I love reading fiction. I love getting acquainted with believable characters. I look forward to stepping into their lives and daily routines each time I open up the book. I love falling in love with the hero right alongside the heroine and feeling that romantic rush. I love the heart pump that results from suspenseful moments.
The best way to end a wonderful story is a big finish! An ending with a wallop! That perfect satisfying ending that will make you remember the story long after it’s over.
I recently read a Contemporary Christian Romance that gave me that “wow!” feeling at the end. The book is All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese. In fact, here’s the review I left for it:
“Wow! A masterfully told story full of deep characters and intricate plot that all weave together after a slow burn to a compassionate ending that honors God! Silas and Molly make an unlikely couple at first, each with their own issues, but with God’s help they discover they’re perfect for each other. The ending is a real wallop!”
When I first met Molly, it was hard for me to relate to her. She made her living as a social media influencer – one of those jobs I’ve never had any personal connection to. She was dating her talent manager who seemed like a jerk, so I wasn’t sure why she was wasting her time with him.
Then we meet Silas. He didn’t make a positive first impression on me either. Molly was applying for a volunteer position with his organization (volunteer! No money exchanged!) and he turned her down flat. His line of work as the director of a halfway house of sorts for young adults who had aged out of foster care but had no support system to help guide them into adulthood, was interesting, and showed me that he had morals and cared for others. So why was he so rough on this pseudo-celebrity who wanted to donate her time to his organization?
So, we started there, but by another hundred pages in, I was completely hooked. Molly’s boyfriend/manager set her up for a lucrative advertising deal, but he is shady about it. Molly kicks him to the curb, when in standing up for her moral standards in the photo shoot, he doesn’t support her. Good riddance! Slowly, slowly, Molly and Silas start making their way towards each other, and I start rooting for them.
Meanwhile, one problem after another happens for Molly, for Silas, or for the new couple. I mean, this author threw one disaster on top of another: career issues, broken promises, severed friendships, betrayals, money shortages. And yet the couple turns to God for strength and guidance, and they don’t lose hope. When all seems lost; when deadlines on an important fundraising effort are missed and promises that Molly made before her manager dropped her and her career falls apart go unfulfilled, and the big project that would enhance the halfway house and expand their clientele look hopeless … they don’t give up.
They focus on all that really matters.
I won’t spoil the story in case you read it (and I hope you do!), but when I said in the review that the ending was a real wallop, I meant it. Silas achieves his heart’s desire for his organization, in fact, God delivers in a big way beyond all his dreams. Molly, far from losing everything due to standing up for herself, is rewarded with a career even better suited to her passions and her budding faith in God that she’d ever dared dream for. And the two of them realize what a true romantic partnership looks like.
Everything is wrapped up in a fully satisfying gift-wrapped package with a shiny bow and I am left with a big sigh and a smile. I love it when that happens!
What’s a book you’ve read with a big finish? Share in comments a book that you’ve loved the ending and why, and I will pick a winner to receive a $10 US Amazon gift card on my birthday: June 7!