Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kristin Billerbeck’s A Billion Reasons Why


Katie McKenna had resolved to live a quiet life, marry a practical Christian man, and leave all her “worldly” desires behind. Since moving to California, she’d made it her goal to live life logically and for the Lord. She has the perfect life—a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter.

But then in walks Luc DeForges, the handsome ex-boyfriend who’d broken her heart. After graduating college and rejecting Katie, Luc cornered the organic food market and became one of the most eligible multi-millionaire bachelors. But now he’s back and asking her to go home to New Orleans to sing at his brother’s wedding. She hasn’t fallen victim to her emotions since leaving New Orleans, and she’s invested too much to give into them now.

When Luc was in his element, there was nothing like it. His excitement was contagious and spread like a classroom virus, infecting those around him with a false sense of security. Katie inhales deeply and reminds herself that the man sold inspiration by the pound. His power over her was universal. It did not make her special.

Katie’s boyfriend, Dexter, is a practical man. As Katie’s roommate Eileen offers, “Katie, no matter how many entries you put in that book, Dexter is not going to be a romantic. I mean, fine, you’re going to marry him. He’s a good man. I just don’t want you to be disappointed. No matter how many junior high school hearts you draw next to his name, Dexter is going to order you what the Internet says is the proper gift for each anniversary. He’ll probably have a program created that does it for him.” But Dexter is safe. He’ll be a good dad. He’s very intellectual. He’s punctual. He’s everything she needs in a husband.

And Dexter will propose as soon as she gets her grandmother’s ring from her mom. And Luc will provide her with a free trip home for just that purpose. Plus, she needs to go home to New Orleans. It’s her last chance to find out why Luc tossed her from his life like a banana peel off the back of her father’s pickup. Love is a decision. A choice. All the leading experts said so, and she’d decided she would love Dexter in a way that honored and respected him. The way she’d loved Luc left her worn out and depleted, like an empty air mattress. Then what use was she? She’d get her ring and closure as well. Then nothing would stand in the way of her life with Dexter.

But what if God has more in store for her? What if God’s desire for her is a heart full of life? Can the passions she had as a young woman, which led to many of her past mistakes, still have a place in her life?



About the Author:
Kristin Billerbeck is a successful novelist from northern California. She has authored more than 30 novels, including the Ashley Stockingdale series and the Spa Girls series. She is a leader in the Chick Lit movement, a Christy Award finalist, and a two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award. She has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times.



Here is my review of this terrific book:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Kristin Billerbeck and her publisher for sending me a copy of "A Billion Reasons Why" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Kristin Billerbeck’s latest novel “A Billion Reasons Why” is an entertaining read that examines the common saying, “you can’t go home again”. When Katie McKenna faces her past in the form of tall, dark and handsome Luc DeForges, she is forced to confront a life she left behind. Or at least, she thought she left that life behind.

Katie agrees to accompany Luc to his brother’s wedding in New Orleans. Her main motivation is to get her Grandmother’s ring from her Mother so that she can officially become engaged to dull, I mean safe and stable, Dexter. That means that Luc only has five days with Katie to convince her that he is still in love with her. He is also, unbeknownst to Katie, in possession of the ring that Katie came home to get.

With Luc, Katie had passion but she also experienced deep heartbreak. With Dexter, there is safety and security, but no spark. And Katie is positive that she would prefer to live without the romance in favor of practicality. This outstanding “chick lit” novel is as flavorful as the best jambalaya. The landscape is colorful and richly adorned with southern charm. The story is breathtakingly romantic and the characters come very close to leaping off of the page. Kristin Billerbeck has penned another winner with this terrific work of fiction.

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