#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – April 2019 #spoileralert #booksubscriptionbox

Hello! The postie has been again and brightened up a rainy day, so I thought I’d share another unboxing with you  of the latest READING IN HEELS box.  It’s a lovely company who each month send a box your way for £10 plus P&P, which includes a lovely paperback and a variety of other treats and goodies for you to enjoy!  What more could you want?! 

So here’s a little look at the book and goodies that came with the April box!

Limited Edition Bar of Chocolate!

Coco Chocolatier

Organic Tea

Joe’s Tea Company

DIAMOND EYE PATCH  – goodbye dark circles!!

 VitaMasques

Cute little pad of sticky notes 

 always very handy!! And in the Reading In Heels marbling!

And to the book…..

LIAR by AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN

I’ve not heard of this book at all – have you?!

From the award-winning author of Waking Lions, a novel about how one lie can change everything, when a teenaged girl’s scream — and the false assumption that comes from it — radiates through a street, a neighborhood, and a city, and turns lives upside down.

Nofar is an average — very average — teenage girl working in an ice cream parlor at the end of summer. Dozens of customers come to the shop every day, but no one gives her a second glance–she is not one of those girls that the eye lingers on.

But Nofar’s world changes completely when a well-known TV presenter comes into the shop. Bitter about his own failures, he insults and humiliates her and she flees in tears. The presenter, who is still waiting for his change, chases her and the girl screams. Nofar’s shouts alert the neighbors, and to her surprise everyone is convinced that the man tried to sexually assault her. And she decides to let them believe it.

For the first time in her life, Nofar finds herself the center of attention. Her lie turns her into a kind of Cinderella, as the plain, awkward ice cream seller becomes a media princess. Meanwhile, one of the only people who knows what really happened demands a price for his silence.

Written with dark humor and deep insight into the shadowy side of human nature, The Liar is a story about how one little lie can make a huge difference. In a world of media connectivity and alternate facts, the scream of one girl can make an entire city tweet and howl.

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Looking forward to trying all of this little lot out soon!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – March 2019 #ReadingInHeels #bookblogger

Hello all!  The start of a new month brings bookish goodies my way – yay for subscription boxes!!  So the March box from Reading In Heels has arrived so I thought I’d share – you nosey lot!!  Look away now if yours hasn’t arrived yet……..

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  De-stress balm from Scentered – perfect size and smells divine!

Our hero product – a balancing and uplifting balm to ease everyday tensions, soothe the mind and lift the spirits. Take comfort in DE-STRESS when dealing with the demands of modern life, whether it’s a hard day at work, family or personal commitments, or the eternal juggle to keep it all in balance. A 100% natural therapy balm to help keep you centred, no matter where you are or what life throws at you.

Our luxury mini balm is the perfect size to keep in your bag, whilst on the go.

Cordelia Chocolate Bar – from Sweet Theatre

Caramel & Sea Salt… Yum! that is all!  I now need more!!!

Gorgeously packaged wildflower seeds 

And 4 fabulous feminist quotes postcards!!

ooh and then the book!

House of Beauty by Melba Escobar

A thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogota

House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients share their most intimate secrets with her. She knows all about their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces and affairs.


One rainy afternoon a teenage girl turns up for a treatment with Karen, dressed in her school uniform and smelling of alcohol. The very next day, the girl is found dead.


Karen was the last person to see the girl alive, and the girl’s mother is desperate to find out what she knows. Most important of all: who was her daughter going to meet that night?

Sounds an intriguing read and one I’ve not heard too much about – anybody out there read it already?!  

Another fab box full of some fab little treats! If only I could find a way of making the chocolate last a little longer….. 

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#Unboxing Reading In Heels January Subscription Box #spoileralert

Yay for the first subscription box of the year to arrive through my letterbox!!  And as always from Reading In Heels it’s another fab mix of goodies, and I’m not even annoyed that I’ve already got a copy of this book because now I have a brand spanking new copy, and can share my old rather battered copy with family – and it’s such a good book that needs to be shared!

