Aug 7, 2018

The Epic of Gilgamesh

translated by N.K. Sandars

One of the first and greatest works of Western literature.

Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the third millennium BC.

Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba.

When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh’s grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life.

A timeless tale of morality, tragedy and pure adventure, The Epic of Gilgamesh is a landmark literary exploration of man’s search for immortality.

I normally don't read the "classics" like this, 
but it was required for a class I am taking-- 
and I actually really liked the story! 

Aug 1, 2018

Another FREE book from Summer Book Trek

from Summer Book Trek 2018
it's super easy--
just read books by LDS authors

After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to.

Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle---or at least two matchmaking dogs---for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.



Jul 30, 2018

Christmas by Accident

by Camron Wright

Carter is an insurance adjuster whose longing for creative expression spills over sometimes into his accident reports. Abby works for her adoptive father, Uncle Mannie, in the family bookstore, the ReadMore Café. Carter barely tolerates Christmas; Abby loves it. She can't wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter despises.

When an automobile accident throws Carter and Abby together, Uncle Mannie, who is harboring secrets of his own, sees a chance for lasting happiness for his little girl. But there are so many hurdles, and not much time left. Will this Christmas deliver the miracle everyone is hoping for? Where love and Christmas are concerned, there are no accidents.

I LOVE it when the Christmas books start showing up!
This is a fun story you will definitely want to read.
LOVED the characters and how they came together.
Put this one on your READ THIS YEAR list.

And if you have not yet read The Rent Collector or the Orphan Keeper those are a MUST-READ right now!

Jul 26, 2018

Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Julie Wright

The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.

The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?

The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.

What a FUN BOOK!
LOVED the Audrey Hepburn theme!
This is a MUST-READ for sure-


Jul 25, 2018

Win FREE books - Summer Book Trek

from Summer Book Trek 2018
it's super easy--
just read books by LDS authors and enter the title/author at:

When Elizabeth falls for a Scottish earl, she must make a choice—do her duty or choose a love that could cost her everything. 

When long-held prejudices rear their ugly head, to keep Alec and Elizabeth apart, he is caught between doing what is right and his new role as an English gentleman.

Jul 21, 2018


by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
(the authors of Mustaches for Maddie)

My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I'm losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore. I haven't had a friend in a long time. Thankfully, real friends can see the real you, even when you can't clearly see.

Flint loves to draw. In fact, he's furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the ''Find a Comic Star'' contest. He's also rushing to finish because he has keratoconus--an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.

McKell is the new girl at school and immediately hangs with the popular kids. Except McKell's not a fan of the way her friends treat this boy named Squint. He seems nice and really talented. He draws awesome pictures of superheroes. McKell wants to get to know him, but is it worth the risk? What if her friends catch her hanging with the kid who squints all the time?

McKell has a hidden talent of her own but doesn't share it for fear of being judged. Her terminally ill brother, Danny, challenges McKell to share her love of poetry and songwriting. Flint seems like someone she could trust. Someone who would never laugh at her. Someone who is as good and brave as the superhero in Flint's comic book named Squint.

Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges, who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.

This book is FANTASTIC!
You will learn some comic book rules, middle school rules, and  Grandma and Grandpa rules. PLUS if you join in the "Danny's Challenges" you will become a happier/better person.
LOVED IT! This is a MUST-READ for the whole family!


Jul 17, 2018

Jul 5, 2018

Summer Book Trek 2018 - Books



Through Love's Trials by Julie Coulter Bellon

Kenneth unknowingly puts fellow attorney and single mom Emma in danger. Now he'll risk everything to keep her and her daughter safe, but the killers are closing in . . .

Attorney Kenneth King can't wait to get away on vacation and leave the courtroom behind. He only has one last errand to do for his boss―drop off a flash drive to fellow attorney Emma James. But as soon as the drive is in his hands, his boss is murdered and Kenneth becomes the next target. With nowhere left to turn, he reaches out to Emma for help―but that only puts them both in danger.

Emma James just wants to settle into her new job and provide a good life for her little girl. That is all threatened when she gets a flash drive with information on it that points to an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil. With her choices dwindling and her vulnerabilities made crystal clear, Emma is pushed to the limit by those who want her dead and the rest of the country to suffer. How far will she be forced to go to save the lives of everyone around her, including those she loves?

