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Beyond the White River

Joe Condie is new to the town of Mustang in Wyoming Territory, he's a bachelor and every time he's in town, he notices a young women named Faith Frisbee. She has tons of kids with her every time he sees her, but never a husband, and she doesn't seem to be old enough to have had all of those children. Joe figures that she's most likely a widow, but when he asks some of the townsfolk, they tell him that she just collects orphans and kids that don't seem to be wanted by anyone else. Joe eventually gets up the courage to talk to her, but she's quite rude to him, but Joe doesn't give up, there's just something about Faith Frisbee that draws him to her. He figures that she must have been hurt pretty badly by someone, sometime, and that he'll just have to tread very carefully. So he starts very slowly by finding things that he can help her do around her home, just to be neighborly. But as Faith points out, he lives several miles away and can't rightly be called a neighbor. Soon though, Joe wins her over with his tireless service to her and her boys. But when Joe asks her to marry him, she says no and goes back to being as unkind to him as ever. Will Faith ever be able to open her heart to Joe so that they can both move on with their lives?

This book was a quick read for me. The story was okay and even showed promise of being great, but for me, there was just something missing. I'm not sure why, but I never really got to "know" the characters enough that I could care what happened to them. For me that really makes or breaks a story. 

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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 …