A bright blue background. The words "Once Upon a Book Club Summer Reading Box" are written at the top. On a wooden table is a copy of Husbands & Lovers by Beatriz Williams, three blue and white wrapped gifts labeled with page numbers (Page 56, Page 150, Page 264), a custom designed tote bag featuring a blue polkadot pattern on a white background and the front pocket in a wave pattern printed with the words "A well-read woman is a dangerous thing" and a blue and beige OUABC Book Box.

Limited Edition - Summer Reading 2024 (PRE-ORDER)

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Our newest add-on box, the Summer Reading box is here to take you on the getaway reading trip of your dreams! Boxes include:

  • A hardcover copy of Husbands & Lovers by bestselling author, Beatriz Williams!
  • A matching signed bookplate from Beatriz, plus a letter from her to our readers, Q&A responses, and more!
  • THREE exciting gifts to bring the story to life
  • An exclusively designed summer tote bag with lined interior and plenty of pockets to carry your new favorite box to the best spot on the beach!

This is an incredible reading experience unlike any other and we cannot wait for our subscribers to enjoy this incredible, dual timeline read from one of the greatest historical fiction authors of our time. Including three stunning gifts that embody the most powerful moments in this novel, we cannot wait for you to experience this heart-wrenching read.

Note: Pre-order boxes are always discounted while available for pre-order. Once boxes are ready-to-ship, the price does increase, so grab them while they're here to save!

How It Works!
  1. Start reading your monthly book! Each box includes an exciting new read and your experience begins the moment you turn to page one.
  2. As you read, you'll find "Open Your Gift" sticky notes! Unwrap the gift with the matching page number and experience the book coming to life before your eyes!
  3. Chat about your reading experience with readers around the globe! Our private Facebook group is the perfect place to meet dedicated readers like you!

About the Book

Two women—separated by decades and continents, and united by an exotic family heirloom—reclaim secrets and lost loves in this sweeping novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives.

“My favorite kind of page-turner—unputdownable!”—Martha Hall Kelly, author of The Golden Doves

New England, 2022. Three years ago, single mother Mallory Dunne received the telephone call every parent dreads—her ten-year-old son, Sam, had been airlifted from summer camp with acute poisoning from a toxic death cap mushroom, leaving him fighting for his life. Now, searching for the donor kidney that will give her son a chance for a normal life, Mallory’s forced to confront two harrowing secrets from her past: her mother’s adoption from an infamous Irish orphanage in 1952, and her own all-consuming summer romance fourteen years earlier with her childhood best friend, Monk Adams— one of the world’s most beloved singer-songwriters—a fairy tale cut short by a devastating betrayal.

Cairo, 1951. After suffering tragedy beyond comprehension in the war, Hungarian refugee Hannah Ainsworth has forged a respectable new life for herself—marriage to a wealthy British diplomat with a coveted posting in glamorous Cairo. But a fateful encounter with the enigmatic manager of a hotel bristling with spies leads to a passionate affair that will reawaken Hannah’s longing for everything she once lost. As revolution simmers in the Egyptian streets, a pregnant Hannah finds herself snared in a game of intrigue between two men . . . and an act of sacrifice that will echo down the generations.

Timeless and bittersweet, 
Husbands & Lovers takes readers on an unforgettable journey of heartbreak and redemption, from the revolutionary fires of midcentury Egypt to the moneyed beaches of contemporary New England. Acclaimed author Beatriz Williams has written a poignant and beautifully voiced novel of deeply human characters entangled by morally complex issues—of privilege, class, and the female experience—inside worlds brought shimmeringly to life.

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I love Once Upon a Book Club. Each month offers a book with a collection of gifts that bring the words on the pages to life. My collection is growing and I even had to purchased new book shelves. I love the boxes!

Mitzi V.
Lake Charles, LA

Once Upon a Book Club is a reader’s delight. The concept of this book box is so unique, it combines your love of reading with the joy opening presents.

Darrie D.
Oceanside, NY

The gifts truly bring the story to life and perfectly match what’s happening in the story. For example-the main character might have gotten a bracelet from her best friend in the story. And then you get that bracelet as a gift! It’s so fun because it’s an immersive experience.

Monique B.
Elmhurst, IL

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