Kenneth and Emma have to find a way to work together to stop the terrorists, but it's the most difficult trial of their lives―and the verdict will be life or death.

Other books in the Canadian Spies series:
On the Edge
Time Will Tell

Her Sister's Fiancé by Victorine E. Lieske
Ava Gilmore has a huge problem. She’s in love with Oliver, her sister’s fiancé. What’s worse? She’s their wedding planner. Now her sister has run off to Paris and left her and Oliver to plan the wedding together.

Oliver is frustrated that his fiancé keeps pushing back the wedding. The more disinterested she gets with the details, the more he thinks she doesn’t want to marry him at all. And then there’s Ava. Since when did she become so adorable? The more he spends time with her, the more he starts to think he’s with the wrong Gilmore girl.

Her Sister's Fiance is a novella.
Get it FREE by joining Victorine E. Lieske's Newsletter

Out of Nowhere by Jeri Gilchrist
Work always comes first for small-town police detective, Ashlyn Lawrence. Often solving cases that have gone “cold,” she feels driven to provide closure to the victims’ families.

But she begins to question her choices when the dashing Tyler O’Bryan is appointed as her new captain. As Ashlyn fights her deepening feelings for Tyler, she is threatened by a succession of anonymous messages that suggest a connection between present events and the tragedy of her past. Perhaps now she can finally discover the reason behind her brother’s mysterious death—but it could cost her life.

As the threats escalate, Ashlyn seeks a safe haven—unwittingly returning to the one place that is anything but safe. In both mortal and spiritual danger, the struggling young detective finds she must rely on much more than her own strength—she needs both the Spirit and the help of others if she is to be saved.


Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson
Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future.

Jul 1, 2018

Summer Book Trek 2018

July 1st means
Sponsored by NEW LDS FICTION


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  • Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
  • Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson
  • Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson
  • Sweet Mercy by Donald S. Smurthwaite 
  • The Cryptic Cipher by Denver Acey

Jun 30, 2018

Recent eBooks added to PLUS


And since I am always looking for a another book to read 
I thought I would share some--

THE UNDAUNTED by Gerald N. Lund
eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
At the call of their prophet, they left well-established farms and businesses to strike out yet again into the untamed wilderness. A small band of men, women, and children formed the 1879 pioneer company.

Their mission: stand as a buffer between lawlessness and civilization.

Their road: only what they created themselves, blasting out a perilous trail over slick rock and through desolate cliffs.

Their hearts: UNDAUNTED.

When it comes to creating spellbinding historical fiction, nobody does it quite like Gerald N. Lund. In The Undaunted, he transports readers first to the coal mines of Yorkshire, then across the ocean and the plains to the territory of Utah, where, even in 1879, there is pioneering to be done.

A little-known and perhaps even less-appreciated chapter in the Church's history comes to life in this gripping story of a stalwart group of Saints called to create a settlement to serve as a buffer between the established communities of Utah and the lawless frontier of the Four Corners area. Their challenge will be enormous - but the biggest part of it just may be getting there in the first place.

Skillfully interweaving historical figures and events with fictional characters, Gerald Lund takes us through the Hole in the Rock and over miles of uncharted country that even today is impassable without all-terrain vehicles. His account of the adventure, romance, and sacrifices of these undaunted pioneers will resonate with readers who love a good story as well as those who want to better understand the incomparable legacy and unconquerable faith of those valiant Saints.

eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth US president during a very dark time in America's history. Author Timothy Ballard explores the crucial role that President Lincoln played to bring this nation closer to heaven. Readers will see Lincoln as a man inspired of God who invoked a covenant relationship between America and its maker — not unlike the national covenants invoked by righteous leaders in the Book of Mormon. In addition, The Lincoln Hypothesis reveals documented evidence that Abraham Lincoln did, in fact, check out the Book of Mormon as he struggled with making some of the most critical decisions of his presidency. Did he read it? Did it influence him? Was the Book of Mormon a key factor in Lincoln's success and the healing of a nation?

The author states, “As you read, you will, like a prosecutor reviewing a case, or like a jury determining a verdict, identify valuable pieces of evidence that can be fully substantiated. You will also identify pieces of evidence that cannot. I ask you to consider all the evidence and weight it accordingly. Through this study, many questions regarding the interplay between the restored gospel and the Civil War will be answered. New questions may emerge that will not be so easily answered. Either way, in the end you will find yourself on a most exhilarating investigative journey.”

