What Matters Most

What Matters Most 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 delinque

  • Title: What Matters Most
  • Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert
  • ISBN: 9780800722753
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 dreDeeply 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

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    • Kellie Coates Gilbert

      Kellie Coates Gilbert has won readers hearts with her compelling and highly emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives A former legal investigator, she is especially known for keeping readers turning pages and for creating nuanced characters who seem real In addition to garnering hundreds of five star reader reviews on and other retail sites, Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a deft, crisp storyteller Her books were featured as Barnes Noble Top Shelf Picks and were included on Library Journal s Best Book List of 2014 Born and raised near Sun Valley, Idaho, Kellie now lives with her husband of over thirty five years in Dallas, where she spends most days by her pool drinking sweet tea and writing the stories of her heart.



    535 thoughts on “What Matters Most

    • "What Matters Most" may be my most favourite Kellie Coates Gilbert novel yet - and since I have enjoyed each one of her books so far, that is saying something. What I most loved about the story is the central character of Leta, as she has sacrificed so much in her life to provide love and care for her mother, who has dementia. You just can't help but like a person like that! Her vulnerable financial state makes her a perfect pawn, and yet I admired that she stuck to her values and really was a t [...]


    • Leta is a woman trying to get a break in life. She hasn't finished college yet but finally lands a job where she can prove herself. Instead, she finds proving what maters most is pretty hard and knowing how to get out of a sticky, political situation, without getting too involved with a political figure, is even harder!One of the immediate highlights for me and this book was the side characters. Mrs. Gilbert is a superb writer of side characters who most often, feel as if they are themselves, th [...]


    • "Kellie Coates Gilbert offers up another blockbuster in What Matters Most. Strong characters, political intrigue, and romance keep you on the edge of your seat until the end."


    • This is a great book by Kellie Coates Gilbert. The characters were strong and I loved them, especially Leta.What stood out to me was the storyline about dementia and the care for the elderly. It's such an important topic, and it was handled so well in the book. I also loved how the author wrote about politics without getting political. Overall, this is a great book--an enjoyable read that left me wishing there were a few more men like Nathan in politics today. I received a copy of this book in e [...]


    • Hey guys and gals! I am back! Yeah, I have been gone for the past week, but that was because I was busy learning about writing better at a--you guessed it-- writing camp!!So, can you tell a difference in my writing?!When I read the synopsis of this book, I was super excited. I mean, a political star, a dream job, and a challenging women--what could be better than that? Seriously, I hit "Request" right away. But, I am very, very sorry to say that this book didn't become as exciting as I thought i [...]


    • A heartfelt Christian romance about the power of love; love for your family, love your friends and love yourself.


    • 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 [...]


    • As I slipped between the covers of Kellie’s newest novel and into the mind of Leta, I really REALLY connected with her and her circumstances. See, I am entering into the workforce after years of being a farmer. I not only did not finish college, I never started. I have a mother, who though not battling Alzheimer's, she is getting older, now that she passed her 90th birthday. I would like to hope that my decisions would be as selfless as Leta’s were when push came to shove. And I know that th [...]


    • This book was riveting. I found myself drawn in quickly and curious to see how it would unfold. I've read the others in this series, and this one may be the best. I'll admit that I don't usually read books that deal with topics that could have real world consequences, but this book was good. I loved how Leta researched beyond what her boss had asked her to do, and that she made her own decisions. While it is a part of a series, it stands alone. I received the Kindle version of this book from the [...]


    • An enjoyable read with interesting characters and a plot to keep you on your toes. This was my first book by Gilbert and I enjoyed it. The story kept me interested without too many unexpected twists. A sweet love story to round out the suspense. * I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. *



    • I have thoroughly been enjoying Kellie Coates Gilbert's Texas Gold series. It is like getting to peak into the lives of the rich and famous. Something about each of the stories has centered around a wealthy character and allows the reader to see situations through the lens of affluence.What Matters Most is book four and it centers on Leta Breckenridge and Nathan Emerson. Leta is a devoted daughter struggling to keep her momma in a care facility that focuses on Alzheimer's patients. When she wind [...]



    • A new story, a new city, same great writing!I received a complimentary copy of this book through Baker Publishing Group for an honest and fair review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.Leta Breckenridge is looking for a break in life. After three years of undergraduate work at the University of Texas, she was forced to drop out to help care for her mom who developed an early case of dementia. Always one to do careful research, Leta found a good assisted living facility for her mom [...]


    • Once again Kellie Coates Gilbert tackles a difficult subject in her writing. What Matters Most, book 4 of her Texas Gold series gives us a glimpse of the impact dementia has on the lives the family left behind to face devastating loss of love, income, and the intricacies of managing the web of healthcare. Leta Breckenridge was working toward a career as a landscape architect. Midway through college her mother is diagnosed with dementia and can no longer care for herself. This forces a new path t [...]


    • This is quite a story. I read this quite avidly after coming through a very interesting (to say the least) presidential campaign and election. I loved the main characters in the book and appreciated their integrity. It's a pretty romantic love story, too. I'm sad that this is the final book in this series. I loved all four of them!


    • Love or Money?PLEASE READ THIS AT MY BLOG: bookreadingtic/2016/07/17/ THANK YOUImagine working two jobs and still drowning in debt. That is where twenty-six year old Leta finds herself. For years, Leta's family only consisted of her mother, Sylvia, and herself. But because they loved each other so much, just having the two of them was enough. Suddenly Sylvia develops dementia, and a decent care facility costs so much that Leta left school to go to work. Even working two jobs hasn't been enough t [...]


