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Blog Tour - The Emerald Ring



One seemingly normal day, 12 year old Sara is searching through her grandma's attic when she comes across a beautiful ring. Thinking it would be fun to try it on, Sara tries and it immediately becomes stuck on her finger. No amount of prying will break it free. What Sara doesn't know is that the Emerald Ring is a magical ring, and since she tried it on, it's chosen her. As soon as it becomes stuck on her finger, Sara begins having strange dreams that seem to be set in the desert of Egypt. Wondering what on earth is going on, Sara starts some research about Cleopatra and soon discovers that the beautiful emerald was one of several in Cleopatra's necklace that she had worn near the end of her life, but that all the stones had disappeared around the time that she died and no one knows where any of the stones are now. Sara and her family are in danger and they don't even know it. There has been a series of burglaries in their small Ohio town, even one at Sara's best friends house. Could these burglaries be connected to Sara's discovery of the emerald ring?

This book is written for elementary readers. The plot is well done, although a bit rushed. I liked the characters, especially Sara and her friends. There is action and adventure in this book that will appeal to the elementary crowd. I liked that Sara and her friends are able to thwart the bad guy and come out on top through teamwork and ingenuity. This is a perfect book for both elementary boys and girls. 

About the author: Dorine White graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in
Humanities and Art History. She began writing at a young age, proudly producing picture books for her parents. Now, her writing has turned into a passion for children's books. Currently, she lives in the beautiful, yet rainy Northwest, with her husband and six children. 

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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!

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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 …