PETTICOAT SPY by Carol Warburton
eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
Colonial Massachusetts, 1775

Abigail Stowell is a rarity for her time. The comely young woman is educated, outspoken, and attuned to the charged political climate around her. She is a staunch Patriot. In short, she is a rebel. So when Gideon Whitlock, and avowed Tory, rides into her village, Abby is not only put off by his politics and arrogance but is also annoyed by her undeniable attraction to him.

When she observes a clandestine meeting between her Patriot father and Gideon, Abby soon realizes that in a world divided by loyalties, not everything is as it seems. Soon she is drawn deeper into political intrigue than she ever dreamed possible. And just as feelings begin to heat up between Abby and Gideon, the shot heard round the world ignites the beginning of war between the colonists and the British redcoats. There is no time for hesitation, and Abby finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue, treachery, and terror. Lives hang in the balance, and Abby will stop at nothing to support the Patriot movement—but will her allegiance to the cause mean losing the man she loves?

FRONTIER GRIT by Marianne Monson
eBook is FREE with PLUS--get it HERE
Discover the stories of twelve women who "heard the call" to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey.

As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later.

As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived.

As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she'd never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother's sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man's world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry...

William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia's marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family's estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous "Lady" to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation...
Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
THE GOVERNESS by Kristen McKendry
Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she's always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the grand house awaiting her—but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily-painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job as a children's tutor will not be all she dreamed.

Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions in favor of the joys of a simple life—and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she's come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?

eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
ABBY'S CROSSING by Darryl Harris
Fall 1862 — Following her husband’s tragic death, young widow Abby Butterfield Browett’s first responsibility is to her son. Her desire to provide a secure future for her child has led her to accept a proposal of marriage from Isaac, a man twice her age. In her heart, she knows that Isaac lacks the fire and zest for life that defines Abby, but her son will be cared for. Can she be happy with only that?

Despite her reservations, Abby joins her fiancé on the journey to the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, unprepared for the challenges that begin soon after they embark. When their trouble turns dangerous, it is a group of rough frontiersmen that come to their aid. The incident provides Abby the excuse she needs to turn back and postpone the wedding—and in truth, she simply can’t forget the connection she felt with Scooter, the leader of their rescuers. But as hostilities arise between the local Indians and the white frontiersmen, Abby’s focus turns again to the safety of her son. When the young boy disappears following an attack, Abby disregards propriety and turns not to her fiancé for help, but to Scooter. In the face of unimaginable odds, the pair embarks on a quest to find Abby’s son, a journey that will test their courage and faith as never before . . .

eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
TO WIN A LADY'S HEART by Sian Ann Bessey
For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna approaches the cliffs, she discovers an injured man. She immediately goes to Agnes for help. The wounded stranger is Sir Lukas, and while he recovers, he makes plans to identify his attackers and their motive. Upon learning that Moreland’s wool has been stolen, Sir Lukas comes to believe that the crimes are related and point to a much more sinister plot. When Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, the prize being Lady Joanna’s hand in marriage, it attracts noblemen from across the land, and suddenly Sir Lukas’s pursuit of the villains takes a different turn. As Lady Joanna’s and Sir Lukas’s feelings for each other grow, the stakes soar, and only Sir Lukas’s skill with a longbow can save them.

eBook is FREE with PLUS-- get it HERE
LOVING LEAH by Lynne Larson
Caught in the middle of a massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Civil War, Leah Donaldson, a twenty-year-old Mormon governess, must risk everything to save two children in her care—and she lives to pay dearly for the decision. Young Ethan Pace loves Leah and can hardly stay still as she is taken away by the enemy for refusing to reveal where he and his sister are hiding.

