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Blog Tour - Courting Carrie in Wonderland


About the book: Struggling through college and balancing her summer job with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie simply doesn’t have time to consider romance. War Veteran Sergeant Ned Ramsey isn’t looking for love either, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begin to see love move up their priority list.

My review: Carla Kelly really has a way with writing a great romance story! I also really like the way she includes history in her romance story. 

I really enjoyed the love story in this book. Ramsey is in the army, stationed in Yellowstone Park aka Wonderland. I thought it was really funny the way that Ramsey was ordered by his superiors to find a wife. And he thought there was no way that could ever happen. He's in the army remember, and his assignment in Yellowstone Park is to talk with everyone in the park, both workers and visitors and make sure that everyone is happy. All. The. Time. Wow. Now he can pass on the hardest assignments to his superiors if he needs to, but his job is really full and busy. I really love his love for animals, and the way he sees things needing to change to be better for the animals in the park. No more handouts for the bears or trying to kill the wolves would be his highest ideals. 

Then there's Carrie. She's working as a pie maker in the Wylie Camping Company, just as she does every summer. She's trying to pay her own way through school and she needs every penny she can make from her salary to her tips. I loved Carrie. I loved the way she had risen over her circumstances and was working hard to make her life better. But she's never down or grumpy, she always takes her circumstances as they are and is just happy about life.

I loved the twists and turns that brought these two together. I loved the way they met! Carrie hanging out in the outhouse waiting for a bear to leave. She doesn't realize he already has and is calling out to whoever is outside to answer her. Ramsey comes upon the scene, not realizing there had been a bear! It's just a really funny scene.

This is a cute, clean story that I really enjoyed reading! I love Carla Kelly's books!

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

About the author: Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for “Borrowed Light,” “My Loving Vigil Keeping,” and “Softly Falling.”

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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!

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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 …