The Secret, Book & Scone Society (Signed Book)

The Secret, Book & Scone Society (Signed Book)

by Ellery Adams

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ISBN-13: 9781496718563
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Secret, Book & Scone Society Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ellery Adams has written over thirty mystery 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, spoils her three cats, and spends far too much time on Pinterest. She lives with her husband and two children (aka the Trolls) in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, please visit

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The Secret, Book & Scone Society 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don't spend my hard-earned dollars on a book (even if I am familiar with the author) for which a publisher can't be bothered to write a synopsis. On a whim, I bought this book in spite of the lack of synopsis. I really enjoyed it. It is a mystery that is a bit tricky to categorize. It is a little too intense to be a cozy mystery, but it is not a typical thriller-style mystery either. Rather, it is a blend of both types. As I read it, 2 very different styles of series, both favorites of mine, came to mind: the "League of Literary Ladies" series by Kylie Logan, and the "Chief Inspector Gamache" series by Louise Penny. This book doesn't copy either series, but it is evocative of both. The mystery is smart and well-paced. The characters are complex, sympathetic, and interesting. It is set in the small town of Miracle Springs in western North Carolina. The story centers around 4 very different women: Nora the bookstore owner, Estella the beauty salon owner, Hester the bakery owner, and June the R.N. and health spa assistant. In the 1st few pages of the story, a man is murdered. For a variety of reasons, the women believe his death to be a homicide not a suicide. In order to prove it, each woman must overcome her own personal demons in order for them to work together to solve the case. They form "The Secret, Book, and Scone Society". As the story progresses, they solve the mystery, and each woman learns a great deal about herself as well as about the other 3 women. I will definitely read a sequel. On a separate but related note, I mentioned earlier that it angers me when a publisher doesn't provide a synopsis for a book. The lack of information is frustrating. I also find the opposite annoying. Reviews are helpful, but simply regurgitating a synopsis word-for-word does not constitute a review! To add insult to injury, some reviewers also toss in spoilers. Stop it! I hope other readers find this review helpful. I did try to explain the book without giving away any of the action and intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope this is just the start of many more journeys with this group of incredible women. The author has done a beautiful job of creating characters that the reader wants to have for friends. Everyone who reads this will want a chair in the book store
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging, interesting women who share their life stories and gain strength and lasting friendships
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
"The Secret, Book, and Scone Society" by Ellery Adams is an absolutely wonderful start to a new cozy mystery series! The story is centered upon Nora, a woman with scars both physical and emotional. Nora runs a bookshop and often helps customers heal from emotional trauma by suggesting just the right mix of books. One such potential reader is found dead before he can enjoy his books, and Nora sets out to determine what really happened. The mystery is well-plotted, with enough clues and information provided to the reader to keep things interesting, but never enough to make the answer obvious. Nora thinks things through and takes logical steps to solve the mystery, instead of bumbling around and occasionally coming across a clue (like so many cozy heroines are prone to do). Of course, this doesn't mean that she never does anything dangerous or stupid! Nora's flaws are actually what make the reader love her; perfect heroines get annoying quickly. The book also shines in the area of characters and their relationships with one another. Despite running a successful business, Nora has kept herself fairly closed off from others. As the mystery unfolds, she finds herself drawing together a group of like-minded women with problems of their own. As the story progresses, each woman begins to share her secrets and find personal healing. I love the way that these personal journeys are woven into the mystery plotline, and look forward to watching the friendships deepen as the group goes on to solve future crimes (which will undoubtedly occur in their cozy town). Honestly, I can't say enough good things about "The Secret, Book, and Scone Society". It has everything a typical cozy should (including a crew of very oddly-behaving cats), but brings so much more to the table. Nora's character in particular has the potential for extensive growth and development in future installments of this series. The other regular characters (plus one mysterious newcomer) also have plenty of room to grow and provide the bases for more stories. Overall, five chunks of the tastiest, sharpest cheddar available!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only do you get involved with the mystery, you get involved with the characters. The friendship formulated by these four women makes you want to continue getting to know them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. Kept on one’s toes. Want more with the four women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my 1st book by Ellery Adams it was a great book look forward to reading more by her Jill S
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
