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Garden Plot

Erin Kilpatrick runs a rehab center for those people who have struggled with substance abuse. The center is in an old convent and she and her daughter Jennie live in a home on the same property. One morning as she's on her way from home to the center she stumbles across a body in her garden. It appears to be on of the guests of the center. Pretty soon the police are over running both her garden and the rehab center searching for clues as to who could have killed this guest and dumped them into Erin's bean plants. Could it have been one of the guests? Jason freely admits to a bit of a violent past, something that his police record confirms, but he's just a giant teddy bear, isn't he? As Erin and police officer Liam Harris search for the answers together they both begin to feel an attraction to the other. Things get a bit crazy when trying to balance caring for her guest, her daughter, her home renovations, and her visiting teacher's dog after the visiting teacher ha…

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 excite…

The Peasant Queen

I've been waiting a really long time for the library to get a copy of this book, I was so happy to finally be able to read it. Imagine how you would feel to be Krystal, her father is dead, her mother is blind so Krystal has to take care of her, and her 3 brothers see her as a cook. One day she finds out that her brother Andrew has determined that she will marry a boy from the village without her consent. The boy seems to only care that she is pretty and he refuses to allow her to keep reading after they are married. Krystal tries to get Andrew to see things her way, but he refuses and she decides she needs to get away for a while. She puts on pants and heads into the forest with her dog Damen, but someone is following her and she finds herself captured by strangers. She is brought by very strange means to a very strange and different land where it's king, Gregory, pronounces her a princess and tries to keep her in that life. He also demands that she marry him. She hears rumors…

Uncommon Criminals

I was very afraid of reading this book, it's a young adult book written by a New York Times bestselling author, usually those combinations mean lots of swear words that I really don't enjoy reading, but this book was a pleasant surprise. Katarina is a normal looking 15 year old girl, she might be a bit on the short side, but she fits in everywhere, at Russian parties and fancy museums. What those that see her don't know is that she is a thief, not just any thief. She steals artifacts that have already been stolen by whoever, Nazi's a lot of times, and returns them to their proper owners. She's just finished a job at the previously mentioned Russian party, she flies home and is met at the airport by her crush W.W. Hale, otherwise known as Hale. He's not happy with her because she keeps taking risks by doing all the jobs all on her own instead of asking for help from the other criminals. They are just about to get into the limo for their ride home when they are a…

The Last Little Blue Envelope

This book is a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes. When last we saw Virginia, Ginny, she had just had her backpack and all her little blue envelopes from her aunt Peg stolen. She was devastated and she called her uncle Richard to pick her up. Then they found all of Aunt Peg's art and were able to sell it and make a tidy profit on it. Now Ginny is 18, she's applying to colleges and doesn't really know where her life is going. Her sorta boyfriend Keith from London is seeming distant. One day out of the blue she gets an e-mail from another Londoner named Oliver saying he's found her envelopes and basically offering to give them back, or so Ginny thinks. She figures out a way that she can return to England for the Christmas holiday. She'll stay with her uncle Richard, pay a visit to her sorta boyfriend Keith and get her letters from Oliver. But things don't always work out the way that you've planned. Keith has a new girlfriend, a girl that Ginny actually reall…

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

I've read an awful lot of Richard Paul Evans books, they're usually romance books and they're usually really good, but I have to say I really like this style of writing better for him. This is more of a fantasy, sci-fi type. There aren't a bunch of other kinds of creatures like in Fablehaven or Percy Jackson, it's the kids themselves that have powers. Michael Vey is not a normal high school student, he'd like to be normal, but he has a power. He can shock things, kind of like an eel. He even shocked his mother one time when she was bathing him as a 3 year-old. He's a lot smaller than the other kids in his grade, so he gets picked on a lot: things like being stuffed in his locker or garbage cans. He gets stuffed in his locker by the bullies of his high school and the principal gives him the month's worth of detention instead of the bullies. One day he's fed up with being beaten and these same bullies are trying to pants him, basically remove his pant…

Voice Across Time

Abby is a successful real estate agent living in Colorado, her grandmother who lived in St. George has just died and Abby is going to her house to go through the things that were left behind. The only problem is her boyfriend Scott doesn't want her to go. He tries to get her to agree to marry him instead. Abby loves him, but she's not sure that she's ready to agree to a commitment just yet. She wants to go through her grandmother's things first and then decide about Scott. Going through her grandparent's things is just as hard as Abby knew it was going to be. It does help that her grandma's next door neighbor, Mrs. Givens is there. She brings Abby dinner the first night she's there and even gets Abby to go back to Church with her on Sunday. Abby's family were active in the LDS Church when Abby was young, but they haven't gone to Church in a long time. Going to Church awakens a long dormant spiritual need in Abby that she'd like to examine. Scott…

