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I decided to try out a few book subscription services. Years ago, I was subscribed to the Harlequin Readers Service and that was good for me at that time. Now I’m looking into some other ones. I picked two to start with: Fresh Fiction and Truly Yours.

Here’s my review of the one from Fresh Fiction.

Fresh Fiction is nice because you get a few books for a good price, however, you do not get to choose the genre so that could be problematic. I like clean fiction and it can be difficult to tell sometimes whether or not a book is clean. That is why I tend to read inspirational books. I rarely get surprised there.

Truly Yours is the book subscription service from Barbour Publishing. Since they are a Christian book publisher, they provide inspirational fiction books. You receive one new release book every four to six weeks. Here’s some further information on the service.

I received my first box and am going to share the contents with you here. My review is not for the books I received because I haven’t read them yet, but instead will be for the content and subscription experience.

UPDATE: Here is my review for this book.


The box–pretty non-descript but the excitement of receiving book mail far outweighs the packaging. I liked that the books arrived in a sturdy box rather than an envelope.

Check out the unboxing video on YouTube!

The book in the box was ‘From Sky to Sky’ by Amanda G. Stevens (Suspense). Here is the back cover blurb:

“Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him.
Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are?
The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help. . .from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.”


What I liked:

  • I liked that this box was packed well keeping the books in good condition.
  • Even though I didn’t know what book I would receive, given that the publisher is a Christian publisher, I was guaranteed to have an inspirational read which is my favorite kind. The book I received is a favorite genre and I am excited to try a new-to-me author.
  • There was a note card in the box letting me know what book will be in the next shipment which gives me the option of continuing or canceling.

What I didn’t like:

  • I wish that there was an option to purchase more than one book per shipment.

Overall Opinion

I liked this box. I liked the security of knowing that I was getting inspirational fiction but also the surprise of what title I would get. I also like that I was given a heads up on what book comes next month which gives me the option of continuing or cancelling the subscription.

I received a free book with my first box giving me two for the price of one. The cost of this service is $9.97/month plus tax and free shipping. For a brand new book, this is a good price.

I will continue the subscription.

-Loraine Nunley

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4 thoughts on “Unboxing and Review: Truly Yours Box (January 2020)

  1. Haven’t heard of this one before. I love subscription boxes — especially with beauty products. It’s so fun to get that box in the mail!

    Last year I renewed my BOTM subscription, too, and have been happy with the books I’ve received so far.

    1. Thanks for reading my review Dianna. I think I’m getting hooked on these fun surprises in my mailbox every month. 🙂

  2. Wow. Interesting. Barbour used to have a book club called Heartsong Presents. HP bookclub was purchased/taken over by Harlequin and no longer exists.

    I’m on Barbour’s email list and when they mentioned the book club, I did a Google search and stumbled upon this post.

    Interesting! I didn’t realize folks still participated in book clubs since e-books are so readily available.

    Over the last few years, I’ve written 2 historical novellas for Barbour.

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