What Matters Most


What perfect timing for Kellie Coates Gilbert’s latest page turner! With elections and political shenanigans foremost on the current evening news, “What Matters Most” gives readers a behind-the-scenes peek into how politics really works. It’s just too bad that there are not more honest and upright people in the business who will stand up for truth and justice like the principal characters of this novel. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. I had previously read the previous novels in this series so my expectations were pretty high. If anything, “What Matters Most” may be the best one yet. Kellie has a true gift for taking me right into the heart of her stories and making me care about her characters.

Both Leta and Nathan were exceptional people who tried to make the best of circumstances life had thrown at them. Leta had sacrificed so much to care for her mother but was finding it difficult to keep her in a quality medical facility. A new higher paying job seemed to be the answer to her problems but as time went by, she was forced to choose between the job and doing the right thing. Nathan’s heart was in providing better care for aging dementia patients but agreed to run for governor in order to make needed changes in the Texas government. His encounters with Leta grew into a special friendship that left them both wanting more but were they working at cross purposes?

“What Matters Most” is a very relevant story that should give each of its readers something to ponder. As we read about Leta and Nathan and the choices they make, each of us can decide what really matters most in our own lives. I cannot recommend this novel (or any of Kellie’s other books) enough.

A copy of this book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Just when she can’t take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true, they often are.

Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia. When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her seemingly ideal job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization–and that the research she’s 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?

With emotional depth and keen insight into what drives us, Kellie Coates Gilbert offers a salient story that calls us to consider what we value most in this life.

Read an excerpt from “What Matters Most” HERE.


Kellie Coates GilbertKellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.