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July 19, 2016

What Matters Most {Kellie Coates Gilbert}

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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?

My Thoughts:
This was a good book with interesting characters and a great plot line.

Leta is a desperate woman willing to do whatever it takes to care for her mom. I felt sorry for where she found herself in life, without a college education and struggling to make ends meet just so her mom could have adequate care in an Alzheimer's facility. Leta seems like a smart woman, but let herself get swept into a situation based simply on the dollar signs on her paycheck.

As Leta became aware of the reality of her new job and the consequences of the work she was doing, I felt the burden of her heart to do the right thing. She found herself stuck between caring for her mom, following her heart, and doing the thing she knew was right. By following her heart, she found herself and those around her in such a scary situation.

I liked Nathan the minute we met him. He was overly generous to Leta on their first encounter, even though it was apparent she was not a part of his world. Through the entire book, we see that he is a down-to-earth man with a desire to always do the right thing for those around him. He walks a fine line between pleasing his mom, pleasing the citizens of Texas, and following his heart to the woman he loves.

When hard times fall on Leta and Nathan, it is Leta who reminds us always to turn to God and let him handle our situations and those around us. God is always in control, and he always deals with the evils of the world accordingly and in His own time.

I thought this was a good read. It is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

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