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About Lehi, Lehi, What Do You See?

Lehi, Lehi, what do you seeHelp your children learn to love the scriptures with this fully illustrated storybook! From Lehi to Moroni condenses important stories from The Book of Mormon, so that children can get to know and love it. This storybook is perfect for bedtime, for reading during sacrament meeting, and as part of family scripture study. The engaging and detailed illustrations will ensure From Lehi to Moroni is picked up and read over and over again.

My review

Any parent who’s had to sit through a meeting with a small child knows that sometimes a good board book can save you! This is one of those that I would have loved to have had in the diaper bag when our kids were small.

It’s a super cute board book. I love that it talks about not only scripture characters, but colors. It’s one of those books that all parents want to grab. This one would be a great night time story as well. The rhyming words just work!

The pictures in this one are fun! I loved the way the illustrator depicted the characters from the scriptures. This book will make the scriptures come alive for small children everywhere!

I was sent an e-copy of Lehi, Lehi, What Do You See? as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Sandra Meaders

Sandra Meaders studied English and minored in creative writing and history at Southern Virginia University and earned her master’s degree in literature from the University of Akron. Currently, she is raising two children, manages a blog, and does freelance editing on the side. Lehi, Lehi, What Do You See? is her debut children’s book.

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About Love Bytes

love bytesJessica Riley would do anything for her best friend Addison, including be her maid of honor and meet all her increasingly crazy wedding demands. But that’s because Jessica has Dallen, the best man, helping her navigate the trouble their respective best friends keep stirring up. Even though she and Dallen have only spoken online or in texts, their friendship forms fast and easy, and Jessica is beginning to hope that the wedding in Hawaii will become the start of something special for her and Dallen too. Except…Dallen dates braniac supermodels. And while Jessica is a brainiac, she has a bad feeling she won’t be his type. Will their connection survive in real life?

My review

Last week I read back to back to back Regency Romance novels. I can read one, or maybe two, but then my brain needs a break. Enter this lovely contemporary novella by Melanie Jacobson. It was the perfect break. I loved reading it. In fact, it left me wanting more!

I loved Jessica. She would be the best kind of friend to have. She’s always looking out for Addison. I loved how she and Dallen end up commiserating over the wedding details. They have quite a relationship going over text and email. I loved reading their texts. They were clever and they made me laugh.

I liked that Jessica was not perfect. She is just your average person, at least that’s what she thinks. She has body image issues, like a lot of women do. It just made her more real.

Then there’s Dallen. He’s a great guy. He puts up with a lot of junk from Addison as well. I loved how he put things together for Slade’s big surprise with help from Jessica. I liked the way he didn’t care about what was on the outside of the women he knew. He cared more about the inside. 

The plot of this one is just fun! I loved the romance, I loved Hawaii. I was able to read this one in under an hour. It was the perfect break from real life.

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About Lies, Love and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

lies, love, and breakfast at tiffany'sThe 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 of their jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important things 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.

My review

I have never been even a little bit disappointed by one of these Proper Romances. And this one was no exception. In fact, this one might be my favorite Proper Romance I’ve read. I loved everything about it! 

Let’s start with Silvia. There are so many great things about her. She’s a woman working hard as a film editor. And when I say working hard, I mean that she’s doing her own job and her bosses and she’s doing a great job of covering that last bit up. Silvia has so many things going for her, you’d never know that she only has one eye. Well…that is, the people in her life don’t know she only has one eye. I loved how she talked about her eye, she even named it, Audrey, after Audrey Hepburn. The way Silvia thinks about Audrey Hepburn and talks about her makes the story just that much better.

I loved Silvia’s grandma. She’s this little old lady who loves old movies. She is the most sassy person you could imagine. I loved how she kept telling Silvia not to sass her, so funny! She seemed so…not vulnerable…until she was. She was one of my favorite parts about this book. 

Now we’re to Ben. In this one, you only see the plot through Silvia’s eyes. Sometimes it’s hard not to see the whole plot. But I’m just realizing that I didn’t think at all about that while I was reading this book. That tells me that the author did a great job with Silvia. I liked Ben’s character. There was so much chemistry between him and Silvia. The whole plot between the two of them just worked. 

