Whooo!! Get Excited! It's time for my very first book review! Now, I have never written a legit blog post in review of a book, so I am sure my first time won't be as stellar as others. But good news for me at least, I have signed up and requested several books to review so there are many more to follow! Thanks to Bekah over at Bekah's Bits, my fellow Indiana blogger, I found out you can sign up to revew books for free! Seeing that I love books and reading and free :) I was alll about that!
My first book is from Revell, thanks for the copy Revell!
"What Matters Most" is by Kellie Coates Gilbert, and it is part of her Texas Gold Series. These books are stand alone books, so you can pick up any one of them and read without needing to read one before another. I have actually read two of her books, "A Woman of Fortune" Which I LOVED, and "Where Rivers Part" which was also really interesting! I had high hopes for "What Matters Most" but unfortunately I didn't love it as I did her other books.
Her Texas Gold Series is all about Women who are in challenging spots in their lives. Each of them are always going through something that will change their lives, not always for the better! Her stories are about how these women deal with changes, and how they come out on the other end.
This particular book is about a young, single woman (which I can relate to) named Leta. She is barely making ends meet while she works several dead end jobs, and tries to earn enough money to keep her Mom in her memory care facility. Leta's Mom has dementia and it was beautiful to read the scenes with Leta and her Mom. The love that they shared and the care that Leta had for her literally lept off the page.
By a stroke of luck Leta finds a new very high paying job at a "research company". Unfortunately as she works there, things seem to be a little odd and not quite right. As her work continues she finds out that she is actually researching to find dirt on the Senator Nathan, whom she met and has a crush on.
The rest of the book deals with her position at the company, and her relationship with Nathan.
Here is where I didn't love the book. Leta is supposed to be very smart and bright, she is researching all of this stuff, but yet she can't see what is going on under her nose. She also meets Nathan, who is dating another woman, and after meeting him Leta turns into a school girl with a crush on a taken man. Granted, Nathan is not married, but the whole having a girlfriend and his "friendship" with Leta, it just gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I don't like cheaters, and you don't have to be married to cheat! For a seemingly smart woman, Leta does not show that in her romance with Nathan.
I just found it really hard to connect with the character. I have loved the other books I have read by this author, so I am inclined to think that maybe it was just me, or an "off" book. I do look forward to reading more of her books in the future!
Thanks Revell for giving me this copy in exchange for my honest review!