Lit Cube September 2016 box review

No, the year and the month are not wrong in the title. I got one of the extra boxes for a month that I didn't get last year as a one-off purchase.

I didn't like the sound of the book when it was first coming out, but I found out some more information about the book last week and figured it sounded more like my cup of tea than I thought.

 Lit Cube's September 2016 box (Haunted Hearts) - There are still some available at this time. It's $24.99 for the box.

This one did not come in the normal Lit Cube box. Peggy, in the live chat, discussed how she got the brown boxes because she thought February 2017 would need a different sized box. I'm guessing that she's using the brown boxes to send the past boxes because, let's face it, there's no sense in letting a good box go to waste, and who really cares what the box looks like as long as you get the goodies. 

The book is The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard. 

The blurb on Amazon:
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned with the petals of a flower - intertwine this love story that transcends life and death. 

For most of her life, Juliet Emerline has subsisted - isolated by deafness - making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she's at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate.

Now, this isn't a romance, supposedly. And it sounds incredibly cheesy - it gets worse? better?  She pretends to be a hatmaker at his estate. She talks to the ghost. She talks to him. There's a love triangle between the eccentric architect the ghost and the deaf girl. This is book 1 of a series. I'll let you know if it's as "good" (cheesy) as it sounds.

There's also a book plate sticker that the author signed.

And here it is in the book. I put it in crooked because I had help. Small person help. 

Next in the box was Mor Gardenia soap. It smells lovely. The whole box smelled like it. When I took it out in the office, the whole office smelled like it. It's light, not heavy like other scented objects can be. It dissipates quickly, but it smells like soap and flowers, very clean smelling. 

Dark chocolate hot cocoa, because it was supposed to be for September. It's still cold, and that's still chocolate. I'll probably drink it tonight. 

And then there's this necklace. It's gorgeous. Dried flowers in a clear case.

The flowers are not encased in anything but the necklace. No resin, etc. They slide about as the necklace moves. It's absolutely beautiful. This is mine and I don't care if the little one turns her big baby blues up at me, it's going to stay mine. 

It's quite thick, but it's not that heavy around the neck, so don't let that bother you.

And a quill pen. I love quill pens. This one isn't as high quality as some that I have, but it's better quality than the one that Barnes & Noble puts out. It'll be a nice feather in my collection (get it?!)!

And a beautiful leather bound journal.

It's got a Chinese proverb on it - "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."

The pages are thick, lined, and have the option of putting a memo number, a date, or circling the day if you want to. 

On the site it says that this box wouldn't come with ink. Yet lookie! Ink! I don't have any more black, so this was a nice surprise.

Everything's original in this one - mostly.  If you go off of Amazon, the paperback is $13.77, which, at $24.99, that would put all the other items at $11.22. They're obviously worth way more than that. So - the value is really there. I don't know if the book is going to be good, but I love everything else that the book could be terrible and I would still be happy with the price paid. This was spiffy.