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Cozy Reader Club is a monthly subscription box service delivering cozy reading straight to your door! In each box, you’ll discover a recently released women’s fiction novel, artisanal coffee, tea or hot chocolate, beautiful handmade items and a delicious gourmet treat.
Cozy Reader Club ships via USPS on a monthly basis. Subscribers are billed on the 28th of the month for the following month’s box.
I had been eyeing Cozy Reader Club for a long time now and finally decided to take the plunge a few months ago. I knew going in that it wasn’t going to be a “value” subscription, but it’s a box I see pictures of and wish I would have ordered.
The June 2017 Cozy Reader Club included the following items:
~The Gypsy Moth Summer, by Julia Fierro ($18.09): One thing I love about Cozy Reader Club is that they select books I may not have selected for myself, but they are books I typically end up loving! It seems like that this will hold true for June as well. I cant wait to get into it!
Vivid with young lovers, gangs of anxious outsiders; a plotting aged matriarch and her husband, a demented military patriarch; and a troubled young boy, each seeking his or her own refuge, escape and revenge, THE GYPSY MOTH SUMMER is about love, gaps in understanding, and the struggle to connect: within families; among friends; between neighbors and entire generations.
It is the summer of 1992 and a gypsy moth invasion blankets Avalon Island. Ravenous caterpillars disrupt early summer serenity on Avalon, an islet off the coast of Long Island–dropping onto novels left open on picnic blankets, crawling across the T-shirts of children playing games of tag and capture the flag in the island’s leafy woods. The caterpillars become a relentless topic of island conversation and the inescapable soundtrack of the season.
It is also the summer Leslie Day Marshall—only daughter of Avalon’s most prominent family—returns with her husband, a botanist, and their children to live in “The Castle,” the island’s grandest estate. Leslie’s husband Jules is African-American, and their children bi-racial, and islanders from both sides of the tracks form fast and dangerous opinions about the new arrivals.
Maddie Pencott LaRosa straddles those tracks: a teen queen with roots in the tony precincts of East Avalon and the crowded working class corner of West Avalon, home to Grudder Aviation factory, the island’s bread-and-butter and birthplace of generations of bombers and war machines. Maddie falls in love with Brooks, Leslie’s and Jules’ son, and that love feels as urgent to Maddie as the questions about the new and deadly cancers showing up across the island. Could Grudder Aviation, the pride of the island—and its patriarch, the Colonel—be to blame?
As the gypsy moths burst from cocoons in flocks that seem to eclipse the sun, Maddie’s and Brooks’ passion for each other grows and she begins planning a life for them off Avalon Island.
~Paradise Roasters, Zambia Isanya ($14.95): My husband took this coffee off to work before I could even open it up! I believe it was a limited edition release as it no longer appears on the Paradise Roasters website. It’s a blend of pineapple, roasted nut, grapefruit, tangerine, Chardonnay and raspberry flavors. It’s billed as a light roast and B (and his co-workers) loved it.
~Cara Kozik Designs, Zipper Pouch ($20): How cute is this? It’s totally perfect for this box and totally adorable. It makes me wish I was at the beach sipping a cocktail and reading this book – with lip balm and other essentials in this pouch.
~Paddy Wax, Relish Jar Candle ($11): Love, love, love! This candle smells like the beach and is hand-poured into this gorgeous aqua relish jar.
~Salty Road, Salt Water Taffy ($7): Another perfectly seasonal item! Salty Road makes delicious salt water taffy, and Cozy Reader included the Strawberries & Cream flavor. The taffy is creamy, but the salt gives you a little bit of a crunch. Yum!
~Artisan Sugars, Sugar Shapes ($1.99): I thought this was some sort of bath product at first, but it’s cane sugar! You can use it in teas, cocktails, coffee, etc. They would be super cute for a wedding/baby shower.
All totaled the June 2017 Cozy Reader Club had a value of about $73. That’s a tad less than the cost of the box, but I used Amazon’s price for the book and not the retail price. As I mentioned it’s not a value subscription, but it is a great, curated box.