What Matters Most
What Matters Most is book four in Kellie Coates Gilbert's Texas Gold Collection. This collection of novels centers around strong women who live in Texas. They are standalone novels, but all based upon that common theme of women overcoming difficult circumstances in Texas. I was initially attracted to this book because of the pretty cover and the tension between Leta's job and her budding relationship with Nate. I also liked the element of Leta caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. The book description reads:
"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?"
I absolutely, positively loved this book. From page one, I just couldn't put it down. I could totally relate to Leta's financial struggles, having to take dead end jobs due to not having a college degree, and having to give up dreams in exchange for a higher purpose. I liked that Kellie gave us a character who was real and not snobby, rich, and privileged. I loved reading how Leta figured out how to hold strong to her convictions while still trying to take care of her mom. The suspense woven in was exciting and interesting. I'm not into politics, but this book was so interesting - don't let it put you off if you don't really like politics. I'm planning on buying the first three books in this series as soon as possible. I can't wait to read them! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good novel with a bit of suspense mixed in.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.