First Line Friday — All That It Takes

25 Mar

Happy Friday! Today I am spotlighting All That It Takes by Nicole Deese. This will be my second book by Deese, and I am so excited to read it.

Here’s the first line:

As the door to our new life swung open and my ten-year-old son rushed across the threshold to explore the second-story apartment, the you-break-it, you-buy-it policy flashed across my mind like a hazard warning.

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.

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — All That It Takes”

  1. Lyn Perry March 25, 2022 at 8:14 am #

    I like the you break it you buy it image. Intriguing opening. Happy reading. My first line Friday is up as well.

  2. Nicole Santana March 26, 2022 at 12:03 am #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m just beginning A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch.
    “I am to go by myself?” Grace dropped the rag she had been using to wash the parlor window.
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤📚

  3. Jen@GracetoGrow March 26, 2022 at 10:38 am #

    I can’t wait to read this one! I was hoping Miles and Val would get their own story 😊 My post this week features Count the Nights by Stars by Michelle Shocklee: http://gracetogrowblog.com/count-nights-by-stars-michelle-shocklee/

  4. Cindy Davis March 26, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

    I am looking forward to reading this one as well 🙂

  5. Paula Shreckhise March 26, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

    Oooo! I’m almost done With Nicole Deese’ book! I laughed, I cried, learned new things! She doesn’t disappoint! Great characters in Val and Miles!!

    My first line is from Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill:
    December 31, 1883
    “I don’t understand why we can’t marry sooner. Cincinnati doesn’t require your grandfather’s consent.”

  6. Danielle Grandinetti March 27, 2022 at 10:27 am #

    I can’t wait to read this one! I’m currently reading Enchanting an Heiress by Kristi Ann Hunter, so here’s a line from there: A few weeks ago, Harriet had not been looking forward to the April Meeting and the influx of people and social engagements it would bring.
    My First Line post comes from The Element of Love by Mary Connealy: https://daniellegrandinetti.com/2022/03/25/the-element-of-love/
    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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