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The Book of Candlelight

(Secret, Book, & Scone Society #3)

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In the new Secret, Book, and Scone Society novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams, the rain in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, has been relentless—and a flood of trouble is about to be unleashed . . .

As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is at least good for business. The local inns are packed with stra
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Hardcover, 294 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Kensington
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Dawn Michelle

I have book hangover.

This is, hands down, my favorite "new" series. I knew from the first book that this was going to be a special series and that feeling grew with book 2, but this book has cemented just how amazing and special this series truly is. While classified a cozy mystery, this for me, is what I call a "borderline cozy" or a more "adult" cozy - it delves into adult themes, adult issues, secrets [and the damage they can and do cause] and more. The books do not shy away from anything and
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Carrie
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams is the third book in the cozy Secret, Book, & Scone Society series. Each book of this series will contain it’s own mystery that is solved so they can each be read as a standalone or in any order. However, those that follow from the beginning will notice some character development carries over from book to book.

The Secret, Book, & Scone Society mystery series takes place in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, a small town that is known to be a place of healing
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Sahitya
This is only the third book in the series, but I already want it to continue forever. So, it’s obvious that I have been highly anticipating this book since I came to know the release date, and have since been stalking Netgalley for the ARC. I was ecstatic when I got approved and I knew I had to read it immediately.

This is the kind of book where I know what I’m going to get and that’s exactly why I read it. The writing is fast paced and things keep happening all the time, the mystery is actually
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Chatting About
Rain, rain, go away. Springtime in Miracle Springs, North Carolina brings flooding rains and a death to solve for the four spirited amateur sleuths who call themselves the Secret, Book, and Scone Society. Author Ellery Adams expertly pens the third story of this series, and I was enthralled from beginning to end.

Protagonist, Nora Pennington, bookshop owner and bibliotherapist has gathered a close group of women around her—June, Hester, and Estella. Each woman shares their special gift of service
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Lisa Morin
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up reading this book late into the night. Every time I read a book by this author, I’m transported to a time and a place that seems perfect right at that moment. All the ladies in the society have their own personal stories, have overcome their own tragedies, yet leave a place in their heart to help others.
Nora, owner of miracle books, is still dealing with her own personal demons, yet becomes involved in a mystery that will take the reader back in time.
Her best friends, Estella, June a
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Gail C.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams. The series features four friends, Nora, the owner of a bookstore who specializes in “bibliotherapy” which involves her finding boos that will offer some comfort and possible guidance to an individual who is struggling. She isn’t a trained specialist, and her work involves more intuition than trained psychological ideas. Nora also is the primary character of the book, with strong contributions by the other members ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of THE BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT (Book 3 of the Secret, Book, & Scone Society Series) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review. It’s raining, it’s pouring, and Nora Pennington’s book & coffee shop business is booming. Nora finds herself so busy that her book, shelf enhancer, and coffee supplies are running low. When Nora ventures through the foul weather to the local flea market to restock her supply of whatnots, she purchases a pottery bowl from “Cherokee Danny” and his ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Secret, Book, and Scone Society Members

Nora, the owner of Miracle Books, tries to heal people woes with a unique set of books she personally selects 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”.

June works at the hot springs spa where people come to rejuvenate themselves.

Estella is a beautician who tries to help her clients find their true s
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Lisa Leone-campbell
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Book of Candlelight is the next installment of the Secret, Book & Scone Society series. Adams once again outdoes herself with a great cozy mystery and a subplot of a group of tough women who must deal with their past mistakes, which they do by relying on each other for help.

Our heroine, Nora Pennington who owns the Miracle Books store in Miracle Springs, North Carolina finds the body of a pottery maker, Danny, a Cherokee. Although the death has been classified as accidental, Nora does not th
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Kristin
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Read this in one day. Impossible to put down. Loved, loved, loved this story!
Amy
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
WOW!! The Book Of Candlelight is the third book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams. I love this series and this book is her best work. Nora and her friends are strong, flawed and relatable. They support each other. I would love to be part of their group, spend time in the town of Miracle Springs and be able to stroll through Miracle Books.
A local artist is found dead and the diary found at the Inn of Mist and Roses is needed to help Nora and her friends find the guilty perso
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Tari
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, wish-list
As with the other two books in this series, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters when it ended. But there were an awesome wrap-up and ending chapters to fill out everything that had happened. I just loved Sheldon, the new employee at Miracle Books! He reminded me of another favorite character named Sheldon only a sixty-something version of him.

I really didn't have any ideas as to who the killer was, so I just read and enjoyed the trail growing hotter as Nora and her friends slowly un
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Amy
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this third installment of the series, the healing waters in the mountain town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina are the setting of a puzzling drowning when the body of local Native American potter known as "Cherokee Danny" is found floating in the river. Nora, the owner of the bookstore, suspects foul play and is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting her own life at risk.

