The Secret, Book and Scone Society
From New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams comes the first in an intriguing new series set within a quirky small-town club where the key to happiness, friendship—or solving a murder—can all be found within the pages of the right book . . .Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That’s Nora’s special talent—prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.When a visiting businessman reaches out to Nora for guidance, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can keep their appointment at Miracle Books, he’s found dead on the train tracks.Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place.Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cramped and cozy bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge—proving it’s never too late to turn the page and start over . . .

The Secret, Book and Scone Society Details

TitleThe Secret, Book and Scone Society
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherKensington
ISBN-139781496712370
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

The Secret, Book and Scone Society Review

  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book late into Monday night. I couldn't put it down.This book is so much more than a cozy mystery. It's an amazing tale about four very different women who find themselves involved in a mystery that is tearing their small town apart.Nora owns a book shop, and helps to heal those customers who need it, by suggesting books, she's a biblio-therapist.June is the manager of a luxury spa, Estella owns a hair salon and Hester owns her bakery, where comfort scones are her specialty.When I finished this book late into Monday night. I couldn't put it down.This book is so much more than a cozy mystery. It's an amazing tale about four very different women who find themselves involved in a mystery that is tearing their small town apart.Nora owns a book shop, and helps to heal those customers who need it, by suggesting books, she's a biblio-therapist.June is the manager of a luxury spa, Estella owns a hair salon and Hester owns her bakery, where comfort scones are her specialty.When the mysterious death becomes the talk of the town, the ladies begin a friendship that is so unlikely, it will take your breath away. Each lady has their own story to tell, and every one of their stories were absolutely poignant.I can't say enough about this wonderful new series by Ellery Adams. Her writing style and imagination goes beyond words.This book is so much more than I expected and I'm sure this book will appeal to all readers of any age.This book would make an excellent present for that hard to buy for person. Be sure to put this at the top of your list, you won't be disappointed.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the author.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fabulous read, if I could give it more than five stars I would. I kept putting the book down while I was reading it, not because I couldn't get into it but because I didn't want it to end. It pulled me in and I wanted to stay there and get to know the characters more. I so wanted to visit Miracle Springs and have a custom made scone and then go to Miracle Books and have a session with Nora wondering what books she would choose to help me. In this first book of the series you'll meet a This was a fabulous read, if I could give it more than five stars I would. I kept putting the book down while I was reading it, not because I couldn't get into it but because I didn't want it to end. It pulled me in and I wanted to stay there and get to know the characters more. I so wanted to visit Miracle Springs and have a custom made scone and then go to Miracle Books and have a session with Nora wondering what books she would choose to help me. In this first book of the series you'll meet an array of characters who will touch your heart and have you wanting to be part of the secret society. I've always loved books and this one gave me a greater respect for the healing powers that they hold. The secrets told varied, but all were revealing moments and gave me a better grasp of who each character truly was not just who they portrayed themselves to be. I learned that true friendship offers a healing balm to those who trust and believe in it. This book wasn't just a mystery but a beginning to some wonderful friendships. I so look forward to seeing what happens next with this group of women and how ready they are to step out of their comfort zones. I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a new series by Ellery Adams. It was just as enchanting to read as is looking at the cover of the book. We get to meet four powerful, and damaged women living in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. A town known where people travel to for healing. When a man is found dead these four women decide to search for answers and the truth. I have read Ellery Adams other series and love them, but this to me is her best. A story how very different individuals can form friendships. I This is the first book in a new series by Ellery Adams. It was just as enchanting to read as is looking at the cover of the book. We get to meet four powerful, and damaged women living in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. A town known where people travel to for healing. When a man is found dead these four women decide to search for answers and the truth. I have read Ellery Adams other series and love them, but this to me is her best. A story how very different individuals can form friendships. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    What a better way to spend time than in a Ellery Adams book. Just on seeing the cover I am enchanted. The title The Secret, Book and Scone Society contains two of my favorite things books and scones. The cover shows a plate of scones, a stack of books, a cup of tea and an open book and I am loving it. This is the first book in Ellery's new series and I am already waiting for the second book. One of Ellery Adams's strong suits is creating powerful and real female characters. On page one I met Nor What a better way to spend time than in a Ellery Adams book. Just on seeing the cover I am enchanted. The title The Secret, Book and Scone Society contains two of my favorite things books and scones. The cover shows a plate of scones, a stack of books, a cup of tea and an open book and I am loving it. This is the first book in Ellery's new series and I am already waiting for the second book. One of Ellery Adams's strong suits is creating powerful and real female characters. On page one I met Nora Pennington and felt I had met a new friend. And than we meet three other woman who are just as well written. These four women live in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, a town people come to for healing. When a man is found dead these four women decide to get the answers and thus the Secret, Book and Scone Society is born. Each of these women holds a deep dark secret which they share with each other. By the end of the book I was ready to set down with them and tell my deep dark secrets. Oh and another great thing Ellery does is she creates handsome and charming male characters. I have read and loved all of Ellery Adams books and I find this one so much more intriguing and thought provoking. There are lots of book references , which I loved and my TBR grew while reading Nora Pennington's gifted with picking the absolutely right book for someone. Aren't we are in pursuit of just the right book? Maybe this is yours !
