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I am excited to see another Secret Book and Scone Society book, but I don't know how I will manage to wait a year until it is published. Once again I was blown away by author Ellery Adams Her writing style creates a world so believable, the reader is immediately transported to Miracle Springs, where they find themselves observing the mystery unfolding around them I thought the premise for the story was captivating, I enjoy reading about healing, herbal remedies and the power of positive thinking I can easily picture myself sitting in the bookstore, talking with Nora and the secret book club ladies I will admit I was really, really hoping that Nora and Gabe would become an item Did they? Find out by preordering your copy now! You won’t be disappointed.InkandShadows #NetGalley Compelling characters draw you in, but an intriguing plot will keep you entertained and delighted for hours! The main characters are group of strong, intelligent, successful women who struggle with their own insecurities and issues, but always look out for what is best for each other, their friends, other business owners and even strangers The author does an outstanding job of bringing these ladies and their friends to life in a way that makes you connect with them and root them on The issues that are brought up in each book are realistic and on point with many people today thus making the storiescompelling as readers can connect to either a character or storyline that reflects something they are feeling or experiencing Throw in a murder or two and the entertainment factor just shoots up ! If you haven't started this series yet, you absolutely should! I absolutely can't wait to see where the next book takes the book club ladies and gents!
What can I say about The Secret Book Scone Society books that I haven’t already said? I close the cover of each one and I feel like I’ve been ejected from my favourite place in the world There’s just something about Miracle Springs that makes me want to be there all the time In the fourth instalment of the series, Nora and her friends find themselves face to face with prejudice, grief and murder when the potential to make new friends turns into an investigation into their deaths And this time, Jed is out of town, Sheriff McCabe is away and a bunch of church going nitpickers want to the town to boycott the bookstore! Just another day in Miracle Springs.I love how tender and nuanced this story was; there’s always so muchthan a straight up murder mystery going on There’s the relationships forged in the sharing Le secrets and those still burgeoning; there’s the small town dynamic and the wonderful fringe characters that you come to loveandwith each instalment and there’s the books; the all pervading love of books and reading and cherishing the written word Am I rambling? I’m rambling I’m just truly in love Thank you so so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books a d the wonderful Ellery Adams for me Arc of Ink Shadows; due out in January 2021 A brilliant edition to an already captivating series. A Secret, Book and Scone Society NovelThis is the fourth in this excellent series! My three favorite things are in the name Secrets, Books, and Scones! So what has our Nora been up to?Nora owns the bookstore in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, and her window displays are always amazing This Halloween Nora and her band of helpers decide on a showcase of strong, female heroines Think Circe through Matilda! It’s a magical display and people are loving it Well, not everyone It seems the preacher’s wife has decided to be the moral police and has riled up some of her friends to force Nora to take down the display And she isn’t the only one on their radar, one of the new businesses in town, owned by the mysterious Celeste, is also being targeted simply because she sells CBD oil products.Nora isn’t going to let anyone push her around, but she is very worried about Celeste and her daughter This is where the secrets come in These ladies have some And someone is willing to kill over them it would seem.When Nora finds an odd paper under her mat full of strange symbols, a body is not far behind Surely the church ladies aren’t behind this?Nora and the Society are going to have to dig into Celeste’s background and figure out the who, why, and how before anyharm is done.Oh, how I love this series! All the characters are so real And there is always laughter Okay, so there is also always murder, but the laughter and friendships these characters have are what keeps me coming back for .Grab a cup of tea and a scone and start reading!January 26th, 2021 by Kensington Books/ NetGalley Review This was my first in this series and it didn’t disappoint! Nora is a intelligent, kind and generous MC When a new shop opens she welcomes them When the shops daughter is killed Nora takes on the case I love Miracle Books and I am sure Nora would suggest the perfect titles for me Her store is also a big hit with her window displays She goes for a strong women theme when a family values group wants her to take it down I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next #InkandShadows #NetGalley With thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC DescriptionEllery Adams, the author of multiple New York Times