A good book and a hot cup of tea is a proposition that sounds really good to me almost any time! Muse Monthly is a subscription service that delivers just that - a book and hot tea pairing!
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The Subscription Box: Muse Monthly
The Cost: $21 + $8.32 shipping = $29.32 per month
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code MSA00
The Products: One book and one hot tea to go with it
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Bad Girl, Good Tea in "Flower Crown" - Value $8.99
Yum! Oolong tea is probably my favorite black tea, and I can definitely taste it in here. It's a blend of oolong and green and white teas, along with various dried flower petals that add a divine aroma!
The Muse by Jessie Burton (Hardcover) - Value $18.16 on Amazon (retail price $27.99)
I am such a huge fan of historical fiction, and the setting of this book promises to educate as well as entertain. It's about the connecton between two women, one in 1930's Spain and one in 1960's England. I haven't been able to read much of it yet, but so far, so good! From Amazon:
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young womenóa Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spainóand the powerful mystery that ties them together.
England, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean ÈmigrÈ trying to make her way in London. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick.
Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a poor, restless village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresaís half-brother, Isaac Robles, an idealistic and ambitious painter newly returned from the Barcelona salons. A dilettante buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman Picasso.
Raised in poverty, these illegitimate children of the local landowner revel in exploiting the wealthy Anglo-Austrians. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss familyís lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come.
Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is a passionate and enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.
Verdict: I am consistently impressed with Muse Monthly's book selection, and their tea pairings are also great! This tea is delicious, and so far the book is right on par with what I've come to expect from Muse Monthly. The value of this box is about $27, which is not bad for a book box; they tend to fall a little short in terms of value. Muse Monthly generally meets or slightly exceeds value, so this box was a tiny bit low for them. Value aside, I think this is a fabulous reading experience box for any true bibliophile!
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