Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal - The Splash of Lady Harriet

 








Coming August 2017 from USA Today bestselling author Rachael Anderson
The Splash of Lady Harriett
When wills clash and hearts collide, who will come away victorious?


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Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.









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Favorite Friday - Nauvoo Cafe Re-Opening

I'm starting a new feature here on my blog to kind of spotlight my very favorite things. I want to try it out on Fridays, but I might have to move it around a little bit. A lot of my favorites I'm planning to talk about will be local to me in the northern Utah area, but some of them may be accessible to every one through the wonders of the Internet.


The first place I'm going to talk about is the Nauvoo Cafe. It's a cute little sandwich restaurant located in the main floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City. It's located in what used to be the Nauvoo Room (which coincidentally was where my husband and I had our wedding breakfast). This is one of our family's very favorite places to go. I'd say it's the one our kids especially request the most. In fact, last month our middle daughter requested it for her birthday. When we arrived, we found out that they had closed for remodeling less than 24 hours earlier. Let me just tell you, she was bummed! 

But...last Friday was their grand re-opening and I was lucky enough to get to go. I have to


say that I loved what they did with the space. I loved the way that moving the counter space not only made the line better and easier to get through, but it really opened up the whole space and made one of the windows facing South Temple accessible. I love looking out the windows and watching the busy traffic go by or the people walking on the sidewalk. The way they've redone things really just make sense. And they even added a few more tables so more people can try their yummy food!



One of my very favorite things they did is something they didn't change...their menu offerings. I love all of the sandwiches that I've tried here. My favorite is probably the Turkey Club. Their sandwiches are a bit unique because they're all hot and they are not using deli lunch meat on any of their sandwiches. They carve the turkey, ham, roast beef, etc when you order your sandwich. So yummy! They also still have their pot pies. I always have a really hard time deciding whether I'm going to get a sandwich or a pot pie when I go this time my husband and I split a Turkey Club and tried splitting a pot pie. I was amazed that he was able to figure out how to do it without making a complete mess. 

They also have children's menu items, making it great for the whole family! Our kids have tried the grilled cheese and the quesadilla. They do have other offerings for the kids, or you could get them a sandwich to share with someone. Our little guy likes the Turkey Club just as much as the grilled cheese.



And make sure you try the treats! This time we had a carrot cake and a raspberry muffin top (I think these are my favorite!). But we've also tried the cinnamon rolls, the bread pudding and the cheesecake. And they are ALL AMAZING! 

I haven't tried their breakfast yet but it's on my list. I might get to in a few weeks. I for sure want to try their Creme Brulee French Toast.  

Quite honestly, we've eaten here many times and never had one problem with the food and the staff is just amazing! They are always kind and always helpful. I LOVE this place. Go try it!

Check out Nauvoo Cafe online: Website - Facebook

Disclaimer: I was treated to lunch in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cover Reveal - Love Remains

I'm so excited for this new romance novel set in Hope Springs! One of my all time favorites, if you haven't read the first two novels yet, you'd better get busy before this one comes out! 

Here's the beautiful cover:


Here's the synopsis: From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LOVE REMAINS is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Cecily faces a dark, uncertain future. Tavish is haunted by his painful, anguished past. Fate has brought them together in a world determined to tear them apart.

Check it out on Goodreads.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Higher

About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love
5. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
6. Come As You Are
7. Sonda-Me, Usa-Me
8. In Christ Alone
9. Through All My Days
10. How Great Thou Art
11. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
12. Nella Fantasia

My review: Holy cow! I can't even tell you just how much I loved this whole CD. I love Nathan Pacheco's sound. I love the piano and cello in the background. I love the songs he chose. Really every thing about it. 

Song #1 Forever really touched me. I've listened to it several times, and every time I do I love it even more. I've included the YouTube video so you can watch it. It really is amazing and gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it. I love his singing in this one and I really love the choir at the end too.

I really loved his foreign language songs as well. It was kind of fun that I could understand a few words here and there from my DuoLingo training. And my all time favorite "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is on here as well and really well done.

Make sure to check this great CD out! 

I was sent a copy of this CD in exchange for an honest review.

