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Bring Characters to Life with Once Upon a Book Club

Once Upon a Book Club is an interactive and unique monthly book subscription! Each month, they provide you with a newly-released book as well as curated and hand-wrapped goodies!
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Once Upon a Book Club was created by Michelle Wolett. Always being an avid reader, and an entrepreneur, Michelle finds herself inspired by books. Once Upon a Book Club was dreamed up after recently reading “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. She found herself in a different world when reading the book and once it was over she immediately became inspired.

Bring Characters to Life with Once Upon a Book Club Review + Reveal

What if we could create something that makes you feel like you were physically a part of that world? You become so engrossed in your book and then open a package to find an item that was just mentioned in the book. It would feel like the reader is really there! Michelle’s mind started brainstorming and she came up with the Once Upon a Book Club. It not only allows readers to fully integrate into the story but also gives them a “Book Club” community. Where they can log onto Facebook and discuss the book with other members each month. There is something magical about turning words of a book into an actual physical object. It’s like bringing the book to life.

Once Upon a Book Club Unboxing Reveal

For the past few years, I’ve been discovering new brands and products via subscription box companies yet Once Upon a Book Club sets itself apart from the rest by catering to the avid bookworm in mind! They take it a step further by bringing the books to life with gifts to go along with the story. The book of the month for October 2023 was Love of My Lives by Yamile Saied Mendez.

Love of My Lives” by Yamile Saied Mendez is a captivating and enchanting novel that sweeps readers away to the magical streets of old San Juan and the breathtaking landscapes of la Isla del Encanto. Mendez, acclaimed author of “Twice a Quinceañera,” weaves a spellbinding tale of romance, destiny, and the enduring power of love that transcends time and distance.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Puerto Rico, this novel offers a fresh take on the timeless soulmate trope, drawing readers into a world where the line between reality and enchantment blurs. As the story unfolds, the irresistible allure of the island’s beauty serves as a perfect stage for the unfolding of an epic love story. Mendez’s evocative prose brings to life the sights, sounds, and flavors of Puerto Rico, creating a rich and immersive reading experience that will transport readers to a place of pure magic and romance.

Readers who have been captivated by the works of Emily Henry and Elena Armas will find themselves utterly charmed by Mendez’s storytelling prowess. “Love of My Lives” is a celebration of the unbreakable bonds that tie souls together, and the profound impact of steering one’s own destiny. Mendez’s characters are beautifully rendered and deeply relatable, drawing readers into their emotional journey and keeping them eagerly turning pages until the very end.

Love of My Lives” is a novel that resonates with the universal longing for a legendary love story, while also offering a fresh and contemporary perspective. With its lush setting, heartfelt romance, and a touch of irresistible magic, this book is a must-read for anyone who seeks a story that will sweep them off their feet and leave them believing in the enduring power of love. Yamile Saied Mendez has crafted a truly enchanting tale that will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the final page.

Spoiler Alert – What’s Included in the Box

Love of My Lives by Yamile Saied Mendez Paperback Book
→ Crystal Candle
→ Knitting Kit
→ Corduroy Tote
→ White Tulle Scrunchie
→ White Fleece-Lined Beanie

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It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde

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HilLesha O'Nan resides in Newburgh, Indiana with her husband and 3 children. She's a lifestyle blogger that enjoys photography, fashion + beauty, traveling + adventure, gardening, and interior decorating.


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Hello! I’m HilLesha, and I live in Newburgh, Indiana, with my husband and 3 children. I love photography, fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. Additional info. Please get in touch with me at HilLesha@gmail.com.

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