A Thousand Reasons, a new contemporary romance by Mariah Dietz is NOW AVAILABLE!!!!
Title: A Thousand Reasons
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le with byhngle.com
Release Date: Thursday, June 21st!
My life is like a coin.
There are two sides.
On one side, I am Leela Walsh: daughter, sister, employee at three minimum-wage jobs.
I cook. Do laundry. Contribute to the debt my family is sinking in.
On the second side, I am Leela Walsh: Straight-A student, top graduate of my class, med student.
No one knows of my brother’s sordid past. My sister’s poor decisions. Or that I’m the first in my family to graduate high school.
The balance between these two sides is nearly impossible to maintain. And it only becomes more difficult when I meet Wes McCleary.
He’s never had a job. Never wanted for anything.
And now, he wants me.
There are a thousand reasons we shouldn’t be together, and just one that keeps bringing us together.
Will that one reason be enough?
A Thousand Reasons is a sweet, slow burn romance!
Wes and Leela come from entirely different worlds. He comes from wealth but absent parents, and she lives right at, if not sometimes, below the poverty level. However, for the most part her parents are supportive of her and her goal of becoming an ER doctor.
Wes is one of the good guys. He doesn’t make judgments about people, and he really wants to get to know Leela. Ironically, Leela appears to judge people based on their socioeconomic status but not really in a negative way. It stems from her childhood and the struggles she faced. Thankfully, Wes wears her down little by little, and she makes room in her heart for him.
I really admired both characters, and I really liked how Dietz portrayed them. Leela is an amazing character. She has sacrificed so much, she struggles with maintaining balance in her life. She works several jobs to support her family, and she also maintains a straight A average in med school. Wes brings her some balance.
As I wrote earlier, this is a slow burn romance, but it had to be. These are individuals from two very different worlds. Dietz clearly illustrates that. It really struck me and really made me think about how very lucky I was and am. She very realistically shows what leaving at the poverty level looks like. Leela only used mustard because ketchup was too expensive. She had to call the electric company to see if her family could pay installments so their electricity wasn’t cut off, and both her parents worked. Those things made me respect Leela even more. She is one tough cookie. She never gave up no matter what obstacles she faced.
The only thing missing from this book is an epilogue of sorts. Wes and Leela are such great characters, and I would like to know where life took them.
This is my first read from Mariah Dietz, and I can’t wait to read more from her. I know that some of her characters in this book appear in earlier books, so I’m excited to get to know their stories as well.
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Mariah Dietz lives in North Carolina with her husband and three sons who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.
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