The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams is Book 2 in the Secret, Book & Scone Society series.
I am new to author Ellery Adams and came across her accidently last Christmas when I read Secret, Book & Scone Society. She is also the author of a few other series books which when time permits I would love to delve into. I enjoyed both books as well as her writing style and how she is able to combine a good cozy mystery with an uplifting feel good story.
The series is about Nora Pennington who arrived in Miracle Springs, North Carolina after fleeing her old life after a tragic accident occurred which not only changed who she is on inside, but she also carries the scars of her old life on the outside.
She opened a bookstore called Miracle Books and became friends with a group on women who each had their own sad or tragic past. They named themselves the Secret, Book & Scone Society.
In The Whispered Word, Nora finds a girl named Abilene hiding in her bookshop. Frightened and physically abused, she and her friends in the Society take her in and try to heal her. They get her a job and find her a place to live. The story of how she came to be in Miracle Springs is a mystery in itself.
In the meantime, one of Nora’s customers is found dead by suicide just as an antique dealership arrives in town. Residents, who just had a massive economic downfall are eager to sell their wares at the on-line store. Then another death occurs. Who is Abilene? Was the first death really suicide? Could they possibly be connected? We begin to see the pieces of a very complex puzzle begin to fit together.
The Whispered Word does not disappoint. It is a terrific mystery with lots of heart. Each of the women in the Society have had pasts which they are still running from.
I would recommend reading the first book of the series first, although the second book does relay some of the details from the first.
Look for the book on November 27. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.