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If I Should Die

Jennie Hansen is one of my favorite LDS authors. She writes some really fun and creepy mysteries. I love the picture on the front of this book. Kallene and her friend Linda love to run, they run together most mornings in their upscale neighborhood in Salt Lake, they love to run in the canyon. One morning Linda confides in Kallene that she's going to divorce her husband, Carson. Carson married Linda after her twin, Louise, was killed in a car accident and they have an 18 month old daughter Macie. The next morning Kallene gets up a little late, and hurries to get ready to run, worried about what Carson would have said to Linda's announcement, but Linda never arrives. Kallene gets worried and goes to Linda's house to see if everything is okay, but a very annoyed Carson answers the door and dumps Macie into her arms, thinking that Linda is with her and will be along soon. A couple of days go by with Kallene trying to convince Carson to call the police, because no way would Lin…

Moloka'i

This book is set in the late 1800's, it takes place in Hawaii. It's about a girl named Rachel, the book starts when she is 5 years old and waiting for her father to get home from his latest trip as a sailor. Rachel has 2 brothers and an older sister, Sarah. Rachel is daddy's girl and he brings her dolls from all of his travels. She has an uncle Pono, her first run in with leprosy is seeing the boat full of people headed to the leper colony on the island of Moloka'i. She doesn't understand as a 5 year-old girl the reasons that those people are being forced to leave, she also doesn't understand why they are separated from others and not allowed to touch or even be near their loved ones. Within the next year, her uncle Pono is discovered to be a leper and also sent away. And not very long after that Rachel herself is found to have leprous sores. She's removed from school and her family to a small hospital where she finds her beloved uncle. But being with her u…

The Convenient Groom

This is the last of the Denise Hunter books for at least a little while (I can't remember if I have anymore or not!) Kate is the main character in this book. She's a relationship specialist, she's also very schedule oriented, she counsels couples with marriage difficulties, she has a new book coming out Finding Mr Right-For-You all about how to find the perfect marriage partner, and she's getting married to her own Mr Right, Bryan, in about 4 hours. But she discovers that he hasn't picked up his tux on time so she calls to make sure that everything is all right and that's when he tells her that he's not going to marry her. Kate is devastated, not only was she in love with him, but her wedding complete with surprise groom is scheduled to coincide with the release of her book. She's in her landlord, Lucas Wright's shop when she was talking to Bryan and he practically insists that she let him stand in for Bryan. She's so devastated and doesn't …

Driftwood Lane

This book was also set in Nantucket. There are a whole bunch of these! I think I'm getting to the end of them pretty soon though. :( But don't worry, I have a bunch more that I'm excited to read! I'm not sure how Denise Hunter comes up with the situations she does, but I love them! They make me laugh. Meridith is a health inspector in St Louis, she has a fiance, Stephen, a house and she enjoys her job. One day she gets a call saying that her estranged father and stepmother were killed in a boating accident and their will names her as the guardian for their 3 children, none of whom she has ever met, as well as their home, The Summer Place, also a bed and breakfast. Meridith isn't sure what to think. She likes her orderly life and she's not sure she wants to deal with her dad's kids, she felt like he left her in a bit of an impossible situation with her mom. Her mom was bi-polar and it wasn't the best way for a child to grow up. She decides to go, because…

Surrender Bay

This was another Denise Hunter novel set on Nantucket. Is the island Nantucket or the city. I'm not really quite sure, but I enjoy the island and I like how she talks about the same places in these books, so you not only get to know the characters, you get to know the place too! Sam is a single mom, she lives in Boston where she raises her 11 year old daughter, Caden, and tries to pay her bills at a cleaning agency. Her stepfather wasn't very nice to her, so when he dies there's really no reason for Sam to mourn. But he does leave her his small cottage on the sea in Nantucket, so that's a plus. All the cottages right on the sea are worth quite a lot no matter the size, so she knows that being able to sell it will help her and Caden out financially for a long time. The only problem is that she's going to have to face the ghosts of her past to be able to deal with the cottage and she's not quite sure that she can do it. She takes a month long leave of absence fro…

