Sweet Reads Box is your chance to sit down, relax and enjoy a great read, a decadent sweet, and a carefully curated item that ties to your novel. It’s a little bit of Me Time delivered right to your door.
Getting a parcel in the mail never fails to excite me, especially when it’s a parcel chock-full of indulgences – a spell-binding novel, some decadent treats, a thoughtful gift and an invitation to some quality me-time.
Sweet Reads Box is a monthly subscription box designed for Canadian book-lovers. My friend Kerrie and her partner Mark recently launched the service, and graciously sent me one of their gift boxes to review.
I felt like a kid at Christmas when I opened the box and folded back the crisp layer of tissue paper to reveal the goodies inside.
What’s in a Sweet Reads Box, you ask?
Each elegantly packaged Sweet Reads Subscription Box contains a top bestselling novel, chosen by Kerrie and Mark as well as several carefully curated items that echo the theme of the book:
- a meaningful gift connected to your novel’s story-line
- an artisan drink to enhance your quiet time
- a delectable sweet to nibble while you read
- a card explaining Kerrie’s and Mark’s choice of novel and how your items connect to it
These days, I rarely make time to curl up with a book and indulge in quality Me Time, but my Sweet Reads Box gave me the perfect excuse to do so.
After pouring over the goodies in my gift box, I put on the kettle, settled into a chair by the fire, and was swept away for hours.
I’ll tell you about each item in my Sweet Reads Box, starting with the book.
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.
I absolutely loved this book. It was a fast-paced and captivating read, and it had me on the edge of my seat more times than I can recall. At times, I could actually feel my adrenaline pumping, and had to set the book in my lap and take a deep breath.
The storyline is a gripping one. It revolves around a mother and son whose idyllic, afternoon visit to the zoo turns into a terrifying quest for survival.
The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.
Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.
A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?
As a mother of boys myself, I easily slipped into Joan’s shoes and felt every ounce of her terror, and her fierce determination to keep herself and her son alive. I devoured the book in hours.
What treats were included in my Sweet Reads Box?
As I mentioned, each Sweet Read Box, contains a novel, an artisan drink, a sweet, and a meaningful gift, all thoughtfully connected to the theme of the novel.
My artisan tea was a lovely blend of black tea leaves and rose petals, aptly named “A Mother’s Love”, and it was paired with an adorable Elephant tea infuser – a perfect tie-in for the setting of the novel. I’m still enjoying the tea as the packet held enough for 10 servings.
To nibble on, there was a sugar cookie topped with the Sweet Reads logo, made locally in Peterborough by Enticing Cakes Inc
My personal gift was a Foxy Originals silver necklace engraved with an inspiring quote by e.e. Cummings. The quote is a favourite of Kerrie’s and Mark’s, and perfectly sums up the immeasurable love between a mother and her child. It’s a quality piece and I absolutely adore it. Three tiny charms are attached, and the reverse is engraved repeatedly with the word “love”.
Isn’t it all so lovely?
Imagine having a Sweet Reads Box delivered to your door and opening up this decadent box of Me Time every month?
A Sweet Read Box makes a perfect gift for a book-loving friend, teacher, coach or family member too!
Sign up to receive your own Sweet Reads Subscription Box
Kerrie makes it easy to sign up for 1 gift box, or for a 3 or 6 month subscription.
And if you sign up for the Sweet Reads Newsletter, you’ll receive 10% off your first order of a 3 or 6 month subscription.
- Sweet Reads Subscription Box costs $49.99 (plus shipping) per month.
- Sweet Reads Boxes can be shipped to your doorstep or sent as a gift to someone else
- Boxes ship on the 15th of the month. To order yours, CLICK HERE.
- Sweet Reads gift cards are available as well, and can be applied to a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.