So here’s a looksie at what was included this  month!

NuCao

Healthy Chocolate bar?! Yes please!! I see they do an Espresso flavour too – might need to investigate that further!!

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Supertea – Temenisteriet

Always happy to discover new brands of Tea so look forward to these brews!

Skin and Tonic Rose Lip Balm – skinandtoniclondon

British, Organic and Sustainable!

Bespoke Notebook

Always happy to get a notebook!! You can never have enough in my eyes!!

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.

Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.

Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife—puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings—and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey toward recovery from addiction.

The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind, and the moon to restore life and renew hope.

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 I knew it was going to happen that one day I’d already have a copy of the book included with the book, but that is the risk you take with subscription boxes! At least I can now share the joy of this book by donating my old copy to them.. no way I’m parting with a brand new copy haha!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels December BookBox #spoileralert

Hello!!  Playing catch up with some posts today as life seems a little hectic at the moment – can’t think why?!

So here’s a little look back at the December READING IN HEELS book box – and it was full of more fabulous treats!! If you’ve not heard of them before, then go to their website here to check them out!

 STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES by SARAH FRANCOISE

Frank and Joan’s marriage is in trouble. Having spent three decades failing to understand each other in their unfinished house in the French alps, Joan’s frustrations with her inattentive husband have reached breaking point. Frank, retreating ever further into his obscure hobbies, is distracted by an epistolary affair with his long-lost German girlfriend. Things are getting tense. But it’s Christmas, and the couple are preparing to welcome home their three far-flung children. 

The children, though, are faring little better in love themselves. Maya, a gender expert mother-of-two, is considering leaving her family and running off with a woman; Wim is considering leaving his girlfriend; and Lois, who spends her time turning war documentaries into love poems, is facing a change of heart. 

Written with a rare precision and insight, the author explores the thorniness of familial love and its capacity to endure with warmth, wit and disarming honest

COCO CHOCOLATIER ISLE OF SKY SEA SALT MILK

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VITAMASQUES GOLD SHEET MASK

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Bespoke Notepad

with a quote from Jack Kerouac

ooh and a candle that I forgot to snap on its’ own before I used it! But it smelt delicious!! From the St Eval Candle Co  website

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#unboxing My Chronicle Book Box November edition #scifi #fantasy #bookblogger #spoileralert

Book Unboxing alert!!!  A positive side to a dreary, rainy day is the arrival of my latest My Chronicle Book Box ! You can subscribe to 4 boxes a year and choose from Crime & Mystery, or  Sci-Fi and Fantasy!  I go for the latter and every time I receive a box I’m always so impressed with the books chosen, and the gifts also included!!  

So here’s a quick peek as to what made me smile in the November edition – look away now if you’re waiting for your box and don’t want any spoilers!!!

Gorgeous scented Cosy Winter Reads candle –

from Bookworm Candles & Crafts

Stunning poster featuring Rose from Nick Earne’s Bloody Rose book

Artwork created by Felix Ortiz and not available for purchase anywhere else!

 A chapter sample for A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A. FLETCHER

new book due for release in the New Year!

And on to the books! You get 3 in each box!! All come with signed bookplates too!! Alongside extra interviews with some of the authors as well!

EARLY RISER by JASPER FFORDE

Very excited to receive this as I had seen it around publication date and thought it looked like ‘my kind of book’ but never got around to buying it!

The new standalone novel from Number 1 bestselling author Jasper Fforde. 

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. 

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it’s your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren’t eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.

ROSEWATER by TADE THOMPSON

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless—people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again—but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

BLOODY ROSE by NICHOLAS EAMES

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

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I’m a very happy bookworm today with all my new books and goodies!!  Now to decide which book to read first……….

HAPPY READING!!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels September Box #spoileralert

You may have noticed if you follow this Blog that I love a bookish subscription box!  And one of my favourites is from Reading In Heels who offer a wonderful paperback book, alongside some home/beauty treats each month and all for a bargain £10 plus P&P!

