Friday, November 6, 2015

A Reason To Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Sometimes the thing that keeps us from making the wrong choice is the one thing we can't control
As an investigative reporter and the host of her own TV talk show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she's anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she'd like to forget. By contrast, her husband Geary's life is an open book. An easygoing pro bass fisherman, Geary is the ultimate family man--and his overbearing relatives don't know the meaning of boundaries.

Faith and Geary haven't been married long when their differences start to derail their tender relationship. Surely love shouldn't be this hard. While Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes. With her life in the balance, she finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose.

Kellie Coates Gilbert takes you on an emotional roller coaster as she weaves together unexpected trial, self-discovery, and forgiveness in this profoundly honest portrait of the tensions that can break a marriage--and the ultimate healing power of love.

My Thoughts:
If she could turn the clock back, she’d change some things.”  (p. 167)

I suppose everyone that reads Kellie Coates Gilbert’s book,  A Reason To Stay,  has faced a moment when you realized your part in the mess you find yourself in.  Faith Marin couldn’t control the actions of the man who shot her and the fact that she would undergo surgery and therapy to regain basic motor function, but her actions resulted in a marriage that was floundering on the brink of failure.  Now, her physical struggle only serves to emphasize her marital issues. 

Gilbert skillfully intertwines the two struggles being faced by Faith and her husband Geary.  Both characters have to face some stark truths about their own choices up to the point where Faith is shot.  The choices that lie before them now, as they face their future, will determine everything.  The reader gets to walk alongside this couple as they navigate their lives from this very different, difficult and unexpected vantage point.   Everyone that comes to the pages of this story will have the opportunity to realize something about their own life choices. 

What really matters?  Find out in this installment of the Texas Gold collection – A Reason To Stay. You will be glad you experience the journey with Faith and Geary.
About the Author:
Kellie 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

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