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June 2019 Box Reveal

June 2019 Box Reveal

Novel: Foe

Foe is the first novel we’ve read by Canadian author Iain Reid. From the first page we were instantly drawn in and literally could not put the book down until we found out what happened to Junior and Hen. Reid is a master of suspense building the novel and the characters along the way. We are drawn into Junior and Hen’s story and begin to wonder what Terrance really has in store for Junior. *

What’s in the box?

Dark RoastBirch Bark Coffee – Coffee is the central drink in the novel. While coffee was a natural choice, we looked for a unique producer. Birch Bark Coffee is a Canadian Indigenous coffee company offering Fair Trade Organic. With a focus clean water for indigenous communities Birch Bark Coffee gives back. *

Collage Caramel BarMilka – While sweets are not central to the book we wanted to include one of our favourites. This Swiss milk chocolate with caramel is out of this world.

Rural Roots Lip BalmWalton Wood – With a rural setting this all-natural lip balm is the perfect choice to keep your lips hydrated while working outside. *

Making a ListLittle Blue House – Junior’s chickens give him purpose and a semblance of a regular life. Combine a farmhouse style this list will keep all your details in check. *

Stars SocksLittle Blue House – With an element of otherworldliness Foe had us thinking about the stars and what lies beyond them. We hope you stargaze wearing these lightweight socks on a summer’s evening. *

Home Sweet Home MugNow Designs – This diner mug invokes the comfort of home and a great cup of coffee before starting your day. Reveal in the joy of home with your deal coffee in the kitchen or relaxing on the porch. *

Mystique Pencil PouchDanica Studio – We were drawn to the magical elements in this pouch’s design. Perfect for the themes in Foe and ideal for holding your favourite writing utensils. *

* A Canadian Company

Men's Box - June 2019

Men's Box - June 2019

For Father's Day we released a limited edition Men's Box. While we don't think of Sweet Reads as a gender based subscription box we wanted this edition to be specifically suited to our male subscribers, or those interested in crime fiction.

Limited Edition Men’s Box

Novel: Dark Sacred Night

A captivating read by Michael Connelly from a popular series with over twenty books. While we don’t normally use a series book in the box we felt this novel stood apart because of the introduction of a new protagonist, Renee Ballard who teams with Harry to solve a cold case. Dark Sacred Night lives up to the Harry Bosch cadre, with descriptions of Los Angeles and the characters, that make both, come alive. Pair with some fun and delicious treats we hope you love our first Limited Edition Men’s Box.

What’s in the box?

Salted Caramel Honeycomb DipsMighty Fine - We wanted to get this sweet into a box because we love it. The lightness of the honeycomb with the chocolate and caramel and sea salt is heavenly. While it does not directly relate to the story (and donuts don’t ship well) we chose this sweet to pair with a great coffee. Our friends at our local roaster, Kyoto Coffee helped us pick a winning brew.

Papua New Guinea with Salted Caramel Organic - Kyoto Coffee - Cofee and cops are like peanut butter and jelly they just go together. This coffee was chosen to compliment and accentuate the flavour of the Salted Caramel Honeycomb Dips. Papua New Guinea sourced; it has a mild flavour. *

Coffee Themed SocksHatley, Little Blue House - The coffee theme continues with these coffee socks. We might have gone with donut socks but thought that might be a bit unfair to the police. Perfect with jeans, show off your love of coffee with style. *

Mug Shot MugHatley, Little Blue House - This humorous mug featuring a bear having his mug shot taken couldn’t be more police themed. Channel your own inner detective with your morning coffee. Did you know truckers use the term Smokey the Bear when talking to each other on their radios to refer to the police? *

Men Don’t Stink Soap - Walton Wood Farms - Both Renee and Harry take showers in the book to get rid of the smell from crime scenes. This manly soap will leave you as clean as a (police) whistle. *

*A Canadian company

May 2019 Box Reveal

May 2019 Box Reveal

Novel: The Great Alone

From the first page we were instantly drawn into the time and place of the novel. The location, the era and the characters are expertly crafted. With relationships at the centre of this novel, Kristin Hannah’s beautiful writing creates a captivating story that is at times harsh, horrible and filled with love. We were so impressed by the novel that we couldn’t wait for the paperback release. While The Great Alone is a difficult read ** and a heartbreaking story we hope you love it as much as we did.

**This novel contains material about domestic violence that may be a trigger for some readers.

What’s in the box?

Sea Salt Toffee – Templeman’s Toffee

Surrounded by salt water, Ernt, Leni and Cora live off the fish they catch. We’ve tried candied Salmon and we felt this would be a better sweet! *

Northern Lights Coffee – Muskoka Roastery

The Northern Lights are a regular occurrence in Alaska making this the perfect brew for this novel. *

Arrow Page Mates – Peter Pauper Press

With a retro/1970’s feel to the pattern these page mates are perfect for marking your favourite spots in the novel or journal. Plus, they make handy bookmarks too.

Matchbook Pads – Kikkerland

Living off the land, matches were crucial to survival. While these matchbooks won’t start a fire they make a great notepad for reminders, love notes and more.

Journal – Ecojot

A journal focused on love would be perfect for Leni and Matthew to write to each other. The retro artwork made this beautiful recycled and hand made journal a great tie in to the novel. *

Sweet Reads Pen

Perfect for journaling, writing a love note or making notes in your novel.

*Denotes a Canadian Company

-- Photo from @biblio.virgo


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