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  • Jennifer Muller
    January 1, 1970
    Okay. This book was magic. I have a book hangover. ☕*Note- There will be no spoilers. I don't believe in writing reviews with spoilers.*🍃Good Lord. Not every author has the gift of bringing out emotions so thoroughly, but Ellery is definitly one of the best. She really just reaches into your soul and pulls everything out. Case in point, I had only hit page 7 and my tear ducts were at work. 🍃There are several serious moments throughout the book but it makes it more realistic. Miracle Springs is a Okay. This book was magic. I have a book hangover. ☕*Note- There will be no spoilers. I don't believe in writing reviews with spoilers.*🍃Good Lord. Not every author has the gift of bringing out emotions so thoroughly, but Ellery is definitly one of the best. She really just reaches into your soul and pulls everything out. Case in point, I had only hit page 7 and my tear ducts were at work. 🍃There are several serious moments throughout the book but it makes it more realistic. Miracle Springs is a place where souls go to heal, and the book centers around four women who form the "society" and become friends in order to solve a strangers murder that the police department shove under the rug. Hester is the baker, Nora the bookstore owner, June the spa worker and Estella the hairdresser. Nora suggests that they all have to share their secrets in order to trust each other. 🍃As each secret is revealed we understand more about the character and why they haven't made friends in Miracle Springs. I loved the character growths in the book. Not only the progression from almost strangers to great friends, but I felt like they each grew stronger throughout the book. 🍃The names of the beverages that Nora offers at her bookshop are fantastic! The Wilkie Collins (cappuccino) and the Agatha ChrisTea (Earl Grey) to name a few.🍃Let's talk about Jed. He's delicious. He also happens to deliver my favorite quote in the book: Your scars make you different, yes. But they're not all I see when I look at you. To me, they just add another dimension to your beauty. (I melted)🍃I love that Nora has the ability to talk to someone for a few minutes and put together a booklist for them. I think that's the best superpower! 🍃The descriptions of food throughout the book are mouthwatering. Hester's comfort scones sound devine. If I had to choose my flavors for the best comfort scone for me, it would be a lemon scone with blueberry drizzle to bring forth memories of my late best friend.🍃When an author has the ability to pull you into the story so thoroughly that you forget what you're doing(for example: cooking on the grill), that's magic. I finished the book in one day, and it is on my "read again" shelf. There's no other way to say it, the book was magic.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I really really loved this book I didn't want to stop reading it and go to bed. I highly recommend it.
  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very interesting, keep my attention long into the night and had very believable characters. I loved how she developed the personalities of her wonderful female characters, stressing the individuality of each one but showing how their friendships and love and respect for each other blossomed. I learned a lot about various authors due to the bookstore and have added many to my reading list! I highly recommend this book.
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  • Sheila Siarkiewicz
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I've read this year! Well developed characters that by the end of the book you feel as if you've known them forever and a well though out murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book!
