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  • Great new series!

    After a personal tragedy, Nora Pennington moves to Miracle Springs to start a new life, opening her own bookstore, Miracle Books, and leading a quiet, more sheltered lifestyle. Her new forte is that of a bibliotherapist, matching books to her customers that come in seeking peace, forgiveness or healing. But when one of her potential customers turns up dead, Nora is sure he did not commit suicide, based on their brief conversation together earlier. Circumstances then bring together three more damaged women to Nora's store and they soon find themselves involved in solving his death. But even more important, they ultimately look for ways to heal themselves. And thus, the Secret, Book and Scone Society is born. This is the first book in a new series by Ellery Adams and as with her other mystery series, immediately captures the reader with its characters, mystery and twists and turns. Each of the four woman has a personal "secret" that has overshadowed their lives, and each needs to find a way to work through this and learn to share and trust again. While the mystery was an important part of this story, it definitely took a backseat (rightfully so) to the journey that Nora, June, Hester and Estelle all are taking together...broken souls in need of healing in a town known for healing strangers. I can't wait for the next book in this series to learn more about these characters and their relationships with each other.

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  • A lovely surprise

    I got this book as a freebie so I really had little expectation. But I was delighted to be so wrong. I thoroughy enjoyed this book which is charmingly written, has believable characters and is not ruined by contrived sentimentality. Adams clearly has a passion and conviction in her work which injects a refreshing perspective into the purpose of storytelling.

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  • Captivating

    Pulled you in right from the start, there is hope for tattered souls

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  • Wonderful book! Didn't want it to end!

    "The Secret, Book, and Scone Society" is the first book in Ellery Adams new murder mystery series. I have been a fan of Ms. Adams for many years and always look forward to her books. This latest creation is in my opinion one of her best. I really enjoy Ellery's writing style. She brings her characters to life on these pages. There are four main characters in this book. Four very different women who have secrets in their pasts as they grow stronger as they learn to trust each other. But lets not forget, this is a MURDER mystery book. Complete with all the twists and turns of a good mystery! I'm looking forward to the nest book in this new series. I can't wait to see what Ellery has in store for Nora, June, Hester, and Estella. Enjoy the read...you won't be disappointed.

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  • Pure Magic

    Okay. This book was magic. I have a book hangover. 🍃 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. 🍃 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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