Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck * A Review

He’s a handsome billionaire. She’s not impressed.
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.

Product Details
Format: Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.40 x 8.20 x 1
Page Count: 320
Retail Price: $14.99 ISBN: 1595547916
ISBN-13: 9781595547910
Style#: 9781595547910
Carton Qty: 36

I grew up with a strong sense of justice. I simply knew the way things should be. And since I’m not smart enough to be a district attorney, I am a novelist. My childhood was slightly confusing. I blame my parents for this. Oh heck, I’m going to blame them for everything. I think I would have turned out normal if it weren’t for them. Okay, probably not. I am a fourth-generation Californian, and an American mutt, but identify most strongly with my Italian heritage. My mother’s family, of strong Norwegian/German descent, tried to teach me how to do things right. How to cook, clean, sew, budget accordingly – all the things a proper young girl should know to be a contributing member of society. I, however, failed miserably. For my 40th birthday, my grandmother gave me a cookie gun, so it’s clear she hasn’t given up on me yet! That is eternal optimism!
My dad’s Italian family taught me about the good life. The indulgent life. How to eat, shop and be merry. My Nana had very tiny feet and a penchant for shoes (she worked at the Emporium, no doubt to fund her shoe addiction). My afternoons at her house had no lessons, other than how to walk in her high heels, drape myself in her mink stole and drip myself with rhinestones. Tastefully, of course. I picked up on this lifestyle much quicker.
I graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (emphasis in Advertising), gave my life to Jesus during college and found my true love in a Christian Singles’ Group, which yes, I skewer in “What a Girl Wants”. He is German. Practical. And a Contributing Member of Society. I am still Italian, fluffy and an aficionado of fine shoes & handbags.
Together, we have four children and now it’s our turn to confuse them. The circle of life. Dysfunctional family style.

“A Billion Reasons Why” by Kristin Billerbeck is beautifully written. I really love a good love story that doesn’t have a lot of stupidity in it. This book is a very good book that gives you a blissful, peaceful feel.
Some books take forever to read but not “A Billion Reasons Why.” I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it in a couple of days.
I liked the true love Luc and Katie share, even through Katie doesn’t want to admit it. Luc hurt Katie horribly bad when they were younger and Katie doesn’t want to trust or believe that Luc is sorry.
In “A Billion Reasons Why” Katie wants to marry someone who isn’t a threat to her, that will give her a peaceful life, even if they don’t love each other deeply. Will she follow her heart or her head?
This is a wonderful book that will keep you riveted to your chair. You will want to stay up late just to finish this fantastic read and when you are done you will be sorry it is over so soon. I really recommend this book for your reading pleasure.

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