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Trust 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 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 sleuthing begins.
Nora, a former librarian turned bibliotherapist, puts the right stack of books in the hands of the right reader st the right time. Wow, what a gift! I feel Ellery could be Nora because I needed this book at this time in my life! “Nora Pennington loved books. She loved talking to people about books. But what she wanted most was to heal people with books.”
I also appreciate the homage to numerous authors and their respective works. The mention of these brought back fond memories and added volumes to my TBR pile! In the 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 the illumination of settings (bookshop, cottage), I yearned to be in Miracle Springs building friendships with Nora, Hester, June, and Estella.
Most of all, I want to be Nora who “recommend a book or two? I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do.” And so, I’d like to recommend this book to you, with all my heart.” ❤️📖
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.
Nora has come here to live and run a bookstore called "Miracle Books." She is a "Biblotherapist" ( a admirable vocation for a cozy series protagonist! ) with a innate talent for finding books a person needs when they visit her bookstore. She is also a victim of a fire and has secrets she does not share surrounding her previous life. She is a loner who keeps to herself and happily runs her business. She lives in a renovated train car near her bookstore which was delightful to experience through her eyes. She longs for friendship and a normal life but accepts due to her outward scars and inward trauma she is fine alone. However this is Miracle springs and her life is soon to take a turn with the best miracle of all, friendship.
Miracle Springs is also the home to three other independent very damaged women in town. Hester who is a baker of comforting scones that when eaten revel deepest secrets. . Estelle runs the hair salon and June is a manager of a healing waters spa. They are drawn together by a death that occurs in their town that involves Nora and decide to come together to form a fast friendship as they attempt to solve the murder. They agree to share their secrets and in doing so become fast friends and form their secret club, The Secret Book And Scone Society. As they told their individual stories I found myself very touched . These women are people all would hope to have as friends. They are all of us damaged by life. They band together to solve the crime and help each other as their friendship grows.
As they begin to investigate they find a terrible underlying crime occurring between the local bank and the Sheriff. They soon join forces and are a unstoppable force against the evil that threatens their lovely town. They are brave, smart and take many risk together to stop the killer.
This book will make you believe in the healing power of books. Ms. Adams has well crafted all the right cozy elements with a fantastic mystery and finely tuned conclusion that will leave you breathless and wanting to read the second in series immediately.
Throughout the book and at the beginning of each chapter are marvelous book quotes and delicious scones. The town is delightful and the rich details place you in this beautiful village.
This is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. I await the next in series and appreciate the ARC by the author which did not influence my review. I read this book cover to cover unable to put it down.
At Chapter 3 the author has a quote by Maya Angelou that says "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. " A perfect quote for this book and for The Secret Book And Scone Society.
This book is a masterful buildup of suspense, great characterization and a exciting conclusion that make this my favorite book of the year. ,
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