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Little House in the Big Woods

This is the book that I just finished reading to our 5-year-old. I can't believe that she just started kindergarten, it seems like she was just born. I loved reading this series as a child, our 10 year-old loves these books also. I think it's pretty fun to be able to read these books to our youngest child. Laura and Mary are 2 little girls that live with their parents in the Big Woods. Laura is the youngest and her hair is brown, Mary is the oldest and her hair is golden. Laura is jealous of Mary's hair and also that Mary is the oldest and gets all the wonderful things that Laura wants. One of my favorite parts of this story has always been the part about Christmas. Christmas now is so overblown, Laura and Mary's Christmas was a very simple day. All the girls and boys were given an orange, oranges back then were a luxury. But Laura was given a rag doll, she had only had a corn cob for a doll before Christmas, but Mary had a rag doll that she would sometimes let Laura hold. So amazing the joy one simple homemade rag doll can bring. I love to read about how life was for Laura and Mary. I enjoy reading about making maple sugar and syrup and how big of an adventure it was to go into town. Life was much simpler then. I really like that these books are based on Laura's life.

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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 …