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Having Hope

Kit Matthews is thrilled, her boyfriend Adam Bridger has just returned from his mission in California. Two years has never seemed longer! Just as they are getting acquainted and ready to move on with their lives together, Kit attends a meeting about a humanitarian effort in Romania and just knows that she is supposed to go. It will only be for three months, but Kit really doesn't want to go and leave Adam, especially when he just barely got home. She knows that she needs to go, and Adam and her parents are supportive, so Kit finds herself off to Romania with her friend Tara and a couple of other girls that they will work and room with. She's not sure why she's there, but her having been adopted by her parents helps when she works with orphans both at an orphanage and at a children's hospital. What Kit hadn't counted on though is falling in love with the children that she's been assigned to work with. When things change for the worse for her family at home Kit seriously considers staying in Romania, but wasn't her love for Adam real and worth fighting for?

I read this book in preparation for reading Choosing Charity, which I get to share with you tomorrow. I was excited to learn more about what happened to Kit and Adam. I enjoyed this book, I did wish for more details about Romania, but maybe Romania in the winter is just bleak, that's kind of how that part felt to me! Don't forget to come back tomorrow to learn more about Choosing Charity and check out the great giveaway going on!

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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 …