the reader with unexpected revelations toward the conclusion. Leta, in particular, was tenacious, hard working and displayed great compassion. The plot slowed down a bit about half way through the book but picked up again toward the end. Although I liked the plot of the story and the author’s sensitivity in regard to how she handled writing about dementia; personally, I wasn’t enamored with the characters. They had some good qualities but they lacked pizazz and the romance was flat and slightly too matter of fact. The novel is part of the Texas Gold series but it seems each book is a stand-alone story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
StacyA64 More than 1 year ago
What Matters Most, the fourth book in the Texas Gold series by Kellie Coates Gilbert turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I was expecting the typical contemporary romance, but was delighted by a love story that was almost secondary to the circumstances of the characters. Leta Breckenridge is a sweet girl, down on her luck, and a devoted daughter. The life she finds herself living is due to the responsibility and financial demands placed on her by her mother's dementia. She dropped out of college and went to work to care for and support her mother. Any kind of social life has been sacrificed and financially, Leta is hanging on by a thread. She's working two jobs that don't pay near enough and she can't seem to find anything better because everyone wants to hire someone with a college degree. All is beginning to seem hopeless when in quick succession a chance accident introduces Leta to Senator Nathan Emerson and she lands what appears to be the job of a lifetime with a public relations firm. The new job provides enough income to take care of her mother and even begin to have a social life again...one that she hopes might include a certain handsome senator! Through out the budding relationship between Leta and the senator, the reader is educated about the problems facing dementia patients and their families due to Leta's own concerns and the fact that Nathan's first career is as a doctor of neuroscience and founder of the Institute of Brain Sciences. The book also introduces the reader to a behind the scenes look at political campaigning as Nathan decides to throw his hat into the ring and run for governor of Texas. His opponent, the current governor, along with his wife will stop at almost nothing to guarantee reelection as they have their sights set on a future presidential run. When poor Leta finds out that her dream job is actually a front for a political opposition group working to discredit Nathan in any way it can she has to wrestle with what she knows is right, what her mother's needs are, and her growing feelings for the senator. In a story that is particularly relevant in this election year, it is impossible not to get caught up in the type of hard struggle where Leta has to decide between right, wrong, and wrong but legal. Will she choose between a great job and money to care for her mother? How can she keep her job and allow her feelings for Nathan to grow? Can she trust God to work it all out for the best? I highly recommend reading What Matters Most to find out.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Her mother always said that when things looked impossible, that was when God often showed up and showed off — that nothing was too hard for him. He could turn even the worst things in life around for our good.” ** In Kellie Coates Gilbert’s newest novel, “What Matters Most,” life has thrown Leta Breckenridge several curve balls, but she takes each one with strength and courage. She grew up in a single-family home, and now her mother is suffering from dementia. Because she had to care for her mother, Leta was never able to finish college and now must work multiple jobs just to try to make ends meet. But all that changes when she takes a research job with a PR firm, and — quite literally — bumps into Senator Nathan Emerson, who just happens to be young, good looking, intriguing and compassionate, at the grocery store where she also works. What follows is a romance tale as Leta and Nathan keep running into each other, leading to a budding relationship, as well as a story filled with political intrigue as Nathan decides to join the Texas gubernatorial race and Leta must face a difficult decision — keep her lucrative job that helps keep her mother at Heritage House where she receives fine care, or leave a job that she believes is ethically and morally wrong. “What Matters Most” is a story of overcoming one’s “image,” determining what’s right and acting with integrity. A common quote that runs throughout the book, a quote Leta says her mother always used to say, is “Do good and let God do the rest.” This story constantly reminds us to rely on God and His direction and deliverance, and to always strive to do what’s best. Its title, “What Matters Most,” is definitely appropriate. Coates Gilbert does a great job of making her characters vibrant, interesting and relatable. Anyone will be able to relate to Leta and her difficulties, and even Nathan, who comes from an affluent world, is down to earth and likable. The Texas Gold Collection is definitely a great, inspirational series that highlights strong women and how they overcome trials and hard situations, while also featuring nice romantic plots and mystery and intrigue. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“What Matters Most” by Kellie Coates Gilbert is the fourth book in the Texas Gold Series. You don’t have to read the first three books before reading this book. This is the first book I’ve read by Kellie Coates Gilbert. I was very impressed with her writing, and I will continue to read more books by her. It had me hooked from the first page! Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to take care of her mother who is suffering from dementia. Leta is trying to make ends meet by holding down two jobs. When Leta is told by the facility taking care of her mother that her account is delinquent, Leta must try to find a better paying job. She ends up finding a job working at a public relations firm. This job is almost too good to be true, and she finds that may just be the case. She finds some of the research she has done for this job may be used against the man she is falling in love with. She has some tough decisions that she has to make. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, clean romance book with a little adventure. I am looking forward to reading more books by Kellie Coates Gilbert. I received this book from Revell Reads for my honest opinion.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