bestselling mystery series and a perennial BN bestseller, offers the fourth in a beguiling cozy mystery series featuring librarianturnedbookseller Nora Pennington with a penchant for bibliotherapy and a sideline in solving crime While people visit Miracle Springs for healing treatments, it's Nora who helps them find peace by prescribing the perfect book along with a freshbaked scone After all, sometimes the key to happiness, friendshipor solving a murdercan simply be found within the pages of the right bookReviewI was alittle unsure about this one initially, although I love a good cozy mystery I do not usually go for mystic related books I was swayed to give it a try because I have read a couple of other titles by Ellery Adams from her Antiques and Collectibles series which I thoroughly enjoyed I am very glad I chose to readInk and Shadows Nora and her friends in the Secret, Book and Scone Society are a pleasure to get to know Indeed, all of the characters from assistant Sheldon, Sheriff Grant and boyfriend Jed to the unfortunate Brenna and Celeste, were believable and flawed just like all of us I loved the way each of their stories came together in quite an engaging and well paced mystery Overall a good pace, good structure and a satisfying conclusion I also appreciated the 'reader's guide' and 'bibliotherapy' at the end! Would definitely recommend. *READ DOWNLOAD ✙ Ink and Shadows ⇝ In the new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams, controversy erupts in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, when the owner of the local bookstore tries to play peacekeeper—but winds up playing detective instead Nora Pennington is known for her window displays, and as Halloween approaches, she decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe A familyvalues group disapproves of the magical themes, though, and wastes no time launching a modernday witch hunt Suddenly, former friends and customers are targeting not only Nora and Miracle Books, but a new shopkeeper, Celeste, who’s been selling CBD oil productsNora and her friends in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society are doing their best to put an end to the strife—but then someone puts an end to a life Though the death is declared an accident, the ruling can’t explain the old book page covered with strange symbols and disturbing drawings left under Nora’s doormat, a postcard from an anonymous stalker, or multiple cases of vandalismThe only hope is that Nora can be a heroine herself and lead the Secret, Book, and Scone Society in a successful investigation—before bodies turn up and the secrets from Celeste’s past come back to haunt them all Nora, the owner of Miracle Books, scrutinizes her shop's autumn window display and feels it does not quite convey autumn and Halloween She has an aha! moment and decides to display magical fictional female heroine characters to inspire others and to attractshoppers However, not everyone finds it inspirational, including a familyvalues group which creates difficulties Close by a new shop opens with wares such as homemade soap, art and CBD oil The delightful owner and Nora become acquainted.Soon a suspicious death has Nora, an amateur sleuth, floored and perplexed An old book, mysterious symbols and secret pasts spring to life and Nora uses her experience and skills to probe further.Nora and the other characters including her coworkers and book club are flawed which lends relatability Chronic pain and disfigurement are very real and I appreciate their depiction by the author I could almost smell and taste the hot drink menu, perfect on a cool autumn day! While I like many aspects the story lacks tension, suspense and twists Not the strongest by this author, though still enjoyable, which is why I rate it 3.5 stars Cozy Mystery fans should definitely read this and other books by this author.My sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this fun book Much appreciated. Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of INK AND SHADOWS (Book 4 of the Secret, Book, Scone Society series) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review It’s fall in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, and holiday and festival season is nigh Nora Pennington has created a magical Halloween window display celebrating powerful women Shortly thereafter, a group of ladies purporting to be acting in the public and moral interests of the town demand Nora remove the book display because the fantastical and magical elements threaten to corrupt the youth However, Nora refuses, and they threaten retribution Soon, Nora’s business, a new mother and daughter art and holistic medicine business named Soothe, and Red Bird Gallery and Gifts selling Cherokee art are under attack by oped pieces in the paper, word of mouth campaigns, graffiti, and protests When one of Soothe’s owners dies under mysterious circumstances, Nora and the Society work together to find out whether the death was part of the “morality” attacks or was related to a secret from the victim’s past.I enjoyed this book I’m a fan of the series and the author I recommend this book to fans of the series I recommend the series to fans of cozy mysteries featuring books, baked goods, secrets, secret societies, and damaged characters seeking redemption, grace, and refuge.#InkandShadows #NetGalley