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Maya Gupta has escaped an arranged marriage in India to a better life in the USA. The grandmother she was living with died and she was forced to finish out her last year of high school living with a foster family who wanted nothing to do with her...nothing except collecting the check for her care. Now she's in college and she's found out that she has an aggressive form of cancer that isn't responding to treatment of any kind. Her last option is a clinical trial to be held in Washington, DC. But Maya has no money, it's all been spent fighting the cancer, how can she afford to find a place to live in DC and care for herself when she will be completely wiped out by the treatments she'll be undergoing. Her good friend and roommate, Kari, has the perfect solution: Kari's brother Ben has an apartment in DC that he's not currently living in. Kari asks her brother if she and Maya can visit for the weekend, not telling him that Maya will be staying in the apartment much longer. When he agrees Kari leads Maya to believe that he's agreed to her staying there as long as she needs to. This sets up a bit of a crazy situation when Ben comes home and finds Maya in his apartment. He soon realizes that he is really the only chance she has to be able to be cured of her cancer. But will she be willing to go along with his crazy proposal?

This book was amazing! I loved the characters, they seem to pop off the page and become real people. I love the setting, Washington, DC seemed so real to me, I almost expected to be there when I finished the book. I loved the crazy situation that Maya found herself in, but I really loved that Ben was gallant enough to try to fix things and make them better for her. This was a sweet love story that I had no desire to put down until I was finished reading it! Don't miss it!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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 …