    • As I began reading the first few chapters of this book I thought I had guessed what the twists and turns would be. I figured Nathan might have to choose love or power and that it would be a nail biting poll turnout that would be a close finish. I was so far off from the directions the author ended up taking us. The universal messages throughout this story was that “if you do the right thing, everything turns out in the end” and “Do good and let God do the rest”.The story mentions God spo [...]


    • What Matters Most is the first book I have read by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It is the fourth book in the Texas Gold series. I obviously have not read the others in the series but didn't feel it was necessary in order to enjoy this book. That being said, after reading this book I know I would enjoy reading the others. What Matters Most takes you to the great state of Texas and a place few writers go, politics. The main characters Leta and Nathan are one of a kind. Nathan is being pressured by his f [...]


    • Set in the political arena, WHAT MATTERS MOST, is a unique story with engaging characters.Leta Breckenridge is at the end of her rope. With escalating bills at the facility that cares for her mother, Leta must find a job fast. Unfortunately, not having a degree is making it hard to find a job that can pay the bills. Then, to add insult to injury, she has a fender-bender in a parking lot with a handsome man and his expensive car. However, when he finds out Leta is without insurance, he lets her k [...]


    • This novel had its good points and its not-so-good points. I’ve always had a keen interest in politics and law, so the premise of this novel appealed to me. I’ve never really thought much about the fact that there are people out there whose job is to research, monitor, and analyse everything a political opponent has ever done or said, but like Leta, that kind of job would be right up my alley.But imagine landing a job you can really sink your teeth into, with a six-figure salary that will en [...]


    • his book is part of the "Texas Gold" Series. It can be read as a stand alone as they do not have connecting characters. These books focus on women who are facing challenges in their lives. Each one hopes that the changes will be positive, however, discover that this isn't always the case, so they must accept the inevitable and deal with it. Kellie deals with a difficult, heartbreaking topic with sensitivity and grace. As one who has dealt with dementia of a parent, this book struck a chord with [...]


    • This is the second book I've read by Ms Gilbert. I enjoyed the first one, but I must admit that I enjoyed the second one even more (What Matters Most). Her Texas Gold novels are a very pleasant read. I am a particular fan of how her storylines could so easily become tomorrow's news cast. There is a strong current of reality to her settings and plot and an authenticity to her characters that together lends to a very believable tale. What I liked about "What Matters Most" is the unshakable moral c [...]


    • What I admire most about this author, is her ability to take real life issues and present you with a story that could come right out of today’s paper. This one is no exception!I do not claim to understand Politics in any sense, but the author portrays a story easily understood and gives you the background to how an election of a State Governor works. Even down to the dirty ways politicians can use media to skew their opponent’s reputation. Leta is an innocent pawn in a world of lies and sche [...]


    • What Matters Most is about Leta Breckenridge, a young woman who chose to leave university part way through her studies to care for her mother who was suffering dementia. The care was expensive so Leta has been working multiple, less than desirable, jobs to make ends meet. When she is told that her account at her mother’s care facility is long overdue, Leta begins to wonder how she will ever manage to make it right. She ends up finding a job ad that seems too good to be true, but goes in for an [...]


    • ** “Her mother always said that when things looked impossible, that was when God often showed up and showed off — that nothing was too hard for him. He could turn even the worst things in life around for our good.” **In Kellie Coates Gilbert’s newest novel, “What Matters Most,” life has thrown Leta Breckenridge several curve balls, but she takes each one with strength and courage. She grew up in a single-family home, and now her mother is suffering from dementia. Because she had to c [...]


    • A political Cinderella story that hits the spot during this controversial election season. Topical and informative and a little bit scary. I'm Canadian, so not well versed on American politics, but I understood enough to navigate my way through the intricacies of the story. Gilbert exposes both the good and bad of the election process in this riveting contemporary romance. It made me realize how easily the public can be swayed by the media and the lengths candidates will go to feed the fury. Thi [...]


    • I eagerly awaited this book’s arrival in the mail as I had so enjoyed Where Rivers Part, a previous book in Gilbert’s Texas Gold series. While I did enjoy this book, had I not known it was by the same author I would never have suspected it. Where Rivers Part would appear to have been written by a more seasoned, mature author. Both books dealt with strong themes, What Matters Most’s being the need for integrity in all walks of life, but especially in positions of leadership, very apropos fo [...]


    • ”I’m sorry. We really need someone a bit more qualified.” She couldn’t get her foot in the door of most companies she was interested in. Leta was already working at the Central Market as a floral arranger and at the Hole In The Wall. Tired and at the end of her rope, she spots an ad for employment that seems just too good to be true. After having a confrontation with a newly hired girl, Leta stormed out of the Central Market and headed for the parking lot. Leta starts the engine of her c [...]


    • What Matters Most is a Texas Gold Novel written by Kellie Coated Gilbert. Leta Breckenridge is working two jobs and still not making enough to keep up with the cost of her mothers care. She is forced to either place her mom in a less desirable facility or look for a better paying job.One day while leaving work, she hits the car driven by Nathan Emerson, a handsome senator. Leta's mother suffers from dementia and she learns about Nathan's interest in patients suffering from brain illnesses and th [...]


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