Does it get any better than this: a best-selling novel, yummy candies, a cute pouch, cinnamon spice tea and a luxurious bar of soap infused with champagne? If you are a book lover who appreciates a good book and a little me time when it is cold and blustery outside, then the Sweet Reads Box is the perfect gift to treat yourself to or someone you love! I have fallen in love with this new Canadian subscription box for book lovers! As it is, I have been keeping this a secret for a bit since I purchased a three month subscription just in time for the holiday season. An avid reader, I wanted to share it with my mother-in-law and SURPRISE her for Christmas. Now that she has received her gift – and loved it, I might add – I wanted to tell you all about Sweet Reads Box!
I found out about Sweet Reads Box when my good friend Paula wrote a raving review of her book box and I knew this was a subscription box meant for me! She passed on the book that she received and told me I would not be able to put it down! She was not wrong. I read that book in just under two days because it was a page-turner (it was so good). That is the thing with Sweet Reads Box, they do the research to find you a great best-seller and then, they sweeten the pot. To say the least, they had me at book and treats! I proceeded to order my very own Sweet Reads Box and was I pleasantly surprised! I could hardly wait to unbox it and get started.
Shipped out in the first few days of the month, my subscription box arrived mid-month as it is delivered via Canada Post. Once delivered, I just kicked back made some tea and enjoyed the read! My Sweet Reads Box contained the following items:
- The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
- Danica Studio Bicicletta Pouch
- Merci – Tea – Tea-Gram
- Simpkins Travel Sweets – Retro Forest Fruit with Guarana
- Perth Soap Co – Sparkling Champagne Cleaning Bar
- Sweet Reads Box Pen & Sticky Notes
As this is a Canadian Subscription box (sorry my American and International readers), I love the idea of supporting local companies and a few of the items in the box are produced right here in Canada. Each item is carefully chosen to co-relate to some aspect of the book. In this case, the Danica Studio large Bicicletta Pouch makes a reference to how important it was to get around the small village and riding a bicycle was essential. A stolen bicycle was used by Vianne to deliver messages and papers.
Another sweet (pun intended) touch in the novel is when Isabelle sends letters and care packages to her husband in a POW camp. In this spirit, Sweet Reads Box included tinned sweets which were often sent to soldiers during WWII. Simpkins Travel Sweets were (and still are) a favourite. I especially loved the nod to celebrations with champagne when the French were liberated and the war ended. In my box there was a Sparkling Champagne – Cleansing Bar with Argan Oil from The Perth Soap Co. Tying this all together, Sweet Reads Box includes a postcard with an explanation as to the significance of the items and how each relates to the novel.
I cannot stress enough how well put together this subscription box is. The attention to detail makes this a delight both to receive and to give. After receiving my first box, I decided that Sweet Reads would be the perfect gift for my mother-in-law, who is an avid reader. She often gets books from the library instead of buying them (as many do) however, there is a time when you just need to indulge and get a little “me time”delivered right to your home. As she lives on the other side of the country, the convenience of having this gift delivered right to her door is priceless. I know when she received it, that the inside would be packaged up nicely and the contents would be protected by bubble wrap. Everything arrived intact and she was so impressed. In my mother-in-law’s December subscription box, she received The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld, a fun and delicious hot chocolate, Sweetsmith Gingerbread Peanut Brittle, Socksmith boot socks, Danica Studio pencil tin and an Under One Sun tin heart.
Here is a peak at that box from the @SweetReadsBox Instagram account.
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A Little bit about the book: The Nightingale is the story of two sisters in World War II France. One is married with a child and awaiting the return of her husband from a prisoner of war camp and the younger sister is a bit of a hellion that becomes a resistance fighter to proved her worth to both her scornful sister and emotional distant father. The characters are developed to weave this story set in an occupied small town in the south of France. Overrun by German soldiers, the lives of these two women run parallel as they both deal with the occupation in their own way. Vianne lives from day to day trying to keep herself and her daughter alive and out of trouble but when a Nazi officer comes to live with her, the shadow of being complicit with the enemy rears its ugly head. She finds herself trying to save her best friend (who is Jewish) and her young family. Isabelle takes more and more chances as she begins to work for the resistance guiding fallen airmen across the Spanish boarder to safety. This historical novel is interesting and keeps you engaged in the story.
I am new to subscription boxes but I’ve enjoyed this very much. The book was great, the sweets divine and the extras a nice indulgence. It’s good to note that the overall value of the box exceeds the cost. If you order a 3 or 6 month subscription, you save even more making this subscription box well worth it. If you are giving it as a gift, the convenience of having it shipped directly to your friends or family is priceless. It is easy to order on-line and they ship it off quickly with Canada Post! I look forward to receiving the rest of my Sweet Read Boxes in the coming months.
Bonus: If you sign-up to the Sweet Reads Box Newsletter, you can receive 10% off of a three- or six-month subscription.
For more on how to sign up for a month, three or six month subscription, visit Sweet Reads Box
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You Could Win this Sweet Reads Box
One Canadian reader will win their own Sweet Reads Box valued at $75 (box price + shipping).
The Sweet Reads Giveaway is open to residents of Canada 18+ (except Quebec) and ends on January 31 at 11:59 pm EST.
See Giveaway Tools form for entry and contest rules!
The giveaway is sponsored by Sweet Reads Box. This giveaway is open to 18+, CANADIAN residents only(excludes Quebec). Two winners will be chosen from all eligible entries. Eligible entries must have a real name, email address and will be able to confirm IP address and location plus answer a skill-testing question. Winner will be contacted via email and must reply within 48 hours. If not another winner will be pulled. Prize may not be exactly as pictured. Substitutions by the contest sponsor are allowed. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. DownshiftingPRO is not responsible for shipping. It will come from Sweet Reads Box directly. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping and availability. Contest void where prohibited by law.
Margarita Ibbott is a travel and lifestyle blogger. She blogs about travel in Canada, the United States and Europe giving practical advice through restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. She writes for DownshiftingPRO.com and other online media outlets.