What Matters Most is a Texas Gold Novel written by Kellie Coated Gilbert. Leta Breckenridge is working two jobs and still not making enough to keep up with the cost of her mothers care. She is forced to either place her mom in a less desirable facility or look for a better paying job. One day while leaving work, she hits the car driven by Nathan Emerson, a handsome senator. Leta's mother suffers from dementia and she learns about Nathan's interest in patients suffering from brain illnesses and their care, Leta and Nathan develop a friendship. Nathan is in a relationship with another woman and his mother is pushing him to propose to her and run for Governor of Texas. Leta is offered a full time position with Ladd Agency and a much higher salary and is excited that she can finally do fun things with friends but this excitement is short lived. Leta is put in the position of having to research Nathan to get negative things for the Governor of Texas. Leta has to make the choice between her job, that provides the money she needs to care for her mother and her friendship with Nathan. This book is a contemporary Christian Romance. I especially like the past of Leta and her caring personality. She puts her mother's care before her having fun and fashionable clothing and she puts her friendship with Nathan above the financial stability of her job with the Ladd Agency. Leta often goes back to the saying her mother uses, “If you did what was right, God would do the rest” I think this is a very timely book with the political story. I like that the author uses Nathan's character to not use negative campaigning against his opponent. This is a great story, there are a lot of twists within the story to go along with the romance. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: The fourth book in A Texas Gold Novel series takes you to the city of Austin and the world of politics. Leta Breckenridge is barely making ends meet with working two jobs and taking care of her mom who suffers from dementia. With no college degree and working in the floral department at the local grocery store, she knows she needs a break as the bills are piling up. Her luck turns worse when she backs in to a man's car, and with no insurance, she knows she's in deep trouble. His graciousness is a breath of fresh air, only to find out after he drives away that he's a newly appointed senator who also may be running for governor. Knowing she was spared a lot of money, her search for a new job becomes first a foremost. She comes across a job position that she knows she can do, applies for it and is offered the job. This job frees up her finances and the senator is starting to appear on the radar again. With a new friendship on the horizon and a new job she loves, life is looking on the up and up. Only when she realizes that the company she now works for is digging for dirt on the man she is starting to fall for, does she come to the understanding that she has some difficult choices to make. Walk with Leta on her journey where she learns that God does provide even in very unexpected ways. Pro's: A very smooth read that is a stand-alone novel. Down to earth characters and a glimpse inside what the political world may look like was refreshing. I enjoyed the approach the author took and the plot and storyline were captivating and kept you wanting more. Con's: The end! It was a bit abrupt, especially with one of the secondary characters having a change of heart of which I thought was a ruse, but it wasn't. That was a bit of a surprise that didn't feel like it transitioned well. Recommendation: Read this book! A light read if you're looking for a non-deep book. This book has a great story line as do all the other books in the Texas Gold Novel series. Revell Books sent me a complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
What Matters Most is a relevant, ripped-from-the-headlines story that charmed me from beginning to end! From the struggles associated with dementia to the drama of the political arena, Kellie Coates Gilbert deftly brings her characters and their emotional stories to life. Leta Breckenridge is a heroine readers will champion, and her Cinderella story warmed my heart and left me smiling. Rife with drama, deception, and romance, What Matters Most is a must read for fans of compelling women’s fiction! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Love or Money? Imagine working two jobs and still drowning in debt. That is where twenty-six year old Leta finds herself. For years, Leta's family only consisted of her mother, Sylvia, and herself. But because they loved each other so much, just having the two of them was enough. Suddenly Sylvia develops dementia, and a decent care facility costs so much that Leta left school to go to work. Even working two jobs hasn't been enough to keep the bills paid. Without further education, Leta can't get a better job. But because she works so many hours, there isn't any time for her to return to college. Now the care facility is threatening to kick Sylvia out because her account is so far past due. Then, everything turns around for Leta. She is offered a really good job, that pays so well Sylvia's bill can be paid in full. Leta also meets Senator Nathan Emerson, a handsome guy, and a physician. It also appears he is going to run for governor. The two of them click right away, despite Nathan's long-time girlfriend. Suddenly, Leta learns that her new job will be working for Nathan's opponent. But the most uncomfortable knowledge is the discovery that her company will stop at nothing to make Nathan look bad politically or personally. Can Leta live with herself knowing her work is hurting the man she has growing feelings for? If she leaves this position, how will she keep Leta in her care facility? Will Leta and Nathan have a relationship despite those who want to keep them apart? Leta's story is one of intrigue, suspense, and romance. This story had moral dilemmas that I enjoyed seeing the characters work through. Nathan's domineering mother had strong feelings that were turned around a bit easier than would have been expected. What Matters Most is the fourth installment in the Texas Gold Series, but this tale stands on its own. I had not read the others, bit did not have a problem following this one. This 5-star book is recommended for those who enjoy romantic, political stories with lots of twists. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of What Matters Most, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
