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Great Expectations

I can't really say that this was a fun book, but it was an interesting read. I enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities, so I thought I would read Great Expectations also. It's about Pip, he's a young boy, his name is actually Philip Pirrip, but he goes by Pip. His parents are both dead and he lives with his older sister and her husband Joe. One day he's at the cemetery looking at his parent's headstones when he is approached by an escaped convict, who quickly becomes "his" convict. This hard man asks Pip to bring him food and a file from his brother-in-laws tools. His brother-in-law, Joe, is a blacksmith. The convict also asks for food. Pip's sister is not kind to him, so he is terrified to steal food from her kitchen, but the convict tells Pip convincingly that he will kill him if he doesn't return that evening with the food and the file, so he does what he's asked, all the time scared that he's going to get caught and beaten by his sister. The next day is Christmas day and there is a whole table full of company and Pip is terrified his sister is going to miss the food he's taken when all of a sudden a group of soldiers comes bursting in. They need some handcuffs fixed, but Pip feels as though they're chasing him, because he helped a convict. This story shows the way a life can be changed from one simple act or decision. Pip's kindness to the convict follows him basically his whole life, sometimes good things happen because of it, and sometimes bad, but the simple incident changes his life in ways he would never have expected. I enjoyed this book, it's kind of in three parts. I found the first and the third to be most interesting, the middle one seemed kind of long and not as fascinating!

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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 …