About the artist: Nathan Pacheco is a classically trained tenor who has a passion for reaching out and uplifting people through music. In addition to being a television and recording artist, Nathan completed his debut solo tour in 2013. He has been featured globally in live performances, including touring the United States, Canada, and Mexico with Yanni; performing with Latin singing sensation Olga Tañon; touring England, Scotland, and Wales with Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra; performing for Prince Charles in conjunction with the British Forces Foundation and the USO; and performing with the San Diego Symphony. Introducing Nathan Pacheco and Christmas with Nathan Pacheco began airing on PBS in 2012. Nathan has also been featured prominently in broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Katherine Jenkins, and Yanni. He has been featured on multiple Yanni recordings, including his latest album, Inspirato, on which Nathan was featured alongside Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and other opera stars. Nathan’s debut album was released in 2012 by Disney Pearl. Shortly after its release, it registered as one of the top purchased classical/crossover discs on iTunes and Amazon. His latest album, Higher, was released February 2017.

Purchase Links: Amazon - Deseret Book


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Reformer

About the book: From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist moving in next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny…

Already she’s nearly eighteen. No sign of destiny yet, but Mary’s certain he’ll be handsome.

Then she meets the reformer, this Mr. Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it. 

My review: This book is the concluding book to the Power of the Matchmaker series from 2016. I really liked most of these books, but this one was really not my favorite.

I did like Mary. She is an 18 year-old young woman. She lives with her dad and aunt and her life is not really ideal. She's meant to stay in the house and not really do anything or go anywhere. I liked the way that she wanted to break out of her father's rules and live her own life. And she does. She becomes a satire comic for the newspaper her dad hates. This part was fun and a little funny to see the lengths she would go to to be her own person for just a little while.

The problem with Mary, though, is she fancies herself in love wither her neighbor Samuel Brown. And he's so boring...he's a column writer for the newspaper her father hates, and her father hates him as well. That's probably part of why Mary likes him so much. And the one man that seems to be perfectly suited to Mary, she hates.

I didn't love the plot of this one, some parts were fun, like her drawings, but a good chunk of it was just boring to me. There are some fun developments late in the book, but for me it wasn't enough to liven up the boring plot.

Bottom line for me, Mary's great character wasn't enough to make the boring plot okay for me.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Condemn Me Not Meme #7

Only one more month until this one releases, I can't wait! Pre-order here



Monday, February 13, 2017

Blog Tour - Breach of Trust Review and Giveaway



About the book: Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors.

Four years later ...

On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It's the woman he's been looking for and dreaming about for so long.

After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. in one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger.

My review: This book was amazing! I loved the way that the plot kept me on the very edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. I loved the way you never knew just who the main character could trust. Can you trust Cooper's former best friend? The Navy SEAL who rescued her? Her own father? Even the local sheriff could have been the killer! I just never quite knew.

I liked Cooper. The way this book is written you see things from Cooper's point of view, her dad's and Axe's, the Navy SEAL, and I loved the way that enhanced the plot. It was kind of fun that the way you knew just what had happened to Cooper was the series of flashbacks that she has during this whole experience. I loved that some of the time, Cooper didn't even know what had happened to her until she experienced one of these.

Axe and Cooper's dad are great characters too. I loved that they both had secrets they were trying to keep from Cooper and really everyone around them. Those secrets, in some cases end up tying into the plot and helping everything make sense at the end of the book and in some cases, they don't have a whole lot to do with the plot.

This book has tons of intrigue and action in it and you'll be surprised by just who the villain was in the end, I know I was!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book

About the author: Kathi Oram Peterson loves to write edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and young adult time travel. The constant thread she sews in both genres is faith in a higher power. She works hard to entertain her readers with clean, uplifting stories. Her path to publication took a detour as she raised three children. During those years, Kathi read all the how-to books on writing that she could find. When her last child graduated high school, she went back to college and earned her BA in English. She was fortunate to do an internship for the University of Utah's Continuum magazine, where she learned to edit and write articles in the "real" world. Shortly after graduation, she was hired by a curriculum publisher to write and edit concept and biography books for children. She worked shoulder to shoulder with artists and computer programmers as she watched her children's stories come to life. But the desire to write full-length novels called to her. Leaving the workforce, she devoted herself to writing fiction. You can contact Kathi through her website, www.kathiorampeterson.com, and her blog, www.kathiswritingnook.com.

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