All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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Can I first say how much I love this cover? It is stunning in its simplicity yet grabs your attention. I am a sucker for a good cover and this is one of the best.
Not to mention this is an amazing story. I was intrigued with Molly McKenzie from the beginning. This is my first read from this author and it was a good one. Molly is an influencer for beauty brands so she has that air about her that many successful young influencers have. Not that I am belittling them in anyway. As a stepping stone to something more Molly applies to mentor girls at The Bridge, a place for aged-out foster kids. While Silas Whittaker, the director of program, has a dream to to accommodate more youth into his program and help them mature into responsible adults.
I enjoyed both Molly and Silas very much. When they finally finally turned control of their lives over to God I knew he was going to make great things happen. Molly begins to see the difference she makes in the lives of the girls and in doing that she finds her purpose in life and it isn’t searching for fortune and fame.
As I said this such a wonderful story and I am so glad that I read it. I came away feeling good about the whole thing. It is very clever and well written. In my opinion it is a must read for 2021.