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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…

Favorite Friday - General Conference

For today's Favorite Friday post (weird, it's on Friday!) I wanted to tell you about something that's very important to my family. 

If you haven't realized it yet, my family and I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons. This means that we believe in Jesus Christ, he really is the corner stone of everything we believe. We believe that through him, we can be resurrected and live with our family forever in Heaven. And we believe that our Church is led by Prophets and Apostles. These men are called of God and they speak to us every six months, the first weekend of April and October are when they speak to us. It's called General Conference. I know that these men speak to us and tell us what Heavenly Father wants us to hear.

If it sounds like something you're curious about and would like to check out, you can check it out online here. You can also watch it on BYU TV. And if you're a Utah local it's also on channel 5.

Her…

Blog Tour - Storytellers

About the DVD: On cold night in the Utah Territory, three opinionated men seemingly by chance find themselves sharing a campfire as they tell tales, swap insults, and expound on their personal beliefs and philosophies. However, one of the men is not there by mere coincidence. Join Porter Rockwell, Mark Twain, and J. Golden Kimball for an entertaining and intriguing evening with three of the most colorful characters of the Old West.

My review: This DVD reminds me a little bit of one of those jokes. J Golden Kimball, Porter Rockwell and Mark Twain walk into a bar...but seriously I really enjoyed it!
I liked the way that each of the characters was introduced in a different and clever way. I liked that this DVD made these real life people seem more real than the myth they seemed to me before. I liked the whole thing, it was clever (I laughed out loud at some parts), and fun. But it was serious when it needed to be.
Something that actually really touched me about this was when J Golden Kimbal…

Mother-Daughter Book Camp

About the book: The Mother-Daughter Book Club goes to summer camp in this seventh and final installment of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series!

After so many summers together, Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy are reunited for one final hurrah before they go their separate ways. The plan is to spend their summer as counselors at Camp Lovejoy in a scenic, remote corner of New Hampshire, but things get off to a rocky start when their young charges are stricken with a severe case of homesickness. Luckily, the girls have the perfect cure in mind… 

My review: I was so excited to find an extra book in this series after the author said that Wish You Were Eyre would be the final one! I've loved each and every one of these books, the girls and their moms have become almost like a second family and I love the way that they always watch out for each other!

I loved this one. It's in the same format as the other books in the series, except this time the daughters go to camp as counselors…

Blog Tour - Sweet is the Work

About the book: Young Women serving as missionaries today are carrying on a noble legacy of faith and dedication that extends back to the early days of the Church. But who were the brave women who paved the way for modern-day sister missionaries? In Sweet Is the Work, author Breanna Olaveson delves into a previously unexplored history that demonstrates the unique ability of women to carry out the errand of angels. Discover the powerful experiences of twelve of the earliest sister missionaries, from the first single proselytizing women in 1898 to some of the well-known sisters in Church history who were themselves pioneering missionaries. The women highlighted in this volume demonstrate the valiant and noble history of sister missionaries in an account that is sure to inspire readers to boldly go forth to share the truths of the gospel.

My review: Here's another great non-fiction book for women to read! I was fascinated by the accounts of some of the first female missionaries includ…

Blog Tour - Unexpected Love

About the book: Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons–whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristocracy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.

My review: This is a really fun collection! I loved the way each of the four stories focuses on a match that was made accidentally, but each of the couples involved eventually fall in love. I'm going to break them down individually because the description of the book doesn't talk about each one individually.

First Up is Ashbrook Abby by Heather Chapman. This one is about Kate, she's an orphan living with her guardian Mr Notley. Kate's parents died suddenly in a storm and she's been living without them for the last year. She'd also love to live in …

Blog Tour - Condemn Me Not

About the book: “This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

My review: This was one book I was looking forward to reading. Just last summer, I discovered that our kids had ancestors who were hung in these same trials, they had one on each side and the women were actually hung the same day, so th…

Blog Tour - You Are the Mother Your Children Need

About the book: Motherhood is the toughest job you'll ever take on: there is no interview, no job description, and no salary. When you get the position, it can be all too easy to feel under-qualified and overwhelmed. But with a sweet message of encouragement, Christie Gardiner reminds women there are as many ways to be a good mother as there are mothers in this world—and there's no one more capable of raising your children than you!

In this uplifting book, mothers are encouraged to let go of the quest for perfection and recognize the divinity within. Learn to own your strengths and weaknesses, and allow your true self to shine! With practical advice on learning to accept failure, hold on to your identity, and harness the divine help available to mothers, women will gain the confidence to embrace their uniquely perfect qualifications for the job of motherhood.

My review: I don't always make it through non-fiction books the fastest, so I was super surprised when I was able to …

SeaQuest Aquarium Giveaway

For this week's Friday Favorite (I know...it's only Wednesday!) I want to tell you about something new that I got to try out just last week. It's the SeaQuest Aquarium located in the Layton Hills Mall in Layton. 




This is a pretty new thing, it actually just opened in November. It's new, it's beautiful and there really is nothing like it located in Davis County. And actually, the way that it's been set up there isn't a whole lot like it out there. You see, it's not just an aquarium, it's really an interactive experience. There are only a few exhibits in the whole aquarium that have animals in them that you can't/shouldn't interact with. Those exhibits have high walls on them so you really can't interact with them anyway. Everything else has low walls. You can touch, feed, examine pretty much anything you see here. That makes it so much more than an aquarium.

I love the way it's set up in areas. Each of the rooms has a different and fun …

The Way It Should Be

About the book: Ten years ago, Kennedy left Jeremy for a humanitarian position in another country, and she’s regretted losing him ever since. When she returns to her hometown for Thanksgiving to spend time with her newly widowed mother, she’s surprised to see Jeremy there without his wife. 

Jeremy has been divorced for less than a year, and he’s not ready for the sudden appearance of the girl who broke his heart right out of college. At first, he does his best to avoid her, but the more time they spend together, the more he remembers how good they were for each other. 

Can they learn to forgive each other and give themselves a chance?

My review: I really enjoyed reading this one. It's set at Thanksgiving and it made me want to eat pie! 

I liked Kennedy and Jeremy. I loved the way that you see this story from both of their perspectives and you realize just why each of them has a hard time wanting to move their budding relationship forward. 

Jeremy has just gone through a hard divorce. I…

Blog Tour - Dragonwatch

About the bookIn the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens but prisons, and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies...

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, king of the dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the gathering of the ancient order of Dragonwatch if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who confined the dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wiz…

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 …

Friday Favorite - Dick's Market

I know it's actually Thursday and that I had two different posts today, but I already had one scheduled for tomorrow and I didn't want to bump today's book review back. So there you go! Hopefully in a few weeks my Friday Favorite will actually stay on Friday!



Anyway...this week's Friday Favorite is very much specific to not only Utah, but really Davis County. Dick's Market has been my go to grocery store for about 15 years. I love everything about it! I love the employees, the bakery, the produce department, and the layout of the store. I also really love that they go out of their way for you. One time I wanted a specific ingredient for a recipe that they didn't carry. The store employee over ordering went out of her way to order what I was asking for and I've noticed that they are actually still carrying it.

The bakery is amazing! I love their eclairs, their donuts, their cakes...and really the list goes on and on. I currently have a favorite thing that I ge…

Starlight Kisses

About the book: Mariah Lacoste has come to Snow Valley to help her cousin revive Artisan's Knack, a boutique on Main Street that has definitely seen better days. Yeah, the timing might not be great—a major overhaul of the store plus maid of honor duties for a wedding, all during the worst winter Snow Valley has seen in a decade—but Mariah is confident she can handle it. But can she handle Riker Carmichael, the best man and rumored player, who sets out to steal her heart?

My review: I love these Snow Valley romances! They are perfect to snuggle up by the fire with a cup of cocoa or a bag of popcorn with! I loved the way that as I read this one, I felt as if I was in a winter wonderland.

Mariah is such a great character! I loved the way she was willing to look stupid herself, in order to help her cousin Amy feel better about her fiance Jake and his trip up the canyon. I had to laugh when she got herself stuck...more than once...and have both Jake and Riker get her out. I loved the way…

Falling for Sydney

About the novella: Sydney has been the perfect friend, the perfect daughter, and Rian checks off on her perfect fiancĂ© list. But when Sydney notices a strange truck parked in her fiancĂ©’s parking spot, she’s in for the surprise of her life. Not only is Rian not who she thought he was, but his brother Jake is about to turn her life upside down.

My review: This was such a fun novella to read! I love reading novellas because they are quick and easy to read in a short amount of time. This was a really great one that I didn't want to stop reading.

I liked Sydney. I liked that she didn't have everything perfect, and that she seemed like she could be a real person who had to deal with the awfulness of her fiance leaving her like this. I was kind of amazed by the craziness of the situation there, I wished the book were longer to give more justice to her situation.

I liked Jake and his parents too. I loved the way they were normal, even though Rian had some serious issues. As I was readin…

Cover Reveal - Carve Me a Melody

I'm so excited for this new book by Rachelle Christensen. I love her books and this one is particularly fun because it's the sequel to her book The Soldier's Bride which I love. And conveniently it's on sale! If you haven't read it you should!

Anyway, without further ado...here's author Rachelle Christensen.


I have been so excited for this day! It's the day I get to reveal the brand new cover of my next book!

Last year, The Soldier's Bride won the Kindle Scout Publishing Award and that set me on the path to continue the Music Box Romance Series with characters that I fell in love with years ago.

Now The Soldier's Bride is a Whitney Award Finalist and on a special sale for $1--so all this celebration means that the next book didn't want to be left out.


Carve Me a Melody is now available for preorder and here is the absolutely gorgeous cover designed by the ultra-talented, Kelli Ann Morgan.





I can't wait to get the hardcopy, how about you?!

Here's…

Condemn Me Not Meme #11

It's finally here! Buy here!



Blog Tour - Love, Jane Review and Giveaway

About the book: Jane Reeves and Sean O'Callaghan seem to be a match made in heaven—but the timing is all wrong. Jane has her heart set on serving a mission, and she can't delay telling Sean the news any longer: not only has she quietly submitted her mission papers, but she's also leaving in a month ... for Alaska. Shocked and devastated, Sean struggles to come to terms with Jane's decision. Unable to deny the depth of their feelings for one another, Sean makes a promise to wait for her.

Life unfolds for both Jane and Sean, with communications limited to weekly e-mails. But with just a few months left in Jane's mission, Sean's messages stop. When she receives the dreaded "Dear Jane" breakup along with the news that she has been replaced by Sean's former flame, Jane knows the future she envisioned now belongs to another woman. But upon her return home, Jane quickly realizes some things are worth fighting for—perhaps, most of all, a shot at true love.