Seaside Letters

Here's the latest Denise Hunter book that I read. Sabrina is a waitress in Nantucket. At the same time every morning Tucker comes into the restaurant where she works to get his morning coffee. Sabrina serves him just like everyone else, but she has to try really hard not to let it show how he makes her flustered. Sabrina has been in love with Tucker for a while. She's been e-mailing anonymously back and forth with him for a year. She knows that it's him she's been e-mailing, but he doesn't know that it's her. Or does he? This part of the plot was fun for me, because you get to see the situation from both points of view. Tucker does know it's Sabrina he's been e-mailing because he sought her out specifically. Sabrina knows it's Tucker because he sent her a picture, but when he asked for a picture back of her, she sent a picture of her cousin instead. Sabrina's ex-fiancee ended up cheating on her with another of her cousins and she's vowed not…

A Cowboy's Touch

Here's another Denise Hunter book. Abigail is a 25 year old. She's a writer for a magazine, her boss happens to be her mother. Her doctor is her older sister, Regan. But Abigail is working too hard, her sister discovers that she's suffering from hypertension, which could lead eventually to a heart attack, that's what their father died from. So she tells their mother and their mother orders Abigail to take a 3 month vacation from the magazine and go to a tiny little town in Montana to take care of her great Aunt Lucy. Abigail's mother is worried about Aunt Lucy, because she seems to be showing some signs of dementia. She's talking about the "girls" she lives with, even though she lives all alone. Abigail reluctantly agrees to go to Montana and keep an eye on her aunt. When she arrives, she realizes that her aunt lives in the smallest house imaginable and it's filled with dolls that she makes and sells in her little shop. These dolls are her "g…

River Whispers

Sorry, no post Friday, I'm not sure how often for the next month or so I will have one on Friday. I volunteer for a city program that our city does called Summer Literacy, it's a children's event. We read books, have games (or treasure hunts like next week), have speakers that talk to us about things (Friday was planes, next week we have a detective coming) or performers (in 2 weeks we have Polynesian dancers, way excited for this one!) Anyway, that's a really long way of saying that I just don't have as much time. If I'm really lucky and happen to get through an extra book earlier in the week there will be a post, and if not there just won't be! Okay. Well on to the book!I really enjoyed Kathi Oram Peterson's first book, The Forgotten Warrior, and I've been hoping for a sequel ever since then. This is not the sequel, but it was a fun story. Regi is supposed to be 38, but I wasn't quite sure the math worked out for that one, because she has twin…

LDS Countdown to Summer Giveaway

I came across this site yesterday, they are doing tons of giveaways of books that I've read and also books that are on my to read list. They are also giving away a $50 amazon gift card. The contest ends on June 24th, so you'd better act fast to get into the action.
Here's a list of the giveaways:
The Upside of Down by Rebecca TalleyGifted by Karey WhiteBumpy Landings by Donald J. CareyCaptive Heart by Michele Paige Holmes

Mending Places

This is the last Denise Hunter book for this week, but don't worry, there will be more next week. This book is the first of the New Heights series, I read the 3rd, Finding Faith, a few weeks ago. I like that the books in this series are connected, but they also stand on their own too. Hanna helps her Grandma, Gram, run a mountain lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The lodge hasn't been doing the best for the last few years, but she's confident with a little advertising and a few new services that she can turn things around. She places ads for the lodge in a few magazines and advertises for someone to lead day and overnight hikes. That's when she meets Micah. Micah has been leading day and overnight hikes for Hanna's competition, The Majestic, for the last few years. He's just come back from a several day hike and finds the manager's wife in his room, kind of like Joseph and Potipher's wife in the Bible. He tells her to leave, but she won't and his mana…

Sweetwater Gap

Here's another Denise Hunter book (did I mention that I have a whole bag of these!) Josie is an independent girl, she lives on her own in Louisville and works as a photographer. Her sister Lauren lives on their family apple orchard near a little town called Shelbyville where every one knows every one else's business. Out of the blue one day Josie gets a phone call from Nate, Lauren's husband, asking her to come home to the apple orchard and help out with the harvest because Lauren's just found out that she's going to have twins and needs to be resting. But Josie ran from their family apple orchard and never wanted to go back, because of things that happened when she was a teenager and there's another secret that she hasn't shared. When Josie shows up to help, she finds another complication, Grady, the new foreman for the orchard can't seem to be able to have Josie around and she's uncertain why. Not to mention Nate didn't tell Lauren that he cal…

