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The Goose Girl

It's Tuesday, so it's Utah author day again. Today's author is Shannon Hale. I really enjoy reading Shannon Hale's fairy tale type books. This is an older one, but I hadn't read it before. Ani is the crown princess of Kildenree. The book opens with her birth. After Ani was born she didn't open her eyes for 3 days. Her mother and the whole kingdom worried about her. She was the crown princess after all and destined to rule on the throne. The third day, her mother heard some one rocking and talking to Ani and discovered her sister there taking care of her. Ani and her aunt grew close. Her aunt normally lived in the forest and recognized that Ani had the gift of talking to birds, so she helped her develop that gift before she had to leave again for the forest. After her aunt left, the nurse maids all thought that she was odd for talking to birds and other animals, so they told the queen and Ani was banished from animals so that she could learn to be a queen. Poor Ani, she felt that she wasn't cut out to be the queen, her mother seemed to never approve of anything that she did or said. It was hard work for her to learn to be queen. The only thing that kept her sane was her father. He understood Ani in a way that no one else did. They would often go riding together and one day her father fell off his horse in the middle of a high and difficult jump and died. Ani was so sad, but it only made things worse for her mother to tell her right after her father's death that Ani was betrothed to a prince of another land and she would be leaving right away to marry him. Thus begins Ani's adventures. This was a fun book. I love Shannon Hale's books. Princess Academy is another one written in this kind of fairy tale style. I highly recommend them!

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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!

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 …