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A Distant Shore

This is the 3rd book in the Shadows of Brierley series by Anita Stansfield. The series is set in the 1840's, and this book is set mostly in Nauvoo, Illinois. I haven't always loved this series, the other 2 books have kind of seemed like the plot line was almost exactly the same. I thought that this book was a little better that way. Ian and Wren Brierley are living in Nauvoo. They are enjoying living in the shadow of the Nauvoo Temple as it's being built and also living near the Prophet Joseph Smith. They also love living in the same house as their friends Ward and Patricia. Wren is expecting their 3rd child any day when Brother Joseph comes to visit to extend a call to Ian and Ward to serve a mission in their homeland. Neither Ian or Ward is thrilled with the idea of being away from their families for so long, but both come to know that it is the Lord's will for their lives and they come to be excited for the opportunity to teach in England and Scotland. Ian is excited that this mission will take him back to his beloved childhood home Brierley. Wren is unsure of how she will manage her day to day lives taking care of their three very small children, but is grateful for Patricia and knows that the Lord will help them both to accomplish all that needs to be done. I did enjoy this side of Ian's character. I enjoyed the mission experiences that he and Ward have. I was glad to not have the focus of this book seem to be mourning those who had died, like the other two books in this series seem to. I would definitely read this series in order, some things may not make a lot of sense if you don't.

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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.

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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 …