Aloha

This was a cute book, it's easy reading. This is a collection of 4 romantic stories all set at the same place, Harrigan Cove on Maui. There are 4 brothers Barnabas, Connor, Alex and Steve. They range in age from Barnabas at 34 on down. I don't think it mentions exactly how old any of the rest of them are. They all help to manage the Cove, it's a fancy, expensive resort. Barnabas is usually in charge of reservations, Connor is the maintenance guy, Alex is the activity guy and Steve is the accountant. All of the brothers think they are just fine without a wife, but in every instance they all are smitten and want to get married within just a very short period of time. These books make me want to go to Hawaii more than I usually want to, cause who doesn't want to go to paradise???!! One of these books was written by Denise Hunter, I read another of her books just a few weeks ago and really liked it. Just wait! I have a whole bag of her books that I checked out from the lib…

Disney in Shadow

This is the last Kingdom Keepers book that I will read for at least a little while. I've been enjoying this series, it appears that there are or will be more from the ending of the book. The story hasn't quite ended yet. This book begins with Wayne, the Disney Imagineer (such a fun word!) in charge of the DHI's missing. Finn and the others have been searching everywhere they can think of in the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, but they have no leads. At least not until Jess has a vision of Wayne, but he's no longer in the Magic or Animal Kingdoms, now it appears that he's in Epcot. That's an area that none of the Kingdom Keepers have visited recently, because their DHI's are now active in Epcot and they have to have special permission to visit. Meanwhile, the kids are all growing up and Finn has started to realize that he's attracted to Amanda, which may not be workable long term, because she and Jess may be sent back to a former foster home in ano…

Disney At Dawn

Finn, Charlene, Philby, Willa, Maybeck, Jez and Amanda are back as the Kingdom Keepers in the second book in the series. Actually Jez and Amanda aren't Kingdom Keepers, they always seem to be able to help with whatever the Keepers need though! The Kingdom Keepers have been invited to the Magic Kingdom in celebration of their holographic hosts programing being fixed. They are to be included in the big parade with their DHI's leading the way. But it looks like a big storm is coming up and then Finn and the other Keepers spot Amanda and Jez who appear to be trying to warn them about something going wrong in Cinderella Castle. But what? Finn and Philby check it out and stumble upon Maleficent's prison in the upper apartment of Cinderella Castle. But she's able to channel the lightning from the big storm so that she can escape. She uses Tink's zip line across the park and escapes into the Animal Kingdom. Of course, it's really not a good idea to give Maleficent unli…

Disney After Dark

How would you feel about being a holograph for Disney? Your image would be in their park and help the guests to know the history of rides and kind of be a guide. In return you would get passes for your family to go to Disney World whenever they wanted. Sounds like a pretty great deal right? That's what Finn, Charlene, Willa, Philby and Maybeck thought too. They agreed to let Disney make them into a holograph by being videoed and recorded. The only problem is that they've all started to have dreams of being in Disney World after it closes. Finn realizes one night that they are not really dreams, they are in Disney World as their holograph self. Finn meets an old man, Wayne, who tells him that Disney is about to be taken over by the villains from the movies and that it's up to him and the other holographs to protect the park and figure out what's been going on. This is a pretty serious responsibility for five teenagers. It involves some pretty crazy risks like climbing t…

The Guardians

Ethan and Andrew Morgan are twins. Ethan is the rugged Manly type, he's a police officer. Andrew is more the studious type, he writes graphic novels, kind of a comic book in novel form, about their ancestor Drew Morgan and his family Bible. Ethan is the older twin by a bit and has been given the Bible as a legacy. He keeps it locked up in a cabinet at his house on display. Andrew has written a play that's being performed at a local school all about himself, Ethan and their ancestors. Ethan forgot that he was supposed to bring the Bible so that they could display it at the school, afraid the Ethan won't come back and will miss the whole thing, Andrew goes to Ethan's house to get the Bible. What he doesn't know is that there is a man waiting there to kill Ethan. This man is a brother of a man that Ethan ended up having to kill and he's out for revenge, among other things. He doesn't have any idea that Ethan had a twin or that anyone else will be in Ethan'…