The Secret, Book, and Scone Society is an excellent series debut that will enchant and delight readers. I went in believing that this was a light cozy mystery and was pleasantly surprised by the depth this story contained. This book melds cozy mystery, magical realism, and contemporary fiction together to create an enchanting story with realistic, well-developed characters. The descriptive writing style worked beautifully with the mystery plot. Plus there are enough literary references to delight any reader. After a visiting businessman is found dead on the local train tracks, Nora Pennington is convinced that his death was actually a murder. Rebuffed by the local police, she joins with three other local woman who also believe the death was suspicious. Together, these four women found the Secret, Book and Scone society. Each of these remarkable women has a secret they buried long ago. However, to earn the trust of the others, they decided that they each must expose their darkest secret. While seeking out the truth of the mystery, this group may just get more than they bargained for on all accounts. I loved how realistic the characters in this book felt, particularly the main characters. They were all flawed in their own way. The friendships that formed between the four women of The Secret, Book, and Scone Society were lovely, based on mutual respect and understanding. Also, I adored that Nora used literature to help others heal while Hester makes comfort scones that bring them peace. The plot was relatively straightforward but the villains were wonderfully realistic. I loved how tightly woven the plot was. The author did a fantastic job of creating suspense while still giving the reader enough information to solve the mystery on their own. I will be eagerly anticipated the second installment in the Miracle Spring, North Carolina series. The Secret, Book, and Scone Society was utterly charming. I loved the unexpected depth contained in this cozy mystery. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a good mystery. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a surprising book. The development of the relationships of the three woman was amazing. And their “stories” were wonderfully laid out.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
After a personal tragedy, Nora Pennington moves to Miracle Springs to start a new life, opening her own bookstore, Miracle Books, and leading a quiet, more sheltered lifestyle. Her new forte is that of a bibliotherapist, matching books to her customers that come in seeking peace, forgiveness or healing. But when one of her potential customers turns up dead, Nora is sure he did not commit suicide, based on their brief conversation together earlier. Circumstances then bring together three more damaged women to Nora's store and they soon find themselves involved in solving his death. But even more important, they ultimately look for ways to heal themselves. And thus, the Secret, Book and Scone Society is born. This is the first book in a new series by Ellery Adams and as with her other mystery series, immediately captures the reader with its characters, mystery and twists and turns. Each of the four woman has a personal "secret" that has overshadowed their lives, and each needs to find a way to work through this and learn to share and trust again. While the mystery was an important part of this story, it definitely took a backseat (rightfully so) to the journey that Nora, June, Hester and Estelle all are taking together...broken souls in need of healing in a town known for healing strangers. I can't wait for the next book in this series to learn more about these characters and their relationships with each other.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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!
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
This was a fabulous read, if I could give it !ore than five stars I would. I kept putting it down while I was reading it, not because I couldn't get into it but because I didn't want it to end. It pulled me in and I wanted to stay there and get to know the characters more. I so wanted to visit Miracle Springs and have a custom made scone and then go to Miracle Books and have a session with Nora wondering what books she would choose to help me. In this first book of the series you'll meet an array of characters who will touch your heart and have you wanting to be a part of the secret society. I've always loved books and this one gave me a greater respect for the healing powers that they hold. The secrets told varied, but all were revealing moments and gave me a better grasp of who each character truly was not just who they portrayed themselves to be. I learned that true friendship offers a healing balm to those who trust and believe in it. This book wasn't just a mystery but a beginning to some wonderful friendships. I so look forward to seeing what happens next with this group of women and how ready they are to step out of their comfort zones.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I finished this book late into Monday night. I couldn't put it down. This book is so much more than a cozy mystery. It's an amazing tale about four very different women who find themselves involved in a mystery that is tearing their small town apart. Nora owns a book shop, and helps to heal those customers who need it, by suggesting books, she's a biblio-therapist. June is the manager of a luxury spa, Estella owns a hair salon and Hester owns her bakery, where comfort scones are her specialty. When the mysterious death becomes the talk of the town, the ladies begin a friendship that is so unlikely, it will take your breath away. Each lady has their own story to tell, and every one of their stories were absolutely poignant. I can't say enough about this wonderful new series by Ellery Adams. Her writing style and imagination goes beyond words. This book is so much more than I expected and I'm sure this book will appeal to all readers of any age. This book would make an excellent present for that hard to buy for person. Be sure to put this at the top of your list, you won't be disappointed. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the author.
