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I’m so excited to share this post with you, mainly because I’ve wanted to do a book box forever.
I’ve wanted to do one practically since I’d heard about them. I’ve made a disappointing choice not to, though, for a couple of reasons. You don’t often know which book is included in the box, and often time the books aren’t clean fiction. Also, the fun items included usually fit a variety of books, and may include stuff for books you haven’t read.
That’s why I was so thrilled to fund the Faith and Fiction book box! Because the box features Christian fiction, I’m hoping the included books will be cleaner. The fun items included all relate to the book you’re getting, so you don’t end up with stuff that relates to a book you’ve never read before.
Actually, this is the second book box I’ve found that I felt comfortable getting, but I was so excited about the first one I couldn’t contain myself. It was different box that does mostly classics. I was going to do an unboxing video, but may have been way too excited to wait for the next day to film it and thus opened it as soon as I could. Fortunately, I was able to contain my excitement and open this one on film.
The box was themed Write me a letter.
If you are hoping for a Faith and Fiction book box, or just want to check them out, you can click here for their website and here for their Instagram. They have a few Write Me A Letter boxes left, and just released a Christmas package. It isn’t a full box, but it does have a book and a couple of themed items.
For those of you who bought the box, and don’t want spoilers, don’t keep reading as I’m going to tell you what came in it!
First was a spoiler card/note from the boxes designer. This is a card that basically just has everything that was included in the box on one side and a note from the designer on the other.
Next, I found an absolutely awesome sticker that contained a quote from the included book. I thought it was hilarious, and the quote is one of my new favorites. It said, “real life is dreadfully tedious, the way it interrupts reading.”
The third item was a bookmark. It was curious, as I’d never used one before and thought it would be too thick to go over the corner of a page. After I tried it, I decided it works really well. I show you how to use it in the video.
Next was a pretty bar of soap, then a letter stamp. Letter stamps are so cool. I got one when my family and I went to Jamestown, which you can read about here. To use it, all you have to do is heat up the wax so that it melts enough to drip onto the paper, then you push the stamp into it creating a seal.
Then I found a single bag of tea, an absolutely adorable mitten ornament (it was so cute!), and a letter bundle. My bundle came without the ribbon on it for some reason, but it was still really cute (though the letters did seem too big to fit in the envelopes). I didn’t notice this until later, but it matches the letter bundle the person is holding on the front of the book.
The book is the last item in the box. It’s a new release Christian fiction Called Things We Didn’t Say, written by Amy Lynn Green. It’s a WW2 novel, which interests me because I enjoy reading/learning about that time period.
This is the summary for the book, and it was taken from the author’s website which you can find here.
“Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.
Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they’re not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.
As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred—and it’s no longer clear whom she can trust.”
It will be really interesting to see how the author goes about this – the horrors the Nazi party perpetrated were so evil in nature that there really isn’t a way around saying that. This will be an interesting novel!