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The Eye of the Crystal Ball

It's World War II in a small town in Germany called Lindenmuhle, everyone knows everyone else. It's late at night and a basket is left on the doorstep of Mr and Mrs Schneider as they sleep. When they awaken in the morning they will find the basket and the baby girl inside the basket. No one knows the sadness they have felt as they've tried to have a baby of their own. But their sadness will be replaced with happiness as they are able to raise the little girl, Sara. She was just 3 weeks old when the Schneider's received her on their doorstep, and as Sara grew up she never quite fit in. She had wild, dark hair and she wasn't the prettiest or the best behaved girl in the neighborhood and she soon discovered that when she was mad she could make objects around her move. Still it was home, until the gypsies came back to get her and Sara realized that her real parents were gypsies and with them was where she had truly belonged her whole life. But even with Sara belonging, her life will not be perfect, life seldom is as Sara will soon discover. This is a young adult fantasy book, I enjoy reading this kind of book. The story, especially the beginning where Sara lived with the Schneider's in Germany, really caught my imagination. And they gypsy part with her adventures was really fun too. It was fairly clean, there were a couple of "farmer" type words (the kind farmers use in their fields when they're kind of mad.) But the rest was clean and interesting. The editor in me did find a few places that needed edited, but that kind of thing is easily overlooked. This was an e-book, you can get it from Amazon. I'm really excited to be working with this author on some things to come. I can't wait!

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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 …