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Elizabeth Smart: My Story

On June 5, 2002 the whole area of Salt Lake City was in shock to have discovered 14 year-old Elizabeth Smart taken from her room that she shared with her younger sister in the middle of the night. What followed was days and weeks of searching the mountains nearby and everywhere else that could be searched for the young girl. As days dragged on into weeks and then into months, it seemed as though there would never be resolution in this case and that there was no possible way that she was still alive. Yet her parents refused to give up hope and worked tirelessly to keep her story in the limelight. That tireless effort finally paid off 9 months later when Elizabeth was spotted by two couples not afraid to call the police. This is the story as told by Elizabeth herself.

I have to say that this was a really hard book for me to read. I knew on some level some of the things that happened to Elizabeth just from the trial and the things that had been said by Elizabeth and her family. Actually reading about what happened to her in her own words was really sad and...I can't really think of a word, just hard. The things that she went through as a 14 and 15 year old girl are just mind boggling. This book is not graphic, but you do get a large sense of just what she went through. I thought that the writing of this book was really good. I liked that it felt as though Elizabeth is speaking right to you to tell you personally her story. I really like the positive feeling at the end, she survived and has been able to live a normal life basically since she was returned. She allows herself to be happy, and know that she has had a pretty good life all in all. Thanks to Elizabeth Smart for telling her story and showing the resilience of the human spirit! 

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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 …