There are so many other great characters. I won’t talk about any more of them. I was thrilled that Emma from Lies Jane Austen Told Me was a big part of this one. But how could she not be? She is Silvia’s best friend.

The plot of this one was fabulous! There was so much more going on than just a love story, although there was that. And it’s a great one too! Make sure you pick this one up! It’s one of my very favorites.

I was sent a copy of Lies, Love and Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Julie Wright

Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen and was surprised to get it published. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Awards winner for her novel Cross My Heart, and she feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig.

She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools.

She loves reading, eating, writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise but has a healthy respect for ice cream.

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About Jesus Worked Miracles

Jesus worked miraclesWhen Jesus was alive, He performed miracles to show He was the son of God. This reverent picture book introduces children to the stories of lepers healed, the dead raised, and, ultimately, the miraculous Resurrection of our Lord. Although these events took place thousands of years ago, Jesus still works miracles today in the lives of those who have faith in Him.

My review

I love it when I get to review picture books! Not only are the fast and easy to read, I love reading to kids! I was so excited to get Jesus Worked Miracles in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

I loved reading this one! It explains the miracles performed by Jesus in the New Testament in a way that is easy for children of all ages to understand.

One reason why I’m so excited about this one is that it goes perfectly with the course of study for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for next year. This book will hopefully save us as we’re reading these chapters as a family. We have a busy four year old and if someone’s going to ruin our family scripture study time, you can bet it’s going to be him. This is one book we can either have him look through on his own, or use as a visual aid during these study times.

I also love the pictures in this one. Illustrator Jason Pruett did a fantastic job. The pictures are perfect for adults and children alike. They make the stories jump off the page.

I was sent a copy of Jesus Worked Miracles as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Glorious Truths about Mary, the Mother of Jesus

glorious truths about Mary, the mother of JesusThroughout the world, millions of devout followers of Christ look to the Virgin Mary as a sacred figure, a woman to be revered and worshipped. While Latter-day Saints do not worship this chosen vessel of the Lord, we do esteem Mary as one of the most influential people in history. Her faithfulness changed the course of the world, but even so, much detail of her life remains unknown to most. In Glorious Truths about Mary, Mother of Jesus, readers are invited to join distinguished LDS scholar Susan Easton Black on a journey of discovery spanning the life and legacy of this unparalleled faith-filled giant. Discover, through scriptural and historical sources, the compelling look at how Mary, mother of Jesus, has been characterized over the centuries and the true story and lasting influence she has had—this woman whose incomparable example continues to guide and inspire religious women today.

My review

Isn’t it the perfect time of year to learn more about Mary, the Mother of Jesus?! I was really excited to get to read this book. I’ve always been interested in the women that are mentioned in the scriptures. And Mary is one of the main, most amazing ones.

I loved reading this book! It isn’t long, it’s under 100 pages. The author did a great job making the book be full of information about Mary, yet not boring in the slightest. I loved that she includes where she got her information. I had wondered where she’d get it, because Mary isn’t mentioned in the scriptures a lot. Women really aren’t, in general. 

I loved starting the Christmas season learning more about this amazing woman! Make sure you take the time to read and learn about her yourself!

I was sent a copy of Glorious Truths about Mary, the Mother of Jesus as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Susan Easton Black

Dr. Susan Easton Black joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1978, where she is currently a professor of Church history and doctrine. She is also past associate dean of General Education and Honors and director of Church History in the Religious Studies Center.

The recipient of numerous academic awards, she received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award in 2000, the highest award given a professor on the BYU Provo campus. Dr. Black has authored, edited, and compiled more than 100 books and 250 articles.

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About Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King

dragonwatch: wrath of the dragon king

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Two of the seven dragon sanctuaries have already fallen. Will Wyrmroost be next?

Armed with secret information from a new ally, Celebrant seeks a talisman that will guarantee victory in the war against the humans. With a cursed castle and traitorous creatures standing in the way, Kendra and Seth must attempt to foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to his prize.

Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost to quell the uprising and protect the world from draconic dominion? One thing is certain—dragons are deadly foes, and one wrong move could bring swift defeat. It will take more than Kendra, Seth, and their current allies have ever given to endure the wrath of the Dragon King.