Today the September box arrived so I thought I’d share the love for all that I got!!  So if you’ve not received yours yet, look away now……

 

 Mythyn Melusine Bath Soak

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A bath soak inspired by a French mermaid – need I say anymore!!   

Kacao Chocolate Botanical Bar

https://www.kacao.co.uk/

White chocolate bar infused with botanical essential oils – designed to soothe and energise! sounds like my kind of chocolate!

Conscious Water

https://consciouswater.com/ 

Two sachets – love and happiness – that helps you boost your hydration.   Looking forward to trying these! 

Juno Skincare Joie Face Oil

https://www.junoskincare.com/

Lovely little bottle and supposed to help rejuvenate and restore radiance – much needed!! A natural beauty product

THE RISE AND FALL OF BECKY SHARP by SARRA MANNING

A hilarious contemporary retelling of the classic society novel, Vanity Fair, featuring the irrepressible Becky Sharp

Beautiful, brilliant, ruthless – nothing can stop Becky Sharp.

Determined to leave her poverty-stricken roots behind her, Becky Sharp is going to take every opportunity offered to her to climb to the top. Whether it’s using her new BFF Amelia Sedley to step up into the rarified world of London’s upper classes, or seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, Becky Sharp is destined for great things – at any cost..

From London to Paris and beyond, the world is there for Becky’s taking – even though some people are determined to stop her along the way…

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Am really impressed once again with the choice of book – one I’ve heard about but don’t have a copy of, alongside some interesting and beautiful looking products that I can’t wait to test out!!

#Unboxing My Chronicle Book Box #August #SciFi #Fantasy #spoileralert

Hello all!  It’s time for another Book Box Unboxing!! And one of my favourites is My Chronicle Book Box  – a selection of books alongside bookish related goodies sent quartely during the year! And you get to choose from Science Fiction & Fantasy OR Crime and Mystery!

About the company

We are a UK based, international supplier of Luxury subscription book boxes.
Reading is our passion and we love working closely with authors, publishers and top quality artisan suppliers. We are confident you will love our boxes, curated with books by the best authors and perfectly combined with luxury bookish gifts!
I’ve subscribed to the Science Fiction & Fantasy box – so here’s my unboxing snaps and a little bit of info about each item!!

Witchsign by Den Patrick

A Limited Edition Proof copy

From celebrated YA author Den Patrick comes WITCHSIGN, the first novel in a fresh and exciting new fantasy trilogy

It has been seventy-five years since the dragons’ rule of fire and arcane magic over Vinkerveld was ended, and the Empire was born. Since, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane across the lands.

However, children are still born bearing the taint of the arcane, known to all as witchsign. So each year the Emperor sends out his Vigilants across the continent to detect the arcane in these children. Those found tainted are taken, and never seen again. Steiner has always suspected his sister Kjellrunn of bearing witchsign. But when their father’s attempt to protect her from the Invigilation backfires, it is Steiner who is mistakenly taken. However it is not death which awaits Steiner, but an Academy where the children with witchsign learn to master their powers – some at the cost of their lives. Steiner is determined to escape the Academy and protect his sister from this fate.

But powerful enemies await him at every turn, and Steiner finds himself taken on a journey straight into the heart of the Empire’s deepest secrets, which will force him to reconsider everything he has known about witchsign

Rivers of London by Water Weed and Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel

First in the series comic book that ties in with the bestselling Rivers of London novels.

The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield

Debut novel of the SFX magazine editor.

A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe. 

Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.

When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarova, he’s caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in a language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it.

Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass . . .

It’s a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark.

Engraved wooden coaster

Game of Thrones merchandise makes me a happy girl so was very pleased to see this included!

Storyteller Pencils

Fab set of pencils designed and manufactured by https://www.ustudio.design/ .  With literary slogans on the side of each pencil including ‘ In A Galaxy Far, Far, Away’, ‘It Was A Dark and Stormy Night’, and  ‘Once Upon a Time’ to name just a few!

The Soldier by Neal Asher

With a signed bookplate and exclusive interview!

