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Home for the Holidays

The Mother Daughter Book Club girls are now Sophomores in high school and they're still great friends and enjoying the books they read for their book club. Christmas is coming, but none of the girls are really planning on being home for the holidays. Megan and Becca are going on a cruise, Jess is going to Switzerland with a friend from her school, Cassidy's family is going to California, leaving Emma feeling a little left out, being that she'll be the only one home. The books that they are reading for their book club this year are the Betsy-Tacy books, books that even Emma and her librarian mother have never read. Cassidy isn't sure that she wants to read these books, there are 10 books in the series and the club plans to read them all by New Years Eve when they will have their big reveal for their annual Secret Santa. But nothing is going as planned for any of the girls, and even their Secret Santa gifts seem...well, off. None of the girls are sure what's up with Becca, something's seemed a bit strange with her this year, she's been keeping a secret for her family, her father lost his job and nothing is going right for the family. But that's what friends are for, and they will get through all of the challenges the same way they always do...together. This is one of my favorite series that our 11 year old daughter reads. She's read them since the first book came out and she even got one of her friends hooked on this series. These books are amazing. The characters are fun, and the situations seem real to life for girls of these ages. I also love how they talk about books, it's gotten our daughter interested in other kinds of books, and I've enjoyed reading the books they read in their book club, as well as the fun facts included about the authors of those books. Can't wait to read more of this wonderful series!

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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 …