The Secret, Book & Scone Society

The Secret, Book & Scone Society

Book - 2017 | First Kensington hardcover edition.
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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 . . .
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781496718563
Branch Call Number: FIC ADAMS
Characteristics: 290 pages
Alternative Title: Secret, Book and Scone Society


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Christine's Pick: "Nora lives in Miracle Springs, a small resort town in North Carolina, and owns a quaint
bookstore. She’s a solitary individual and enjoys keeping to herself, except when talking to her customers. She has great intuition when it comes to recommending books to customers, alw... Read More »

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Feb 21, 2021

Glad I took a chance to read this title. Now I've got another mystery series to follow along!

Jul 08, 2020

Secret Book and Scone #1

Jan 31, 2020

This was a beautifully written book. It was also much more serious than other cozies I've read. I look forward to learning more about the characters and seeing them grow.

Jan 19, 2020

Enjoyed this book, but it wasn't really a mystery. More the foundation of the series. But a good foundation. However I listened to the download and there was really annoying background - both music and 'atmosphere' sounds. I managed to ignore it but it was highly irritating.

Jan 16, 2020

Very disappointing. No real mystery to this book. The reader knows the suspects very early in the book and it than plods on to the ending, The book is well written so it is hoped that she can improve on the next book.

Mar 12, 2019

As usual, raving reviews rarely correspond to reality when reading a book - at least in my experience. I found this book very average and rather boring. The characters - all strong and scarred women, true - are overall very predictable and stereotyped. And predictable is the key word here: there is absolutely no suspense, no mystery, no thrill. I (and probably the majority of the readers) understood pretty soon what was going on, so there was no surprise at all. We are far, far away from Agatha Christie. I appreciate the effort to show the support and the understanding that these women are giving each other, but I found better insights into female friendship in Theodora Goss' The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series.

Jan 09, 2019

I wouldn't call this quite a cozy mystery, as each of the women in this book have their own tragedies that have left them scarred and damaged. But their desire and ability to come together in friendship to heal each other as they try to help others makes it feel warmer than it would otherwise. There are adult themes in the book but the romantic/sexual aspect is kept pretty mild. The story kept me engaged and I read it in just a couple of days. In spite of the suspects seeming fairly obvious, there were some good twists and unexpected developments, enough that the climax was tense and the resolution satisfying. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series.

phill167 Nov 19, 2018

A bibliotherapy, mystery, romance title all tied up into one fantastic read. It had me turning the pages just to see what the outcome would be. With an unpredictable but enjoyable ending and a fantastic group of female protagonists. A must read for mystery buffs, and those who read or recommend books to heal. A well thought out plot.

Sep 16, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable book. Although there is an interesting plot, it was the very real characters - complete with deep emotional scars and very human flaws - that particularly held my interest.

One of the main characters is a bibliotherapist. Here are the books she recommends to an elderly gentleman seeking to reconnect with his grown daughter:
Empire Falls, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Little House on the Prairie, and America's First Daughter: A Novel.

Sprinkled throughout the story are references that book lovers will recognize - "The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Craig, she said." ( to the man who owns a dog named Harry Higgins.) --- Another example is a mysterious clue from a fleeing villain - " 'Down the swift dark stream you go.' Remember that! "

Especially enjoyable are the different book quotes under each chapter head. Most of the authors are familiar names, with a few that sent me to the library search page.

A book lovers delight!

Aug 14, 2018

Love this new series by Adams. I liked the underlying story of the past secrets of the 4 women, and how the questionable death of a stranger brought them together as friends. I'm looking forward to sequels in this series.

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