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Women of Pearl Island Box

Women of Pearl Island Box

A novel about an island, a family, and the secrets that live there. The novel begins with Tartelin answering an ad for a personal assistant on an island off the coast of Britain. With only a few inhabitants and a mysterious past, Pearl Island offers an escape from daily life, sadness and modern conveniences. Tartelin’s employer, Marianne is a remarkably private woman with a difficult and painful past. 

We found The Women of Pearl Island to be a beautiful novel that slowly unravels the stories of Tartelin and Marianne’s past all while searching for evidence of a top-secret event that happened on Pearl Island decades before.

We curated this box to tie to the novel and also to include some of our favourite holiday and bookish items.

What is in the box?

Novel: The Women of Pearl Island – Polly Crosby

 *Milk Hot Chocolate – Camino – We includes this beautiful milk hot chocolate as a sweet treat to take the chill out of the Winter air. While chocolate would not be found on a remote island, we think you deserve a delicious cup while enjoying the novel.

*Mulling Spice – Walton Wood Farm – A beautiful Mulling Spice for Cider or Wine. Ideal for Winter celebrations or taking the chill out of your bones after a long walk on the island.

*Raspberry Candy Tube – Candy Labs – Handmade old-fashioned candy from Montreal. We chose this item as a modern take on tinned fruit candy. The tube connects to the scientific exploration that Marianne engages in to uncover the past on Pearl Island. 

*Tea & Butterflies Bookmark – Crafted Van – A custom bookmark created to capture the essence of this novel and the things that tie Tartelin and Marianne’s lives together.

*Peppermint Soap – Walton Wood Farm – Handmade soap would have been used for generations on Pearl Island. We love the scent of this soap. Perfect for removing the scent of the Island off your hands. 

*Custom Bibliophile Desk Calendar – I’ll Know It When I See It – Simply the best desk calendar designed by our friends at IKIWISI for Sweet Readers. Packaged with a beautiful wooden easel made by Nordic Woodshop in Wakefield, QC. The perfect calendar for book lovers. 

*Sweet Reads Tote – Peace Collective – A beautifully made essential tote bag for carrying books, presents or butterfly catching gear. Show us all the ways you love to use your tote!

*Holiday Card – I’ll Know It When I See It – A fun inclusion to spread some cheer this holiday season. Pair it with your favourite book for a special reader on your list.

*Indicates a Canadian company.

We are proud to support small businesses in our box curation.

The Family Box

The Family Box

A debut historical fiction novel about two daughters of the Italian mafia in Brooklyn, NY. Uniquely told through these women’s experiences as their friendships grow intertwined into adulthood. Their stories are not flamboyant but focused on relationships, family ties and the power that holds The Family together. A unique read with remarkably vivid imagery, tension, power struggles, secrets and a fictional glimpse of life inside a crime family.

What is in the box?

Novel: The Family – Naomi Krupitsky

*Pistachio Date Bite & Sea Salt & Almond – Bisou – Once we tried these amazing date bites we knew they needed to be featured in a box. The perfect sweet snack without the guilt of sugary treats.  

*Almond Biscotti – Tealish – Continuing with the Italian theme this amazing tea is the perfect cup of warmth on a cold November day.

*Enjoy the Little Things Swedish Dish Cloth – Danica – We love eco-friendly Swedish Dishcloths and thought this design paired perfectly with tea.

*Cozy Night-In Bath Salt – Walton Wood Farm – Regardless of whether you are experiencing the trials and tribulations of The Family, these bath salts are the perfect way to decompress, relax and take some much deserved Me Time.

Chocolate & Vanilla Italian Wafers – Cubetti – Made in Italy wafers that will bring the taste of Italy home. A delicious on the go treat.

ECoffee cups (Assorted Designs) – Ecoffee – Whether you are taking a tea or espresso to go these eco-friendly cups by Ecoffee are great for work, commuting, reading by the fire or errands for The Family.

