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Every Soul a Star

This is a young adult book. It was very cute. I let my nine-year-old read it and she liked it also. This is the story of Ally, Bree and Jack. It's told from 3 different perspectives. There is going to be an eclipse and Ally lives at a campground that will be the center of the eclipse, she's thrilled that a ton of people will come to see the campground that she loves. Bree is a girly girl, and she wants to become a model, but her parents tell her she is moving to a campground in the middle of nowhere. Jack is a loner and not a good student, he gets roped into going to a campground in the middle of nowhere so that he doesn't have to go to summer school. When the three meet they have a grand adventure. A very cute and fun book to read!

The Mark

I wasn't sure that I would really like this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a book about a teenager named Tori. She thought that she was normal, nothing special, and then one day she noticed that what she had always thought was a birthmark was really a little design. She also noticed that when she touched a few certain people she could share memories with them. Then strange things started to happen. This is the story of Tori and how she found out where she belonged. I really liked the suspense in this book. It was a fun book to read!

Cameron Meets Madison

This was a fun easy read by Jack Weyland. Cameron is a self centered jerk, you know the kind, hero of the football team, jock, trying to get as much as he can from girls. Then he met Madison. She thought he was a jerk, but then he met Madison again. And again. And again. He eventually figures out that he must do the right things in order to be able to move on from the one day that he lives over and over and over again. This book is kind of like "Groundhog Day" the movie. Very cute, I really enjoyed it!

After Goliath

Yesterday was a nuts day for me, I really didn't get any computer time, so I didn't get anything posted. As you can tell, this book is an older one and very well loved, it was tricky to even get a shot of it. I enjoyed this book about Spider Latham and his wife, Laurie. It's a mystery. A local country star was gunned down, and no one knows who did it, although the question of why has many answers. He wasn't very nice, may have been cheating on his wife with a married woman, and is trying to steal land from his brother. Spider has to figure out who killed him before Spider is killed himself!

Wrecked

I love to ready mysteries! Carol Higgins Clark and Mary Higgins Clark are a couple of my favorite authors. Carol Higgins Clark uses the same characters in most of her books, Jack and Regan Riley, they are a husband/wife team. Jack is a member of the police squad of New York and Regan is a private investigator. This book finds them on their first anniversary trying to have some time alone. But, that is not to be when a severe storm hits Cape Cod and a neighbor is apparently washed out to sea. This is a good read that keeps your mind going trying to find out who did it, and what will happen next!

A Loving Heart

I enjoyed this book by Anita Stansfield. This book is the third in the Dickins Inn series. It was about Chas and her husband Jackson. They are expecting their second child in this book. They know there are going to be heart problems, because of their ultra sound, and heart problems are genetic in their family. This book is how they overcome those problems, and there always has to be bad guys in this book, so there is some of that too. I don't always enjoy books by Anita Stansfield, sometimes, it seems as if she enjoys pushing the line, but I really have liked this series.
This book is the sequel to Crown Duel, I really liked this book as well. Meliaria and her brother Branaric are back, only this time Bran has gone all Court on Mel. He wants to live in the big city and make all kinds of new friends, while Mel wants to take care of her home and make all the changes and upgrades it needs. With a little persuasion, Mel decides to try out court life in the big city, and the fun begins. I thought this was a fun book to read, I highly recommend it.

Driven

I read this book not very long ago. I loved this book. It was written by Doug Robinson and Larry Miller. It's the story of Larry's life, told from his own perspective. I can't believe all the things that happened to him! I never had the opportunity to meet Larry Miller while he was alive, but after reading this book, I feel as if I knew him and also his wife Gail. I think she must be an amazing woman, just because of all the things that happened to them during his life. Doug Robinson is a reporter for the Deseret News locally, his articles are always the human interest stories. They are great! I always read his articles. You feel as if you know the people that he writes about, he develops the characters so well.

Setting Sail

I really enjoyed this book. It's historical fiction about the colonizing of Australia and New Zealand by the English people. I really enjoyed the descriptions of life on the boat while they were traveling. The thing that I found the funniest about this book is that one of the crew was named Mr. Frew. Frew just happens to be my maiden name and it's not all that common. The book follows the journey of Edward Morgan and Lauryn Kelly as well as the McAllister family. I think that my favorite type of fiction is historical fiction. I always have wondered how things started out and why they happen the way they happen. I'm just kind of funny like that!

The Bishops Bride

This book was a really fun read. It's actually book 2 of the original Bishop's Bride. So in the first book, Andrew, who is a widower, is told by his Stake President that he needs to get remarried, because he's going to be called as Bishop. He finds the right person to marry, Jeanette, and this book picks up right as the happy couple are ending their Honeymoon. It has tons of funny situations for the brand new Bishop to deal with, and also the whole getting used to being married thing. I thought this book was soooo funny, it was a lighthearted read.
I really enjoy reading Clair Poulson's books. They are mysteries, very little mush, because Clair is a guy. I really enjoyed this one about a newspaper reporter, Dallas Dixon, is fired for no reason and then the boss who fired him is mysteriously killed the same day. Dallas has to find out who did it, before he and another reporter are next. Very exciting! Some of Clair's action moments seem like they could happen, maybe some of them did, he is actually a judge. I suppose it's possible he's used some of the cases he's tried or heard about as story lines in his books, but I really don't know if he has.

Crown Duel

I really enjoyed this book. It's about a girl named Meliaria and her brother Branairic who have promised their dying father that they won't let the king, who is ruling over their land, continue to tax their people on everything they own. She gets captured, and then she has to get rescued. This was a really fun book to read, I really loved the characters and the situations they got themselves into and out of!

Courting Miss Lancaster

I LOVED this book. It is written in the style of Jane Austen, it was so romantic and totally clean. I read it, and then a few days later I was still thinking about it, and the characters and what I wanted to happen to them! It makes me want to read Sarah Eden's first book, Seeking Persephone, but I haven't been able to get a copy yet! The book is set in Jane Austen's England, where the young ladies "came out" with balls and such.

The Inside Story

I know that The Sisters Grimm series is really written for kids, but I LOVE these books. They are about a pair of sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, whose parents disappear and they have to outwit all the foster families the state gives them, until they end up with their grandmother. This book is the newest installment in this series. I love them, so I started my nine year old reading them, I couldn't believe that she had the first 4 books read in a weekend and the last 4 read before the next weekend. We both highly recommend these! When you start, you will be hooked!

Leaning Into the Curves

I really liked this book. Nancy Anderson and Carroll Hofeling Morris have written another series of books together, so I couldn't wait to read this one! I think these two would be really fun to meet, I will probably turn into a COB one day too!
This book is about a couple who are at retirement age, so it's a bit out of my age group, but it was a fun story. The husband goes behind the wife's back to buy a motorcycle. It's about the communication it takes to make relationships work. I really liked how the TRA (Temple Riders Association) was included, I personally never want a motorcycle, but I've seen newspaper articles on their group, and I thought it sounded really cool.

Being Sixteen

I really enjoyed this book. Allyson Braithwaite Condie is one of my very favorite authors. When you read her books you feel as if you know the characters and you care about what happens to them. This book is about 2 sisters who are in high school and the challenges they both go through to kind of become who they are going to be for the rest of their lives. The younger sister, Carly, is fighting an eating disorder, this book definitely opened my eyes to the problems that eating disorders can bring to those who have them, and also the problems that one person's eating disorder can bring to their whole family. Definitely a must read for daughters, and mothers of those daughters!