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The (Re)Model Marriage

About the book: From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship. 

With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is.

My review: This book is cute and creative! I really enjoyed reading it. 

Jamie and Kirk were great characters. I loved the way that their relationship was kind of like their house...old, tired, and not everything worked anymore. They were staying together at this point, partly from habit…

Forever and Ever

About the book: It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of the elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to education, literature, and more intellectual pursuits. Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Recently widowed, he is gathering research for a new publication that he hope will secure his professorship at Harvard College. Befriended by the Appleton family while visiting Switzerland, Henry is introduced to Fanny and sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is from a much lower social class and is older than she is. How could such a relationship ever thrive? Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally d…

Book of Mormon 1-2-3s

About the book: Add some scripture power to your counting practice! With gorgeous artwork, interactive text, and stories from the Book of Mormon, this board book is perfect for little learners. Whether you bring it with you to church or read it together at bedtime, you can “count” on hours of fun with your kids as you learn precious scripture truths together!

My review: I loved the idea of this book. I love that each picture and story has a reference to look up in the Book of Mormon. This is a great way to teach your kids about Book of Mormon stories while also teaching them to count. The one thing that I wished as I read this one to our 2 year old was that the book would have been more of a story. Each of the numbers is a story by itself, but it seemed like it would have flowed just a bit better if the stories had been connected in some way instead of just random. I liked that in the middle and at the end are reminders of both the stories and the numbers you've just talked about. …

Blog Tour - Silent Sting Review and Giveaway

About the book: Catastrophe is looming over the Central Valley of California. The honeybees, vital to the economy of this agricultural epicenter, are dying at an unprecedented rate. The U.S. government is desperate for answers, and researchers at the University of California-Riverside are tasked with providing them. But when the professors assigned to the investigation are systematically killed by a creature that imitates the honeybees almost perfectly, it becomes clear that there is something sinister at play.

Following the murders of her mentors, it's up to entomology student Tiana Lambrose to move forward with the research. Special Agent Stu Whiteleather, part of a team of FBI agents assigned to assist in the investigation, is immediately drawn to the lovely entomologist. Together, they discover a breed of bees engineered to be killing machines, which, despite Tiana's expertise, are like nothing she's seen before. The question is, who could possibly have the sophisticate…

What is a Temple?

About the book: Introduce your children to the spirit of the temple! Each page details a different attribute of the temple so young readers can understand its purpose in our lives. By teaching children about Heavenly Father s house now, this book will help them prepare to enter the temple someday and enjoy the spirit of our Father s house.

My review: I enjoyed reading this cute picture book to our 2 year old. I loved the simple way things were explained in this book. Each page talking about the way that the Temple is a House of God in a way that children will be able to understand.

And I really loved the illustrations. They are fun, cute and easy to understand for young children as well.

If you're looking for an easy way to explain the Temple to your children, no need to look any further!

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

About the author: BRIANA KIRKWOOD WRIGHT started writing poetry and short stories as a creative outlet at the age of eight.  Later, she…

Legally Wedded

About the book: Morgan Clark is desperate. With just her senior year to go at Clarendon College, and her scholarship up in smoke, she suddenly finds she can’t qualify for financial aid. And until Morgan finishes and can work full time, her sister can’t even start school.

Josh Hyatt is desperate. Without his degree from Clarendon he won’t be able to join his girlfriend in their dream career which she’s already begun, and he can’t qualify for government grants thanks to his estranged father’s interference. 

Morgan, meet Josh. Josh, meet Morgan. Are they desperate enough to get legally wedded? 

Legally Wedded is the third book in bestselling rom-com author Jennifer Griffith's Legally in Love series, following Attractive Nuisance and Asked & Answered.

My review: I really enjoy these romantic comedies by Jennifer Griffith's. This one is super cute! I loved Morgan. I loved the way that she was doing pretty much everything she did so that she can finish school and put her younger sis…

The Chocolate Lover's Cookbook

About the book: Indulge your inner chocoholic! 

Whatever your preference—silky smooth, decadently rich, or paired with peanut butter—chocolate is a delightful addition to any meal. Satisfy your chocolate cravings with these delicious recipes: 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies 
Chocolate CrĂªpes 
Blueberry and White Chocolate 
Cookies S’mores Ice Cream 
One-Bag Chocolate Ganache 

Prepare yourself for chocolate euphoria with over 50 recipes inside. From tasty desserts to incredible sauces and everything in between, The Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook is the perfect resource for the chocolate enthusiast.

My review: I LOVE to bake with chocolate or really anything else. I have a quite large cookbook collection. I was really excited to get to read and review this cookbook, mainly because I've loved Christina Dymock's other cookbooks and I think she's awesome! I loved that the book starts with a helpful primer about chocolate, and that there were specific tips about things like brownies, how…

Movie Review - Come Unto Me

About the movie: Young Samuel and little Mary are intrigued by the man called John the Baptist, but they can't take the chance of staying in one place long enough to listen to his message. On the run from Roman soldiers, the brother and sister must do whatever it takes to survive. But when they meet a kind woman at a well, she introduces them to her son, Jesus—and their meeting forever changes the children's lives.





