Title: All That Really Matters
Author: Nicole Deese
Molly McKenzie's bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a big paycheck each month. When her manager-turned-boyfriend says she has an audition to appear as a host on a makeover show that nominates underprivileged youth, her dream of further fame seems to be coming true. There's just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.
When her manager-boyfriend convinces her to partner with a local organization, she begins volunteering with a summer youth program. The program's director, Silas Whittaker, challenges her at every turn, but she swiftly grows more attached to the kids--and him--every day.
As Molly experiences an acceptance unlike anything she's known, she wrestles with the lies she's been believing about herself for years. She thought she knew what mattered most in life, but maybe she's had it wrong this whole time, and there's more to being truly seen than what she's built her entire life on.
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About Nicole Deese
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 of these books are from her bestselling Love in Lenox series. When she's not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.
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"I want to be more than a pretty face with an addictive personality. I want to be seen as the real deal. Someone who uses their influence to pay it forward. For good."
The above quote is what this book is about. It's about transformation, and not in the physical sense but more in an emotional and spiritual sense.
This book is real, raw and honest; as are the characters. Tackling some hard topics-- such as aging out of the foster care system, self-worth, forgiveness, acceptance, and friendship-- Ms. Deese shows the reality along with showing God's character and His blessings.
This story tugged at my heart strings, made me giggle, and cheer for not only Molly and Silas but others.
From time to time we all wonder if we're doing something that matters or will make a difference and this book shows the difference from making a difference based on society's opinion vs. God's opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.