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A Night of Blacker Darkness

Frederick Whithers is just a normal convict. He's in jail for defrauding people out of their money. The only problem is that he hasn't quite done it yet. He's in his jail cell, with his cellmate dead from Consumption, when his girlfriend, Gwen, comes to bring him the news, Harold Beard is dead. Frederick has been just waiting for Harold to die so that he can assume the identity of his nephew and gain the 90,000 pound inheritance that his nephew can claim. Unfortunately, he's stuck in jail, but seeing the gravedigger removing his dead cellmate gives him a great idea. Frederick just needs to get the gravedigger to say that he's died as well from the very contagious Consumption, then the gravedigger can carry out two bodies in coffins and Frederick can escape from the graveyard that evening, and no one will ever be the wiser. But things don't always work out the way you plan them, especially in the case of faking your own death! As he's escaping from the graveyard Frederick comes across some vampires who assume that he is one of them and the most powerful of them all. They are dead wrong, of course, but that doesn't stop them from telling everyone that they come across that  Frederick is a vampire as well, which leads to some pretty sticky situations. I thought that the plot line of this book was interesting, I enjoyed the silly situations that Frederick got himself into, but I found the writing style of this book kind of old fashioned and not terribly interesting. I did like that it was fairly short, only 133 pages. I read this one because it was nominated for a Whitney award, but I wouldn't have read it otherwise. 

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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 …