  • Pat Plummer
    January 1, 1970
    This latest in Ellery Adams' serieses is one of the best ever. The tone is both cozy, but with a more serious and thoughtful overtone. Four women who live in Miracle Springs, NC, a small mountain town, each has a secret that is in someway controlling their lives. They also have special talents that help the residents and visitors in the town. Nora owns a used-and-new bookstore; Estella has a salon and can work miracles with hair, June works at the resort in the area and Hester has the ability to This latest in Ellery Adams' serieses is one of the best ever. The tone is both cozy, but with a more serious and thoughtful overtone. Four women who live in Miracle Springs, NC, a small mountain town, each has a secret that is in someway controlling their lives. They also have special talents that help the residents and visitors in the town. Nora owns a used-and-new bookstore; Estella has a salon and can work miracles with hair, June works at the resort in the area and Hester has the ability to create a personalized scone that brings some form of memory and peace to her customers.Real estate dealings lead to two deaths. The ladies become involved as they doubt the official findings of the first and Estella is charged in the second. As they begin to bond over their interest in the first death, the issue of trust arises, as all they women are "loners". They decide that to achieve the trust needed to work together, each must, in her own time, reveal her secret.Trust and the discovery thereof is a co-theme of this novel, and the voyage of discovery to develop this trust is one of the things that sets this book apart from others. I got such a feeling of connection to these characters as their walls came down and we were allowed to get glimpses of what made them what they are now. I feel like I really know them. Ms. Adams shows her amazing talent as she brings the people into our lives and hearts.I was unable to put the book down; I read it in one day. I eagerly await my second visit to Miracle Springs!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best book I've had the pleasure of reading all year. With wonderfully developed characters who feel like friends, a cozy small town you can't wait to visit, and a page turning mystery to be solved, this book has all the necessary ingredients for a great read. I was sad to finish it and end my time with four great ladies for now. But it's going back in my TBR pile for a second read.When a visiting businessman turns up dead, four women who spend their lives as loners come together to l This is the best book I've had the pleasure of reading all year. With wonderfully developed characters who feel like friends, a cozy small town you can't wait to visit, and a page turning mystery to be solved, this book has all the necessary ingredients for a great read. I was sad to finish it and end my time with four great ladies for now. But it's going back in my TBR pile for a second read.When a visiting businessman turns up dead, four women who spend their lives as loners come together to learn the truth about his death. Their time together requires them to do something they haven't done in a long time, trust. But by divulging their secrets to each other, they learn to trust again and build the foundation for a wonderful friendship. Together they become an unstoppable team fighting for justice.The characters are so well written they feel like close, personal friends. My only regret is that Miracle Springs is not a real place where I can read books, eat scones, and get to know these ladies better.
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  • Sue Ross
    January 1, 1970
    You know how people say when one door closes another one opens? Well, one of Ellery Adams series has ended, but she has given me a new series. She has introduced me to new friends, a special bookshop and bakery and a new crush. I would love to live in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. So when Nora sells one of her special books to a stranger to town, and he is soon after murdered, she and her friends set out to figure out what happened. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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  • Deborah Almada
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Ellery Adams, so I was very excited to be able to read an ARC copy of the first book in her new series, The Secret, Book, & Scone Society. The compelling thing about Ms Adams books are her very interesting characters and her sense of time and place. These are very evident in this book, our heroine Nora, and her posse, (the other members of the society) are all real women, with scars internally and externally, and compassion built out of some of life's hard lessons. Miracle I am a big fan of Ellery Adams, so I was very excited to be able to read an ARC copy of the first book in her new series, The Secret, Book, & Scone Society. The compelling thing about Ms Adams books are her very interesting characters and her sense of time and place. These are very evident in this book, our heroine Nora, and her posse, (the other members of the society) are all real women, with scars internally and externally, and compassion built out of some of life's hard lessons. Miracle Springs, North Carolina is a place you can see and feel. Our story starts when Nora talks to a gentlemen in the park who appears to be looking at life choices he has made, and wanting a chance to make things right, she send him to the Gingerbread House so that her friend Hester can make him a "comfort scone" and then tells him to come see her so she can give him some books from her bookshop, Miracle Books, specifically for him to read and consider as he thinks about what he wants to do. Before her mystery customer can make it to Miracle Books he is pushed in front of a train, a train all of his business partners in a real estate development, are arriving on. Hester and Nora feel something is off and when the sheriff puts the death down as a suicide and another of their friends, Estella is arrested for the murder of another partner in the development, the ladies know something is just not right!!! How they solve the mystery, reveal their darkest secrets to one another, and finally feel a sense of hope in Miracle Springs makes for wonderful reading!!!
