Friday, April 1, 2022

All That It Takes


"[A] charming fish-out-of-water tale. . . . Fans of Rachel Hauck should take a look."--Publishers Weekly on All That Really Matters   

When the ever-cautious Val Locklier moves cross-country with her son for a secure job, everything she'd planned unravels within the first week. After Val reluctantly agrees to rent an apartment from her best friend's brother, an unexpected chance at an elite filmmakers' mentorship ignites fresh hope for a dream career. But as Val's community begins to expand, so do her insecurities, especially those heightened by her growing attraction to a certain friendly landlord. 

Pastor Miles McKenzie returns home from a short-term mission trip to discover that not only does he have an intriguing new tenant living upstairs, he's also been reassigned to a local ministry on life support. Disillusioned and restless, he distracts himself by throwing his energy into a host of new projects--not the least of which is pursuing Val--without stopping to consider the future. 

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.

My thoughts: I fell in love with the characters in the first book, All That Really Matters, so I was thrilled to return to the story line, this time with Val and Miles starring as the main characters. I loved getting to know them better as they tried to figure out where the Lord is leading them. Miles with his feelings of failures in regards to how his church has handled the ministries that he has overseen and the demotion that he is currently facing and Val with her new job with Molly and the chance at a film mentorship. 
I loved the deeper messages of this book! I could relate to Val as she struggled to really open up about some of her past mistakes, since I have had some similar experiences recently with feeling God calling me to put some of my brokenness out there for His glory. I could also relate to Miles as he tried to figure out how his goals and vision for his life were put the test. This is a wonderful story to pick up and enjoy, I know it's one of my new favorites!
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

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