Book Review | All That Really Matters

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All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese.

Book Blurb

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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Author Information

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. The first book in her upcoming contemporary romance series with Bethany House Publishers is set to release in early 2020.

When she’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 a sparkling water). She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two towering-over-her pre-teen sons, and her princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

From Author Website

Danielle’s Review

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese is a contemporary romance and so much more.

Molly McKenzie is a fashion influencer and a bright spot to anyone who comes within her circle. It’s hard not to fall in love with her, especially since we, as readers, get to hear her inner thoughts and heartaches. When she volunteers at a transitional home for foster youth, those inner thoughts take an even deeper turn.

I absolutely loved this story and plan to reread it when I want to revisit characters that feel like old friends. Honestly, there is so much I enjoyed about this book: the characters, the plot, the setting, the writing. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like. In fact, you know that part in romance where the couple faces their deepest struggle? The way this particular couple handled that part made me love the story even more.

If you haven’t gotten yourself a copy, whether from a bookstore, library, or online, please do! Struggling with social media and not sure your place in it? This story dives right into all those challenges. Have a heart for foster children (or don’t know enough about what happens after they age-out)? The author does a wonderful job weaving those facts into the story.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this book and truly hope you’ll take the time to read it, too.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Tours, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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