Once Upon A Book Club offers its members a unique reading experience in the form of the goodies included in the box. It sends you 3-5 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the story. As you’re reading you will notice messages instructing you to open one of your gifts. This concept heightens the reading experience. It aids the reader in being immersed into the world. Every month they also include discussion questions allowing the readers to interact with other subscribers and discuss the book/gifts.
Say Goodbye For Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.
When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.
With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them. (Goodreads)
What was included:
- Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
- a small travel/lap blanket
- a wooden, 4×6 frame
- a bag of coffee
- an authentic article discussed in the story
- a simple, rose-gold infinity ring with clear stones
With this being one of the more expensive subscription boxes ($34.99 per month, plus shipping) I wish the items were useful after finishing the story. Some of the items definitely are, but most, especially in this box were not. I also noticed the packaging wasn’t as cute as some of the other month’s have been.
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