Hello readers! It’s almost the weekend, which is awesome enough, but today I got the best book mail ever! Not only is it the first book box I have ever received, it is the ‘Once Upon a Book Box’, which has the most amazing concept. If you are unfamiliar with this amazing company, it works like this…not only do you get a fabulous new book, hand picked by the Once Upon team, but you get a selection of gifts, all individually and uniquely wrapped, with a page number on them. When you reach the page number in question, you open your gift. Each gift is tailored to the book, and to that specific point in the book, so it creates a completely immersive experience. Great idea right?
Plus it gets better…the book is a spooky read, perfect for Halloween! The book in question is, ‘The End of Temperance Dare’ by Wendy Webb. What’s it about I hear you say?
When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists’ retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor’s dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a “waiting room for death.” After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.
But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor’s grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there’s more to the institution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new fellows–including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks–she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows–and herself–from sinister forces.
I cannot wait to get stuck in! If you fancy giving this amazing book box ago, you can get 10% off by using my exclusive discount code MARIE10. To celebrate getting to rep for this awesome company, I have written a story inspired by the box itself, which will be released in two parts over the coming weeks! It’s my take on a traditional fairy tale, in which a mysterious box transports our young heroine to a strange and dangerous land, where she must face challenges armed only with the gifts inside the box, and her own strength! Follow me on Instagram, to see each gift being unveiled, and check back here in a few weeks to get a full review of the book, as well as the Once Upon a Book Club Box itself.
In the mean time, have a great weekend!