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The Water is Wide

Jemima, also known as Mima, is a young girl living in England, it's 1845 and she lives in a very small town called Wooden Box. Her very favorite thing is to sing in the parish choir with her friend Charlotte. But things are always changing in this life and for Mima that change brings things that she would rather not deal with. Mima's mother has decided to join a new religion, the Mormons. Their missionaries have been all over England and they've converted her mother. Mima is sure that her mother's decision won't affect her life, she can live as she always has and still sing in the parish choir. Unfortunately as soon as her mother's conversion is known things change rather quickly. Her mother is a seamstress and women are withdrawing their orders very quickly, and Charlotte doesn't treat Mima the same as she always has anymore. The choir members seem to stop talking as soon as Mima comes into the room. Since Mima's father is no longer living, there is really nothing to keep Mima's mother in England and soon she decides to follow the Mormons to America, while leaving Mima in Liverpool with an older brother. Ultimately Mima knows in her heart she can't allow her mother to make the long journey alone, she must go as well. This decision will start Mima's journey of discovering just who she is. I enjoyed this book, the story was engaging and I loved Mima, just a young girl trying to do the best she can with what she's been given. I liked that it was based on the author's grandmother, historical fiction is one of my very favorites. I hope there are more stories about Mima soon!

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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 …