All that Really Matters book review
Book Review,  Contemporary Fiction

All That Really Matters By Nicole Deese

I have been looking forward to my schedule clearing enough for me to read this book for a while. SO GOOD!

Here is my review:



After I got over the sadness that I’d finished this delightful book, it took me a few days to gather my words together to try to express how much I loved this book. First, it was just the right balance of humor and depth I needed. If you don’t fall in love with these characters, are you even human?

Second, I want to know what happens to Miles. And I’m excited that we will get to read his story too.

But back to All That Really Matters, Molly and Silas are wonderful and I wish I knew them in real life. I had to put the book down near the end to do some work, and I found myself worrying about them, and wondering if they were going to be okay given the circumstances they found themselves in at around that point in the book where I left off.

Nicole Deese tells a story that has heart, humor, and hope. All I can say is, enjoy the ride, this one is a gem!


I received an ARC from the publisher. My opinion is my own.

Cover of All that Really Matters



Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a shiny monthly paycheck. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

To gain an edge on her competitors, she applies to volunteer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids during summer, only the program’s director, Silas Whittaker, doesn’t find her as charming as her followers do. But since forfeiting a goal has never been her style, Molly’s only option is to accept the terms Silas lays out and submit to his rules–even the most ridiculous ones pertaining to social media.

Soon as the residents of the home become more than a means to pad her career resume, and Silas becomes more than an obstacle on her path to fame, her once-narrow focus expands to include the deep needs of those she’s serving… and perhaps the ones she’s neglected inside herself as well. It took years to build her platform, but only one summer to discover what really matters most.

Author, Nicole Deese


Nicole Deese is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and INSPY Award finalist. When she’s not working on her next contemporary Christian romance novel, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior. Find her online at



Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.


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