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The Whispered Word

Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Nora Pennington, the owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the rest of the members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society know that, sometimes, practical help is needed, too. Such is the case with the reed-thin girl hiding in the fiction section of Nora's store, wearing a hospital ID and a patchwork of faded bruises. She calls herself Abilene, and, although Nora and her friends offer work, shelter, and a supportive ear, their guest isn't ready to divulge her secrets. 

But when a customer is found dead in an assumed suicide, Nora uncovers a connection that points to Abilene...as either a suspect or another target. When a second death hits town, Nora and her intrepid friends must help the greenhorn sheriff discern fact from fiction and stop the killer before another story is prematurely brought to a close.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

OMG! NOW WHAT DO I DO?

The best series I've ever read. Can't wait for book 3. I love everything about this series. Only thing missing is a cat. Nora needs a kitty. Can't wait to read Witch of Blackbird Pond. Such great book recommendations !

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 30-11-18

One of the best of 2018!

In The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams, the four women who form the Secret, Book, and Scone Society have decided to try to raise morale in Miracle Springs, NC by dropping off secret gifts at the homes of those who seem most troubled in the aftermath of the crash of the local bank. Then an overly thin young woman wearing a dress that she swims in and a hospital wrist band shows up at Nora Pennington's store, Miracle Books, needing help. Calling herself Abilene Tyler, the young woman shows an incredible knowledge of books and gets hired by Nora part- time. When the four women start out to deliver their gift packages, they start at the house of a particularly negative woman, but Nora finds the woman, Amanda Fry, floating dead in a filthy pond at her house.

Though the police seem ready to label the death a suicide, Nora believes otherwise because Amanda would not have treated her books as badly as some books in the house were left. When Kenneth Fry brings a rare book to Nora for an appraisal, she is certain it belonged to his mother despite the her having left the books to someone else. Further, Nora finds evidence that Abilene hasn't been straight with them about her connection to Amanda Fry, but as Hester, owner of the Gingerbread House, has taken Abilene under her wing, especially after discovering what a gifted baker Abilene is, this has the potential to tear about the still-new Secret, Book, and Scone Society.

The Whispered Word is the sequel to last year's highly received The Secret, Book, and Scone Society,, and it promises to be just as successful. Despite a strong mystery plot, the book contains so much more than just an exciting mystery. It features powerful messages about the value of women's working together to support each other and help each other heal from both physical and emotional damage. But this book also contains the women helping men, in particular Nora's new love interest, Jed Craig, an EMT who has damage in his own personal life that Nora begins to help him cope with.

Nora serves as a bibliotherapist, in which role she offers suggestions of various books that will aid people with their issues. The books do not consist of the typical self- help books but instead a combination of fiction and non- fiction books that will help her customers face their issues in a new light. This book contains numerous references to existing books, showing a huge range of genres and topics of books that made me intrigued to want to look some up.

Chris Dukehart performs the audio edition of this book and does a powerful job of interpreting this most powerful book. She makes the book seem all the more effective and relatable as she draws the reader into experiencing the characters as genuine friends and the situations as ones we witness in person.

The Whispered Word has proven to be one of my favorite books of 2018, combining as it does the strength of a good mystery that only Adams can create as well as the empowering message of the value of working together to help each other heal and serve others less fortunate. I highly recommend it, but if you haven't read The Secret, Book, and Scone Society, I'd recommend starting with that one to understand the dynamics going on among the women. I give this book a hearty five stars!

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  • Plainfield317
  • 12-12-18

Enjoyable, not earth shaking

I enjoyed the first book so I listened to this book. They are both entertaining stories about single women, their struggles, strengths and friendships. Nice way to pass the commuting time. The narrator sounds as if English is her native language but she mispronounced several words. I think she should use dictionary dot com and listen to any word that is unfamiliar to her.

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  • ccfox
  • 11-11-18

Another great cozy mystery

Ellery Adams has done it gain with the next book in the secret book and a one society series. The society women have yet another murder to help solve and to help a mysterious young girl with a haunted past.
#SmallTown #Clever #HappyEnding #FemaleProtagonist #NorthCarolina #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Nique
  • 05-10-19

Delightful and Well written

I love this series and the uniqueness of the characters is enthralling. It was both entertaining and suspenseful. I want to live in Miracle Springs.

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  • Lisa L.
  • 23-08-19

Perfect for book lovers

loved the second book in series can't wait for the next book . good narrative

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  • Linda
  • 07-08-19

A boring. tedious read

I struggled to finish. Her books by the bay mystery series is so much better

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  • Dawn
  • 30-07-19

Fabulous

These titles areso entertaining, provocative and educational. I Love all the literary references and bibliophile therapy scenes. Cris Dukehart brings Ellery Adams words and characters to life in fantastic form. I want tio visit this bookshop and these people.

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  • Kaye
  • 23-06-19

Really Lovely bookish mystery

This is the second book taking place in Miracle Springs. Great characters, well developed & beautifully flawed. The mystery is clever enough that it can’t be guessed immediately and nicely developed. Recommend both books - the audible edition is well narrated

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  • Lora Marion
  • 12-05-19

Great Storyline! Great characters!

Loved it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be available!