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The Orchard

Alisen Embry was just a girl of 13 when her mom died. Although such a young girl, she recognized the love that her mom had for her cherry orchard and because of her mom's love for it, she also developed a love for the orchard. She begged her father to allow her to continue to care for it. He was only too happy to not have to have Alisen around during that time, because she looked so much like her dead mother, so he agreed. 10 years later, Alisen knows that her family needs to rent out their family home, her father has spent way too much money and the only way that they can afford to keep their home is to rent it out for a while, but convincing her dad will be the hardest. When they find a renter, Alisen realizes that they are related to her former fiance Derick, who her father convinced her not to marry. Alisen has regretted not marrying Derick ever since, but she is prideful and refuses to contact him, or to allow him to be contacted by others. But when she is thrown into situations with Derick, Alisen realizes that she still very much cares for him and he seems completely indifferent to her. Will she be able to move on with her life without Derick, or is there still something between them?

I had a really hard time getting into this book. For me the first half of the story was very slow, there are a lot of flashbacks, and sometimes they work better than others. The last half of the book was really great though! I enjoyed the way the book ended, with happiness for Alisen and Derick and her father as well as forgiveness all the way around.

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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 …