Pumpkin Roll

I have been looking forward to reading this book even since before I posted about Josi Kilpack's iPad2 contest. Sadie is one of my very favorite book characters to read about. This book doesn't disappoint! Sadie and Pete are babysitting for Pete's grand kids in Boston, his son Jared and daughter-in-law Heather are checking out some homes for their move to Texas. Sadie is enjoying seeing the grandpa side of Pete and falling even harder for him as she does so. Things get weird pretty fast though. On their first night alone with the kids they see a neighbor, Mrs. Wapple digging in her front yard, the kids are enjoying watching her strange behavior and they share with Pete and Sadie that she's a witch because she cast a spell on another neighbor's dog and that dog died the same day. Of course, Pete and Sadie don't believe that, it must have been a coincidence, but Mrs. Wapple catches Sadie watching her out the window, does some strange arm movements and all of a su…

A Stolen Life

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old, walking to school when she was kidnapped randomly off the street. The last thing that she touched before her freedom was taken from her was a pine cone, thus the pine cone on the front of this book. I think that Jaycee is an amazing woman simply because she was able to survive 18 years of terror and come out okay. I don't know how she was able to do that. I tried to read this book, but it was way too graphic for me. I decided that I really don't want to know the day to day details of what happened to her. I know that it was terrible, and that's good enough for me. I hope that nothing like this happens to anyone else, it makes me sad that someone could do something like this to an 11 year old child.

To the Rescue

This is a book I've been waiting to read for awhile. We got it when it first came out last fall sometime, but I was second in line for the book and my awesome husband takes a really long time to read books. He doesn't have all that much time, anyway, I finally have been able to read it and it was really worth the wait. Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet and leader of my Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS.) He's an amazing man, always very concerned about others. The title refers to his wanting to "rescue" those around him. There are many stories included in his biography about how he does just that. It's hard to believe all the coincidences that happen to him, he's visiting a friend in the hospital at the exact moment that someone else in the hospital needs him, or he sits by someone on a plane that has some questions that need to be answered. Really amazing! One thing I really found neat in his biography is how many suits he gives …

Montana Summer

Shelby Hamilton is so happy, she's just gotten engaged to the most eligible bachelor at BYU, her roommates are going on and on about her ring and how he's picked the perfect one, but Shelby soon starts to wonder why everything doesn't seem so perfect. She's not sure why she feels concern when Brad, her fiancee, expresses his opinion on the reception and most of all the wedding dress and doesn't seem to take her wants into consideration at all. Soon Brad convinces her to go visit his family in Montana and Shelby ends up having to go by herself, because Brad's internship starts sooner than expected. She's not so sure about going by herself, but she loves Brad's parents and there's just something about his older brother, Cameron. He doesn't seem to really like her, but that could be because she covered him in compost. As she gets to know him better, Shelby realizes that they have a strong connection, she's not sure if it's stronger than the…

Forever

I saw this book on another book blogger's blog, and I thought hey, that looks like a good book. Unfortunately I didn't finish this book and I have a couple of reasons why. The first reason is that this is a 3rd book in a series, which I didn't know when I checked it out, otherwise I would have checked out the first ones in order. The other reason is that I wasn't at all comfortable with the language that was being used in the book and I was also really uncomfortable with the way one of the boys was thinking and talking about one of the girls. It made me feel way better when I saw another reviewer say the same thing about it.

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 h…

Pumpkin Roll iPad2 contest

There's a new Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery coming out next week...I really can't wait! Pumpkin Roll is the 5th Sadie mystery. I love reading the books about Sadie, she has the most fun recipes. What's even better is that Josi Kilpack is giving away and iPad2 to one lucky winner. I love Sadie and I love technology. Pretty awesome. Here's the details.
In conjunction with the release of Pumpkin Roll the author, Josi S. Kilpack, and the publisher, Shadow Mountain, are sponsoring a contest for a new iPad. To enter, leave a comment in the comment section of this blog before November 1, 2011. Winners will be announced and notified November 3rd 2011.For additional ways to enter, go to www.josiskilpack.com