Thursday, March 31, 2011
Kristin Billerbeck's A Billion Reasons Why ~ Reviewed
A Billion Reasons Why [Paperback]
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
Katie McKenna has never loved any man but one: billionaire Luc DeForges. He was her first love. But there are a billion reasons why she's engaged instead to Dexter Hastings, a solid and stable man who wants the same things she does: marriage and a family but all of the things that she wants without the deep-seeded pain and fear of being abandoned that Luc brings.
Dexter and she have worked an arrangement that's akin to faith without action, love without deeds -- a dead faith. Going home to New Orleans to sing for her childhood friend's wedding, Katie must search her heart to find out if any of her reasons for being with Dexter are stronger than love. Only when Katie steps fully into faith and jumps off the cliff of life into the arms of Luc does she understand the fullness of God's grace.
I have long been a fan of Kristin Billerbeck's novels and have been ever so keen to read her long awaited romance, A Billion Reasons Why. Katie's efforts to expunge humiliation and embarrassment from her life by settling for a staid and controlled man have drained much of her vibrant personality away until Luc DeForges once again stirs up emotions she finds difficult to control, which leads to plenty of fun and awkwardness for everyone. Determined mothers, feisty friends, steamy New Orleans and swing dancing add substance and soul to sparks that fly between Katie and Luc. Replete with Kristin's sharp wit, multi faceted characters and significant revelations about the true nature of love, this story is a terrific read that will entertain and delight.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet
There are about "a billion reasons why" I love this book :) 1. Swing dancing! (lots of it; that's amazing writing when you can convey legit swing dancing without any visuals), 2. Gorgeous dresses (think Ginger Rogers...), 3. True friends (you know, the kind who supply your endless need for ice cream when your heart is breaking...and then become your workout buddies in the aftermath), 4. Gentlemen who are men and treat ladies as ladies (i.e. opening doors on buildings and vehicles, standing up when she leaves and returns to the table, bringing flowers and genuine compliments, saying what you mean even if it's difficult, etc), 5. Redemption of the heart and soul, of faith and friendship, of relationships and romance........Oh, and to figure out the other 999,999,995 reasons I HIGHLY recommend that you read this enchanting book!
Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker