Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the B & B Media Group as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: A Billion Reasons Why
Author: Kristin Billerbeck
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Christian Chic Lit, Romance
Source: Review copy provided by the B & B Media Group for an honest review.
Published: Thomas Nelson / February 2011 / ISBN: / 320 pages / $14.99
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Why I Read this Book: Hands-down, I don't think there's ever been a Kristin Billerbeck book that I did not like. She incorporates so much humor and "real-life" into her books that if you don't smile while reading them something is very wrong with you.
I went to New Orleans in November of 2009 and completely fell in love with it's "old world charm" and fabulous stories of "days gone by." When I found out that A Billion Reasons Why takes place in NOLA, I knew that I had to read this book. After all, Billerbeck and NOLA--what a great combination!
What I Liked: I
Working in the school-system, I can empathize with Katie and her plight with her ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students. It's hard work and a thankless job. Thankfully there are those that have a heart to work with students of varying exceptionalities. I like how Ms. Billerbeck brought attention to those students at the beginning of the book.
Having been to NOLA a few years ago, I was excited when I recognized some of the names of places that I either visited or passed during my stay. I would love to have seen pictures of the buildings/houses that gave Ms. Billerbeck her ideas for settings in the book. (Which homes in the Garden District? Where is Forages compared to where Katie grew up and the current-day city of NOLA? What efforts went into the research of the book? I have a billion more questions that I could ask...)
Another neat thing about the book is that the chapter titles are songs from the jazz/swing era. (At Last; Accentuate the Positive, etc.) The titles also give a clue as to what is going to happen in the chapter without giving all the action away.
What I Didn't Like: As with any Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), they are lots of errors because the final editing has not happened yet. I hope that the error with Pokey was fixed. (He was a boy, then a girl, and then a boy again.) I also hope that the little errors like words being omitted were fixed too. I know that I tend to forget to type words too (especially since I'm a double-finger typer) because I'm trying to get my thoughts out and my fingers don't always keep up.
Otherwise, I LOVED the story. The only thing I didn't like was that it had to end. (Although I'm holding out for a sequel with Eileen's story.)
Overall Impression: Just in time for Valentine's Day...A great chic-lit book that is sure to capture romantics and the romantic at heart. If you enjoy the days of swing and jazz and want to see a great romance come alive, then A Billion Reasons Why is the book for you!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Let me know what you think! Happy Reading!