In a far corner of space, on the very borders between humanity’s Polity worlds and the kingdom of the vicious crab-like prador, is an immediate threat to all sentient life: an accretion disc, a solar system designed by the long-dead Jain race and swarming with living technology powerful enough to destroy entire civilizations.

Neither the Polity or the prador want the other in full control of the disc, so they’ve placed an impartial third party in charge of the weapons platform guarding the technology from escaping into the galaxy: Orlandine, a part-human, part-AI haiman. She’s assisted by Dragon, a mysterious, spaceship-sized alien entity who has long been suspicious of Jain technology and who suspects the disc is a trap lying-in-wait.

Meanwhile, the android Angel is planning an attack on the Polity, and is searching for a terrible weapon to carry out his plans?a Jain super-soldier. But what exactly the super-soldier is, and what it could be used for if it fell into the wrong hands, will bring Angel and Orlandine’s missions to a head in a way that could forever change the balance of power in the Polity universe.

In The Soldier, British science fiction writer Neal Asher kicks off another Polity-based trilogy in signature fashion, concocting a mind-melting plot filled with far-future technology, lethal weaponry, and bizarre alien creations.

A Discovery of Witches Print

Exclusive print designed for My Chronicle Book Box by Beth at Eyes of a Fangirl over at Etsy!

 
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I’ve loved unboxing the August edition of My Chronicle Book Box so hope you’ve enjoyed peeking inside the box too! Have you read any of these books? I’m intrigued to find out what was in the Crime & Mystery edition too so if you got that I’d love to hear about it!
 
HAPPY READING!!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels July Subscription Box #spoileralert

It’s that time of the  month again! The GOOD time of the month when the book subscription boxes start arriving in the mail once more!!  And one of my new favourites is from Reading In Heels who are wonders at choosing a fabulous new paperback to send your way, along with a few other treats – and all for £10 plus p&p!!!  Who can resist?! Not me!!! 

So if you haven’t signed up already, here’s a little look at the goodies that arrived in the mail for me yesterday!!

Gorgeous colour co-ordinated goodies galore!!! 

Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire

From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.

Practical-minded Isma has spent the years since her mother’s death watching out for her twin brother and sister in their North London home. When an invitation to grad school in America comes through unexpectedly, it brings the irresistible promise of freedom too long deferred. But even an ocean away, Isma can’t stop worrying about her beautiful, headstrong, politically inclined sister, Aneeka, and Parvaiz, their brother, who seems to be adrift—until suddenly he is half a globe away in Raqqa, trying to prove himself to the dark legacy of the father he never knew, with no road back.

Then Eamonn Lone enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The instrument of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined.

Home Fire is a nuanced, searing, and exceedingly timely novel about love and loyalty, ideology and identity, what we choose to sacrifice for and why. With uncanny insight, Kamila Shamsie reflects our world back at us, dramatizing the complicated humanity behind the headlines. 

 Have heard so many amazing things about this book – mainly via YouTube and GoodReads – so delighted to finally have my mitts on a copy!

 Taylors of Harrogate Hot Java Lava

This coffee bag is a powerful, punchy coffee perfect for the mid-morning slump!  Think I’ll be putting this to very good use! 

Sweet Theatre Honeycomb Milk Chocolate

No better combination than books and chocolate and this  is a bar from Sweet Theatre – they make the chocolate bars you see in Theatres – and this is from a range inspired by William Shakespeare’s leading ladies! Yum!! 

 Phase Zero Liquid Lipstick

This is a luxury lipstick at factory prices – I like the sound of that!!  You can find more of the Phase Zero range at @LoveMeBeautyUK

And a rather cute and gorgeous little handbag mirror – the perfect size to take with us at all time!!

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Good value or not?!  Always like to hear your views on subscription boxes and if you’ve read this book too! Let me know what you think!

#Unboxing Reading In Heels – June book subscription box #spoilers

My love of Book Subscription Boxes is seemingly never-ending – and thankfully there are a few around now for us bookish folk to sample!  

