Soulmates & Shelters

A Characters & Candles Box

This box is a collaboration with Nan Fischer, one of our favorite authors. 

But even if we didn’t know her, we’d still have picked this book because it’s got all the feels. In fact, this book might just be a literary version of a brown paper package of our favorite things tied up with string. 

It’s got a female protagonist with a big heart and a big secret who learns to trust a little more and love herself, a bit of history, a bit of magic, libraries and old books, adoptable animals, a sassy best friend, and a happy ending.

Does it get any better than that?

  • Themes on setting boundaries and loving yourself
  • All the warm fuzzy romantic feels without going overboard
  • The kind of character development that makes you wanna be a part of the cast of characters
  • Great historical tie-in with just a smidge of magical realism
  • Karen White and Jill Santapolo
  • Contemporary romance with a little history mixed in
  • Animal rescue


What's Inside This Box?

The Book

Constance Sparks always says yes…when her capricious best friend needs money; when her boss gives her more responsibility without a raise; and when her boyfriend, Hayden, who is very kind but also secretive, asks her to marry him.

While planning their wedding—and struggling with anxiety about the right course for her future—Constance researches the history of her antique engagement ring and unearths the name of a man who might be connected to it, plus his tragic love story. When she finds a book of letters in her library’s old manuscript section written by the long-dead man, Constance is deeply touched by his words and leaves a note for him confessing her uncertainty and doubts. She’s shocked days later to find a response tucked among the pages.

As the notes continue to arrive, Constance finds herself quickly falling in love with a ghost and putting her real-life relationship in jeopardy. Will a bond based on letters impossibly sent from the past derail her future? Or will Constance discover her voice and risk everything for the chance to somehow connect with her true soul mate?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: August 2023

The Story-Inspired Goodies

Starry Night Candle

This candle is romance in a jar with hints of apple blossom, saffron, currants, blackberries, star anise, cedarwood, patchouli and amber. 

A portion of the profits of this candle are donated to animal rescue and shelter organizations by the maker

Doggie Thank you Cards

Send a thank you with one of these adorable doggie cards, if you can decide which on to send. Set of 12 (3 each of 4 different designs. 

These cards are made with 100% recycled paper and non-toxic toners

Poppy Phone Pocket

The poppies in Flanders Field inspired a poem that touched the world. And, their appearance in the book inspired this handy phone pocket.

BE Cool Adopt Tote

This a mantra we’re pretty sure Constance could get behind. She probably has one just like it.

10% of the purchase of this tote is donated to BARCS, the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter

Lavender Lip Balm

Dreams are made and lost in a lavender field in France. This moisturizing balm, made with shea butter and organic lavender oil is a nod to love and loss.

This small business regularly donates to Helping Hands Humane Society, KSDS Assistance Dogs, & Operation Fetch

The Good Cause

We will donate a portion of the profits of this box to The Warrior Dog Foundation, a non-profit working to transition our country’s working K9s from an operational environment into retirement. They provide mental and physical rehabilitation, and rehoming options to Military Working Dogs (MWD), Contract Working Dogs (CWD) and Law Enforcement K9s that otherwise would be euthanized.