I loved the concept of the book - that the right books can soothe our souls, improve our lives, and teach us things that we desperately need to know.
"Becoming a reader is a change for the better. Trust me. No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories—to the lessons learned by those who possess enough courage to put pen to paper."
Set in the town of Miracle Springs, Nora Pennington is the proprietress of Miracle Books, a store where people come and get exactly the right book to help them with their problems. The mystery begins when a visiting businessman asks for Nora's assistance and she agrees to help him. But before the appointment, he is found dead and it is ruled a suicide. Nora doesn't believe that and sets out - with three other women - to uncover the truth.
Of the characters, Hester is my favorite and I loved how she would bake comfort scones that would help people: "They’re called comfort scones. The baker, Hester, makes custom scones based on what she thinks her patrons will be comforted by. You should pay her a visit."
But the book leaned a little too saccharine for my tastes. Still this was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cups packed organic dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 7 Tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
- 1 large egg, separated
- 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
- 5 Tablespoons eggnog (you can use milk if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup candied ginger flakes
- 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
- 1 teaspoon organic granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon eggnog (you can use milk if you prefer)
Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl to combine.
Press dough into a disc and cut into 8 wedges and place on baking stone or parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
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