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Cinder and Ella

If you drink water and breathe air, then you have heard the story of Cinderella. And if you drink water and breathe air, you have heard it...wrong. Thus begins this new retelling of a familiar classic, Cinderella. Cinder and Ella had a normal family when they were young. They had a father, a mother, an older sister Katrina and a younger sister Beatrice. Their family was happy. Until, one night the prince came to their home. Their father was never the same after that, and neither was the rest of their family. Soon their father disappeared completely, their mother sat and spun her yarn all day, mostly ignoring her daughters, and Katrina and Beatrice became spoiled and selfish girls. Cinder was a beautiful young girl and she knew that she needed to support the family, so she got a job at the Kingdom Castle, even though, the whole family depended on her. She thought that Ella could take care of the rest of the family while she was a way working. What she didn't know was that to their mother, Cinder and Ella had become one person, Cinderella, an indispensable take care of everything person. That person was really Cinder. And most sadly, their mother had completely forgotten that Ella existed. She couldn't even hear Ella when she talked to her. This devastates Ella so much that she decides to run away. As soon as she discovers that Ella is missing, Cinder is so sad, she ends up sending a knight to find her, but does Ella want to be found? I really thought this was a cute story. The story really is not so similar to the Cinderella story. I enjoyed the ways that it was different and all the complex characters. I liked how in the end, Ella and Cinder both grow from what they experienced. 

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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 …