The Adult Hint

We are so excited to share our December Adult Hint, The Cocoa Deception!

A lushly written story of bittersweet family secrets and betrayals that ultimately celebrates the healing power of hope, resilience, love—and chocolate!

As a child in Spain, our main character always knew her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But it’s not until his death that she learns of something else she’s inherited—a cocoa estate in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “París Chiquito.” Eager to claim her birthright and filled with hope for a new life after the devastation of World War I, she and her husband set out across the Atlantic Ocean. But it soon becomes clear someone is angered by her claim to the estate . . .

When a mercenary sent to murder her aboard the ship accidentally kills her husband instead, she dons her husband’s clothes and assumes his identity, hoping to stay safe while she searches for the truth of her father’s legacy in Ecuador. Though freed from the rules that women are expected to follow, she confronts other challenges at the estate—newfound siblings, hidden affairs, and her father’s dark secrets. Then there are the dangers awakened by her attraction to an enigmatic man as she tries to learn the identity of an enemy who is still at large, threatening the future she is determined to claim.

An atmospheric and captivating mystery set against the lush backdrop of 1920s Ecuador, this month's selection is an engrossing, suspenseful family saga filled with unpredictable twists and turns.

A lyrical and nuanced study of family and belonging, we cannot wait for our readers to fall in love with the unique setting, the lush and vivid prose written by this phenomenal author, and the compelling and audacious heroine throughout her adventure as we bring this novel to life through some of our most fun gifts of the year!

On sale now through December 14th (or until we sell out), this box will not be one to miss! This box is expected to ship at the end of December.

Remember! Anyone is welcome to email us at info@onceuponabookclub.com if you'd like the title in advance.


The Young Adult Hint

​We are thrilled to share our December Young Adult hint, Souls of the Sea!

An inspired take on Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid' that blends West African mythology and history in an immersive adventure, this powerful tale is as majestic as the sea itself.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

She prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata—a mermaid—collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, she goes against an ancient decree and does the unthinkable—she saves his life. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy the gods.

To protect the other Mami Wata, she must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There's the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing her, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as she draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she fails, she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

An epic and original tale that beautifully weaves together West African mythology and history, this incredible debut novel is a thought-provoking and beautiful read you will simply never want to end.

Perfect for fans of mythology and well-crafted fantasy, this is not a box to be missed. Paired with a stunning collection of gifts that bring this moving tale to life, we cannot wait for you to experience this newly released novel.

On sale now through December 14th (or until we sell out), this box will not be one to miss! Boxes are expected to ship at the end of December.

Please remember, you're welcome to email us for the title of the novel in advance! Just send an email to info@onceuponabookclub.com and we'll be happy to share!