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Courting Trouble

About the book: Essie Spreckelmeyer just can't quite make herself into the ideal woman her hometown - and her mother - expect her to be. It's going to take an extraordinary man to appreciate her joy and spontaneity - or so says her doting oil-man father. Unfortunately such a man doesn't appear to reside in Corsicana, Texas.

My review: It's really rare for me to be able to re-read books, and I was way excited to be able to re-read this one. This book and it's companion, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, were the first books by Deeanne Gist that I ever read and they made me want to read more and more. They are all really great by the way and clean too, make sure you check them out!

I love the feisty Essie in this book. She's 30 years old and it's starting to seem like she will never marry. But that doesn't mean that she's going into mourning by any means. She's happy to wear her fancy hats, and beautiful dresses and ride all over town on her bicycle. I liked that she makes herself a list of the eligible bachelors in the town, picks one to chase and works hard managing his store and hoping that one day he will see that she is a great choice to marry. It doesn't quite work out that way, and Essie's heart gets broken more than once in this book, but she is able to be happy with her circumstances in the end and she moves on.

This book is Christian romance and very well-written. The characters are fun and spunky. The plot is great, it's clean. It's just all around a great book!

I got this book for free from Amazon on a one day promotion.

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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.

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1. Forever
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3. The Lord’s Prayer
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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 …