lyndieb More than 1 year ago
I was attracted to this book because... Kellie Coates Gilbert is a good friend of mine. I have read the three other Texas Gold Novels and here book - Mother of Pearl. I was eager to read the fourth book in this series. Kellie took a bold risk in making her first series based on stand alone characters rather than a single heroine. Instead of her readers becoming attached to a character and wanting to read more about her life, Kellie’s approach has required her readers to want more of her excellent story telling. Kellie delivers again with an excellent and inspiring story. Personally. I’m more drawn to the politics than the romance. I was provided with a book by Revel/Baker and the author, but I also pre-ordered two copies of my own. This book was about This story stories intertwines the lives of two people from very different environments but in their own ways are locked into lives they don’t seem able to escape. Their chance meeting opens new doors for them to both grow in their faith and maturity and perhaps find true happiness. Things I liked about this book The story is full of twists and conflict to keep your interest. It teaches the characters you can’t take anything for granted. And their are moment of love, forgiveness and redemption. Of course, I love the Texas and Austin setting. Kellie did a get job of searching the area and the political climate. However, as a native Texas it seems there are some detail that you just can’t research. I two small nick picky things in the back story of both characters that even a transplanted Texan wouldn’t notice. Nate (the Senator) parents took him on a tour of Europe to show him there is more to this world than bluebonnets and longhorns. — That is just plain wrong, especially for Hill Country people. I would say something like - to show how those unfortunate people live for haven’t had the experience of bluebonnets and longhorns. I would have had Leta’s excellent middle school paper win a Texas History essay contest, because, we native Texans love to point out that Texas History is a requirement for graduation. One tiny other reference that I’m sure was a result of an over active spell checker. There was reference to a ribeye steak, but it was spelled with 2 words. Very small points in any otherwise great book. Why you should read this book First, it is a great reminder of the scrutiny public officials face their private lives. Everyone has to make decisions about their lives. As one goes through the process of making any important decisions, those processes can look very different to the people on the outside. Second, it is a quiet and safe reminder of the financial and day to day concerns many people are facing today in the care of elderly and sick parents or spouses . This especially true is memory care is a part of the issues. Third, the only way to survive this life is by near losing sight of God being on control. This book lived up to the back cover copy I was disappointed in the back cover copy. It is true to the story, but the sentences seem long. I had to read it twice to understand what it was saying. And that was after I had read the book. I was attracted to this book because... Kellie Coates Gilbert is a good friend of mine. I have read the three other Texas Gold Novels and here book - Mother of Pearl. I was eager to read the fourth book in this series. Kellie took a bold risk in making her fir
MyBookFix_Blog More than 1 year ago
As I began reading the first few chapters of this book I thought I had guessed what the twists and turns would be. I figured Nathan might have to choose love or power and that it would be a nail biting poll turnout that would be a close finish. I was so far off from the directions the author ended up taking us. The universal messages throughout this story was that “if you do the right thing, everything turns out in the end” and “Do good and let God do the rest”. The story mentions God sporadically throughout to get the point across that the two main characters held faith in a higher purpose and multiple times humbled themselves to give Him their struggles. I really enjoyed who humble the characters were; they both had goals and worked hard towards them while not taking light of what they had. Leta and Senator Nate both had a past that weighed them down, which is what drew them together. I loved that the story was focused on the election making it unique to most in the romance genre and there was not a single kiss shared till more than 80% through the story. The romance was clean, but the politics made up for that being profusely dirty! The author really had fun with the gubernatorial race proceedings and all the dirty secrets that were discovered. I learned quite a bit about election processes both how one is run clean and another dirty. The Ladd Agency made up for the majority of the shocking twists in this book. I thought it was going to go a completely different direction, but it played out perfectly taking me in another. My favorite part of this book though is the setting. I got married in the ballroom at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, so I loved how beautifully they described the history and character of the place. I love when authors incorporate real places and even more when I’ve been to them because it feels like you share an experience with the characters. They took you to the Reunion Tower in Dallas, Banger’s Sausage House in Austin, and many more little places in downtown Austin. I’d highly recommend this book for all Christian fiction readers because it was light and entertaining and held a God centered core. Romance readers will love that it contains a more believable butterflies in your stomach, puppy dog eyed falling in love compared to some of the more graphic lust filled books that you only wish might happen in real life. Those who love government books, this one is definitely a fun twist with a little love thrown in, but not an overpowering mushy type than takes away from the story of the race. I’d rate What Matters Most five out of five stars.
