Disclosure: I received this box in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. I love a good book and I love subscription boxes, so no surprise that I love subscription boxes that deliver books. I found a new one that I have to share. The Book Drop is run by an independent book store, Bethany Beach Books.
The staff of Bethany Beach Books is always reading. Between the books they read and talking to customers and book reps, they figure out the perfect book for each book. They then work with the publisher to see if they can get any fun extras to go with the book, like signed bookplates or bookmarks. There are four boxes to choose from, so you should always get what you like. You can also order past books on their website. I don’t know about you, but I love supporting small businesses.
The Jane: This is their most popular box. It contains one book a month that is historical, contemporary, or literary fiction.
The Ernest: This is also one book a month and contains either a thriller, mystery, or an occasional non-fiction.
Young Adult: This is for the 14+ crowd and consists of one book a month with a wide variety of choices.
Children: For kids 8-12, this is one paperback a month. The genre varies, but the characters will be strong, diverse, and positive.
I got the Jane box for June. It contained my book, Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck, a bookmark, a signed bookplate, a letter from the author, as well as a note from Amanda as to why she picked this book. This book came out in 2012, but I hadn’t read it or heard of it. If you have read The Paris Wife, it is about Hemingway’s first wife Hadley. In this book, he is married to his second wife, Pauline. This also reminded me of the book Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye, mainly because of the hurricane which I’m pretty sure was the same one and it did actually happen.
About the book: In Depression-era Key West, Mariella Bennet, the daughter of an American fisherman and a Cuban woman, knows hunger. Her struggle to support her family following her father’s death leads her to a bar and bordello, where she bets on a risky boxing match…and attracts the interest of two men: world-famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and Gavin Murray, one of the WWI veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway.
When Mariella is hired as a maid by Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, she enters a rarified world of lavish, celebrity-filled dinner parties and elaborate off-island excursions. As she becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the Hemingway household, the attentions of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation…even as straightforward Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most. Will she cross an invisible line with the volatile Hemingway, or find a way to claim her own dreams? As a massive hurricane bears down on Key West, Mariella faces some harsh truths…and the possibility of losing everything she loves.
If you like historical fiction, this book is for you. It covers the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, which was a catastrophic category 5 when it made landfall. Mariella takes a job with the Hemingway’s to support her family. Her father just died and her mother is too depressed to do anything. She is attached to Hemingway, but then meets a veteran working on the highway being built. No one seems to like the veterans, but they complained when they didn’t get their promised pension and the government offered them jobs instead. Being the depression, they took them. They got themselves in a lot of trouble though and drank their paychecks away. This veteran is different though. As she battles what she wants and what is right, the summer goes on. Labor Day weekend comes and a hurricane is on it’s way. It hit different parts of the keys in different ways, but everyone was damaged in some way. Mariella grows on you and you get to know her and how she wrestles with herself. I liked this book. I wouldn’t have been on my radar if it hadn’t shown up in this box.
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