Pieces of the Past

A Characters & Candles Box

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of winning it big? Or of meeting our childhood idol? This book combines both of those things along with a heartfelt story of adoption.

This story takes us to the intriguing and slight mysterious Clock Island, the setting for a children’s book series and the home of its author. There, the author has become a bit of a recluse and hasn’t written a book for years. So when he announces a contest for four lucky readers, the whole world tunes in. It reminded me of the same kind of excitement Willy Wonka created with his golden ticket. 

This story has mystery, puns, puzzles, adventure, love, romance, and a satisfying happy ending that will have you reaching for your tissues and feeling like everything is right with the world. And honestly, we could all use a little bit more of that.

  • Fun puzzles and games to win the game
  • A main character you can’t help but empathize with and root for
  • A fictitious book series complete with die-hard fans and book lore
  • A happy ending worth waiting for
  • Jodi Picoult, Barbara Davis, and 
  • Suspense stories that you just have to keep reading
  • Stories about women helping women and about the courage to try something new


What's Inside This Box?

The Book

Lucy Hart knows better than anyone what it’s like to grow up without parents who loved her. In a childhood marked by neglect and loneliness, Lucy found her solace in books, namely the Clock Island series by Jack Masterson. Now a twenty-six-year-old teacher’s aide, she is able to share her love of reading with bright, young students, especially seven-year-old Christopher Lamb, who was left orphaned after the tragic death of his parents. Lucy would give anything to adopt Christopher, but even the idea of becoming a family seems like an impossible dream without proper funds and stability.

Just when Lucy is about to give up, Jack Masterson announces he’s finally written a new book. Even better, he’s holding a contest at his home on the real Clock Island, and Lucy is one of the four lucky contestants chosen to compete to win the one and only copy.

For Lucy, the chance of winning the most sought-after book in the world means everything to her and Christopher. But first she must contend with ruthless book collectors, wily opponents, and the distractingly handsome (and grumpy) Hugo Reese, the illustrator of the Clock Island books. Meanwhile, Jack “the Mastermind” Masterson is plotting the ultimate twist ending that could change all their lives forever.

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Adventure

Published: May 2023

The Story-Inspired Goodies

Typewriter Jiggie Puzzle

Jack insists on using a typewriter for his work. And we are fairly certain this one would fit right into his collection, what with it being a puzzle and all. 

Starfish Bottle Stopper

The tide pools and coastal storms often leave starfish stranded on Clock Island. And if said island had a souvenir shop, we can’t image this little beauty wouldn’t be on the shelf. 

Thunderstorm Candle

With hints of ozone, citrus, lavender, and rose, this delightful scent is all the freshness of a storm without the thunder and lightning.

Lobster Dip Mix

You can’t got to Maine without partaking of a little lobster. This makes it easy and without a punch to your wallet. Mix up into a dip and enjoy with crackers, pretzels, chips,  or fresh veggies.

New York Cheesecake Dessert Dip Mix

Nothing like a little cheesecake to calm the nerves and open the heart. This mix can be turned into a no-bake cheesecake or dessert dip, either of which will demand to be devoured.

The Good Cause

We will donate a portion of the profits of this box to the Ticket to Dream Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. We believe it starts with joining forces with businesses and local communities to ensure foster youth of all ages have the school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes that all children need to thrive.

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