For the first time, Jane Steward is leaving her twin sons at home in Virginia while she and her fiancé Edwin Alcott spend five days at the Admiral’s Inn in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. As someone whose family has for generations been sworn to protect and guard some of the most dangerous and valuable tomes of the world at Storyton Hall, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Jane has chosen to stay at a resort designed to inspire writers and serve as an authors’ retreat.
Miracle Books bookstore owner Nora Pennington first came to Miracle Springs, North Carolina, to heal from both her physical and mental scars. She has since recovered from the burn scars caused by her poor decision to drive while drunk, but it’s been a longer journey for her to move past the betrayal that led to her drinking in the first place.
What do witches, ghosts, psychics, bibliomancy, and ghost dogs have in common? They’re in spooky reads to help you get ready for October. Plus, Amanda Flower has started a new series starring Emily Dickinson.
The tourist-attracting town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina, deserves its reputation as a haven for those looking to heal and be rejuvenated in its hot springs and glorious views. Nora Pennington has even built her Miracle Books bookstore around her practice of bibliotherapy, in which she “prescribes” the perfect books to help customers heal from their mental and physical ailments.
Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at just a few of the many books that were reviewed in KRL and KRL News and Reviews in 2021. While 2021 was another difficult year, a lot of wonderful books came out! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2021. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers is going up in a separate post next week!
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& Ellery Adams
Famous for their book-themed rooms and specializing as a resort for bibliophiles, Virginia’s Storyton Hall is about to be the site of a televised cooking competition show, A Bookish Cookoff. Six renowned American chefs will be competing against one another in book-themed challenges for bragging rights and a prize of $100,000, all hosted by young billionaire entrepreneur Mia Mallett. Before they even begin filming, there’s a fire on the archery field grounds and resort manager Jane Storyton fears that the sabotage has already begun.
After inadvertently burning her life down in a moment of rage and fury, Nora Pennington found healing and her purpose in the town of Miracle Springs, North Carolina. Renowned for their healing springs, Nora does her own bibliotheraphy there for those needing help in her Miracle Books bookstore. Though her many customers find bliss through the messages they learn through the books Nora selects for them, there is a very loud contingency less than pleased by her new autumn window display.
So many elements must come together just right for a good mystery—plot, character, language, theme, setting. As both reader and writer, location is huge for me, so it’s no surprise that my favorite mystery reads of the last few months have featured pitch-perfect portrayals of intriguing places. And of course, armchair travel is not just the next best thing but the only thing right now.
& Ellery Adams
Readers will be delighted to return for the sixth time to Storyton Hall, a five-star resort in West Virginia catering to bibliophiles from around the world. Book-themed rooms, enormous libraries, book clubs, and now a Family Valentine’s Celebration event specifically for young readers and children’s book authors are all featured at this unique destination. A lucky family has been awarded a free vacation stay at the resort during the special weekend as well, and Storyton manager Jane Steward is looking forward to welcoming the deserving Gilbert family.