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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2021 Nicole Deese (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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Great story, great narrator

I was a huge Nicole Deese fan before I listened to this audio book, but I actually found this book by searching for stories narrated by Justis Bolding. As a newbie to audio books, I’m finding the narrator makes all the difference. I’ve listened to a few where I found the story might have been fine if I’d been reading the text myself, but the narrator was too distracting. But when I found this book by a stellar author as well as narrator, I knew this would be awesome. And it was. The story line was so good, with so many different twists and unexpected turns. Combine that with great narration, it wasn’t difficult to make it my favorite audio book yet.

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Lighthearted, fun and imaginable story!

From the very first chapter you are drawn into this story. There are moments to make you smile, laugh and even shed a tear. Very well written and the audio was a great pick for a long family road trip! My girls went from do we have to listen to…. asking for it to turn it back on.

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So enjoyable and inspiring!

Wow, Nicole! I’m so impressed by your writing skills. Couldn’t wait to get back to listening to this book. So much to it and very inspiring! 💛 kept me guessing with the twists and turns too. Keep it up!

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Couldn’t Stop Listening

I was doing market research. Yep. That’s how I stumbled on this gem. This was the second title on my list of books to look into, and I was hoping desperately that it wouldn’t be as disappointing as the first (by a different author). It wasn't! Instead, it made me laugh, cry, think, and even dream off-the-page goals. In fact, I was still listening at 4 a.m.!

I fell in love with Molly, Val, Silas, and the other characters immediately. They are well-developed, relatable, and leave you wanting to know more of their story.

Having worked in the non-profit world (specifically in orphan care) for many years, this book was right in my heart-space. It blessed me to hear the needs of these young adults being so skillfully brought to life. But also, I found I could relate to the heart-change the characters were experiencing through their work. This was what impressed me most about this book. While it's clearly a romance, there's just so much more to it!

The story moves along well and beautifully weaves in themes of grace, faith, vulnerability, redemption, restoration, patience, and compassion.

The narrators did an amazing job. I kept forgetting that it wasn't really the characters themselves telling the story. They brought a lot of life to the story with their added laughs, sighs, and...talking around toothbrushes. This book is well-worth a listen! (You may even listen more than once! Because...I mean...Zorro.)

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Great wholesome love story!

Loved it from beginning to end! Didn't want it to end! Can't wait for the follow up!!🤩

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Great story

Loved this story. The narrators were perfect especially the one reading Molly's part. I love that the author went deeper than just a typical boy meets girl romance and tackled tough issues like identity and authenticity.

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I DID NOT want this book to end!

This book is anointed. Absolutely beautiful, and full of faith and humor too. This is the kind of book you go back to and reread and that you are excited to give to a book loving friend.😁
And the narrators were perfect!