My review

Brandon Mull is one of my favorite authors. And my daughters love his books as well. His books are a must read at our house. In fact, this book has been fought over. You know it’s good when that happens!

This book picks up where the first Dragonwatch left off. If you haven’t read that one, you really need to read it. Before you read any more of this review or before you read this one.

I love how Brandon Mull has kept Seth and Kendra consistent throughout both the Fablehaven series and this one. The reader knows the characters well enough to know how they will respond to things. Both Seth and Kendra are great characters. I love that you get to see things through their perspectives. 

Another fun thing about this one is that we get to see things through a newer characters perspective as well. Knox is Seth and Kendra’s cousin. He and Seth seem to be cut from a similar cloth. They are both more curious than they should be about everything. And they both get into trouble because of it.

I loved the fantasy of this one. The way the author describes things like things like the feast with the dragons made it easy for me to picture it in my mind. And there are so many fun and clever things in this one. 

If you’re a lover of middle grade books, fantasy stories, or dragons, you will love this book and the whole series.

I was sent a copy of Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children. He may or may not have a giant magical bovine in his backyard. Brandon is excited to share more adventures with Kendra and Seth in Dragonwatch, the sequel to Fablehaven.

About illustrator Brandon Dorman

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration. Brandon Dorman and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligan; The Alien who Ate My Socks, is Brandon’s first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.

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About Simply Starstruck

simply starstruckIt’s been two years since Kate Evans unexpectedly lost her husband and one year since her aunt Cassandra stepped in and moved Kate and her son back to Colorado to start a new life. 

Just when Kate is starting to get comfortable in her new reality, three very different men enter her life. Alec is young, easygoing, and up for anything. Nate is a divorced dad who is steady, reliable, and everything Kate should want. Jess is quite literally the boy next door, not to mention a real-life movie star straight from every girl’s dreams. 

Is she really ready to jump into the dating scene again? Or does she stay in the same safe place free from heartache? In between braving water slides to cheating at croquet, Kate is forced to confront things she’d rather leave buried, along with the possibility of a new love that is exactly what she needs.

My review

The cover of this one…I simply love it!

I loved the way Kate is in this book. She’s a bit of a quirky character and she made me laugh so many times. There’s a part in the first chapter where she karate kicks a swinging door open and makes her aunt’s housekeeper, Zinn, drop a whole bunch of drinks. That scene was so vivid, I could almost see it in my mind. It was interesting to me the way what had happened earlier in Kate’s life doesn’t get brought up for a bit in the plot. I knew something was up with her, but wasn’t sure quite what. Kate is a great mom to her 8 year old son. I loved the way he was the center of her world. It was obvious that she’d do anything she could for him.

There are so many great characters in this one. I loved her aunt Cass and her housekeeper Zinn. Kate’s constant re-writing of the history she had made up for Zinn made me laugh! It was a bit sad that we never actually found out. I also loved Jess. It was kind of fun the way he was always there, especially when Kate did something stupid or wasn’t looking her best. I loved how he goes out of his way to do things with Ethan. I can’t say I really liked Alec, he didn’t go out of his way to do things for Kate, let alone do anything for Ethan. Although, he did provide some funny situations.

The plot of this one was really well done. I loved the contemporary, humorous aspects. This one’s a fun one to read! Go get your own copy.

I was sent a copy of Simply Starstruck as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About author Aspen Hadley

Aspen Marie Hadley loves nothing more than a great story. She has devoted herself to storytelling for the majority of her life, writing her first novel at her kitchen table in the eighth grade. Aside from writing for her own enjoyment, Aspen has blogged and for a time wrote The Aspen Adventure Series that she would email around to family and friends, sharing her tales of accidental escapades. Aspen has been supplied with endless fodder for her stories through her work at a dry cleaner, as a waitress, as a dental office manager, executive assistant, transcriptionist, and working on an 800-line taking customer messages while attending Utah State University. Aspen shares her life with a patient husband, four hilarious children, one grumpy dog, and two incredibly loud birds in a quiet Utah suburb next to her beloved mountains. Simply Starstruck is her debut novel. You can find her at, on Facebook at facebook. com/aspenthewriter/ and Instagram @aspenmarieh_author.