*Trivet Dot Ochre – Danica – Sunday dinners are a cornerstone of the week – centered around food, family and love. This retro trivet brings together the warmth of family meals and beauty in practicality.

*Indicates a Canadian company

October 2021

October 2021

Our 4th Anniversary Box included a special custom SRB pin and more!

Book: State of Terror – Clinton/Penny *

We were so excited to be able to offer this title to our subscribers this month. Louise Penny has long been a favourite Canadian author, and her collaboration with Hilary Clinton created a truly fantastic novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. Penny’s writing style combined with insider information of how the American government and foreign affairs work combine to create a novel you will be talking about for weeks after you read it. 

What is in the box?

Salty Caramel Crunch – Camino – The perfect chocolate for an afternoon snack, some energy on the go, or a few quiet moments of me-time.

*Foundry – Propeller Coffee Co. – Named after the building Propeller resides in; this coffee is a blend of two single-origin coffees to make an award-winning cup. Perfect for edge of your seat reading and early morning to late-night work sessions.

*Fall Reads Hand Rescue – Walton Wood Farms – Created especially for us, this hand rescue will keep hands soft and smelling fantastic. It is perfect for keeping in your desk at work to combat dry office air.

*Cozy Bookmark – Together with KX – A cute and cozy bookmark to keep your mind on Fall and mark your page. 

Milk Frother – Groesche – A phenomenal milk frother to turn your coffee into a latte or take your hot chocolate to the next level. 

Coffee Exfoliator – Dr. Botanicals – Whether you are up late turning pages or engrossed in solving your own mysteries, this coffee exfoliator will energize your senses and your skin. Perfect after a long night. 

*Sweet Reads Pin – Desk of Sandra – Our gift to you to celebrate Sweet Reads Box turning 4! This beautifully designed exclusive pin by Desk of Sandra is sure to become your favourite bookish item.

*Indicates a Canadian company

September 2021

September 2021

Our September 2021 Box was packed to the brim with Fall favourites! 

Book: Beautiful World, Where Are You 

 

A novel about life, friendships, and relationships. Sally Rooney takes us inside the friendship of Eileen and Alice as they describe their daily life in emails. We see their hopes, dreams, worries and wonder if their search for meaning and happiness is similar to our own. Even though their lives are different than ours we cannot help but ask ourselves the same questions. Both Alice and Eileen are realistic, complex and like all of us are seeking a human connection in their friends and lovers. We feel this novel will be one you want to talk about and look forward to your thoughts!

What is in the box?

Poppy Mix – Poppy Popcorn – After the rave reviews of the Asheville Mix, we chose this delicious sweet and spicy popcorn combo as the perfect snack for reading a sweet and spicy novel. Happy snacking!

*Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Walton Wood Farms – The perfect Fall drink. Make up a warm cozy mug of this hot chocolate as you dream of exploring Dublin and the Irish countryside with Eileen and Alice.

Long Walks to the Library Socks – Blue Q – We adore these socks and know they will speak to your bookish heart. We also think both Eileen and Alice would love wearing these socks around the house and while working on their emails/writing. We hope yours take you on a delightful walk to your local library or Little Free Library. 

*Hydrate Bath Soak – Bathologist – A luxury bath soak perfect for taking the chill out of a damp Fall Day and/or contemplating your latest work/personal adventure. We think these bath salts will make you and the world feel a bit more beautiful.

*Leafy Leaves Jumbo Journal – EcoJot – Combine the beauty of Fall leaves and a practical lined journal and you have your new Fall favourite. The cover design was painted by designer Carolyn Gavin on a walk in the countryside showcasing the many colours of Fall. Use it as a personal journal and capture the beautiful world you see around you.  

*Book Shop Custom Candle – Allen Wick – A beautiful candle capturing the aroma of your favourite bookshop. Light your candle to set the mood for a relaxing reading experience.


*Publisher Letter – We have enclosed a special letter about Beautiful World, Where Are You from Lynn Henry, Publishing Director of Knopf Canada for our subscribers.

