Book Review: All That it Takes

Happy Monday, Friends!

I’m kicking off the week with a review of Nicole Deese’s upcoming release—releases tomorrow—All That It Takes. Today’s the last day to get the preorder special at Baker Book House, so check it out!

About the Book

When the ever-cautious Val Locklier finally agrees to a cross-country move with her nine-year-old son to take a job with her best friend, Molly, everything she had planned for the future unravels within the first week. After pushing aside her anxieties about renting an apartment from Molly’s twin brother, whom she barely knows, she accepts an invitation for an elite filmmaker’s mentorship. Caught between her insecurities and new possibilities, she feels completely unprepared for the challenges ahead.

Pastor Miles McKenzie returns home from abroad to discover that not only does he have an intriguing new tenant living upstairs, he’s been banished to a ministry on life support. Disillusioned and restless, he pursues a relationship with Val without stopping to consider the timing or asking God to direct his steps.

As Val struggles to stop hiding behind the camera and Miles wrestles with shattered expectations, they’ll find that authentic love and sacrifice must go hand in hand.


My Thoughts

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Nicole Deese is one of my favorite authors and All That It Takes reminded me why. From the opening page she gripped me in the tale of Val and Miles. She made me care about their lives, about their futures, and how they could possibly come together and intertwine the two.

And as always with a Nicole Deese book, you get an added theme, a bigger picture, of what it’s like to care for God’s people and why one person’s efforts matter.

This was a moving book and had a satisfying conclusion that left me cheering for happy ever afters and examining whether or not I’m apart of being the change.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

About the Author

Nicole Deese’s eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award Winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and Inspy Awards. Both these books are from her best-selling Love in Lenox Series. Her newest contemporary romance, Before I Called You Mine, from Bethany House Publishers has recently received a starred review from Booklist.

When Nicole’s not sorting out characters and plots of her own, she can usually be found reading near a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest (most often while sipping on a sparkling water). She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two towering-over-her teen sons, and her princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

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