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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kellie Coates Gilbert: What Matters Most

By Kelly Bridgewater

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?


My Thoughts:

Kellie Coates Gilbert What Matters Most is a new book from a new author. I haven't read anything by her, but the synopsis sounded interesting, so I signed up to review the book. I'm glad I did. I finished the book in one evening and really enjoyed the drama that played out on the pages of the novel.

My favorite part of What Matters Most is how Gilbert showed the struggle having an aging parent with Alzheimer can be for their children. Yes, I, personally, know how hard it is to have a parent slip away because of Alzheimer, but people don't want to show what a difficult time it is financial or physically to take care of that patient. Health care costs are outrageous, and the person taking care of them wonders all the time if they are doing all they should be doing. This is a touching subject, and I'm glad that Gilbert brought it into her character's life.

As for the writing, it was great. The dialogue matched the character's personalities. It was a quick read that was easy for me to get lost in for a couple of hours.I finished the book in one evening. I couldn't wait to see if Nathan would become governor, and if Leta's life would implode on herself.

This book comes out in a good year. The underlying current of What Matters Most is the political arena. Since the United States is in the middle of picking our next president, this story is more relevant than ever. I enjoyed seeing how the political parties work behind the scene, whether it was real or part of Gilbert's imagination. It would be easy to see how this could be reality.

The characters of Leta and Nathan were relatable. I know what it is like to struggle paycheck to paycheck, wondering how the bills were going to get paid and still have money to upgrade your clothing or finish school. Except jobs don't even want college degrees anymore. It is about WHO you know, not what your experience or degree is in. I did find Leta and Nathan's whirlwind romance a little too hasty for my taste.  I found the plot completely predictable and knew what was going to happen before the end of the story.

With political sparks flying, Kellie Coates Gilbert in her latest book What Matters Most captured my attention with a riveting look at the underbelly of the political area but shows heart with completely relatable characters who struggle with jobs and dealing with aging parents.

I received a complimentary copy of What Matters Most from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Another good book that shows the underside of the political system is All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren. I had to read this novel as a undergraduate, and I really enjoyed it. What concept about political novels grab your attention?

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