Lone Star Book Blog Tour: What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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Kellie Coates Gilbert

Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: July 5, 2016
Number of Pages: 320

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Love and Politics Collide in This Emotion-packed 

Fourth Texas Gold Novel

Kellie Coates Gilbert strikes gold once again in the latest book in the Texas Gold Collection. Readers will be drawn into the story through Gilbert’s deeply emotional writing that highlights the complexities of human relationships.

Out of her desire to care for her mother who is suffering from dementia, Leta Breckenridge drops out of college. Her next step means leaving her comfort zone. After learning that a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta takes a leap and lands a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her dream job soon turns into a nightmare when she learns that the firm she is working for is a front for a political opposition organization—and that the research she has 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?

Praise for the Texas Gold Collection

“This tale of family and faith brings to light what truly matters in life.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

 “Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters.”—LifeIsStory.com

“Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and graceful language make this an engaging choice for readers.”—Library Journal




Four Stars

The title for this contemporary Christian romance is perfect. Discerning what matters most can be difficult when you’re faced with opposing choices. What makes this story interesting is that it can be easy to connect to Leta’s constant battle to stay afloat in a sea of bills, bills, and more bills, with little to no opportunity for improvement. What happens when Leta must weigh a boatload of money that she desperately needs against doing the right thing? Read the book and find out!

As far as the leading man goes, Nathan’s perfect personality and high moral standards are unfortunately a bit unbelievable for a political figure. It’s good to hope, however, and the love interest between Nathan and Leta provide a bit of a Cinderella backdrop. Don’t be fooled! Even though Leta struggles to make ends meet, she’s her own woman and doesn’t actually need to be rescued by a Prince Charming (but it doesn’t hurt that Nathan is rich, good looking, and extremely upstanding). A classic fairy tale with a modern twist!

The issues this book explores are many: the necessity of having a college degree (apparently, any degree will do), honoring and caring for your parents when they need you the most (on the flip side, standing up to your parents when they try to bulldoze you), the ugly side of politics that includes smear campaigns and digging up dirt (or inventing dirt when no dirt exists), relationship promises that can be tricky to navigate, and understanding what matters most and then sticking to your guns. This book covers it all! Well done!

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, as well as the author of A Woman of Fortune, Where Rivers Part, and A Reason to Stay. 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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Prize 1: Box of Texas Treats & Signed Book

Prize 2: $10 Starbucks Gift Card & Signed Book

Prize 3: $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card & Signed Book


   June 11 – July 25, 2016

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Check out the other great blogs on this tour:

7/11    Margie’s Must Reads  – Review
7/12    Hall Ways Blog – Author Interview #1
7/13    The Page Unbound – Excerpt
7/14    Reading By Moonlight Review
7/15    It’s a Jenn World Promo
7/16    Country Girl Bookaholic – Guest Post #1
7/17    My Book Fix Blog Review
7/18    The Crazy Booksellers  – Author Interview #2
7/19    Chapter Break Book Blog – Guest Post #2
7/20    StoreyBook ReviewsReview
7/21    The Librarian Talks – Author Interview #3
7/22    All for the Love of the Word Promo
7/23    Byers Editing Reviews & Blog Review
7/24    A Novel Reality Promo
7/25    Missus Gonzo Review

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