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.
All That It Takes pulls at your heartstrings while also making you laugh out loud. But even more than that, it carries such a beautiful message that is so relatable to many. The storyline explores tough topics such as abortion, adoption, single parenting and physical pain, but is an easy read and not heavy. The main characters, Val and Miles, are both confronted with obstacles on their own and in their relationship. The supporting characters range in age, gender and dynamics – I wanted to get to know them all and felt that I did by the end of the book. The story develops exposing their personal imperfections, but also allowing them to discover spiritual truths. You can feel the emotions of the characters and will find yourself rooting them on. It is not often I highlight passages in a fiction book, but the message of faith was so beautifully woven in that it stirred deep within my soul. I wanted to come back and read it again. Although it is a spin off of Deese’s previous book, All That Really Matters, it can be read as a stand alone as it explores the secondary characters. Nicole Deese has quickly become an author that I am impatiently waiting for the next book. All That It Takes will certainly be one of my top reads for 2022. Buy Now: Bookshop.org