Dollycas’s Thoughts Nora Pennington has come to Miracle Springs, ...
Dollycas’s Thoughts Nora Pennington has come to Miracle Springs, North Carolina to escape a terrible tragedy. She feels safe in her bookstore helping her customers find their own healing in the books she chooses for them. Hester runs the Gingerbread House bakery. Customers tell her a little bit about their lives and what brought them to Miracle Springs. Then she bakes them up a “comfort scone”. She and Nora work together by sending their customers to each other’s stores. June works at the hot springs spa where people come to rejuvenate themselves and Estella is a beautician who tries to help her clients find their true selves. These 4 women were very introverted, had no friends, and barely knew each other until a man left Hester’s bakery on his way to Nora’s bookstore and never arrived. Soon after, he is found dead on the railroad tracks. The local police quickly rule the death a suicide but these ladies can’t believe that is true. Together they form the Secret, Book & Scone Society and decide that together they can find the truth and get justice for a man they didn’t even know. This is such a special story, so much more than a cozy mystery, but a story where the characters bring hope to others while examining their own lives. They are each in places of needing healing themselves and over the course of this story a heartwarming bond is formed. These characters are written with a loving hand as we learn throughout the book the traumas they have endured to become the woman they are today. At first they read as timid characters but their strength grows with the turn of each page. Ellery Adams is known for creating characters that readers want to know better. These character are absolutely wonderful. They are compassionate, engaging and relatable and believable. Characters you would want to be friends with if you could jump into the book. I want to join their society. The mystery itself was a curious one. Neil Parrish was a business man clearly at a crosswords that he was unsure how to handle. Knowing nothing of the man Nora and the rest of Secret, Book & Scone Society had to do some research and legwork including sneaking around in places that put them in danger. For me it was like a huge puzzle with too many pieces. Some information moved their investigation forward, some sent them in circles, or was just interesting but may not have anything to do with Parrish’s death. I was intrigued and entertained following along for each new discovery. I was holding my breath for the climatic scenes. Wow! Miracle Springs is a very interesting place and a fantastic setting for this series. I think we have barely scratched the surface of the potential stories that can be gleaned from the town and its residents. As someone trying to heal myself from a variety of things in my life I wish I could actually travel there for my “comfort” scone and my bag of books that would set my healing on a clear course. I have loved everything I have read by this author. She is such a talented writer and she has created something truly magical in this story. I am excited to see where she takes this series. This amazing story was a true trip to PARADISE. What a extraordinary escape!
November 4, 2017
Wow! This book was beautiful! The characters were so real and full ...
Wow! This book was beautiful! The characters were so real and full of heart. These ladies had me rooting for them. The women in this book were all broken, yet they had been gluing themselves back together for a while. After meeting eachother, it seemed like the glue was drying faster. They all had difficult back stories. This helped them to all come together. Adams does a marvelous job of making characters that aren't just believable, but they become living, breathing beings. They aren't characters anymore, she make them people. People that you can feel for. The thing that intially draws them togther is there joint feeling of need to help a man that was murdered. A man that had seemed troubled. Someone who was broken and seemed to want to fix himself. Just like them. The women form there Secret, Book, and Scone Society and get to work. The mystery aspect was fantastic. All of the women banded together and went on a search for the killer. As they looked into the mysterious happenings, they all became closer. They laughed, cried, and got into some sticky situations with each other. You can feel there friendships getting closer as the book progressed. Books have truly saved Nora's life. I loved all of the literary references that were dolloped throughout the book. Nora always seems to think that all people see when they look at her are her scars. But she meets a guy that might just convince her that that isn't true. Take some damaged, strong women, books, and a scone or two, and you have yourself one killer of a combination. I truly believe that these women can handle whatever life throws at them. I look foward to finding out what that may be! I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
October 31, 2017
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams was a strong begi ...
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams was a strong beginning to a new series. It was more than a cozy mystery as Ms. Adams combined very detailed descriptions of the four main women characters in the book. I thought of this book as a combination mystery and women's fiction. Nora, Hester, Estella and June are some of the strongest, determined and loneliest women I have ever met in a book. Their stories as they are revealed during the mystery had me tearing up and cheering them on as their friendships strengthened. The plot was smoothly paced, the suspects were corrupt and sadly realistic in this current time. There were plenty of twists to keep me turning the pages as I never did quite figure out what was behind the murders until the reveal. Ms. Adams detail of Miracle Springs, North Carolina makes me want to visit and enjoy the spa with June, get a makeover with Estella, eat one of Hester's "special" scones, and visit Nora for a "bibliotherapist" session. The mystery was wrapped up; but I am so curious about Jed's past and the young mystery woman who appeared at the end of the book. I'm am already anxious to read the next one in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. Thank you Kensington for allowing me to read and review this remarkable book.
October 31, 2017