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Where Courage Calls

Beth Thatcher is the coddled middle daughter of one of Toronto's affluent families. She's always been a bit sickly, so her mother was very scared to allow her to do much of anything. Undaunted, Beth went to college and secured a teaching certificate. Then she got a job out west teaching a small school. She's excited to go and wanting to do the things that Heavenly Father would have her do. But when she gets to the small town of Coal Valley, she knows that she's not in Toronto anymore. Things in the small valley are worse than she could have ever imagined. All of the fathers of her school children were killed in a mine collapse and the mothers of the children are bravely trying to carry on with little food, poor clothing, and a high cost of living due to the mining company that owns the store and most everything else in the town. Beth must try to help the children where she can, without it seeming like she's giving them a handout and try to unite the widows with the new miners that the company brings in. Will she be able to do it? Will she find love along the way?

I was thrilled when I found this book, Janette Oke's books bring me a sense of nostalgia, I read many of her novels when I was in Jr high and high school. I love the way she writes, her books are full of romance, and they're super clean because they're Christian romances. I've always loved the way she includes the Canadian Mounties of yesteryear as her male romantic figure and the women were always proper society women looking to do more than go to parties and drink tea. This book was no different, I really liked the plucky Beth, willing to go to where there isn't even an indoor toilet and make a difference in the lives of children. I liked the townspeople and that they were willing to allow Beth into their lives. This is a sweet book with a touch of romance. Such a cute story!

I was able to borrow this book from my local library.

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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 …