Review by Sarah: “I absolutely loved reading What Matters Most! I didn’t realize it was a numbered book at first, but that really doesn’t matter since it’s not a story line that goes from book to book to book. Each book is its own story. I don’t think they should have added Texas Gold #’s to make it seem like a series. Anyway, the story was exciting in all the right places and I really like that there’s no preaching between the covers. I really like the strong central female character and how she sticks to her morals and roots. I love that she cares for family and tries to do what is right. I like the way things work out in the end.” We received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
As with Johnson’s first book in this series, the book starts out with plenty of promise. The main characters have a general fleshing out without going through too many layers. This gives places a bit of distance between the characters and the reader and makes it difficult to fully connect. Keeping the entire read light works for some readers but not others. The writing is clean and well-edited with no surprises in the form of low morals or extensive preaching. I like how the first book ties into the second although I’m not sure if reading the first book is a requirement or simply a recommendation. In any case, I feel the majority of Christian Fiction readers will enjoy this book. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is a gentle slow moving story with an abundance of repeating retrospective thought. At times it was interesting while several times through the read I just wanted to skip several pages. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a calm summer read, keeping the blood pressure from spiking, while escaping from any sort of excitement. While the writing is excellent, the story and constant reminders of what the primary characters are thinking take away from the enjoyment. That’s not to say this is a terrible book. There are readers who can’t get enough of this type of read, and for them I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I read a wide variety of genres but one thing has to be part of any read: characters who are fleshed out and who develop across the plot. I was displeased with this read as I found the characters to feel fake, almost cardboard, with emotions that made no sense and reactions that made me quirk a brow more than once. There wasn’t anything else to pick it up enough for me to continue reading as it felt like I was being told instead of shown what was going on. Sadly, this is a DNF for me. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by Sarah: Amanda Cabot is able to write a smooth flowing romance with all the right elements and none of that unnecessary stuff that Christian Romance Readers prefer to avoid. I like my romances clean and straightforward although I did feel there was a little bit of a questioning in the way the main female acts towards the men she supposedly does not want to marry. All in all though, it was handled very nicely and appropriately. I like that there wasn’t anything to distract me from the story. We received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Johnson does a remarkable job with describing the location, emotions, body language, and moving a will conceived plot forward. The characters have a realistic, well-fleshed out depth to them which makes them easy to connect with and to cherish as you read about them. The overall plot was entertaining while not being thick or preachy. I like the undertones and plot threads as I felt they added to the main plot as a whole. The entire experience was believable and enjoyable. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a very simple, easy, lighthearted read. There are no mysterious plot threads to keep track of, no gasps or breath-holding moments, no pulling for your dearest character to conquer the challenge. It is just the basic story of love at first sight, or nearly first, and being too stubborn to acknowledge how you feel. It’s written cleanly and with a good grasp of the English language. While not a scholar, it also feels as though Brendan has captured a part of the essence of the old West. Overall this is a quick entertaining read worth adding to the library. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through Revell Reads. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This is a warm and cozy read with a nice romance tucked in between an endearing story. Great for those days where you just want something nice to read with no complicated plot lines to keep track of. The story was nicely presented with a good cast of characters. I’m not so sure how believable the initial story line is, but once you get past that the rest is enjoyable. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Review by Samantha: “I enjoyed reading this book so much I didn’t want the experience to end. I found myself laughing so many times I ended up needing a tissue. I felt for Suzie and really wanted to be there for her. I love a book that can do that to me. Her narrative flows naturally and her reasoning for her decisions and for what she shares with the reader make perfect sense to me. Thank you for sharing your story with us.” We received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions.
This is a light read perfect for those who enjoy YA novels. There’s nothing too terribly deep to get wrapped up in yet it’s enough to draw in those who can connect with the characters. While I wasn’t able to connect with either character I could recognize that they were unique characters who had a story to tell. I found it a bit difficult to view them as a couple the way they were presented in the book. It’s as though something was left out, or implied but didn’t come through. I know couples who bicker back and forth a lot but even they have a type of bond you can see on some level. Other than this the book is easy to read and understand and is perfect for the more mature YA audience. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.