I got the chance to review the book All that Really Matters by Nicole Deese . Mrs. Deese has become my new favorite author. I follow her on Instagram and everything! Okay not everything but I do enjoy her writing. I even went back and read all of the other books I had missed. There aren't a ton so that quickly left me wanting more. So I was excited to get my hands on her new offering.
A bit about the book:
Molly McKenzie's bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have made her a major social media influencer.
When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America's underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There's just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.
To gain an edge on her competitors, she plans to volunteer for the summer at a transitional program or aged-out foster kids, but the program's director, Silas Whittaker, doesn't find her as charming as her followers do. Despite his ridiculous rules and terms, Molly dives into mentoring, surprising herself with the genuine connections and concerns she quickly develops for the girls – and Silas. But just as everything seems perfectly aligned for her professional future, it starts to crumble under the pressure. And as hr once-narrow focus opens to the deep needs o those she's come to know, she must face the ones she's neglected inside herself for so long.
The spark for this story happened for Nicole during a dinner shared with the director of a home similar to the one featured in the story. The lives and stories of these teens came to life centered around Molly, who many of us who work online can see a little bit of ourselves in at least.
Sometimes I feel as if I must know Mrs. Deese in person! Her books are written for me! They touch on issues I personally have experienced. That may not be true for all of her readers but for this story how did she know I am a former foster parent and often wonder where the former babies in my care are today. But I digress.
Poor Molly. I knew she would have to go through some crashing and burning but she did it with grace. I enjoyed All that Really Matters. It's not all gushy and romantic roses. It was a bit deeper than that.
As much as I liked it I did give it 4 stars because I think that her relationship with her former boyfriend ended quite quickly and it made me wonder what kind of relationship they really had. It was too quick of a break with no regrets. So I won't ready for her to move on because I wasn't so sure she was capable of deep feelings yet. I hope this makes sense.
So for you Christian, Clean, Contemporary, Romance readers who like a bit of depth this is for you.
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About Nicole Deese
Nicole Deese is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and INSPY Award finalist. 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 husband and three children. Visit her website: Nicole Deese