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Band of Sisters: Coming Home

For Kim, Nora, Jess and Brenda, the 4 women who have been waiting for their husbands to finally come home from Afghanistan, the last year has gone really slowly. They've been through so much together and individually. Kim has had her baby, she didn't even know she was going to have when her husband left home. Nora has gained her independence and been through some hard times. Brenda has helped the others along. Jess has just been glad to have her husband gone for the last year. And Marianne has been trying to hold it together for her kids since her husband Brian died. Today is the day for the men to come home, the women still have so many plans: more weekly lunches together, Halloween and Christmas parties. And of course, they need to all adjust to having their husbands back in their lives. None of them will really have an easy adjustment, they all know that PTSD is a real possibility for any of their men. They also have to get used to having them back and not being quite so independent or dependent on only each other. But what will the next year bring for these wonderful women?

I loved this book. I really enjoyed the first book, Band of Sisters, so I've been looking forward to reading this one. I wasn't disappointed. The women in this series feel so real, I don't love that they have problems, but I love that their problems seem like real life. I loved the way they all band around each other, no matter what is happening with any of them. I really loved the growth in Kim, to have her go from worrying almost exclusively about herself to receiving and acting on promptings to help those around her. I also loved how Jess grew to realize what her family needed most and was able to act upon that. I was sad to see the book end, I kind of hope for another book, so that some of these wonderful women can get the happy ending they deserve!

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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 …