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    The first in a new series, this book redefines 'cozy mystery' in an interesting way with a refreshing perspective.From the opening scene the reader's sense of what's going on is challenged and by the end of the first chapter curiosity quickly builds. What's fascinating about this book are several things. First, it is a well developed mystery. Second, the story works on a couple of levels - there's the mystery, there are finely drawn characters and relationships, and then there is the very import The first in a new series, this book redefines 'cozy mystery' in an interesting way with a refreshing perspective.From the opening scene the reader's sense of what's going on is challenged and by the end of the first chapter curiosity quickly builds. What's fascinating about this book are several things. First, it is a well developed mystery. Second, the story works on a couple of levels - there's the mystery, there are finely drawn characters and relationships, and then there is the very important role that books play in this adventure. And finally, there are the comfortable roles characters play in typical cozy mysteries that readers always enjoy.Without revealing specifics that might give away too much, this novel will delight book lovers, challenge and satisfy cozy mystery readers and offer a little different reading experience for readers in general.Ellery Adams takes a creative risk with this entry and it pays off. The story is a rich, multi-layered experience that is well crafted and a joy to read.ARC provided by netgalley.com
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  • Jessi Bone
    January 1, 1970
    Mrs. Ellery Adams did it again. Her unique writing has transported us to Miracle Springs, North Carolina. In this unique little village, we get to meet a group of flawed women Nora, Hester, June and Estella, who together form a unique group Secret, Book and Scone Society. With this group, the women find companionship, trust, and friendship and solve a crime or two. In this unique group of women, you will find a little of yourself. Mrs. Adams has brought us another best-selling series. Being a fa Mrs. Ellery Adams did it again. Her unique writing has transported us to Miracle Springs, North Carolina. In this unique little village, we get to meet a group of flawed women Nora, Hester, June and Estella, who together form a unique group Secret, Book and Scone Society. With this group, the women find companionship, trust, and friendship and solve a crime or two. In this unique group of women, you will find a little of yourself. Mrs. Adams has brought us another best-selling series. Being a fan of Mrs. Adams other series I was excited about to read her new book and I was blown away. Her writing and storyline are not to be missed. I am excited to see where the Miracle Springs Series goes from here as the ladies grow in their friendship and how they are open to being real and sharing their secrets while solving others hidden secrets to help the ladies heal and a few visitors. Well worth the time to read once, twice or a few more. Learning that is never too late to turn the page and start over... with a comfort scone or two.
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  • Brenda Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Ellery Adams hits another home run with her newest series featuring The Secret, Book & Scone Society. Four women who try to help visitors in their town in four different ways. A death of a man wanting to make amends for the things he has done bring these ladies together to find out what really happened. Along the way they share their deepest secrets.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    "Becoming a reader is a change for the better. Trust me. No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories..." ~Nora PenningtonTrust me, you'll be better after reading this first book in Ellery's new series. We're introduced to four dynamic, determined, daring, and damaged women who live in the unique town of Miracle Springs. Their lives intersect because of small town life, but they choose to establish and build relationships to become connected and thus overcome loneliness. So, surrounded b "Becoming a reader is a change for the better. Trust me. No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories..." ~Nora PenningtonTrust me, you'll be better after reading this first book in Ellery's new series. We're introduced to four dynamic, determined, daring, and damaged women who live in the unique town of Miracle Springs. Their lives intersect because of small town life, but they choose to establish and build relationships to become connected and thus overcome loneliness. So, surrounded by shelves and shelves of stories and savoring bites of scones, secrets are revealed and the sleuthing begins!Nora, a former librarian turned bibliotherapist, puts the right stack of books in the hands of the right reader at the right time. Wow! What a gift! I feel Ellery is Nora because I needed this book at this time in my life. "Nora Pennington loved selling books. She loved talking to people about books. But what she wanted most was to heal people using books."I also appreciate the homage to numerous authors and their respective works...these brought back fond memories and added volumes to my TBR pile. In this book, Ellery includes many delightful details that draw the reader in and make the book come alive. From descriptions of delicious treats and literary drinks, to illumination of various settings (bookshop, cottage), I yearned to be in Miracle Springs building friendships with Nora, Hester, June, and Estella. Most of all, I'd like to be like Nora who "recommend a book or two? I couldn't think of anything I'd rather do." And so, I recommend this book to you...with all my heart. ❤️📖
