Tuesday, April 5, 2022

All That It Takes Review

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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have been eagerly waiting to read this book for months now and it did not disappoint. I absolutely love the stories and characters that Nicole Deese creates. She is such a talented author and if you haven't read one of her books you are missing out. 
This story carries through with some of the same characters from her book All That Really Matters.  I love Miles but even more so I just love Val's character. There is so much in this book and I really enjoyed it all. Val's background and history takes this story to another level that I didn't see coming. There is an added story line later in the book that also surprised me. While fun and  romantic, this book tackles some really difficult life experiences. It also shows how much of a difference a person can make in someone else's life.  

This book left me pondering long after I finished reading the last page and that is the sign of an excellent story. I highly recommend! 

Five Stars. 

"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."