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Taking Chances

I had to re-read this book after re-reading Makeover! I have really loved the characters in these books, they just seem so real and so likable. Maggie is a painter living in Saint George when she discovers that a great grandmother she's never met has left her a home in Alpine. She hasn't had any great inspiration for her paintings lately, so she decides to move to Alpine for a while to check out the house and see if inspiration will find her. Within a few minutes of moving to her new home, she's broken her favorite easel, met her new neighbor Luke, and discovered that her paternal grandparents have broken into her home and made her a lovely dinner. She thinks that Luke is just a cranky banker that she'll never get to know, but she also thinks that he's cute and pretty soon she discovers that she'd really like to get to know him. She's not really sure about either her maternal grandmother or her paternal grandparents who both happen to live within a mile of her new house. Her mother was abused as a child by her stepfather, so Maggie really wants nothing to do with the woman who allowed that to happen. Her father died not very long after her parents were married and at the funeral his parents were not kind to her mother, so she really doesn't want to get to know them either. But Maggie has a big lesson to learn, that lesson is that we need to forgive to help ourselves become a better person. Can she learn that lesson before it's too late? This was a fun book to re-read! I would totally read it again, and I probably will!

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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!

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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 …