Friday, February 25, 2011

Review- A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck

Marketing geniuses across the blogosphere have flapped a lot of jaw proclaiming that the sub genre known as “chick lit” is on its way out. When I first heard those rumors, I tore my clothes and spread ashes about my library. (Not really.) But as it turns out, these were just rumors. I am happy to announce that, while the bookstore shelves may have lost a little weight in this particular category, rumors of its demise it have been greatly exaggerated. Point in case: Kristin Billerbeck’s latest novel, A Billion Reasons Why.

With quirky, sarcastic characters and the use of fashion as an elemental, but freshly done ingredient, A Billion Reasons Why will appeal to die hard fans of “chick lit” as well as the larger audience of inspirational romance readers who will appreciate the new depth Billerbeck has brought to her storytelling.


THE SITCH


Katie McKenna is about to be engaged to a practical, solid Christian man whose goals and values seem to very much line up with her own. Only one thing is keeping Katie and Dexter from making their engagement official: nobody seems to know where her grandmother’s heirloom engagement ring has been hidden.

Enter Luc DeForges, Katie’s gorgeous ex-boyfriend, a multi-millionaire who has his own private jet, can work a fedora better than Neal Caffrey at a late-night showing of Casablanca, and just happens to know the location of Katie’s ring. But he’s not telling. Luc has come to ask Katie to sing at his brother’s 1940s-themed wedding, but what he really wants is to keep Katie from marrying the wrong man.

Katie can’t forget the humiliation she received at Luc’s hand years ago, but she knows that Luc is her ticket to getting her ring and she won’t marry Dexter without it. With Dexter’s blessing, Katie agrees to accompany Luc to the wedding in hopes of obtaining her ring.

There are a billion reasons why Katie should marry Dexter – and just as many that she shouldn’t let herself fall in love with Luc DeForges again. But the more Katie is around Luc, the more she remembers the joy her life used to hold. Katie begins to question whether having a life of safety is worth giving up a life full of life.

HOW IT HIT ME


Like Ginger Rogers’s tap heels across a polished ballroom floor: smooth, jazzy, and precise; sometimes seeming to float on air, but with enough attitude to keep my eyes glued to the page.

Kristin Billerbeck’s characters skillfully sashayed through a medley of 1940s-meets-21st-Century romance with the panache of a well-choreographed dance number. A fan of 1940s song and dance myself, I appreciated Billerbeck’s reference of classic lyrics and movie lines throughout the novel and felt they purveyed a classy sort of richness to this light romantic tale.


WHAT MADE ME SQUIRM


A moment of unexpected insight. (I prefer to avoid putting spoilers in a review, so I’m going to word this carefully and turn it into a teaser, instead.)

When a particular character’s one glaring deficiency among his many husband-worthy traits was revealed, I had cause to reflect and wonder upon several troubled relationships within my sphere of notice. Even after finishing the novel my mind returned to those thoughts many times in the following days. It made me a bit sad to realize how very rare (that particular trait—no spoilers!) is to find nowadays – even within the church. My hope is that all the single ladies out there will take that particular passage to heart before they say “I do.” (You’ll have to read the book to find out what trait that is.)


TO READ, OR NOT TO READ: THAT IS THE QUESTION
“Here’s looking at you (reading it), kid.”


My recommendation? Download a few Cole Porter tunes, find a good red lipstick, and curl up with this book. And if you happen by a hat display and feel compelled to buy a fedora afterward…? Well, don’t be too hard on yourself.


AND FINALLY, IN THE WORDS OF INIGO MONTOYA:
“No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”


A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck is one sweet read. This novel is sure to fill your mind with romance, your heart with song, and your NetFlix account with classic movie rentals.

Serena's rating:








Reviewed by contributor Serena Chase
Follow Serena Chase on Twitter @Serena_Chase

It's giveaway time!

Leave a comment on this review (include your email address) between now and March 7 to win Serena's advanced review copy of A Billion Reasons Why. Open to residents of the US only. Winner will be emailed and announced in the comments section of this post.

Did you miss Kristin's visit to Edgy Inspirational Romance? Check out Stalking Kristin Billerbeck.

22 comments:

  1. I have read other reviews on this book and it sounds so great! Loved this review! Sign me up to win!

    lanapacker@me.com

    Have a God-filled day!
    Lana

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  2. Wow, what a great review! I love anything to do with the 1940s (and your reference to Neil Caffrey totally sold me)!

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  3. Oops forgot my email address for the giveaway... rovingreads AT gmail DOT com

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  4. Hey Joy!

    Thank you for the warm welcome to the book blogging world! It's wonderful to make connections...esp. with people who share similar tastes! And love for our Lord!

    I HAVE checked out your button page already and found it very helpful! So, thank you! And I will look through the list you sent me as well! I will certainly hit you up for those secrets! =)

    I just know you are a kindred spirit!

    Have a God-filled Friday!

    Lana

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  5. Lana, I love when I meet another inspy book blogger. I hope you come back and visit us often.

    Thanks to you and Roving for entering the giveaway.

    And Serena, I want to say, you hit another one out of the park with this review. I was snickering at the beginning. Can't wait for the day we can announce you've got a book out!

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  6. I'll love to be entered for this giveaway too, this review is too sweet, esp the teaser, :)

    myne @ mynewhitman .com

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  7. now that's what i call a review!
    luving your personality ")
    many thx ~
    blstef1@mts.net
    would LUV to win your review copy...

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  8. I loved your review and you left me so so so curious that I wish you would email me a spoiler :)
    (not an entry)

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  9. This book sounds great! I've heard nothing but good things about it and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  10. Sounds really good...on my TBR list!
    lgm52@hotmail.com

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  11. This sounds like a great book! I always love your reviews.
    gravesok@gmail.com

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  12. love this review...thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous novel...

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  13. I have read alot about Kristins book and everything points to a great read! Thanks for the interview, and the chance to win your advance copy. i am in arizona. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. Such a funny review! Great stuff.

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  16. Thanks for all your nice words about my review, y'all! And good luck winning the book!
    --Serena

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  17. I've wanted to read this one for a while. Thanks for the review!

    lizzielaura17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I really enjoyed your review of Kristen Billerbecks new book, " A Billion Reasons Why." She has has been one of my favorite authors for a while now and I'm really excited to read her new book!!! Maybe I'll Win it!! Kristinkatjoyce@gmail.com

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  19. I really enjoy Kristen Billerbeck's books. I like that they are light, often humorous books that still contain a strong faith thread. Her characters are often rather wacky but still likable. I'd love to win "A Billion Reasons Why."
    Thanks.
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  20. Thanks for the great review!
    I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win it:)
    Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  21. KarenK, you are the winner of A Billion Reasons Why! I'm emailing you now. :)

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  22. A vey fun and sweet story. Extremely well written. I felt that i was instantly transported to another world of swing dance, fedoras, and beautiful, elegant dresses. I love that world now. Katie was hurt by Luc a long time ago and it taught her a lesson she would always remember: be practical and dont feel anything. Now shes a special needs teacher practically engaged to the world's most boring and predictable man. Thus, she has every reason to marry him.

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