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September, 2020

Gloucestershire, England

Gloucestershire is a county in the south-west of England. Here you'll find glorious scenery such as the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, the Malvern Hills, and Wye Valley to name just a few of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit Cheltenham for the steeplechase horse race or attend one of its many festivals: jazz, music, food and drink, and literature (or course!). Places and towns to visit include Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Winchcomb - all mentioned in the book. Start your reading journey, however, in south west London with the mention of Kew Gardens. These botanical gardens date back to the early 18th century, but in this instance, we will visit in 1914 when a young woman called Clara is hired to fill a Gloucestershire glasshouse with exotic plants from the gardens. The included products are brought to you with this theme in mind.

  • Paperback, The Glass House by Susan Fletcher

  • Chocolate from The Cotswold Chocolate Company

  • Tea from Born Wild of Gloucestershire

  • Exclusive glass and flower bookmark

  • Soap and bath melt from Gloucestershire company Kitaromatherapy

  • Photos and personalised postcard

  • Crystal journal charm

August, 2020

West Midlands, England

The West Midlands is a heavily populated region with over 2 million residents and Birmingham is a major city within this region. Known as 'The Black Country,' the West Midlands is known for its history within the mining, wool and metal industries. Alongside this history, Birmingham provides modern, trendy, shopping areas, and restaurants and galleries.​ This month's book focuses on the character, Susan, who travels between Birmingham and London, so we have made sure to bring you the best from both places and to include thematic gifts, too!

  • Paperback, The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

  • Gourmet popcorn from West Midlands based Joey Koala

  • Tea in a Birmingham tin from West Midlands company New English Teas

  • Exclusive cactus bookmark

  • Peppermint tea (like the character drinks) also from West Midlands

  • Cactus writing set from London company

  • Cactus wax melt from GracieMay

  • Photos

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

March 2020

The Western Isles, Scotland

The Western Isles (also known as the Outer Hebrides) are situated on the extreme North West of Scotland. Known colloquially as the "long island" they stretch for over a 100 miles. The book is based around a house on one of the islands which lies across an expanse of tidal water. The isolation of this house and its unique setting is portrayed with such clarity and exactness that we couldn't put this book down. 

  • Paperback, The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

  • Chocolates of Glenshiel, Scotland 

  • Hebridean Tea

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Hebridean Machair Flower soap

  • Island Bakery Lemon Melts biscuits

  • Western Isles photos

  • Personalised postcard

February 2020

Hampshire, England

The county of Hampshire on the south coast of England is well known for its large ports, countryside, and literary heritage, and is the perfect blend of city, coast and country. Our chosen book is based in the historic market town of Romsey, in between Southampton, Winchester and Salisbury and is where the main character, Jo, returns after twenty years. She finds that everyone has secrets - some are just more deadly than others . . .

  • Paperback, The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox by Claire Gradidge

  • Chocolates from Hamphire company Enjoy!

  • The Island Tea and Coffee company tea

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Especially made Travelling Reader biscuits from Little Bee Bakery of Hampshire

  • Romsey-made soap

  • Romsey Hampshire photos

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

Janurary 2020

Derbyshire, England

Derbyshire is a land-locked county in the East Midlands of England. The Peak District National Park, visited by many tourists each year, lies mostly in this county and is a source of natural beauty. The novel takes us on a reading journey from the 1980s back in time and covers some beautiful areas of the county.

  • Paperback, Return to Fourwinds by Elisabeth Gifford

  • Chocolates from Derbyshire company, Bittersweet

  • Northern Tea bags

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Derbyshire Dales notepad

  • Wax melts from Derbyshire company, Nuscents

  • Derbyshire photos

  • Derbyshire tourist information

  • Personalised postcard

December 2019

Lancashire England

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire is the setting for this month's recommended book, Into the Trees by Robert Williams. While covered in expansive moorland and picturesque villages, the Forest of Bowland also has valleys and forests, giving places of shelter and sanctuary, but also of remoteness and vulnerability brought out in this evocative read.

  • Paperback, Into the Trees by Robert Williams

  • Chocolate box from Lancashire company, Beech's

  • Atkinsons tea bags from Lancashire

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Lancashire Farmhouse Biscuits

  • Lancashire Eccles cakes

  • Forest of Bowland photos

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

November 2019

The Thames Path, England

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.Is it a miracle? Is it magic? An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance along the Thames Path.

  • Paperback, Once Upon a River

  • Chocolate from Plantation Chocolates of Oxford

  • Tea from Huffkins of the Cotswolds

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Huffkins Chocolate Orange Shortbread Bites

  • Huffkins Cherry and Almond cake

  • The River Thames postcard

  • Tourist information

  • Personalised postcard

  • Photos of the Thames Path

October 2019

Suffolk, England

Some memories are too powerful to live only in the past.During a ferocious storm, a red-haired stranger appears in the garden of a small farming cottage. Eliza and her parents take him in. But very soon, it’s clear he has no intention of leaving. A century later, Mary and Graham have experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. Now, escaping the memories and the headlines, they have found an idyllic new home in rural Suffolk.

  • Paperback, The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson

  • Chocolate bars - two - from Suffolk company, Marimba

  • Suffolk Gold Blend from Butterworth's and Son

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Beccles Blend coffee from Harris and James of Suffolk

  • Suffolk-inspired tray

  • Suffolk photos

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

September, 2019

Dorset, England

Dorset, on the south west coast of England, is a wonderful choice for an idyllic getaway and the perfect setting for a book. Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh is set in the area of Purbeck on the Dorset coast and this poignant novel, along with our fabulous local products, will take you on a great reading journey.

  • Paperback, Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh

  • Dorset Tea

  • Chocolate bar from The Dorset Chocolate Company

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Moore's of Dorset biscuits

  • Dorset mug

  • Tourist information

  • Personalised postcard

  • Photos of Dorset and Purbeck

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