This book ties together the storyline and the characters so masterfully, like a beautiful bow on a mu
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Shiloah
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. Loved it!
Stacy
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ellery Adams is absolutely one of my favourite authors. I wish I could visit Miracle Springs and be part of the Secret, Book and Scone society. This is the third installation in this series and it keeps getting better and better. If you love getting cozy with a hot beverage and a good book, check out this series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do😊
Sue Em
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Another winner from Ellery Adams, the third in the Secret, Book, & and Scone series. Nora Pennington runs Miracle Books and always finds the right book to help her customers and friends. But the rain, a constant rain finds her store benefits the bottom line for her bookstore, but leaves her worn out and the shelves at Miracle Books sadly depleted. While investigating the death of a potter she met at a flea market, new folks and new problems add to the confusion. You will leave this book wanting ...more
FMSWarrior
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nora Pennington owns the local book store, Miracle Books, and also has a small book club of close friends that call themselves the Secret Book & Scone Society. The society members know each other’s darkest secrets and they also secretly help people in their community who need some support…oh and they help solve local murders. So it’s not any surprise that Nora asks the group to help a young widow who has lost her husband and is newly pregnant. Little did the society know that it would turn into ...more
Valerie
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really enjoyable book. I really liked the characters. The story line is really touching, whether about Danny's murder and the aftermath with his wife, the book club's support for each other or the story about Rose and the history of the inn. I enjoyed every minute of this book. #TheBookofCandlelight #NetGalley ...more
Jessica Bone
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the latest installment of the A Secret, Book and Scone Society novel, The Book of Candlelight Nora stumbles upon a secret that kills. Spring comes in like a lion and brings torrential rain, death, secrets, and mayhem because sometimes the past will not stay buried, and with new people, old secrets, and the new inn someone wants to be the last one standing. Nora finds a body in the river, June son comes back to punish his mother for a past she could not control, a new friend is found, Estelle ...more
Taryn
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Things are dreary in Miracle Springs with all the rain that has been relentlessly falling for days in end. Nora isn't letting it get her down though because business has been great. With a lot of her filler pieces selling out its decides a trip to the flea market is in order. She loves to find just the right items to sell in her shop, things that will fit in well with all the books. She ends up buying a lovely bowl from a local potter named Danny, hoping to make it a gift to her boyfriend. While ...more
Micky Cox
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love the characters of this series! While Nora is the main character, her close group of three friends that make up the book club with her are integral to the plot and overall feel of the story. You have 4 extremely strong women who have each endured a terrible secret and/or treatment from others and have traveled through life on their own until they found each other. The 4 women and the sidekicks that make up their individual circles, whether it be June's cats or significant others ...more
The Cozy Review
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The latest addition to what is a book lover cozy series “Secret, Book & Scone Society” by Ellery Adams and published by Kensington Books will thrill readers with its intricate design and flawless writing, and a mystery that will have them reeling.

At first, it seems like a tragic accident, but after looking at it again, Nora knows it’s murder. The question of who, and why, need to be answered. These are questions that book three in this book lover cozy needs resolved, and they are, with skill, in
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Peggy R
This is the third book in the series and I am completely hooked. Author Ellery Adams has penned what I consider to be more of a women's fiction series than a cozy mystery series. No matter what genre you consider the series, the story is a terrific read that will transport readers to Miracle Springs, and continue the journey of four amazing women as they pick up the pieces of their lives and build strong relationships and new beginnings. Nora, June, Estella, and Hester are all different women bu ...more
Rebecca
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
4.5 stars
This is the first book I've read in this series, but it certainly won't be the last. I love when an author can write a series with such well developed characters and a vibrant setting, that you can jump right in.  I didn't feel like I needed the previous books to connect with this town and Nora and her friends (though I definitely want to go back and read them!)  Ellery Adams has a delightful cozy writing style that sweeps you away and doesn't let go.
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I loved the literary theme of this
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marita lazarus
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Wow. Thank you Netgalley thank you thank you and thank you wonderful publishing house Kensington books

There has always been something that attracted me to the secret, book and scone society but I never committed to buying it cause with that name I thought how good can that book really be.

I just bought the book!!! This book that I received as an ARC was great. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I love all the ladies. I love Nora and June and Hester and Estella. They are all perfectly fla
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TL
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Have I mentioned that I love 💘 ❤ these ladies and the town?

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Autumn
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miracle Books, the bookstore in Miracle Springs, is my happy place. So I was delighted to read the third book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series by Ellery Adams. Titled “The Book of Candlelight”, it is an extremely moving story.

The series focuses on four women - Nora, Hester, June, and Estella - who work and live in Miracle Springs, NC, a tourist town. Each of the women has a life-altering secret that they have shared with the other three, forming an inseparable bond. In this story, t
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Kristina
The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams is the third A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel. It can easily be read on its own for those new to this charming cozy mystery series. Nora Pennington started life over in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. Nora owns Miracle Books, lives in a cute caboose, has four close friends and a handsome EMT boyfriend. The continual rain has tourists hitting the shops. Nora is run off her feet with customers. While she is enjoying the increased revenue, Nora is worn ...more
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nora, the owner of a bookstore who specializes in book therapy which involves her finding books that will offer some comfort and possible guidance to an individual who is struggling. She isn’t a trained specialist, and her work involves more intuition than trained psychological ideas. Nora also is the primary character of the book, with strong contributions by the other members of the Society; Hester, an extraordinary baker who can bake “comfort scones that can help a person find healing for a v ...more
Jennifer
The death of a local potter causes Nora's sensitive pinky to tingle, signaling there might be more to the man getting caught in floodwaters causing his death. A large amount of rain has also meant good business for Nora and she hires some help in the bookstore. Sheldon is an interesting character. He happens to be staying at the Inn of Mists and Roses, leading Nora to meet the new proprietors there (who have their own little mystery). There is also a vandal threatening the members of the SBSS, s ...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a Native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she bakes, gardens, drinks vats of coffee, spoils her three cats, and snacks on black li ...more

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