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Borrowed Light

May is Utah author's month, pretty neat, we have tons of great author's that live here, I'm excited to get to read books from a few more of them. Every Tuesday in May, I will be talking about a book written by a Utah author. This weeks book is Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly. Just reading her bio in the back of this book, it looks like she's written all kinds of books, this is the first one that I've seen, I'm glad that I was able to read it! Julia Darling is 27 years old, she loves to cook, and she's about to become the sister of the bride. Her younger sister, Iris, is getting married in the Salt Lake Temple, while Julia stays home to take care of the wedding food and Iris' last little bit of packing. Julia is also engaged to a young man who everyone says is just perfect for Julia, there's just one problem, she doesn't love him. She knows this, but figures it will all work out anyway. She's packing the last of Iris' glasses in newspaper when she notices an add for a cook. It begins "Desperate Rancher." It's from a Wyoming Rancher looking for a cook from the exact cooking school in Boston that Julia graduated from. She's not sure if it's a sign, but she realizes that her engagement isn't making her happy and marriage will surely not be happy either, so she mails him a letter. Julia decides not to say anything to her parents or her fiancée until she hears back from the rancher. She does hear back from him soon, but little does she know how greatly this "adventure" will change her life! I really enjoyed this book, it was a cute story with believable characters in crazy and life altering situations. One thing that the characters said hit me pretty hard, especially combined with our awesome Relief Society lesson on hope from last week (thanks Tracy!) The main character is an LDS girl, the rancher is not, but through the course of the book he reads the Bible and eventually The Book of Mormon. Anyway one of the characters is mourning a death in their family and having a really hard time getting over it, and he tells her that the scriptures don't say "And it came to stay, they say and it came to pass." I loved the hope that this sentence gave to her and also to me, I haven't been depressed or even thought that I was lacking hope lately, but I've come to understand in the last few days how hope is kind of like faith and testimony, if you're not moving forward, you're not going to stay in the same place, you're actually going to go backward. Anyway, there's my thought for the day!

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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 …