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Beautiful Madness Book Case Chapter Two Review + Coupon- Jul 2016


Beautiful Madness Book Case is a brand new subscription service for bibliophiles! Each month they send one book along with two to three items that compliment the theme of the box, plus a drink and a snack.


This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)



The Subscription Box: Beautiful Madness Book Case

The Cost: $46.50 per month with discounts available for longer subscription commitments

COUPON: Use code SIMPLYMAD to save $4 off your first box! (available for first 200 subscribers)

The Products: One handpicked book, a snack and a make-able drink, (think coffee, tea, hot cocoa), and two to three bookish items that round out the theme for that month

Ships to: US only, for free

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This is the second box from Beautiful Madness, and the theme is “What’s Past is Past….Right?” It’s all about uncovering buried secrets! This list was included, detailing the contents of this month’s package.


Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter – Value $9.36 on Amazon (retail price: $14.95)

I just started this book, and it is truly a page turner. I love a good southern gothic! This book also got great reviews on Amazon! They write:

Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.


Beautiful Madness also included this note from the author, plus a bookmark. I love when book subscriptions get exclusive content from the authors! Very cool.


Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Value $10.21 on Amazon (retail price: $15.99)

I am so excited that Beautiful Madness sent two books this month! Hooray! I haven’t started this one yet, but it looks positively engrossing. From Amazon:

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten – a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife – the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

This special edition of Rebecca includes excerpts from Daphne du Maurier’s The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, an essay on the real Manderley, du Maurier’s original epilogue to the book, and more.



Masha & Friends Notecards by Suzy Ultman – Value $12.95

Look at how cute these little notecards are! The little ones are gift tags! I’m not sure exactly how they fit into the theme of uncovering secrets, though.


Traditional & Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Wafels by Rip Van Wafels – Value $3.12 ($1.56 each)

I’ve had these wafels before thanks to subscription boxes, and they are so delicious. They’re surprisingly low in sugar, too, and have no GMO’s.


Royal English Breakfast Tea Tagalong by Harney & Sons Fine Teas – Value $4

Harney & Sons teas are really high quality teas, and I like this flavor, too. It’s nice and bold. Their tea “sachets” (this is what they call their tea bags) are really fancy, and made of some kind of silky fabric. This tagalong tin contains five bags.


Unlocking Secrets Necklace by Beautiful Madness Book Case’s Literary Inspired Creations – Value $15?

This is obviously an exclusive piece from Beautiful Madness, so I’m guessing at the value. This is really pretty, and I like the leather cord. I might actually use it as a wrap bracelet; I think that would look cool, too. I really like necklaces that have an object as the pendant!

Verdict: I loved this box from Beautiful Madness, and I was thrilled to get a second book this month! These both seem like really great books, too! I really liked everything else in the box, despite not fully understanding each item’s place within the theme. I will totally use everything! The value of all the items totals about $55, which is great for a $46 box, and it’s especially great for a book box, which I find to usually be pretty close or under in terms of value. I am becoming a huge fan of Beautiful Madness! It’s great!

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

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Comments (10)

  1. The audio version gets good reviews too, I just added it to my list!

  2. OMG…. Rebecca was turned into a Alfred Hitchcock movie and it is MY FAVORITE A.H. movie of all time!!!!! IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!! I really recommend you watch it after you read the book!! It is absolutely brilliant!!!!

    • Yeah, and it is fun to compare the twists in the book to those in the movie in view of the old Hollywood Production Code and what was allowed/not allowed at the time the film was made.

      • Completely agree!! Although the book was original published in 1938 and the movie came out two years later…. So the movie is pretty true to the plot…. Nonetheless, while the book may be a bit dry at first, the film does a brilliant job (true Alfred Hitchcock form) to capture your attention and leave you suspended in anticipation until the end. Even though it’s black and white, everything about it is so beautiful; scenery, costumes, the lead actors… etc. That it truly captivates you. I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve watched it!

  3. The first book looks like something I would love for a plane ride. I picked it up for $2 in the kindle store and it will be on deck for my next trip!

  4. The note cards look like nesting dolls. The dolls are hidden inside the largest..

    • That’s what I was thinking @Maggie.

    • Ditto.

  5. I thought that Rebecca starts out slow. But I am glad I stuck with it, because it is now one of my favorites.

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