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There are a billion reasons why Katie McKenna has decided to marry Dex Hastings, the main one being that he is not the man who broke her heart eight years ago. Dexter is everything that Katie�s true love, Luc DeForges, is not, and that makes her feel safe. But when she�s honest, she admits that it also makes her feel bored. When Luc concocts a plan to take Katie back to their hometown for his brother�s wedding, Katie must discover where her heart belongs. Throw in a dash of Cajun charm, zany girlfriends, and eccentric mothers, and the award-winning Billerbeck has developed an uplifting romance novel that is sure to be a hit with readers of light contemporary fiction. --Elizabeth Ponder


“Christian chick-lit star Billerbeck has moved on from her popular Ashley Stockingdale trilogy with an engaging new novel that features struggling fashion designer Lilly Jacobs and her two best friends, Morgan and Poppy . . . Snappy dialogue and lovable characters make this novel a winner.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Billerbeck has the chick lit tone nailed, providing the angst without the juvenile whine too common in the genre. Settle in for madcap fun that leaves the reader wanting more.” (Romantic Times)

“Well known as a chick-lit author . . . Christy Award finalist Billerbeck turns her talent for witty dialog to the YA market . . . [a] hilarious novel.” (Library Journal)

“[W]itty musings and snappy dialogue” (Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (January 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547910
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristin Billerbeck is the author of more than 30 novels, including "What a Girl Wants" and the Ashley Stockingdale and Spa Girls Series. She is a fourth-generation Californian, who loves her state and the writing fodder it provides. Learn more at

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa VINE VOICE on April 6, 2011
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Eight years ago, Katie McKenna fled New Orleans with her broken heart. Believing she has finally repaired that heart she has found fulfillment in her chosen career of teaching special needs kids and Dexter, her soon to be fiancé. Or so she thought. Luc DeForges enters Katie's life once again looking for her to return to New Orleans as his date to his brother's wedding. He wants her to sing and dance at the 40's themed wedding and show the town that she is past her public humiliation eight years previous.

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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AmazonLover VINE VOICE on March 11, 2011
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Eight years ago Katie McKenna was publicly rejected and humiliated by her then boyfriend Luc DeForges. Now, all these years later Luc has unexpectedly come back into her life and coerced her to come back to New Orleans to sing in his brother's wedding. Katie clearly still has feelings for Luc which complicates things with her fiance Dexter.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Becky R. VINE VOICE on April 4, 2011
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Luc broke Katie's heart and publicly humiliated her when he refused her marriage proposal. Eight years later, Katie is almost engaged to Dexter when Luc flies back into her life. Now she must decide if she wants the sensible, practical, safe man or the man who makes her heart race. I think you can guess what the answer is.

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.
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