*Indicates a Canadian company 

August 2021

August 2021

Book: Ghosts

A timely read about online dating and life in your thirties. You will love the character of Nina Dean and her experiences in London, England. Follow her and her friends through the many life changes, including a Dad struggling with dementia. While often dealing with heavy topics, we found the story both humorous and touching. Set in one of our favourite cities and rich with characters and story Ghosts is a novel you will want to talk about.

What is in the box?

*Salted Caramel Cashews – Handfuel – We loved the cashews in the Beach Reads box so much that we had to include one of their other flavours. Enjoy while reading or add to your next charcuterie board.

*Lemon Royal – Zappyo – A bright lemony Yerba Mate tea. If you haven’t enjoyed this type of tea before, it is fantastic hot or iced.

*Sweet Reads Dad Cap – Peace Collective – A new custom SRB product! Fun, cool, and perfect for reading outside, we hope you love this cap and show off your book love with pride!

*Doodle Pad – Doodle Lovely – The perfect take-along companion for fun doodles to engage your mind instead of scrolling through your phone. Perfect for waiting at restaurants, for a date to show up, travel, or as a de-stressing mind break.  

*Custom Note Cards – I’ll Know It When I See It – Our friends at IKIWISI designed these beautiful notecards just for you. With bookish quotes and stunning illustrations, we know you will be eager to send these to friends and family. Nina often feels distanced from those at different life stages than her. We think she would have loved these note cards. 

*London Book Mark – Woodly – We love this company that creates art from salvaged wood on Vancouver Island. We couldn’t resist including this beautiful bookmark they created for us showing the London skyline.

Strawberry and Poppyseed Cleansing Bar – Dr. Botanicals – Whether you are getting freshened up for a night out or relaxing at home, this soap bar (from England) smells like summertime! 

Author letter – Penguin – we’ve included a Q&A with the author for additional perspective on the novel. 

 *Indicates a Canadian company

July 2021

July 2021

Book: The House Guests

An easy summer read with captivating characters and a storyline that will leave you guessing how it will all turn out. Two women whose lives are brought together after a stolen change purse leaves one of them destitute. An unexpected act of kindness brings these two women and their lives together to face the questions of their past. Set in Florida this book combines a tropical Florida setting with the rich heritage of Greek culture and food. While you might not want to open your home to a stranger, we think you will enjoy this story about doing just that.

What is in the box?

*Lemon Shortbread Cookies – The Shortbread Company – The perfect pop of citrus makes these cookies a light summer treat. Enjoy them with friends, or keep them for your secret reading snacks. 

*Skyhawk Dark Roast – Propeller Coffee – A rich, beautiful coffee that is perfect for making iced coffee this summer. Use the enclosed card for tips on how to make the perfect iced coffee. Don’t love iced coffee? Use it hot whichever way you’d like to brew it!

Oasis Tea Towel – Tag – Bring the Florida vibe home with a beautiful summery tea towel. A great accent to your kitchen.

*Sweet Orange Bath Bomb – SOAK Co. – We just love this scent for summer. Fresh, citrusy and perfectly hydrating for your skin. Relax and unwind with a great bath in all-natural ingredients.

*Greek Salad Mix – Gourmet du Village – An easy mix to create your own Greek salad at home. Perfect for outdoor meals on the deck/patio.

*Assorted Zipper Pouch – Danica – You will receive one of a variety of designs of a small pouch. Included to tie into the stolen zipper pouch that is the catalyst to Cassie and Amber’s relationship.

*YiaYia’s Kouzina Tzatziki Dip – Walton Wood Farms – Created specially for this box this Tzatziki Dip is named after the Greek restaurant owned by Cassie’s family. Serve with warm pita, and veggies or as a side to souvlaki. 

House Guests Keychain – Harper Collins Canada – A fun and practical tie-in to the novel. Great for your spare set of keys to give to your next house guest.

 *Indicates a Canadian company

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