Wednesday, February 28, 2024

All for Anna

Title: All for Anna

Series: Letting Go #1

Author: Nicole Deese

Publisher: @Nicole Deese 2013

Genre: Christian Fiction, Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Source: Kindle Own

My Review:

All for Anna is Nicole Deese's debut novel. Having read more of her recent books, I should not have been surprised by the depth of the novel, but I was.

Tori experiences a tragedy that would be hard for most people to recover from. She ends up running from her family, her faith, and everything familiar. After a year, she goes to stay with her sister, Stacie, who is pregnant, while Stacie's husband, Jack is overseas. Being home forces Tori to confront her past, and her new job forces her into therapy. She is bitter and trying to check the boxes just to be done with it all. However, things never seem to go as planned.

Kai is interested in Tori from the moment he meets her. Tori let her guard down with him. Unfortunately, Kai has kept a secret, and Tori is not far enough along in her recovery to forgive him.

My heart ached reading this story. It made me want to cry, but it was beautiful as well. Nicole Deese's writing is gritty and heartfelt. I enjoyed the side characters and want to read Briggs' story in the next book.


Synopsis (Goodreads): 

If guilt is a prison; Victoria Sales has given herself a life sentence. Held captive by regret, 23 year-old trauma RN, Tori Sales, has seen the reality of many nightmares. But there is one nightmare she will never wake from—her last memory of Anna. Her efforts to save the little girl were not enough; she was not enough. After a year of living alone, Tori is forced to return home—a place where heartache, loss, and broken relationships lurk around every corner. Isolation is her only solace; running is her only escape. But she cannot outrun the truth forever. When a handsome, compassionate stranger enters her world, Tori is inspired to deal with her past and focus on the future—one she never believed possible. But before her quest for closure is complete, a new revelation surfaces, tainting her world yet again. Will she accept the recovery she so desperately needs? Or will she choose the escape she knows best...


  1. Wow. That synopsis. It sounds like a doozy of a book, but in a good way. I'm glad you enjoyed it even with it's hard topics.

  2. I haven't read this one, but do enjoy some of Nicole's more recent reads so I should go back in her archives and read some of those too. I think I read an older one by her with summer in the title that I loved, so I'm sure this one would be a great read, too. :)