Five years later, Ethan desperately searches for her, trying to reconcile all that has happened and grappling with his feelings for her. Still idealizing Leah, he hopes she has survived and that he can help her get to Zion and her people. But after everything she's been through since they last met, will Leah overcome her regrets and allow love into her life? Will she come to see Ethan as the caring man he has become rather than the lovesick boy she once knew?

eBook is FREE with PLUS--get it HERE
FAR AWAY IN THE WEST by Richard E. Bennett, Susan Easton Black, Craig K. Manscill and Scott C. Esplin  
The story of the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo to a new mountain home “far away in the west” still stirs the imagination of writers, artists, historians, and musicians. Letters, diaries, and other manuscript sources continue to be discovered that recount this thrilling chapter in Mormon history. An entire believing people came to trust that they would find their place to worship without fear of persecution if they followed their God. This book is divided into three sections of the Mormon pioneers’ experiences. Even readers who have followed this history will discover new and inspiring facts about this enduring story.

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May 30, 2018

Bookshelf PLUS Reading Challenge


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

We are quickly approaching the end of the month
I read 8 FREE books with PLUS--

I love PLUS and for only $9.99 (which is about the cost of one book) I will continue to download about 8 books a month--can't beat that!

-- Want to join me --
Sign up for Bookshelf PLUS here
It is FREE for 30 days with no obligations, cancel anytime
Did you know that with PLUS you have unlimited access?

Started 27 June - Finished 1 July

Click the picture to get the ebook FREE with PLUS
Jo Ann Larsen teams up with veteran cartoonist Artemus Cole to offer a lively prescription for stress and guilt. There's a collection of stress relievers for every kind of '90s woman defined by the author:
* the Caretaker, 
* the Guilt Sponge, 
* the Juggler, 
* the Perfectionist, 
* the Pleaser, 
* and the Depleted Woman. 
Women can gain a better perception of self as they recognize themselves in these nuggets of advice.

I desperately needed something a little lighter and filled with humor.
This book caught my eye--it also fulfills my need to learn to let go of stress.
And while it was written a little while ago, I feel that it is needed even more today.
I am learning a lot and getting in a little laughter therapy along the way.

BOOK 7 - SUSPECT by Clair M. Poulson
Started 21 June - Set aside 27 June
Click the picture to get the audiobook FREE with PLUS

Detective Royce Fleming has dealt with the worst of the worst in his small Utah town. But even after years of dealing with criminals, he's shaken when a battered young woman enters his office. The victim of ruthless domestic abuse, Ellerie Pearson finally has the courage to share her painful secret history with the kind officer. For Royce, this information is just another piece in the puzzle he's working to solve—because unbeknownst to Ellerie, her husband's body has just been found. And she's the prime suspect in his murder.

As he delves into the mystery surrounding Darien Pearson's death, Royce is inundated with suspects. Darien's calculated cruelty left him with no shortage of enemies, and Ellerie's involvement seems less likely by the day. But when his own past makes an unwelcome return, Royce finds himself torn between duty and the possibility that he may lose everything.

I LOVE Clair M. Poulson and I will definitely come back to this one, but for now my brain just cannot handle an audiobook. I am taking online classes, focusing on my family history, and playing with the grandkids. When I read--I need to read, not listen, in order to stay with it. Otherwise my mind wanders too much. It is just where I am right now.

BOOK 6 - CONVICTION by Robbin J. Peterson
Started 16 June - Set aside 21 June
 Click the picture to get the audiobook FREE with PLUS
Click the picture to get the audiobook FREE with PLUS

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.

I am having a hard time getting into this one. It is good-- I was just hoping for something with more suspense and more action. I am only a 1/4 of the way through so maybe it does become more suspenseful and action-packed. However, I am setting it aside for now.

Audiobook is FREE with PLUS
Started 10 June - Finished 16 June
Click the picture to get the audiobook FREE with PLUS

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?

A wonderfully tender book!
I highly recommend anything Sarah M. Eden writes.

BOOK 4 - MISS WILTON'S WALTZ by Josi S. Kilpack
Audiobook is FREE with PLUS
Started 4 June - Finished 10 June

Click the picture to get the audiobook FREE with PLUS
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.

What a FABULOUS book!
Absolutely loved the story line.
I highly recommend this one!

BOOK 3 - BE OF GOOD CHEER by Hank Smith
Audiobook is FREE with PLUS
Started 4 June - Finished 4 June
Click the picture to the audiobook FREE with PLUS

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."

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.

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
Click the picture -  audiobook and/or ebook is FREE on PLUS

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?

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.

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.

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

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?

Filled with raw emotions, pains, trials, friendship, and love, 
Susanna is guided to a better place...


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