sonnysmom More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series by Ellery Adams. It was just as enchanting to read as is looking at the cover of the book. We get to meet four powerful, and damaged women living in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. A town known where people travel to for healing. When a man is found dead these four women decide to search for answers and the truth. I have read Ellery Adams other series and love them, but this to me is her best. A story how very different individuals can form friendships. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Alisha24C More than 1 year ago
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams is set in Miracle Springs, North Carolina which is considered a place of healing. A group of misfits form a tight bond of friendship, two murders and corrupt officials all join together to bring a wonderful story that keeps you going and guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has or hasn’t read anything by this author.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
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.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors. Her books never disappoint this reader. One of the things she excels most at is exploring the emotional depths of her characters. Whether it is their pain, their insecurities, or even their joys, you happily go along for the ride, even recognizing traits in yourself and others along the way. In The Secret, Book & Scone Society, Adams does a masterful job once again in introducing us to Nora, Estella, Hester, and June, four women with diverse lives and pain, who live in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. The mysterious death of a visiting businessman brings the four together as they resolve to determine the truth behind his passing. As they open up and share their deepest, darkest secrets to one another, a wonderful sisterhood is established. Healing, which they provide to guests in their town, becomes their own. The mystery in the story takes many twists and turns, and I was pleasantly surprised by the end. Adams is a great steward of the stories she's given, and Nora, Estella, Hester, and June, no doubt, are thanking her for telling this one so well. I look forward to many more in this series from her.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams is the first book in Miracle Springs, North Carolina series. Nora Pennington owns Miracle Books in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. The town is known to be a place of healing and Nora is known locally as a bibliotherapist. A man in the park wishes Nora‘s help, so she suggests that he pick up a comfort scone from Gingerbread House and come to her shop. Before he can get to Nora for assistance, Neil Parrish is found dead on the train tracks. When the police rule it a suicide, Nora along with Estella, June and Hester form The Secret, Book and Scone Society. Their purpose is get the truth about the man’s demise. They delve into Neil’s life to uncover what could have gotten him killed. They knew he came to town ahead of his partner’s and he was wrestling with a problem. When the four ladies meet to discuss what they have uncovered, each member of the group reveals the secret that brought them to Miracle Springs. These four women band together to get justice for one man and find themselves embroiled in a corruption scandal. The best thing to come out of this is four lone woman find friendship, love and acceptance. The Secret, Book and Scone Society is well-written and engaging. My attention was captured right away with Nora’s description. I found the four main characters to be personable yet flawed from life’s tragedy. They were fleshed out and given life—very realistic. Each one is unique. There are also some characters (namely Sheriff Todd Hendricks) that readers will really dislike and wish to maim. I did not like how the police treated women in this book (I know it was part of the story, but it was offensive). I liked the description of the town, the Gingerbread House, Nora’s home (it is in a red train caboose) and, most especially, Miracle Books. My rating for The Secret, Book and Scone Society is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The book contained more cozy elements than mystery. I was hoping for a more complex whodunit (like is Ms. Adams Murder in the Mystery Suite). I did like the authors use of misdirection in this book.
Samantha McGraw More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've had the pleasure of reading all year. With wonderfully developed characters who feel like friends, a cozy small town you can't wait to visit, and a page-turning mystery to be solved, this book has all the necessary ingredients for a great read. I was sad to finish it and end my time with four great ladies for now. But it's going back in my TBR pile for a second read. When a visiting businessman turns up dead, four women who spend their lives as loners come together to learn the truth about his death. Their time together requires them to do something they haven't done in a long time, trust. But by divulging their secrets to each other, they learn to trust again and build the foundation for a wonderful friendship. Together they become an unstoppable team fighting for justice. The characters are so well written they feel like close, personal friends. My only regret is that Miracle Springs is not a real place where I can read books, eat scones, and get to know these ladies better.
AWilcox777 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read this book as soon as I opened the package. From the first few pages it didn't disappoint. There are so many levels of mystery and intrigue going on but Ellery does such a fabulous job that you don't get lost in any of them. The names of the characters fit their personalities so well that I could picture them right from the start. Her descriptions are fabulous and I wish I could visit Miracle Springs for real. The mystery and murders in the book are done very well to give you the idea of what's going on without too much and it keeps you guessing until the reveal. The whole book was written amazingly and I wait impatiently for the next one! Until then, I think I'll bake some scones.
