All That It Takes by Nicole Deese
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Book Description: 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.
This book is about the relationship between Val and Miles. They have a person who connects them, Molly is Val's best friend and Miles's twin sister. They have met before at Molly's wedding. There was attraction, but neither acted upon it.
Val just moved from Alaska to Washington with her nine-year-old son, Tucker. The move was not as smooth as she wanted, the place she had lined up to live fell through. Molly has a bright idea! Let's move Val into the rental above Miles's home as a tenant. Personally, I think it was brilliant.
I liked Miles and his backstory, but it is Val's story that I loved. She has had a difficult life. She was in a skiing accident as a child that continues to cause her pain and problems. She also had a son as a single mother. The love that she has to give is phenomenal. There were times that I wanted to cry with her as she talked about her trials. One blessing she has is her son, he's a really good kid.
Miles lost his outreach ministry and is struggling with her new assignment. He wants to be in Mexico rather than leading the people in his hometown. Both Val and Miles are broken people who become a dynamic duo when they are together. They encourage and bring out the best in the other.
This story resonated with me on so many levels. It is beautifully written and shares a powerful message about God's love and the power of serving others.
I have already added Molly's story All That Really Matters to my list.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.