Disclosure: This book was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recently I had the chance to review for What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert, which was released just last month. This political based, Christian, drama/romance is bit different from what I usually read so I was eager to dive in and explore it. This book is a standalone in Kellie’s “Texas Gold” series.
What Matters Most is about Leta Breckenridge, a young woman who chose to leave university part way through her studies to care for her mother who was suffering dementia. The care was expensive so Leta has been working multiple, less than desirable, jobs to make ends meet. When she is told that her account at her mother’s care facility is long overdue, Leta begins to wonder how she will ever manage to make it right. She ends up finding a job ad that seems too good to be true, but goes in for an interview anyways, and is actually offered the job. Even better, the pay is amazing and she can afford to catch up on her overdue bills (including her mother’s care). At first Leta is enjoying her research based work, but she grows uncomfortable when asked to participate in a dicey project, which plans to tarnish the name of a young political candidate whom Leta has developed feeling for. Leta must then choose whether the money from her new job is more important than her morals and ethics. Can she walk away from her job and trust God to look after her? Or will she see her new position as the place she is supposed to be now?
The story was well written, the characters are easy to like, and the politics are easy to follow. You can’t help but feel sorry for Leta when she experiences difficulties with her mom, and you will be rooting for her to make the right choice about her job.
I wanted to enjoy this book, I REALLY did…but, despite it’s good points, it just did not grip me (maybe that’s because it’s quite different from the usual materials I read). There was some element of mystery in the plot (who is causing problems for Leta? How are the other project members finding out certain information?), and there was definitely a romance, though it was not overpowering. I had hoped to see more references to God and Christianity, but they were sparse.
Even though I will not be adding this to my list of books to reread in the near future, I’d still recommend it to others. While I’m not much into politics, someone who is would no doubt enjoy the associated drama within this story. If you like books that don’t focus heavily on romance, then this is for you. If you like books with substance, this is for you. If you like wholesome and clean books, this is for you.
If you end up reading this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”