I received November’s Sweet Reads Box in exchange for an honest review. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.
Sweet Reads Box is a monthly Canadian book box that delivers a new novel, something to eat and drink, and a few items cleverly tied to the story. Essentially ‘me time’ in a box. Flare magazine included Sweet Reads Box in its recent round-up of ‘subscription gifts that are actually thoughtful’ (Flare knows what’s up!) and truly, if you’re looking for a gift for the readers in your life it’s a delight. Subscriptions, single boxes and limited edition one-offs offer various options depending on your interest and budget. Here’s a look at November’s box.
Each Sweet Reads Box includes a product card that describes the contents. I’ve included the descriptions in italics here. Canadian products are indicated with a Canadian flag. 🇨🇦
November’s novel is The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman. Here’s the description from the publisher:
For fans of Jojo Moyes, from the bestselling author of The Home for Unwanted Girls, comes another compulsively readable story of love and friendship, following the lives of two women reckoning with their pasts and the choices that will define their futures.
Divided by their past, united by love.
1992: French-Canadian factions renew Quebec’s fight to gain independence, and wild, beautiful Véronique Fortin, daughter of a radical separatist convicted of kidnapping and murdering a prominent politician in 1970, has embraced her father’s cause. So it is a surprise when she falls for James Phénix, a journalist of French-Canadian heritage who opposes Quebec separatism. Their love affair is as passionate as it is turbulent, as they negotiate a constant struggle between love and morals.
At the same time, James’s older sister, Elodie Phénix, one of the Duplessis Orphans, becomes involved with a coalition demanding justice and reparations for their suffering in the 1950s when Quebec’s orphanages were converted to mental hospitals, a heinous political act of Premier Maurice Duplessis which affected 5,000 children.
Véronique is the only person Elodie can rely on as she fights for retribution, reliving her trauma, while Elodie becomes a sisterly presence for Véronique, who continues to struggle with her family’s legacy.
The Forgotten Daughter is a moving portrait of true love, familial bonds, and persistence in the face of injustice. As each character is pushed to their moral brink, they will discover exactly which lines they’ll cross—and just how far they’ll go for what they believe in.
Well this sounds excellent. And I love Jojo Moyes so that’s another plus. Have you read this one or any others by Joanna Goodman?
Masala Chai (Genuine Tea) While coffee (and beer) are featured in the book we felt this divine Masala Chai was the perfect drink for late Fall. 🇨🇦
I don’t like chai tea but my hubby enjoys a cup from time to time so it won’t be wasted. Maybe I’ll tuck it in his Christmas stocking.
Chocolate Bar, Assorted (Gallerie du Chocolat) With a novel set in Quebec we had to use this amazing chocolatier in the box. You will find a delicious chocolate bar perfect for savouring while you read. 🇨🇦
My box had the dark chocolate and honeycomb bar and it’s delish. Just love those little honeycomb bits throughout!
Jewelry Box (Danica Studio) A beautiful box to store your jewelry or a secret stash. With a plethora of contraband featured in this novel we know the characters would love a space to ‘hide’ it in plain sight. 🇨🇦
So cute and roomy! My daughter loved the lllama so I gave it to her. What can I say? I’m a giver. LOL
Winter Hat (Little Blue House) Whether it’s smuggling cigarettes across frigid waters or braving cold Quebec winters these warm and stylish hats will keep you warm as the temperatures drop. 🇨🇦
This toque is so cozy! I love the colours and the moose on the front. Makes me feel outdoorsy, ready to go snowmobiling or ice fishing at a moment’s notice.
Wanderflower Lip Balm Beautifully packaged and soothing on, this will be one of your favourite lip balms. We loved the unique fragrances and the gorgeous packaging. Perfect for dry lips on cold days. Cruelty-free and no parabens.
This lip balm is my favourite item in the box (apart from the book). It feels great and smells awesome! (Mine is fresh mint.)
Canada Eco Cloth (Now Designs) Representing Canada in this box is an amazing eco cloth to replace paper towels. You will receive one of two Canadian designs. 🇨🇦
This Swedish dishcloth is 100% natural and compostable and 100% cute. Puts the ‘fun’ in functional!
And that’s November’s box! Everything a reader could want to enjoy some cozy me time. This one is sold out and December’s as well but there are still a few of January’s boxes available, along with a limited edition Winter Wellness Box that ships mid-January.
Single Monthly Sweet Reads Box: $80
Three-month subscription: $230.97
Six-month subscription: $443.94
12-month subscription: $863.88
Sweet Reads Box ships Canada-wide and shipping is included.
And you can save 10% on three- and six-month subscriptions when you sign up for the Sweet Reads Box mailing list. The co. also shares bookish news, discounts and info on upcoming boxes on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
What do you think of November’s Sweet Reads Box? Had you heard of Sweet Reads Box already or is it new to you?