One of my recent discoveries is Reading In Heels! It’s a monthly box which costs £10 (& P&P), and inside you get a lovely paperback book along with a number of beauty and lifestyle treats – the perfect mix!!   

So here’s a sneaky peek – look away if you don’t want spoilers!! – of what I got in this months’ box and can I just say how blooming gorgeous it all smells too!! If only blogs had smelly vision then I could share it with you all!

 

Pure loveliness!!! I was rather happy with all the goodies this month so let’s have a closer look at the treats, before a closer look at the book! 

T2 Sleep Tight Tea – this is lemon balm tisane to sip before bedtime! And for someone who struggles with sleep issues I can’t wait to try this out! 

Hopping Hare Relaxing Candle – a beautifully scented candle to help keep me chilled with scents of lavendar and ylang ylang! @HoppingHareCandles 

Made by Coopers Sleepy Head Beauty Balm  – this is to be massaged into temples or onto wrists to help you drift off to sleep! It smells delicious!!

Chinskitchen Rose & Cardamom Nankhatai – Indian shortbreads that are supposed to melt in the mouth! Can’t wait to try them! 

BAD ROMANCE by EMILY HILL

Tales from the happily never after

At a wedding, one woman’s revenge comes in the shape of her heavily pregnant belly. As a career girl attempts to climb the ladder she slides down into ever more grotesque flatshares. A single woman who always attends parties alone realises that the truth might not always be the best answer. And one Londoner learns her most important lesson since moving to the city – never act friendly towards a stranger.

Bad Romance is dark, hilarious and moving by turn as Emily Hill’s acid wit gives life to the women whose tales never normally make it into the storybooks.

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I just love the mix of book and treats with this book so am already eagerly awaiting the next box arriving!  Do you subscribe to any monthly/quarterly boxes? Has this tempted you to try out Reading In Heels? I hope so!!

HAPPY READING!!

Reading In Heels Book Subscription Box – unboxing!

SPOILER ALERT!!

Do not read on if you are subscribed to the monthly book subscription box called Reading In Heels! I don’t want to spoil what is in this months box for you!  BUT, if you are looking for a different book subscription box to invest in – and there are a few around! – then I thought I’d share my experience of unboxing this one for the first time!

I have been looking for a new box to subscribe to for a little while as I do love the surprises each month of discovering a new book and new goodies, and when I read about Reading In Heels I thought I’d give them a go! At just £10 each month, plus postage, it gives you a paperback book along with some lovely little extras!! And with their site they have an online bookclub so you can share your reviews and thoughts of the  book each month!  

And today I received my first box and I’m rather chuffed with it all! There’s always the nervousness with book subscription boxes that you already have a copy of the book  – especially when you get through a lot of books! – but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the box and saw a book I’d never heard of!

So included this month was this little lot!!

 

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao by Martha Batalha

Euridice is young, beautiful and ambitious, but when her rebellious sister Guida elopes, she sets her own aspirations aside and vows to settle down as a model wife and daughter. And yet as her husband’s professional success grows, so does Euridice’s feeling of restlessness. She embarks on a series of secret projects – from creating recipe books to becoming the most sought-after seamstress in town – but each is doomed to failure. Her tradition-loving husband is not interested in an independent wife. And then one day Guida appears at the door with her young son and a terrible story of hardship and abandonment. The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a wildly inventive, wickedly funny and keenly observed tale of two sisters who, surrounded by a cast of unforgettable characters, assert their independence and courageously carve a path of their own in 1940s Rio de Janeiro. A deeply human and truly unforgettable novel from one of the most exciting new voices in world literature.

 

 Coffee Bag! I didn’t even know they existed!!

 

   Paxton Chocolate!Looking too good to eat!

 

      INC.REDIBLE Matte Liquid Lipstick

       And a gorgeous bookmark!!

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So what do you think? I’m loving it and glad to be signed up for a few more months so looking forward to sharing more treats in the future that appear through the letterbox!!

                                                      HAPPY READING!!