The Secret, Book & Scone Society

Book 1

"The Secret, Book and Scone Society" is the first book in the Miracle Springs, North Carolina mystery series.

Nora Pennington owns Miracle Books—a bookstore where people can share their problems over a scone and hopefully find a book that can help fix their problem. One day, a businessman goes to the bookstore to talk to Nora, but before she can prescribe a book to help him, he winds up dead on the train tracks.

I really loved the concept behind this book. That literature and books can help people and heal them. I totally agree with this. There are books out there that really helped me overcome life’s hurdles, and helped me heal from past hurts. And I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced this before so I’m glad the book explores this process.

Besides the concept, I really like this book. It was very well-written, and the characters were amazing! All of them felt unique crafted and well-developed. I really liked all of them, but especially the main character Nora. She wasn’t some mary-sue perfect character, but she had past trauma and deep scars and flaws…she felt so real to me. I related to her so much, just like the other characters.

The mystery itself was mind-blowing. It was brilliantly plotted, and very intriguing. It had so many unpredictable twists and it kept me on constant edge until the ending, which was awesome. The pacing was excellent, and the writing was superb.

Overall, an excellent start to a new cozy mystery series. I can’t wait for book two to come out.

Book Blurb for The Secret, Book & 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 . . .

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2017 5.00