A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck
Thomas Nelson, 2011
Christian Chick Lit/Romance
Rating:  4/5

Synopsis: Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. Or so she thinks. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiance, Dexter.

She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter…but nowhere on that list is love. And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend.

Only now he’s a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for her childhood friend’s wedding. As his date. But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there’s a magnetism between them she can’t deny.

Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasting, Christian marriage. But what if there’s more? What if God’s desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that’s what Luc has offered all along?

My Thoughts:

First of all, I have to mention that this isn’t the final cover for A Billion Reasons Why – I found it when I searched Google images and I like this one so much better than the one the publisher chose.  Not sure why they chose the one they did since Katie is Irish and has red hair in the book.  And the one in this post is cuter.  So, this being my book review and my blog, I chose this cover for my post.  ;-)

I read this book in two days – it’s a great quick romance read and such a cute story!  If they made it into a movie I think it would be popular.  There is quite a bit of reference to classic Hollywood actors and actresses from the 1940’s and I LOVED that.  In fact, that’s what really drew me into the story and set Katie apart from many other romance heroines.  There are quotes and references to movies that made me smile and feel like I was getting to know the author.

I found myself liking all of the characters except one rather annoying man whose name begins with “Poin”… if you read it you’ll know who I’m talking about.  The romance was sweet and not too predictable but I wish that the character of the guy she ends up with had been more developed – I felt like the ending was hurried and there were so many ups and downs I wasn’t sure what to think.  Not that I wasn’t satisfied with the ending – I was.  I just was feeling involved in the story and didn’t quite understand what it was (besides good looks, charm, his knowing her well, and the fact that there was intensity between them and a history) that made them love each other.  Maybe that’s enough and I’m asking too much, but since the entire book centered around her love life and her indecision about who to marry (the dependable Christian guy or the billionaire playboy) I was hoping for a more… realistic basis for her decision.

Despite the fact that I wasn’t completely happy with the story, I loved the characters and found it to be a very entertaining light romance.  Some parts made me laugh, and others made me think seriously.  If you’re a fan of Kristin Billerbeck, contemporary romance/chick lit, or 40’s actresses (especially Ginger Rogers), you should check this one out.  :)

Detailed Rating Breakdown:
Characters: 8/10
Plot:  8/10
Writing:  8/10
Creativity:  8/10
Cover:  8/10

Overall Rating:
♥♥♥♥ (4/5)

Read the first four chapters HERE on GoodReads!
(Click on Google Preview under the cover)

Buy it on Amazon.com

Book source:  Digital PDF borrowed from NetGalley and returned after 90 days.  Amazon links are my affiliate links.

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