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The Kiss of a Stranger

Kay, so I have a confession to make. I started to read this book last night at about 6:30 or 7 by about 10 (with stops in between to get the kids to bed) when I was pretty tired from my cough medicine, I only had 22 pages left to read. I could not see straight, medicine does really nasty things to me, so I went to bed with just a few pages left. I finished it this morning, and bumped the book I was going to talk about today until tomorrow! This book was awesome, I LOVED it! The book is set in England, around Jane Austen's time, my absolute favorite time period! Crispin is a very eligible bachelor, so eligible in fact that all the mothers are chasing him for their daughters, and all the daughters are chasing them on their own too! He goes to the country to escape just one such young lady, Miss Bower, but she follows him. She's following him around a garden hinting that he should ask her to marry him, when he spies a way out of this dreadful situation. He sees someone that he takes for a servant, a beautiful servant, and he kisses her, which he quite enjoys until interrupted by a gentleman's voice. This gentleman tells him that he is kissing his niece and insists that she is compromised and that Crispin must marry her. This man proceeds to slap the girl, Catherine, several times in Crispin's presence. Crispin decides that he must marry her to protect her from further abuse and plans to get an annulment at a later time. The problem begins when he realizes that he likes kissing her, but it seems that she wants an annulment. She thinks that he wants to be rid of her, so she tries not to fall for him. Meanwhile his sister, Lizzie, comes up with a plan for Catherine to marry Crispin's best friend, so that they may both choose who they marry. Crispin hates this idea, because by now he's fallen in love with Catherine. But will they be able to share their feelings or will their marriage be dissolved before they can!

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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.

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1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …