May 30, 2018

Bookshelf PLUS Reading Challenge

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I have been challenged to see how many books I can read 
for FREE during the month of June using Bookshelf PLUS

I AM ON BOOK 6 :)

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BOOK 6 - CONVICTION by Robbin J. Peterson
Started 16 June - 
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After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. 

Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.

BOOK 5 - LOVING LIEUTENANT LANCASTER by Sarah M. Eden
Audiobook is FREE with PLUS
Started 10 June - Finished 16 June
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Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.

Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their worlds?

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A wonderfully tender book!
I highly recommend anything Sarah M. Eden writes.
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BOOK 4 - MISS WILTON'S WALTZ by Josi S. Kilpack
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Started 4 June - Finished 10 June

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Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls boarding school. She is different in Bath more comfortable with herself and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there. When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine Lenora s newest and most troublesome student in the school is Mr. Asher's niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.

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What a FABULOUS book!
Absolutely loved the story line.
I highly recommend this one!
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BOOK 3 - BE OF GOOD CHEER by Hank Smith
Audiobook is FREE with PLUS
Started 4 June - Finished 4 June
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In his latest talk, Hank Smith shares a warm message of hope amidst the adversities of life. As always, Hank uses humor, teachings from the scriptures, and tender stories from his own life to make his point. He says that one of the best ways to be of good cheer when nothing seems to go right is to learn to laugh. Quoting from a study on the subject, Brother Smith says: "Laughing lowers your blood pressure, it reduces your stress hormone levels, it raises the level of infection-fighting antibodies, it lowers your blood sugar, it improves your memory, and triggers the release of endorphins. It will extend your life and make the lives of all around you more enjoyable." The good news is, Hank's message will make you laugh as it helps you keep the commandment to "Be of good cheer."

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While this is technically not a book-- I love that with PLUS I get FREE access to many "talks." I so needed to hear this talk today. It was funny, uplifting, and a great reminder to "be of good cheer" no matter what is going on in your life right now. Hank Smith is a FANTASTIC speaker.
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BOOK 2 - UNDERCURRENTS by Traci Hunter Abramson
eBook and/or Audiobook is FREE with PLUS (I am reading the ebook)
Started 2 June - Finished 3 June
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Shaye Kendall, an Olympic-bound swimmer, has been in the witness protection program ever since she witnessed her boyfriend's murder. She now has a new name, a new life, and strict orders not to reveal her secret.

But fitting into a community is hard when you can't tell people anything about yourself. When she learns that one of her new friends, Matt Whitmore, is LDS, she can't even tell him that she's a Mormon too. She doesn't dare get involved. The fact that Matt's father is a high-profile senator could give her the kind of exposure she doesn't need. How can you fall in love when you can never reveal who you really are?

But when someone almost takes her life, Shaye recognizes that whoever is after her knows exactly who and where she is. Can she trust Matt to help her? Can she trust his family?

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I have read all of Traci's Saint Squad series, but have never taken the time to read this series-- WOW! I could not put it down! What an amazing story!
Can't wait to "dive" into the others.
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BOOK 1 - CHEERS TO ETERNITY by Al and Ben Carraway
Audiobook is FREE with PLUS and is read by the authors
Started 1 June - Finished 2 June
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Author of the bestseller More than the Tattooed Mormon, Al Carraway and her husband, Ben, remind you that marriage isn't supposed to be "serious and hard." A successful marriage is one that you build as a team—emphasizing constant communication, working through hard times together, and (above all) remembering to put God first.

Written for singles, newlyweds, and marriage veterans, Cheers to Eternity will help you bring new insights into your relationships, keep life in perspective, and make the rest of your life here and in eternity exciting, amazing and meaningful.

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I absolutely LOVED this book! Be sure to get the audiobook as it is so fun to hear Al and Ben interact with each other as they tell you their background stories and all the lessons they have learned. I can testify to all the things they teach-- my husband and I have been married for 36 years and we practice all of the things they teach about -- but even so -- this book helped us remember where our focus should be as we plan to be together for eternity.
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May 29, 2018

Safe Haven

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SAFE HAVEN
by Jean Holbrook Mathews

With her family left destitute by her father’s recent death, Susanna Thayer believes her only hope is to marry life-long friend Jonathan Burnley.

But Jonathan heeds the counsel of his father, an unscrupulous lawyer, to marry a cousin of greater wealth and position, and Susanna is forced to endure grueling labor in a cotton mill far from her remaining family.

When she and her best friend, Jane, become involved with the Mormon Church and are thus dismissed from employment, they use their meager savings for travel to New York, where they join a company of Saints bound for California. 

Yet Susanna’s efforts to build a new life are marked by continued misfortune — and continued encounters with Jonathan. 

Now a wealthy widower, Jonathan offers Susanna safe haven for the future, but can she forgive him for abandoning her in the past?

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Filled with raw emotions, pains, trials, friendship, and love, 
Susanna is guided to a better place...
LOVED IT!
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May 26, 2018

My Dearest Enemy

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MY DEAREST ENEMY
by Jennifer Moore

Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, 1812

Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who is to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren't for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier's injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans.

Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail's help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.

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I LOVE Jennifer Moore's books!
They are wonderfully unique-- filled with love and adventure.
I highly recommend all of her books!
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May 12, 2018

You Are Magnificent

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YOU ARE MAGNIFICENT
by Ganel-Lyn Condie

In a world where many women wonder if they measure up, the quest for perfection can be exhausting!

For those who are overloaded and overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy comes an authentic and powerful lifeline of reassurance by best-selling author and popular motivational speaker Ganel-Lyn Condie.

Featuring lessons taught through scripture, Church leaders, and personal experience, this inspirational book highlights the eternal strength inherent in and available to every woman. 

Readers will laugh, cry, and feel supported as they live their earthly missions with renewed peace and confidence. 

From the innate beauty of daughters of God to the gift of self-acceptance to the transcendent power of Christ’s grace, sisters in every stage of life will be inspired to live more freely and fearlessly by learning to embrace their eternal potential and realize they are already more than enough—they are magnificent.

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I am LOVING this book!
The other day I had an attack on my self-esteem.
I was feeling so low and so put down.
I turned on this audiobook to bring me comfort and it delivered.
SO MANY great stories!
SO MANY words of wisdom!
SO MUCH truth!
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May 8, 2018

Beneath the Bellemont Sky

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BENEATH THE BELLEMONT SKY
by RaneƩ S. Clark

As WWII draws to a close, war widow Vera Larsen Trumbell knows all too well the sacrifices of those left on the home front. Working on her family's farm has sustained Vera and her young children, but she now years for a sense of normalcy. The end of the war has been bittersweet for the Larsen clan as they and the residents of their small Wyoming town continue to pick up the pieces of their former lives.

Navigating the complexities of a postwar world, Vera and her family face the changing ideals swirling around them. From rising controversy surrounding women's presence in the workplace to the town's cold reception of the newest member of the family—a beautiful French freedom fighter—the American dream of days gone by has been thrown off balance. Even Vera's own life is set spinning when, despite her better judgment, she feels a growing attraction for the brooding and mysterious local schoolteacher.

As the Larsen family and their neighbors tread on thorny territory, will the people of this small town find the strength to embrace an unfamiliar and extraordinary future?

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A tender look at life in a family after WWII
Very well written. It will capture your heart.
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May 3, 2018

The Better Man

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THE BETTER MAN
by Taylor Hart

Chase Moon hates weddings--but a guy can't avoid his brother's marriage so he's got to man up and show up. Thank goodness he did, otherwise he might have missed meeting the intriguing Autumn Lane. Looking for another opportunity to make her smile, he decides to visit her at the flower shop where she works, only to find some idiot trying to manhandle her into his car. Chase takes matters into his own hands by kicking said idiot onto his rear, ticking off Autumn who insisted she had the situation handled.

Autumn Lane has a plan in life and it doesn't include her ex fiance or some ex bronc rider thinking he has to protect her. Unfortunately, her life plan is blown up at the moment. After being left no other option then to help Chase Moon rally investors to start his his business, she ends up flying to LA to pitch his company to investors. Along the way, they end up as contestants on The Price is Right, on a moonlit beach, and at a dance club on top of a hotel roof in each other’s arms. Too bad just when things are starting to come together with the business and between she and Chase…the ex fiance threatens Chase with assault charges. The idiot offers to drop it all if Autumn will accompany him to the Governor's ball.

Chase hates the idea of Autumn with her ex, but he has a choice to make--trust his instincts or only wish he was the better man.

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Another FANTASTIC sweet-romance from the 
Snow Valley Romance series
LOVE THESE STORIES!
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5 Temptation Killers

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5 TEMPTATION KILLERS
by Hank Smith

Freedom to choose is an essential part of our Heavenly Father’s plan. 

Quoting from Dumbledore, Hank Smith reminds us that “it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Unfortunately, we don’t always make the best choices. “We are all going to be tempted and sometimes we might give in and fall,” says Brother Smith, “but we don’t have to.” 

Drawing on stories from the scriptures, real-life examples, and his trademark sense of humor, Brother Smith shares five powerful “temptation killers” that can help youth deal with the “opposition in all things” that is part of our earthly existence.

 “I want to give you some ways to overcome temptations so you can become the missionary you were meant to be, so you can become the mom you were meant to be, so you can become the example you were meant to be if you can get by these things,” says Brother Smith. 

Once again, Hank Smith delivers a timely message that will be a great blessing for youth and parents alike.

SNEAK PEEK on the TEMPTATION KILLERS

1. A memorized scripture
2. Get to fresh water
3. Mom
4. A milkshake
5. The Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane

Read or listen-- to find out why these work so well-- 

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I adore Hank Smith!
I listen to every CD I can from him.
I was actually able to read this as an ebook--
LOVED. IT!
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