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.