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13 Little Blue Envelopes

This was one of those books that I saw on someone else's blog. It looked like a fun book, so I decided to read it too! Ginny is a seventeen year-old, who lives a pretty normal life. Her favorite aunt always was a little bit crazy, she decorated her apartment with garbage. One day she decided to just up and move to Europe, and then she died. One day, Ginny receives a letter in a blue envelope and a backpack from her aunt with some instructions. The first thing she's supposed to do is fill her backpack with things she thinks she's going to need, but she's not allowed to take anything electronic. No cell phone, computer, camera, nothing. She's also not supposed to take any money or credit cards or any guidebooks or language books. Then she's supposed to use some money that was in the envelope to buy a passport and a ticket to London. She's supposed to pack up and leave her parents, her school, and her life for who knows how long, and not knowing a soul just show up on people's doorsteps. On her way to the airport, she's supposed to pick up a package from the restaurant that was under her aunt's apartment. This turns out to be a packing envelope stuffed with 13 little blue envelopes, all numbered. Number one tells her that each contains a task and that she's not to open any more until she completes the task in each envelope. Eventually this will lead her across several European countries, places people dream of visiting! This was a fun book! I really loved the premise, I want to take a trip across Europe like Ginny's, except maybe with money and camera's, cell phones, and probably my family. There wasn't much swearing in this one, so that was nice, there was a little bit of sex talk, but nothing descriptive.

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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.

Track List
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 …