Every time I pick up a new Andrea Boyd story about the Spencer family, I think it can't possibly be as good as the last one and every time, I'm wrong! What Matters Most is Spencer daughter, Jolene's story, and her story is a doozy. Of all of her children, Jolene is the one that Ma Leora Spencer is the most worried about. Not only is Jo unsaved, she's been having an on-again/off-again affair with a married man. Jo is also the only one of her children who is fighting her decision to stop her cancer treatments. As a nurse, Jo feels that medical intervention might give Ma enough extra time for a cure to be discovered, but Ma is equally convinced that it won't make a difference, and will only increase her discomfort in her final days. Can Ma make Jo see that the only thing that will make her feel better is knowing that all of her children will one day join her in heaven? Micah Abrams met Ma Spencer in the hospital cafeteria where she spent a couple days a week praying for the staff. As she befriends him, she not only bolsters his faith, she offers him a new home that doesn't involve the 4-hour commute he currently has. As a fellow prayer warrior, Micah has heard about Ma's unsaved daughter, but meeting Jo he is still unprepared for the jolt of attraction he feels. He knows some of her story but not all of it. When things blow up for Jo, can he convince her that she is worthy of love, that God loves her, and he does, too? I loved everything about this book. Jo is trying so hard to be the "good girl" her mother expects her to be and her former love is doing his best to lure her back into their adulterous relationship. When she finally realizes she really does need God on her side, the blowup between the two is spectacular. I also loved Micah! He had a very rough life but has been a man of honor, caring for his mother and sister, and even friends in the trailer court. He works odd hours as a nurse four hours from his home, and is a single parent to his sister's daughter. He fits into the Spencer family like a glove, and Ma Spencer already loves him. If you've read any of the other Spencer family books, this one will be a must read book for you. Even if you haven't read any of them, this one will tug at every heart-string, and when you've finished it, you'll want to add the other three books to your TBR list! I highly recommend What Matters Most!!!
This book was so good and I enjoyed it so much! It’s emotional and deals with death, infidelity and forgiveness (in a very delicate way). Mrs Boyd knows how to bring out different emotions in her readers. I loved Jo and Micah’s story and then put Micah’s little girl and Jo’s family in the middle of it all and you have all kinds of things happening. I definitely did not get bored reading this book. If you like a good clean romance and so much more you have to read this story! I received an ebook from the author but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.