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars THE SECRET, BOOK, AND SCONE SOCIETY is one of the best books I have read this year. Over the years, Ellery Adams has penned some of my favorite cozy mysteries, and I was excited to read this first book in a new series. THE SECRET, BOOK, AND SCONE SOCIETY is a bit darker than the typical cozy but hits all of the trade mark criteria, including a lovely small town setting, amateur sleuths, and a murder or two. The story is set in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, where the healing waters draw tourists and those seeking to sooth what ails them. Local bookstore owner Nora Pennington has some special skills of her own, calling herself a bibliotherapist. She is quite adept at listening to her customers and choosing books that she thinks they need to read. How cool is that? Nora is fighting her own inner battle – she has closed herself off to personal relationships and has scars that go far beyond those she received in a fire. When a man she meets in the park fails to keep his appointment with her and is killed by a train, she refuses to believe that he killed himself. When three other women, baker Hester, beautician Estella, and thermal pools employee June, agree with her, they set out to investigate. However, they must first learn to trust each other and agree to share their deepest, darkest secrets with each other. Thus The Secret, Book, and Scone Society is born. When a business colleague of the victim is also murdered and Estella arrested for the crime, the other three do all they can to solve the mystery. THE SECRET, BOOK, AND SCONE SOCIETY is so much more than a murder mystery full of deception and corruption. At its core, it is a story of friendship, trust, redemption, and healing. Adams excels at creating strong, yet flawed, relatable female characters, and here is no exception. Nora, Hester, June, and Estella’s personalities are as varied as their secrets, and I really feel like I got to know all of them very well. They are so realistically drawn that they leap off the page and stay with you long after the last sentence is read. I now consider them my friends. Paramedic Jedadiah Craig, who has some secrets of his own, is a charming addition to the cast of characters, and I look forward to seeing where his relationship with Nora goes. The mystery surrounding Neil Parrish’s death in intriguing, and I felt compelled to keep reading, impatiently trying to figure out how all of the puzzle pieces of the mystery fit together. There are several suspects and enough uncertainty along the way to keep me guessing. The climactic, dangerous revelation, including the identity of one of those involved in the murders, left me breathless. I cannot wait to see what Adams has in store for The Society in future installments. I highly recommend THE SECRET, BOOK, AND SCONE SOCIETY to any reader seeking a strong cast of characters and thought provoking plot. I received an ARC of this title and voluntarily shared my thoughts and opinions here.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Secret, Book and Scone Society is the first book in this exciting new series. This series centers around four women who are friendly toward each other but don’t know each other well enough to say they are friends. The town where they live, Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is famous for its healing springs. Each of the women has their own healing power. The main character, Nora Pennington, suffered severe burns from an auto accident and still has extensive scar damage. While recovering in the hospital from her burns, she learned the healing power of books from one of her nurses. When she moved to Miracle Spring. One morning Nora is sitting on a bench feeding the birds a scone when Neil Parrish, strikes up a conversation, wondering if she is the lady that heals people with books. She answers yes and suggests he go to The Gingerbread House and get a comfort scone and come to her bookstore for a talk and she would select some books to help heal his problems. But before they can have their meeting Parrish is killed when he falls in front of a train. Nora’s bookstore is located in the towns old train depot and one by one the other three women come in to talk about the tragic event. The police department decides that it was a suicide, but the four woman seriously doubt that, as he seemed so sincere for making up for things that happened in his past. The more the women discuss the tragic event their friendship begins to grow and they are soon good friends and are willing to share the secrets that each have and that they have not shared with anyone else. So the Secret, Book and Scone Society is formed and with this new alliance set off to find what really happened to and why. Then when there is another death of one of Parrish’s business partners and the arrest of one of the Society’s members for his death, they know are sure both deaths are related and get serious about their investigation. Another well-plotted and told story from Ellery Adams. This book has a wonderful cast of characters. All four women have secrets from their past, nothing really bad, but secrets that you would only feel comfortable sharing with an extremely close friend. There might even be a romantic interest for Nora, I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this touching and at the same time exciting new series. This reader does believe in the healing power of books from his own experience.
Cozy_Cup More than 1 year ago
Becoming a reader is a change for the better. Trust me. No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories...” -Nora Pennington Trust me, you’ll be better after reading this first book in Ellery’s new series. We’re introduced to four dynamic, determined, daring, and damaged women in the unique town of Miracle Springs. Their lives intersect because of small town life, but they choose to establish and build relationships to become connected and thus overcome loneliness. So, surrounded by shelves and shelves of stories and savoring bites of scones, secrets are revealed and sleuthing begins. Nora, a former librarian turned bibliotherapist, puts the right stack of books in the hands of the right reader st the right time. Wow, what a gift! I feel Ellery could be Nora because I needed this book at this time in my life! “Nora Pennington loved books. She loved talking to people about books. But what she wanted most was to heal people with books.” I also appreciate the homage to numerous authors and their respective works. The mention of these brought back fond memories and added volumes to my TBR pile! In the book, Ellery includes many delightful details that draw the reader in and make the book come alive! From descriptions of delicious treats and literary drinks, to the illumination of settings (bookshop, cottage), I yearned to be in Miracle Springs building friendships with Nora, Hester, June, and Estella. Most of all, I want to be Nora who “recommend a book or two? I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do.” And so, I’d like to recommend this book to you, with all my heart.” ❤️. Missy S
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
There are so many things I want to say about this book. It’s hard to know where to begin. I read this book with a highlighter in hand. A novel. With a highlighter. That should tell you something about the insight that Ellery Adams’ words provide throughout these pages. It is one of those days where you get home, take a bubble bath, and crack open a glass of wine? This book would make the perfect addition to your festivities. This book is entertaining, witty, and sure to keep you captivated from beginning to end.