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When we became four

About When We Became Four

when we became fourTwo children mean twice the laughter, twice the mess, and twice as much fun! Keep track of all the milestone moments of your second child’s birth with this unique memory book that involves the whole family. From pregnancy cravings to toddler quirks, this is your place to record all the memories you’ll want to treasure forever and create a special keepsake both your children will love.

My review

See that cover…Isn’t it the cutest? I love it! And the memory book inside is just as cute. I wish we had had this book when we had our kids!

I love the way this book has places for everything. There is a spot for the story of the start of the family. Also spots for recording things about the Big Sib. As well as spaces for tons of things relating to the new baby, from morning sickness to age two. I love how the author of this one includes the whole family, with places for pictures and stories and clever check lists.

This book will be a treasured keepsake for many years to come! This would be the perfect gift for anyone you know whose family will be becoming four soon.

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About River Whispers

river whispersJack Bentley’s life fractured into jagged shards of pain and loneliness four months ago when his wife’s car plunged into the Snake River. Still reeling from the loss of his wife and infant son, Jack finds his world shaken again when he sees the ghost of his wife, Gina. But the truth she tells him changes everything: their son didn’t drown with her. 

Now, Jack must find his son before he slips away forever. Haunted by loss and his wife’s plea, Jack finds himself diving into a mystery deeper than the river’s swift current. No power on Earth can reunite him with his little boy—and even help from beyond the grave may not be enough to bring Jack’s son back. 

My Review

I first got to read River Whispers last year as a beta reader. It always makes me happy to get to re-read something that I loved the first time I read it. I pulled this one out of my to be read pile one day last week. 

One thing I really like about this one is the setting. I grew up living near the Snake River in Blackfoot, Idaho where the story is set. A lot of the settings are familiar to me. I could picture where the story took place. And I love that!

Rachelle Christensen is one of my favorite authors. I love her character and her plots. She just does an amazing job. Each of her books keeps me interested and turning page after page. I actually read this whole book in an afternoon.

Jack is such a great guy. The reader can sense his anguish over losing his wife Gina and son Easton. And it only gets more intense as his wife starts trying to communicate with him to let him know that their son is still alive. I loved this aspect of the story! One thing I believe is that the people we love that have died are able to help us when we need it, much like Gina does in the story. 

Then there’s Emily. She was one of Gina’s best friends. So she and Jack share their grief over her death. I liked that she was also able to receive messages from Gina and she was in a position to help Jack. She goes along with some of his ideas, even when they seem a bit crazy.

The plot of this one was so great! I didn’t want to stop reading it, even though I had read it before. It’s so suspenseful. This one kept me interested until I read the very last word!

I was sent a copy of River Whispers as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About The Truth About Miss Ashbourne

the truth about miss ashbourneGoverness Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life.

But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

My review

I love when I find new authors! The Truth About Miss Ashbourne is a a Regency Romance written by a debut author and it’s really good!

I have to say that I LOVED Miss Ashbourne, Juliana. She’s a governess in London. I loved that she wasn’t your typical governess. She’s young and pretty and willing to let her charges learn things that not a lot of society thinks they should learn. One of the things she does that her boss, Mrs Seymour objects to is taking the children to the park. Life sure is different these days!

Anyway…Juliana isn’t a governess for very much of the book. She learns early on that she’s actually an heiress. I loved the way she found out that she’s an heiress and the way she meets William Rowley. Juliana is always getting herself into scrapes that she needs help getting out of. Well…she doesn’t think she needs help getting out of them, but she does.

There is a lot going on with the backstory of this one. There were several parts relating to the backstory that I really loved. Probably my favorite part is her flashback when looking at the picture gallery. This one’s late in the story, so I’m not going to say more than that to not give anything away. 

One thing about this story is that Juliana is the only character you get to be in the head of. That works sometimes really well, but I really would have loved to have seen what William thought. One thing I loved was that there were surprises for Juliana at the end of the book from her relatives that she’d gotten to spend time with. 

I loved this book! Hopefully Joanna Barker is planning to write more books like this one!

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