The Throne of Fire

This is the second book in the Kane Chronicles series. In book 1 you meet Sadie and Carter Kane, witness their dad dying and learn with them that they are young magicians. Their job is to keep the balance between the House of Life and Chaos. At the end of the last book, Sadie and Carter sent out a tape with messages for other young magicians to come and train with them at Brooklyn House and at the beginning of this book we meet a few of those that answered the call. Carter has been given a message that they only have 5 days until Apophis rises from his cage in the underground to come back and make Chaos rule over the Egyptian House of Life. In that 5 days Sadie and Carter must find the 3 pieces of the Book of Ra and they are all hidden all over the world. First they must rescue the piece hidden in the Brooklyn Museum, but in order to do that not only must they get past the spells that are hiding the book, but they must get past the wedding that's being held in the Museum. This doe…

A Far Horizon

This is the newest Anita Stansfield, it's the second book in the Shadows of Brierley series. This book opens with Ian and Wren leaving Ian's home Brierley in Scotland. They are going to be traveling to America with Wren's sister, Bethia, and her helper Shona. Both Bethia and Wren are pregnant as the journey begins and Bethia isn't always in her right mind. The family travels to Liverpool, where they will eventually get on a boat to travel to America, and there they meet Ward and Millie and become great friends. But their journey to America isn't as smooth as they would hope. While on the ship Bethia has her baby, a girl, which makes her mind go even more crazy than usual. Eventually she takes her own life, with the others left to go on their journey without her. I didn't not like this book, but I really feel no connection with the characters. There were several deaths in this book, and when it seems as if you "know" the characters that makes you sad, …

Finding Faith

This is a book that my awesome Mother-In-Law said that I should read. She said that it was really good, and that it said on the back that if you like Nicholas Sparks, you'll like Denise Hunter. She was right on both counts. I already put the rest of the books that Denise Hunter's written on hold at the library, and I can't wait to read them! Paula is a television reporter, she and her husband David live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but Paula's been given the chance to work for a news station in Chicago. She and David aren't on the best of terms relationship wise right now, so it makes sense to Paula to go to Chicago to see if she thinks it will work for her. Little does she know that one of the very first stories that she'll be asked to work on will be at the very hospital where something traumatic happened to her. Unfortunately, we don't find out what that was until later in the book, and I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, so I'm not going to s…

My Unfair Godmother

The crazy Fairy Godmother, Chrysanthemum Everstar, is back. She's got to do an extra credit project for her Fairy Godmother classes so that she can stop helping the Toothfairy for her part time job and concentrate on being a Fairy Godmother. The only problem is all the teenage girls that get grumpy at her when their wishes aren't all that they're cracked up to be. Take Tansy for example. Her parents divorced a few years back, and her younger sister has been given a part on a touring Broadway musical. So Tansy's been sent to her father's so that her mother can go with her younger sister on the tour. Tansy doesn't seem to fit in with her father's new wife, Sandra, or her son, Nick. She decides to have a bit of a rebellion and go out with Bo, the class troublemaker. Bo takes her on a date one night, he doesn't tell her where they're going, but when they get to City Hall, he expects her to graffiti with him, and if that isn't bad enough he starts br…

Muggy Maggie

Here's another book that I read with our 5 year old. Maggie is in the 3rd grade, and everyone has told her that she will have to start learning cursive. Maggie doesn't want to, or need to learn cursive, she does use her family's computer after all! She tells her teacher that she's not going to learn cursive, she tells her parents that she's not going to learn cursive, and she tells her principal that she's not going to learn cursive. She didn't count on feeling a bit left out when all the other kids learn cursive and she can't read what's written in cursive on the chalkboard. But will Maggie continue to be stubborn about learning, or will her clever teacher trick her into learning against her will. I enjoyed this book, it was kind of funny to read about Maggie, who would have gone to 3rd grade quite a while ago, when computers really didn't do anything, talking about how she used her computer and doesn't need cursive for anything. I've w…