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This is one of those books that I had a really hard time putting down. I started it on Friday and I really didn't have all that much time either Friday or Saturday and it is kind of long (472 pages,) but I was finished before dinner on Saturday. It's kind of a familiar tale, the 12 Dancing Princesses, but told from a different perspective. Azalea is the oldest of twelve sisters, there's also Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Eve, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale and baby Lily. Their mother died on Christmas Eve having baby Lily. Their whole lives are turned all upside down by the death of their mother. Not only is she gone, their father turns distant, and they also have to go into mourning. Mourning is not a fun state to be in for a princess living in a cold dark castle. There's no light coming in the windows, and they can have absolutely no fun: no dancing, going outside, or even entertaining callers. To make matters worse, their father the king has to go off to war and he's so changed towards them that he doesn't even tell the sisters goodbye, he just kind of leaves in the night. The girls live in a castle and their are parts that were "magicked" by the high king. There are secret passages that appear to be nothing more than a storage room, the clock in the tower is magicked to run on it's own. But when Azalea finds a secret passage that appears to be a dancing room with it's own Mr Keeper, she doesn't know what kind of trouble that will cause and she doesn't really even care, as long as she and her sisters have a place to dance. This was really a fun book, I enjoyed the story and the point of view that Azalea has. I enjoyed the magic and the bit of romance that were included also.

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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 …