Friday, February 25, 2011

A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck

Katie is an accomplished teacher of students with special needs, most of them on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Her life is under control. She is almost engaged to Dexter, a very practical man. She really didn't love him. But, “Love was 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.” (61)
One day, without warning, her high school flame appears at her classroom door. They have a past and a relationship that ended abruptly. It had been eight years. And now, there he was.
Luc has come to ask Katie to sing at his brother's wedding. His real goal, however, is to save Katie from a dull marriage, one where she could not possibly be her true self. He is convinced she is headed towards a “lifeless future.” (63)
Along with Luc comes all the hurt from those years ago. There were actions that Luc had done right before Katie's father suddenly died that caused pain for Katie's mother. Luc has secrets he feels he must keep or Katie would be hurt even more.
Katie faces a dilemma. She is committed to Dexter. But she really is still in love with Luc, even after all those years. Should she pursue what Luc says would be a “loveless practical marriage”? Or should she follow her passionate heart?
Can all of the issues that separate Katie and Luc ever be resolved? Does God want her to have her heart filled with love? The passions of her youth led to mistakes. Can she trust herself to follow her passions now?
Billerbeck has written over 30 novels and this is another good one. It is definitely a book for women who like romance stories with the grounding of God's will in the forefront. The action takes place in New Orleans and it was fun to learn about “society” in that city.

A copy of this book was provided by The B & B Media Group, Inc., on behalf of the publishers for the purpose of this review.

Thomas Nelson/February 2011/ISBN: 978-1-59554-791-0/320 pages/softcover/$14.99

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