Target Book Club Subscription Review – October 2017
Target has a new book subscription! Every month, you’ll receive the paperback version of their latest book club selection.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Target Club Pick Book Subscription
The Cost: $13.59
The Products: Target Book Club Picks Subscription gets you the newest Target Club Pick book delivered to your home every month! It’s the perfect way to get a head-start on some of the best reads picked by our book-loving team members. Every Target Club Pick is specially chosen by book-loving Target team members and includes a letter from the author, Q&A page/reader’s guide and select copies include authentic author signature tip-in sheet.
Ships to: US
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Book Summary from Amazon:
Set in Kenya in the 1950s against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love from the author of The Fever Tree.
After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.
As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.
And good to know – this is a paperback made exclusively for Target. It includes a letter from the author in the front of the book:
I hadn’t read the summary of the book before I opened this package, and the letter really sold me on the book. Learning about how Jennifer McVeigh came to write this story was fascinating.
I found the story a little slow to start, and this letter is what pushed me through to where the plot started to pick up. (I’m one of those readers who can zone out if there’s too much descriptive text, but I think most readers will love how she paints a picture of Kenya’s wildlife, landscape, etc.)
One word of caution with this book – there is a lot of graphic violence.
Verdict: I love the idea of this subscription – it’s cheap, and it’s a great way to get a new and interesting paperback each month. The pricing isn’t bad, but it isn’t the best. (For example, I could just wait to see what the book is for the month and buy it cheaper on Amazon.) The question, though, is would I do that? Or is there value in having a book delivered to me because it forces me to read books I otherwise wouldn’t pick out?
So far I’ve received two historical fiction books from this subscription. I’m hoping they mix up genres for November!
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