“Her mother always said that if you did what was right, God would do the rest,” Kellie Coates Gilbert writes about Leta in her novel, What Matters Most.
~ What ~
Part of the Texas Gold series, this three-hundred-twenty-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance surrounding Texas and politics. Using the words “schmuck” and “crap,” topics of dementia and aging may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments, an excerpt of the first book in the series, author’s biography, and advertisements.
In this stand-alone tale, twenty-six-year-old Leta Breckenridge never got the chance to complete her college education due to taking care of her mother with dementia. Struggling to keep her parent in a memory care facility, she accepts a high-paying job at a public relations company that is paid to find the dirt on thirty-seven-year-old Nathan Emerson, an up-and-coming senator running for governor.
When Leta and Nathan meet, sparks fly, but both rein in their friendship because of Leta’s employment situation and Nathan’s current girlfriend. Although Leta initially thinks she has landed a dream job, she has to choose what is right and allow God to show her the way.
~ Why ~
Having a parent with ongoing memory issues is heartbreaking and costly. I like how the book conveyed not only the political back-room dealings of a public relation firm but also the problems dealing with loved ones with dementia. The book reminds the reader to do what is right and let it go, knowing God is in control.
~ Why Not ~
As the heroine becomes an unknowingly political pawn, she breaks confidentiality with at least three individuals and is never challenged for doing so. There are many stereotypical characters such as Nathan’s mom, Leta’s boss, and her roommate. The romance between Leta and Nathan is predictable of a financially struggling Cinderella meeting her Prince Charming.
~ Who ~ As a formal legal investigator and trial paralegal, author Gilbert has written other novels in the series. She and her husband live in Texas.
~ Wish ~ I wish Leta’s indiscretions of telling others about her job findings were brought to fruition as she should have been held accountable for disregarding company policy.
~ Want ~ If you like a simple and predictable romance that involves politics and Texas, this one dealing with dementia may interest you.
Thanks to Baker Books for this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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