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  • Angela Barbee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much Netgally and Kensington Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book.I am a huge fan of Ellery Adams’ Book Retreat Mysteries so imagine my excitement when I found out she has a new series coming out—and she did not disappoint!! If you like strong females, book references, and a little taste of magic, then this book is for you. As I started reading, I realized this story was a deeper and a little darker than an average “cozy” mystery which made this story a lot more meanin Thank you so much Netgally and Kensington Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book.I am a huge fan of Ellery Adams’ Book Retreat Mysteries so imagine my excitement when I found out she has a new series coming out—and she did not disappoint!! If you like strong females, book references, and a little taste of magic, then this book is for you. As I started reading, I realized this story was a deeper and a little darker than an average “cozy” mystery which made this story a lot more meaningful. I loved the flaws of the four main females, and I loved how throughout the book, you got to know each character’s back story and how they came to live in Miracle Springs. As a reader, I felt more invested in these characters and the story itself because of the back stories. And it was fun getting to know each character as the “society” got to know each other as well. Each female was so different and all of them felt real which I absolutely loved. This was a great way to start a new series. This sisterhood is definitely one I want to read more about!Also, the way Adams’ describes the bookstore and the “comfort” scones are amazing. I wish I could visit Miracle Springs myself—hike the trails, visit the bookstore, and eat my own comfort scone. Overall, this book was addicting and fun and beautifully written! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery AdamsPeople flock to Miracle Springs, North Carolina seeking its healing powers. Often these people find their way to Miracle Books to ask Nora Pennington to recommend books to help with their problems. Nora often suggested they visited Gingerbread House to purchase a Comfort Scone to eat while they read they books she suggests. This is what happens when Nora meets visiting businessman, who wanted to discuss this need to correct his wrong doings. Bef The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery AdamsPeople flock to Miracle Springs, North Carolina seeking its healing powers. Often these people find their way to Miracle Books to ask Nora Pennington to recommend books to help with their problems. Nora often suggested they visited Gingerbread House to purchase a Comfort Scone to eat while they read they books she suggests. This is what happens when Nora meets visiting businessman, who wanted to discuss this need to correct his wrong doings. Before the gentleman could return to the bookstore something horrible happens. Feeling a strong desire to find out the truth about what really happened to the gentleman Nora and 3 other Miracle Springs residents start their own investigation. During their investigation they not only find clues to what happened but they find friendship in one another, a friendship strong enough to help each one heal from their own emotional injuries. Author Ellery Adams has created a place I’d love to visit. Being an avid cozy reader, this book was just right up my alley. I would love to visit Miracle Books, to pursue the shelves of books and vintage gifts. I could see myself sitting in one of the reading nooks to looking through the treasures I found. Along with the lovely setting the book is well-written with flawed but strong female characters. There are enough red-herrings to keep you guessing who was behind to murders and all the other mysterious things going on in Miracle Springs. This book shows the importance of having someone in your life to confide in, someone who will listen without judgment. I recommend this book to mystery lovers and look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    My very first cozy mystery was a good introduction to the genre. This book features lots of literary quotes and references, which definitely earned points with me. The writing is pleasant and detailed, really affording you the opportunity to get to know the characters, who all have a very different voice. The characters in this book aren't perfect, far from it. I've gotten tired of characters too perfect to be real. Our main character, Nora, has a troubled past and disfiguring scars from a fire. My very first cozy mystery was a good introduction to the genre. This book features lots of literary quotes and references, which definitely earned points with me. The writing is pleasant and detailed, really affording you the opportunity to get to know the characters, who all have a very different voice. The characters in this book aren't perfect, far from it. I've gotten tired of characters too perfect to be real. Our main character, Nora, has a troubled past and disfiguring scars from a fire. The rest of the book club has their own stories. Their scars may not be as obvious as the ones Nora has, but they're there. All of them are outsiders of sorts who haven't made many friends in Miracle Springs. The way they tentatively bond with each other, afraid to be hurt but needing comfort and companionship quite desperately, is touching.Miracle Springs is a small, charming town in North Carolina. People flock there when they need healing. They have natural hot springs and a reputation as being a place to go to relax and heal. Nora is the proprietor of Miracle Books, and she has her own special skills. She can talk to a customer about their life and then select books for them that will help them heal or come to terms with some issue. She uses literature to heal. She's not the only person in town with the ability to help people in unusual ways. Hester is a younger woman with a bakery who makes "comfort scones", specially made for each customer that can invoke memories of happy times.When a man reaches out to Nora for help as she sits in a park, she sends him to the bakery and tells him to meet her back at the bookstore for some bibliotherapy. She waits patiently, but he never arrives. Local hairdresser Estelle soon visits bursting with news: the man has been killed by a train, and no one is sure if he was pushed or walked in front of it himself. Nora refuses to believe that the man would kill himself, but only a few people are willing to listen: Hester, Estelle, and June, who is a lovely woman who works at the local spa.Four lonely women have come together to seek the truth and form lasting friendships. They think sharing their secrets is as scary as it gets, but soon they might be in the kind of danger they only read about in books: the man's death is only the tip of the iceberg in a big town secret.I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and Kensington books, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many things I want to say about this book. It’s hard to know where to begin. I read this book with a highlighter in hand. A novel. With a highlighter. That should tell you something about the insight that Ellery Adams’ words provide throughout these pages.The Secret, Book, and Scone Society is the first installment in a new series. Nora Pennington is a broken soul who seeks a new start and a life of solitude in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. When a visiting businessman is murdered There are so many things I want to say about this book. It’s hard to know where to begin. I read this book with a highlighter in hand. A novel. With a highlighter. That should tell you something about the insight that Ellery Adams’ words provide throughout these pages.The Secret, Book, and Scone Society is the first installment in a new series. Nora Pennington is a broken soul who seeks a new start and a life of solitude in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. When a visiting businessman is murdered, Nora feels she must seek justice for this man. Along the way she finds a group of damaged justice seekers who walk along side her and become something she never thought she’d have again – friends.You are missing out if you don’t pick up a copy of this book as soon as possible. Here are my top reasons to read it.Ellery Adams Takes You DeepAdams has a way of writing that takes you beyond where you go in a typical cozy mystery. She challenges the reader and invites you in on the incredible journey of Nora and her new found friends.The Movie That Will Play in your Head While You ReadThe imagery painted within these pages will have a movie playing in your head as you read along. The scenes come alive and the characters and words spring to life before you. Warning: This will make the book quite difficult to put down as you progress deeper in.It is a perfect book to read with friendsAre you a part of a book club? Have you and your friends been waiting to find the right book to read together? This is the one. There are so many elements that would make for great discussion with others. And I bet they will not only have you talking about the issues in the book, but segwaying into issues in your own lives that you’ve been needing an outlet to discuss in. I’m an online book club girl, but this book seriously had me wondering who I knew locally who may be up for a book chat. It’s that good.Needing some “me time” to just relax?One of those days where you get home, take a bubble bath, and crack open a glass of wine? This book would make the perfect addition to your festivities. This book is entertaining, witty, and sure to keep you captivated. Review first published at:https://cozyexperience.com/reasons-to...
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    I do like a real cozy mystery now and then and Ellery Adam's book did not disappoint, I would say that in many ways she surprised me and delivered more than the normal cozy does. There are four main characters in this book, 4 women who had a terrible event happen to them or something they did that means that they now live with shame or regret and without having friends. They connect over the death of a man, who had come to Miracle Springs to atone for his sins and make amends for something that I do like a real cozy mystery now and then and Ellery Adam's book did not disappoint, I would say that in many ways she surprised me and delivered more than the normal cozy does. There are four main characters in this book, 4 women who had a terrible event happen to them or something they did that means that they now live with shame or regret and without having friends. They connect over the death of a man, who had come to Miracle Springs to atone for his sins and make amends for something that he has been involved in, something terrible. He dies before he can do that in what initially looks like suicide. There is many things to like here: Forming of female friendships, pretty decent representation of a woman living with disfigurement, a woman who to many appears like a "slut" actually being shown as a multi-dimensional person. A few things that did not work for me where that 4 main characters is just a bit too much for this type of book and so Hester and June kinda melded into one for me and that's the main reason it was an ok read rather than better than ok. There were also too many "potential baddies" and for that reason they were all just a little bland. All in all though a solid book that I read in a day.
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  • Kendra Prince
    January 1, 1970
    Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors. Her books never disappoint this reader. One of the things she excels most at is exploring the emotional depths of her characters. Whether it is their pain, their insecurities, or even their joys, you happily go along for the ride, even recognizing traits in yourself and others along the way. In The Secret, Book & Scone Society, Adams does a masterful job once again in introducing us to Nora, Estella, Hester, and June, four women with diverse lives Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors. Her books never disappoint this reader. One of the things she excels most at is exploring the emotional depths of her characters. Whether it is their pain, their insecurities, or even their joys, you happily go along for the ride, even recognizing traits in yourself and others along the way. In The Secret, Book & Scone Society, Adams does a masterful job once again in introducing us to Nora, Estella, Hester, and June, four women with diverse lives and pain, who live in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. The mysterious death of a visiting businessman brings the four together as they resolve to determine the truth behind his passing. As they open up and share their deepest, darkest secrets to one another, a wonderful sisterhood is established. Healing, which they provide to guests in their town, becomes their own. The mystery in the story takes many twists and turns, and I was pleasantly surprised by the end. Adams is a great steward of the stories she's given, and Nora, Estella, Hester, and June, no doubt, are thanking her for telling this one so well. I look forward to many more in this series from her.