Samantha Sweet

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

The Woodcarver's Secret Summary

For John Carver, a simple Celtic woodworker, life is a struggle to feed his family. Then one summer day, as he walks past a near-dead alder tree, lightning strikes. With the shattered tree lying all around him, Carver pulls himself up and decides to make the best of it - he takes the usable pieces to his workshop. From the shards of that dead tree John creates three boxes. Then the unexplained happens - shortly after handling one of them, John's touch brings his young son back from the brink of death.

When the second box demonstrates an opposite tendency toward the dark side, Carver is terrified that witch-hunters will learn of the boxes and their mystical powers. Eager to rid himself of the artifacts and desperate for money, he sells the three boxes. As they are taken by three very different buyers - a common Englishman, a worldly merchant, and a bishop - John feels a foreboding about the future. From the 13th century, the boxes travel the world, eventually drawing the attention of two rival organizations, each with very different motives and methods for gaining what they want.

Reminiscent of The Red Violin in scope, this historical novel follows the three boxes to the 21st century and confrontation between the two factions. The Woodcarver's Secret is the prequel and companion novel to Connie Shelton's Samantha Sweet paranormal mystery series.

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  • Book 0

    • The Woodcarver's Secret

    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For John Carver, a simple Celtic woodworker, life is a struggle to feed his family. Then one summer day, as he walks past a near-dead alder tree, lightning strikes. With the shattered tree lying all around him, Carver pulls himself up and decides to make the best of it - he takes the usable pieces to his workshop. From the shards of that dead tree John creates three boxes. Then the unexplained happens - shortly after handling one of them, John's touch brings his young son back from the brink of death.

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 1

    • Sweet Masterpiece

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 1
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living - all perfectly legal as a caretaker for the USDA. But her real dream is to open her own pastry shop, 'Sweet's Sweets.' Life is a little crazy for Sam right now. At one of her break-in properties, a dying woman insists that she take a small wooden box. Sam doesn't realize that the old woman was known locally as a 'bruja,' a witch, until she begins to feel some strange effects from the box.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By L on 11-05-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 2

    • Sweet's Sweets

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 2
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Sam is working hard to get her new pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets, open for business. Just when she's really got her hands full with that, she's assigned a new property to take care of as part of her contract with the USDA. The place is a hoarder's delight and Sam is feeling more than a little bit overwhelmed as she begins cleaning with a vengeance. When a blood-soaked garment turns up among some things Sam has dropped off at the thrift shop, Sam recommends that they call the Sheriff's office.

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 3

    • Sweet Holidays

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 3
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    It's Christmas and a chocolatier shows up at Sweet's Sweets, offering to create a special line of hand-dipped chocolates for Sam's customers. He says he will work for no pay, just to prove himself. But she learns that he has connections to the wooden box that seems to give Sam her mystical powers, and discovers that certain evil people will do just about anything to take it away from her.

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 4

    • Sweet Hearts

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 4
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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    Things are crazy at the bakery, as Sam tries to replicate the magical chocolates that the quirky Romanian chocolatier introduced at Christmas-time. Meanwhile, there are lots of weddings, in addition to her own, and other pastry shop demands during this romantic holiday week. While Sam tries to keep up with it all, another mystery comes her way. Marla Fresques needs to find her missing son. The woman is dying and wants her son home to raise the daughter he left behind.

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 5

    • Bitter Sweet

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 5
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    Is there a serial killer in Taos? It’s the height of the wedding season at Sweet’s Sweets and Sam has all she can do to stay ahead of the rush of bakery orders. Plus, her side job - breaking into houses - isn’t allowing much summer time off either. Not to mention that her mother is pressuring Sam and Beau to set a wedding date. When Sam encounters two older women who then die suddenly, it appears that there may be a serial killer on the loose.

    Regular price: £19.09

  • Book 6

    • Sweets Galore

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 6
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Samantha Sweet and Beau Cardwell are getting ready for their September wedding, with the whole Sweet clan about to show up for the celebration.

    Dealing with her mother may turn out to be the least of Sam’s problems when an unwelcome visitor walks into her pastry shop - Sam’s old heartthrob, the charmer Jake Calendar. Jake wants money for a Hollywood get-rich-quick scheme and he wants Sam to finance the deal. Can Sam convince him that the answer is "no"? Or will he sabotage the plans for her wedding?

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 7

    • Sweets Begorra

    • Samantha Sweet, 7
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Samantha Sweet learns that an Irish great-uncle left her an inheritance, so she and Beau change their honeymoon plans and go to the Emerald Isle. Will the gift be something lavish and wonderful? Or is there no pot of gold waiting for Sam? Meanwhile, before Sam fully has the answers to her questions, a new mystery presents itself when a local charter boat is found adrift near the rocky Irish coast, its occupants missing. The family of the captain wants answers and when it looks like a group of Americans might be implicated, the Galway homicide detective in charge of the case enlists Beau’s help.

    Regular price: £19.09

  • Book 8

    • Sweet Payback

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 8
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Revenge is often a cold dish, but in the tiny northern New Mexico town of Sembramos emotions are running decidedly hot. When two men convicted of murdering a local girl are released from prison after serving only a few years, their convictions overturned, the town's old pain rises to the surface and tempers flare. Samantha Sweet has her hands full with Easter at Sweet's Sweets, while her husband, Taos County Sheriff Beau Cardwell, is charged with keeping order among the two hundred residents of Sembramos.

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 9

    • Sweet Somethings

    • Samantha Sweet, Book 9
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Two things are weighing on Samantha Sweet's mind this summer - organizing the Sweet Somethings chocolate festival and tracking down information on the mystical carved wooden box that came into her life nearly two years ago, changing her forever. At last she believes she has located the person who can give the answers.

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 10

    • Sweets Forgotten

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 10
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When a woman walks into Samantha Sweet’s pastry shop, claiming to have amnesia, it’s a puzzle that seems to have nothing to do with Sam’s new commission for a fantastic one-of-a-kind order of chocolates, although "Jane Doe" seems to know a lot about that. Sam calls Sheriff Beau to solve the mystery of who this stranger is and where she belongs. But Beau’s attention is occupied by other things: nearly his entire force is out sick with some kind of flu bug, and now a murder far from Taos requires his full attention. “Jane’s” forgotten memories become vitally important....

    Regular price: £6.49

  • Book 11

    • Spooky Sweet

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 11
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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    Now that Samantha Sweet has a contract to provide her special handmade chocolates for the wealthy jet-set clients of Book It Travel, Sweet’s Sweets bakery is taking on a whole new dimension. It’s almost Halloween, and her pastry shop is bursting at the seams. She needs extra employees, but there is no place to put them. Right before the witching day, she comes upon a large Victorian house she can adapt for the business, but the mysterious, spooky noises at night are way more than the normal creaks and groans of an old building. Something else is going on.

    Regular price: £6.49

  • Book 12

    Sticky Sweet: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery cover art
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