A Reason To Stay (Texas Gold Collection) by Kellie Coates Gilbert {Contemporary Fiction Review}

Texas Gold Collection
Contemporary Fiction


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

They say that opposites attract and that seems very apparent in the love story of journalist Faith Marin and pro fisherman Geary Marin. Right from the start Faith is driven and focused on the prize while Geary is laid back and willing to set aside the prize for the sake of family. Despite all the differences they fall madly in love.

Of course at some point the honeymoon has to end and real life begins. That's when things begin to crumble. In an interesting flash-back style of storytelling Kellie Coates Gilbert takes us through a terrible tragedy and the downfall that lead up to it. Be forewarned my friends, the story is like a car wreck on the side of the road that you just can't seem to look away from. Once you have entered the world of Faith and Geary you are going to have trouble escaping until the end.

For me this was a very emotional book. Faith's family background is gut wrenching. In contrast Geary's family background borders on downright annoying. The story of how they navigate the minefield of their marriage is riveting. I so wanted to enter the story and tell Faith to open up about her past and I wanted to give Geary a reality slap and tell him Faith was his family now and she needs to come first. 

Geary is the one that I had the hardest time warming up to. But to be honest I think that Kellie Coats Gilbert wrote his character well. In my young married experience it is quite common for the same dynamics to play out in real life as they did in the story. That is probably what I like the most about Kellie's books. Her characters feel real and the situations they find themselves in are ones that we real people have been in ourselves.

While this is book three in the Texas Gold series it is a stand alone title as are the others in the series. Jump in at any point in the series and then go back and read the others. You'll be thrilled that you did!

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