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    “No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories—to the lessons learned by those who possess enough courage to put pen to paper.”Miracle Springs is a small town hidden between the mountains in North Carolina where people come to heal. Nora is the owner of Miracle Books and she uses her bibliotherapy skills to introduce the right books to the right people and help them heal from whatever has broken them. Hester, the owner and baker from Gingerbread House is famous for her custom scones which “No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories—to the lessons learned by those who possess enough courage to put pen to paper.”Miracle Springs is a small town hidden between the mountains in North Carolina where people come to heal. Nora is the owner of Miracle Books and she uses her bibliotherapy skills to introduce the right books to the right people and help them heal from whatever has broken them. Hester, the owner and baker from Gingerbread House is famous for her custom scones which bring back memories for each of the customer and make them smile. Estella, the serial dater is beautiful and helps everyone realize their own beauty and confidence through the work in her spa. June is an employee at the Thermal Pools, whose waters are supposed to be miraculous. All these women have secrets from their past which they are trying to forget but are forced to confront them when not one, it two murders rock this little town. They become fast friends, call themselves the Secret, Book & Society and decide to find the culprits themselves because the local law enforcement seems incompetent or even complicit.“Stories are just like people. If you don’t approach them with an open mind and a healthy dose of respect, they won’t reveal their hidden selves to you. In that event, you’ll miss out on what they have to offer. You’ll walk through life an empty husk instead of a vibrant kaleidoscope of passion, wisdom, and experience.”I feel in love with the book from the first page. Even though this is supposed to be a cozy mystery, all the four women characters are well developed. They are all scarred by their past but it doesn’t stop them from trying to help and better the lives of others. The mystery is also quite good and I really couldn’t guess some of the villains till the end. But the best part of the book is the love that almost all characters share for books. Everyone is a book lover which is awesome. Miracle Books is an amazing store and the way it’s nooks and crannies are described, I fell in love with it. I love everything about it – the books, the shelf enhancers, the coffees named after authors, Nora’s collection of coffee mugs with amazing quotes on them and so on and so forth. I just want to go there, order a Louisa May Alcott coffee, pick up a cozy mystery and relax. What bliss would that be!!!“It’s always that way when you’re looking at books. An hour goes by in a minute: you don’t know where the hell the time went.”Note: This book has so many book recommendations within the story that your TBR pile will become just unmanageable. But hey, it’s just Books – the more, the better.PS: Thank you so much Kensington Books and Netgalley for providing me the opportunity to read and review the ARC of this wonderful book.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher of this novel for the E-ARC copy.I will first admit this is not my first time reading this author. I like Ellery Adams and have read some of her other books. I was really pleased though with how much I liked this book. I hadn't read her in quite some time and can tell that she has really grown with her writing. Miracle Springs really comes to life with her storytelling. The hot springs, tourists, and lovely bookstore make this series easy to come back to.
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  • Lisa Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so deeply satisfying to read. I love Adams' character development and complex plot lines. Her books are never disappointing and stand apart from other cozy mysteries. The Queen of Cozy has done it again!
  • Kristin Cochran Schadler
    January 1, 1970
    This was a different book, and I really enjoyed it. The characters, the storytelling, the group of women who band together. The bibliotherapy aspect was fascinating to me. Ellery Adams is a master craftsman when it comes to telling a story. I hope this series continues for a long time.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of this author and her work so I was excited to see that we were getting a new series for Ellery Adams. For me, this was a fabulous first book in what promises to be another hit cozy mystery series for Ms. Adams. Her writing style lends itself to the type of story telling that pulls readers in and keeps them turning pages until they find themselves at the end of the story and are immediately left wanting more.The characters she delivers in this new series will resonate with her reader I am a fan of this author and her work so I was excited to see that we were getting a new series for Ellery Adams. For me, this was a fabulous first book in what promises to be another hit cozy mystery series for Ms. Adams. Her writing style lends itself to the type of story telling that pulls readers in and keeps them turning pages until they find themselves at the end of the story and are immediately left wanting more.The characters she delivers in this new series will resonate with her readers each in their own way. These are four women who all have a secret in their past that has brought them to Miracle Springs and this point in their lives. For me, part of the joy of this book was watching these four women, who are all so different from each other, form a terrific friendship and bond that starts to heal them and begins to allow them to release the hold that their past has upon their current lives. Readers will find themselves moved by each of these women's stories and you will be rooting for their friendship and bond to thrive and grow. There is a terrific cast of secondary characters that complement the women and play a part in helping them grow. The mystery is just as strong and the characters and the story of their growing friendship and bond. It is woven through the story nicely and is the impetuous that drives these women to solve two murders and get one of them out of jail for these crimes. The women prove to be tenacious and determined which results in a very climatic conclusion where the full magnitude of the crime is revealed. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, all with believable motives for committing the crimes. I think the readers will find this to be a strong mystery.I am excited to see what Ms. Adams has in store for her readers with this new series and where she takes us on the journey of friendship that these four women have begun to form in this first book.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is supposed to be a place of healing. People flock to the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and a renowned spa. But when none of the usual treatments help they land at Miracle Books. With a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House, they tell Nora Pennington their troubles. Nora can always find the perfect book to help them in ways other treatments can’t.When a visiting businessman speaks with to Nora while sitting on a park bench, she knows ex Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is supposed to be a place of healing. People flock to the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and a renowned spa. But when none of the usual treatments help they land at Miracle Books. With a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House, they tell Nora Pennington their troubles. Nora can always find the perfect book to help them in ways other treatments can’t.When a visiting businessman speaks with to Nora while sitting on a park bench, she knows exactly which novels will help him. Unfortunately, before he can keep the appointment at Miracle Books, he’s found dead on the train tracks.Nora doesn’t believe it was an accident, so she forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to prove it. Four women with issues of their own gain trust and confidence in each other by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the truth that brought them to Miracle Springs in the first place.-- Series: Book 1Author: Ellery AdamsGenre: Cozy MysteryPublisher: KensingtonThe Secret, Book & Scone Society is a story of women determined to uncover the truth. What's behind a murder of a stranger. Perhaps the answer can bring a form of redemption or salvation to the women’s lives. Ellery Adams writes as though she fully understands what the women have gone through, and how they each hide what they feel from the world. The story is realistic on many levels. All people have something they do not tell others, and most will do their best to hide the things that hurt them the most.Nora is not a perfect person; she is scarred physically and emotionally. She moved to Miracle Springs to start over. To bury the past and prevent her heart from ever being broken again. The character is a study in the human condition. Unwilling to get involved with others, afraid to let them in on her secrets Nora nonetheless cares about people and tries to help in the only way she thinks she can.The other characters, Estella, Hester, and June, are unique in their own way. They have secrets of their own and do not judge each other based on their past. It is interesting to read each chapter and watch as the characters develop into mostly happy people who have taken responsibility for their own wellbeing. Having friends is something they did not anticipate or ever consider but becomes something they don’t want to give up. They are willing to risk their secrets in order to have friends and help when a friend is in trouble.The other characters in this book are well-rounded and believable. They enhance the story and make it a challenge to figure out who the killer is. Even the “bad” characters make the story a bit more interesting. The reader cheers for revenge and justice, hoping that the killer will pay the ultimate price for their crimes.Miracle Springs, North Carolina does not exist, but wouldn’t it be great if it did? To know there is a place where a person can go to help ease their worries or heal their pain is a place everyone would visit. More description of the town and the shops, and their owners would be interesting. Hopefully, this will evolve as the series progresses.Overall The Secret, Book & Scone Society is a well-written book with memorable characters and a plot that although somewhat convoluted, plays well in today’s society. This book is highly recommended for those that love intricate plots and character story-lines that will keep them guessing and turning the page.
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  • Leith Devine
    January 1, 1970
    This is a new series by Ellery Adams, and it's wonderful. It's set in Miracle Springs, a town where people go when they need to change their lives, and it makes you wish such a town existed in real life.Go to the bookstore, and Nora will give you the exact books you need. Go to the bakery, and Hester will bake you a a custom comfort scone. The spa that June runs will help you leave your cares behind, and Estella's salon will make you beautiful. These women all have secrets and they keep to thems This is a new series by Ellery Adams, and it's wonderful. It's set in Miracle Springs, a town where people go when they need to change their lives, and it makes you wish such a town existed in real life.Go to the bookstore, and Nora will give you the exact books you need. Go to the bakery, and Hester will bake you a a custom comfort scone. The spa that June runs will help you leave your cares behind, and Estella's salon will make you beautiful. These women all have secrets and they keep to themselves until circumstances lead them to form the Secret, Book and Scone Society.A man comes to town and comes to Nora's bookshop. He says he'll return, but he's found dead on the train tracks. His death feels wrong to Nora, and she doesn't think it's an accident. When she starts to look into it, she gets help from her friend Hester, who brings in June and Estella. The four of them form their secret society, based on the fact that each of them has a secret, and that they will all tell it to the others at some point. Their investigation takes them into a corruption and bribery plot and eventually endangers their lives.Each of the characters is so well described, and their friendship seems so unlikely yet feels so right.The plot is interesting and the writing is well done and very readable. I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the future books in this series!Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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