MotherofPeace More than 1 year ago
”I’m sorry. We really need someone a bit more qualified.” She couldn’t get her foot in the door of most companies she was interested in. Leta was already working at the Central Market as a floral arranger and at the Hole In The Wall. Tired and at the end of her rope, she spots an ad for employment that seems just too good to be true. After having a confrontation with a newly hired girl, Leta stormed out of the Central Market and headed for the parking lot. Leta starts the engine of her car and shoves it into reverse. A jolt followed by the sound of crunching metal forces Leta’s attention to her driving. She gets out to exchange insurance information she sees that it’s the same man that had been in the Central Market earlier that evening. She had no insurance but he did and he told her not to worry. She later found out that the man was a senator. 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. Leta lands a high-paying job at a public relations firm. 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 had a fender bender with and she’s swiftly falling in love with. 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. Will Leta have to choose between her job, that is giving her the money to support her and her mother? Will her association with the senator damage his career? Pick up a copy today. It’s worth the read. Happy Reading. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Reads for this review.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Excellent combo of faith, politics and romance I started this book before I had to go to work and read through 2 chapters...and then I had to go to work and wait about 12 hours before I could pick this book back up. Those were the longest 12 hours! I almost finished it that night but my body was telling me no...so if that doesn't tell you anything it should! I loved the book and couldn't put it down (well I could but not because I wanted to!) The timing of the book is perfect too with the upcoming elections in November - it is based on the race for Texas governor and the detail to what goes on behind the scenes in politics was actually pretty scary when it comes to the negativity. However, I had great respect for Nate Emerson who said he would run his campaign on integrity, and he did. Leta is a smart, independent woman that puts her trust and faith in God and that all things will work out as they should. It may seem naive, but it was spot on for her character. I also related to her because her mother has dementia and my father did too before he passed away. The scary thing is that the portrayal of the nursing home probably wasn't too far off from what exist in this country, there are good and there are bad, it all comes down to management and who owns the facilities. While reading the book I could tell where some parts of the story were heading, but don't get complacent because there are several twists at the end that surprised me. Definitely a book worth reading.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
The title for this contemporary Christian romance is perfect. Discerning what matters most can be difficult when you’re faced with opposing choices. What makes this story interesting is that it can be easy to connect to Leta’s constant battle to stay afloat in a sea of bills, bills, and more bills, with little to no opportunity for improvement. What happens when Leta must weigh a boatload of money that she desperately needs against doing the right thing? Read the book and find out! As far as the leading man goes, Nathan’s perfect personality and high moral standards are unfortunately a bit unbelievable for a political figure. It’s good to hope, however, and the love interest between Nathan and Leta provide a bit of a Cinderella backdrop. Don’t be fooled! Even though Leta struggles to make ends meet, she’s her own woman and doesn’t actually need to be rescued by a Prince Charming (but it doesn’t hurt that Nathan is rich, good looking, and extremely upstanding). A classic fairy tale with a modern twist! The issues this book explores are many: the necessity of having a college degree (apparently, any degree will do), honoring and caring for your parents when they need you the most (on the flip side, standing up to your parents when they try to bulldoze you), the ugly side of politics that includes smear campaigns and digging up dirt (or inventing dirt when no dirt exists), relationship promises that can be tricky to navigate, and understanding what matters most and then sticking to your guns. This book covers it all!
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
What I admire most about this author, is her ability to take real life issues and present you with a story that could come right out of today’s paper. This one is no exception! I do not claim to understand Politics in any sense, but the author portrays a story easily understood and gives you the background to how an election of a State Governor works. Even down to the dirty ways politicians can use media to skew their opponent’s reputation. Leta is an innocent pawn in a world of lies and schemes. Struggling to care for her dementia tormented mom, she takes on a job almost too good to be true. A six figure salary and the admiration of the higher ups within the corporation has her heady. But, as in most things too good to be true, she soon discovers the secret to this corporation’s success. With her mother’s words of holding on to her integrity echoing in her mind, will she find the strength to stand up or will she ultimately fall? At the same time, will Nate’s integrity be enough to achieve his goal of being elected Governor of Texas and come out unscathed? I love this quote from the book; Leta says “My mother used to tell me if you did the right thing, God would do the rest” Over and over again, the author shows this truth throughout the story. When both Leta & Nate stood up for what is right, God made a way. I love how the author reminds me that I can do this in my own life. I may get ridiculed for it or made fun of or any number of things, but I know God is on my side smiling down on me when I make those choices to stand for truth and righteousness. In conclusion, this author totally engaged and immersed me fully into the story, I felt every gamut of emotions and related so fully with the characters that I felt like I was a part of their lives, and may even meet them on the street corner somewhere! She also teaches valuable spiritual lessons and I walked away changed. This author is one not to miss, I’ll be reading all of her other Texas Gold series books. *I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Revell publishers and the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Kellie for a richly detailed, fully engaging story of the heart! I look forward to many more.*