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What Matters Most [Mass Market Paperback]

Winnie Griggs

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This romance novel is REALLY GOOD, no kidding! 2 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been disappointed in the last 5 or 6 romance novels I've read (I will be nice and not mention any names of those books or authors.) This book, however, was awesome! I think you will love reading "WHAT MATTERS MOST". Very romantic. Characters are great. I loved "Reed", wish I could marry him myself! There's a little boy in the story, Toby. He is a sweetie. Fell in love with him too. Very clever story. I was really hooked on this one and read the whole thing in less than 2 days because I couldn't wait to find out how it ended. I am always happy to discover a new writer and Mrs. Griggs is a really good find. I will definitely look forward to getting her next one. Highest rating - 5 stars!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Romance Lovers 11 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being an avid romance reader from Louisiana I am excited to come across a novel written by a local author. For anyone who loves romance this book is a MUST READ. The story revolves around Lucy, a young woman with a small boy living alone just outside of a small town in Texas during the 1890s. Her neighbors aren't exactly friendly to her since she isn't married, and they don't think she ever has been. She meets and rescues Reed in a dangerous encounter and their relationship unfolds from there.
The story has all the elements that we romance readers love. Lots of dialog, comedy, touching scenes, intimate moments, a little danger, a story line that keeps us guessing and a suprise & happy ending to die for.
If you like sweet romances with intimate scenes but not a lot of graphic detail - YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!
This is Ms Griggs first book. She has another coming out in Novemeber.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a matter for your heart 4 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reed Wilder is a man on a mission. He's traveled to Texas in search of Lucy Ames, a deceitful woman who broke his sister-in-law's heart, stole a family heirloom and had his brother's child out of wedlock. Her son, Toby, is the only heir to the Wilder family fortune.
However, the Lucy Ames that Reed finds os jos amge; o fmercy. She defends him against two town bullies and nurses him back to health unselfishly and tenderly. Could this beautiful, courageous woman truly be the woman he so resents? Could the feelings he has for Lucy when looking into her warm, brown eyes by real? Could the emotions they share when touching each other be true love?
Reed's journey to Texas was only the beginning. Together, he and Lucy are on a journey of the heart to find out WHAT MATTERS MOST. Ms. Griggs has given us a gentle read about strength, devotion, forgiveness and love. As matters of the heart go - this books is a must read!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging characters, compelling plot 17 May 2001
By Kelly S. Cannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Winnie Griggs bursts onto the romance scene with a debut novel that puts scores of well-established romance authors to shame. Her characters are multi-faceted and resonate with realness. They have faults we can identify with and virtues we aspire to. Even the secondary characters are clearly drawn and emerge as distinct people rather than stereotypes. The plot is well thought-out and filled with heart-tearing conflict and a nice dollop of mystery. Buy this book, and then look for more by Ms. Griggs! I certainly am.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Might want to borrow this instead of buy it, but worth a read 29 Sep 2008
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Too often heroines or heroes let pride stand in the way of romance and the heroine, Lucy Ames, is guilty of this in Winnie Griggs' novel What Matters Most.

Lucy is a single mother of a six year old son living on the outskirts of a small Texas town. She saves Reed Wilder from two thieves who have beaten him senseless, she takes him back to her home to recuperate.

Reed is actually searching for Lucy. He and his wealthy family believe she is a scheming opportunist who slept with his brother while he was married and stole a family heirloom; he also believes that Lucy's son Toby is his nephew. He keeps all this information hidden from her though and to pay her back for saving his life, stays on the farm as a handyman for a few weeks.

Lucy really likes Reed and he seems non-judgmental whereas everyone in the town has deemed her a wanton. She is defensive with Reed at times and extremely private about her past. She withdraws every time Reed brings up her association with Toby's dad. She has confessed that she never married her son's father.

Lucy is both likable and incredibly frustrating. She is kind hearted, independent and resourceful but she is also way too stubborn, prideful and defensive. Even when this is brought gently to her attention she won't bend much. She is keeping her own secrets.

Reed sees Lucy in a new light but also realizes that Toby deserves to be part of his father's family. I thought the dialogue was well done but I never felt like there was a lot of sexual tension and there is very little physical romantic expression between the leads. Without giving too much of the plot away, a figure from Lucy's past in New Orleans has a part to play in this novel. However, the author does not establish the character well nor does she tie up all the loose ends. Finally, I was not overly fond of the way Lucy's temperament ran hot and cold towards Reed. Initially she was full of compassion for a wounded stranger, then she was kind to a recuperating man, then prideful and resentful that she needed his help around the farm, then distrustful and stubborn and finally loving. Reed has a much more consistent character; he distrusted Lucy initially thanks to his detective's report about her but then allowed himself to get to know her which transformed him into a loving man.
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