My review: I really have enjoyed watching these short movies that Covenant Communications has been selling about the life of Christ. This one was cute to. It follows 2 children, Mary and Samuel, as they go about life after the death of their father. One day they meet a kind woman whose name is also Mary and their lives are forever changed. 

I loved Mary in this movie, the actress playing her was perfect for her role as the mother of Jesus. I loved the kids too, they were cute! Really, all of the actors were perfect in their roles.

I loved that the scenery in the movie …

Blog Tour - Secrets of the King's Daughter Review and Giveaway

About the book: It was a relationship designed to unite not two young people in love, but two powerful kingdoms. And for Princess Karlinah, eldest daughter of King Lamoni, her marriage to the haughty heir to the throne of Jersusalem has led to a life of fear and abuse. There seems to be no escape—until her husband is murdered and Karlinah is unexpectedly free to return to her father’s kingdom. She can begin again—but no one can ever know of the part she played in the prince’s demise . . . Karlinah’s relief is short-lived, for upon her return to the land of Ishmael, she is once again swept into her father’s plans for a politically powerful marriage. Then the arrival of a young missionary in her father’s court changes everything: her family is converted to a new religion, and Karlinah is free to choose her path. Yet she is not so easily convinced by the words of Ammon—especially when repentance means confessing her crime. But as her faith grows and a young stone artisan captures her hea…

The Soldier's Bride

About the book: As WWII ration cards and battle scars become commonplace across America, war widow Evelyn’s heart is under fire. It seems even love is rationed out. When she finds a message from her late husband tucked inside a music box—written out of love, long-lost but never forgotten—his words have the power to change her life: Don't die with me.

Emboldened by Jim’s parting words, Evelyn finds the courage to live again. But seeing the music box every day and being reminded of Jim is too painful, so Evelyn gives the music box away to a woman who has fallen on hard times. Thus begins the decades-long journey of the music box, mending broken hearts, reuniting lost loves, and giving people the courage to heal themselves along the way. This romance crosses battlefields and time as the music box touches the lives of two soldiers, a broken father, a crippled child, a struggling farmer, and a woman once called the soldier's bride.

My review: I was way excited to get to beta read thi…

Messiah by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I LOVE the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! I love listening to them and the Spirit that their beautiful songs bring to all of those who listen to them. I was very excited when I was able to get both of these CD's of the Messiah to listen to and my family was too! I will just admit that I had never actually listened to the whole Messiah. I had heard the most popular three or four songs, but that was it. I'm not actually sure I even realized there was more than that! So to get the full oratorio CD was a bit of a surprise for me. There's two and a half hours of beautiful music on this one CD! I can't even imagine singing that for two and a half hours and the time that it would have taken Handel to compose all of that music blows my mind! I completely enjoyed both the deluxe set and the highlights CD.The bonus material on the DVD included in the deluxe set is amazing! I love the insights from Conductor Mack Wilberg and I loved learning a little bit about each of the guest soloist…

Blog Tour - Painting Rain

Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love? If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint. A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty. Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering…

Blog Tour - Solstice

About the book: Four ways to get Banished from the last surviving city on earth are: 1. Cut out your emotion tracker, 2. Join a religious cult, 3. Create a rebellion against the Legislature, 4. Fall in love.

Jezebel James does all four.

Jez is on the fast-track to becoming a brilliant scientist, with one goal—to save her city from total extinction. Her caretakers have entrusted her with a secret plan to stop the rain from flooding the rest of the earth and start civilization anew. But the more Jez learns about the price of a fresh beginning, the more she realizes that carrying out the plan will lead to few survivors, and among the dead will be those she cares about the most.

Check out Solstice on Goodreads.

My review: This book is the first Kindle Scout book that I had heard of and the first one that I voted for. It's written by H.B. Moore writing as Jane Redd for the national market. This whole Kindle Scout thing is really an intriguing idea. Author's submit their work and then p…

Blog Tour - Love at First Note Review and Giveaway

About the book: Emma Hill was practically born with a violin in her hands. She lives for the life of the piece, for each song’s story, for the perfect stillness after the endnotes when the vibrations of sound are still humming through her body. If only her love life were that harmonic. But she knew her chances at love would take a hit when she decided to leave her prestigious concertmaster position in the Cleveland Orchestra and move back home to Asheville, North Carolina. She justifies her actions with the fact that being concertmaster for the Asheville Symphony is better than no dates and no job.

But when Emma’s world collides with piano-playing YouTube sensation Elliott Hart, she finds herself falling for the way he plucks at her heartstrings. Despite a—ahem—not-so-good first impression, the two soon develop the beginnings of a rhythmic relationship. But when Elliott insists they can’t be together, it’s up to Emma to strike up a little romance. Will she be able to bring their two wo…

Blog Tour - Swan and Shadow: A Swan Lake Story

About the book: Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means.

10 Bits of Trivia About the book by author Kaki Olsen

10.  Family and friends' names litter the book, whether it's the psychologist named for the author's nephew or the restaurant that does in fact share its name with her best friend. 

9.  From first word to first publishing, the book took four years to write, revise, rewrite, query, revise and design.  The total number of drafts was twelve, most of them minor corrections.

8.  There is a very different ending stored on the author's computer that drastically alters the course of the characters' lives and explores one character's experience with depression.  It was hard for the author to give it up because sh…