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A Billion Reasons Why Paperback – January 31, 2011
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The synopsis of this book made it sound so romantic and charming. However, I found myself getting lost in several passages. Things didn't seem to flow right the actions seemed choppy and didn't make a lot of sense and I couldn't seem to get a true grasp on any of the characters. For instance, one character acts as though they saw a shared kiss/moment but they weren't even present. Luc acts as though his mother would be proud to know Katie yet his mother was the one screaming at Katie all those years ago. Katie's mother tells her that Mrs. DeForges is not nice but you don't really get that feeling from Luc, yet you do later and you get it from Katie's mother as well as from Katie.
I didn't know which characters to trust and I'm not sure they did either. They seemed to flip flop and change with the wind. I'm still trying to figure out how the stranger at the store could make that random comment about Katie's father when she barely spoke to Katie let alone knew anything about Katie's father.
Some of my biggest obstacles were:
That Luc didn't really seem to know Katie so how could he claim to have loved her all those years? She seemed to enjoy teaching and that was what she had planned to do all those years ago.Read more ›
I really wanted to like this book. I considered giving it 3 stars just because I like Kristin Billerbeck's previous books so much. Unfortunately, try as I might, I couldn't. My main problem with this book is the characters, I found that I didn't care for them. I was not invested in them in the least bit. First, we have Katie who is a special needs teacher with an obsession with all things from the 1940's. I found this love of the 40's a tad overdone, and I am a huge fan of Cary Grant and movies from this era. There was a great mystery surrounding what had happened to Katie all those years ago to make her stay in California. When the reader is finally told I was a little more annoyed with Katie, after all these years it seemed to me she should have realized that perhaps the way she proposed to Luc was a bit inappropriate and out of the blue and that she should have given him a chance to explain. The time and place was Luc's college graduation party surrounded by guests, most of whom looked on Katie as a charity case. If I had known a bit more about Katie and Luc's relationship maybe it wouldn't have seemed so, well, ridiculous. Second, we have multimillionaire Luc who comes off as a pretty cocky man who thinks he knows what Katie really wants and needs. The author never really gave a clear picture of Luc, in my opinion, not enough for me to root for him. But by far my least favorite character was Eileen, Katie's best friend.Read more ›
I wanted to like "A Billion Reasons Why." Amazon has been recommending it to me for weeks now, and I thought the synopsis made it sound interesting. Now, I wish I hadn't spent my time on it.
My main complaint with the book is the characters. I didn't find any of them particularly likeable, and Katie had zero chemistry with either Luc or Dexter. (I know it's odd to describe book characters as having chemistry, but if you've read anything by Denise Hunter or Karen Kingsbury, you'll know what I mean.) At one point, Katie's mother says she thinks Luc's brother Jem has always been half in love with Katie, and I thought, "That's it! I don't care about Luc or Dex because Katie belongs with Jem!" Wrong. Jem hardly factors into the plot. And then there's Eileen, Katie's best friend. Eileen (understandably) hates Luc because of what he did to Katie. But the girl seriously can't make up her mind! She tells Katie to marry Dex; she tells Katie not to marry Dex; she tells Katie to marry Dex; she tells Katie to marry Luc. Why would anyone listen to her? I kept waiting for Katie to tell her to shut up. I'm still waiting.
The book also has some continuity problems. For example, at the end of one chapter, Katie says she doesn't have any tears to cry over Dex. At the beginning of the next, Katie is a mess because of all her crying. At the end of the same chapter, Katie muses about her lack of an emotional response to what happened with Dex.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best christian romances I have read loved it. If you like sweet and southern get it :)Published 8 months ago by Shaw Brewer
LOVED!!!! Very good book. Predictable though, but good. Very Hallmarky, if ya know what I mean!?!? But it's well worth it if you're a girl and like the Hallmark channel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Micaela
Thus is a great read - an easy read and very captivating. I love thus authors writing style. Clean book with Christian emphasis. Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by Cheryl F
This was a fun, well-written book. Although I believed how it would end, I enjoyed the journey of getting there.Published 15 months ago by Carol A. Cerwinsky
I enjoyed this book have enjoyed many others written by Kristin Billerbeck. It was a bit predictable, but was a really good read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by EV102007
This was a compelling and interesting story that kept you reading until the end. It was my first by this author and it has resulted in me reading six more of her books and buying... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Redbird
There are "A Billion Reasons Why" you should read this book. Katie's story is heart felt as she struggles to deal with letting go of her first love and seeking forgiveness. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amanda James