Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What Matters Most Book Review

Texas Gold Collection

SUMMARY:  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 mothering 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.

REVIEW:  Kellie Coates Gilbert's novel shows you that no matter your circumstances, you can still come out ahead by sticking to your principles and trusting God.  Leta is a great role model.  She supports her very ill mother by working two part-time jobs, budgeting her money down to the penny and doing what she can to stay afloat while trusting God to provide.  After landing a job making mega bucks, Leta pays off her accumulated debts while praising God for His provision.  When her bosses ask her to look for incriminating evidence against her friend State Senator Nathan Emerson, she does what she is told while trying to stick to her principles.  Her faith and struggle to honor her work contract while maintaining her convictions is very admirable. 
     Nathan Emerson's character is almost too good to be true.  I like how even though he has had a life of privilege, he does not look down on anyone.  He is perfect for Leta and does what he can to help her with her mother.
     The story line is interesting.  I like how the author shows her reader the length political opposition organizations will go into to smear a candidate without boring them.  The intrigue and underhanded tactics kept me reading to see if Nathan and Leta would come through it and how they would respond.  The only problem I had was towards the end.  It looks like a character would try to cause more problems but instead defuses the situation and comes clean.  The scene was anticlimactic.  But, overall, I really enjoyed this novel.  Even though this is the fourth novel written in this collection, each one is independent from the others. 

This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of A Woman of Fortune.  Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. 

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