All That Really Matters

Author: Nicole Deese
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Bethany House Publishers ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: 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.

Ope’s Opinions: This definitely is a wonderful Christian Fiction, but not preachy at all. The cast of characters were authentic and all had flaws ( as we do ). Reading about them dealing with their own flaws and the flaws of others was so realistic. The changes Molly makes from the beginning of the book until end, felt so genuine. As you read, you can see and feel her grow.

Parts of the story seemed enjoyably predictable, but there were enough unexpected turns to make me want to keep reading to see where it was going to go. It moved at a pace that kept my attention from beginning to end.

The ending was what I wanted, but I am wishing for a sequel to see where Miles, Val, Wren, etc. are now.

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