12/02/2015

Whispers in the Reading Room Review

My Thoughts: 
I will start by saying I did not read any of the other books of this series. I normally don't choose to read historicals. I did choose this book because of the library setting, and the promise of a mystery. I am still pondering if I truly enjoyed the book. It was interesting, and from what I know about history, historically correct. However, there was something a bit unrealistic about it for my personal taste. An owner of a gambling den and saloon as the hero in a Christian novel is definitely a rarity, but it was a bit hard to swallow too. Lydia the meek and sweet girl who works in the library falling for such a man just stretched my belief of the story a bit too far. I love Shelley's books and just because this wasn't a favorite for me, I will continue reading them. Overall my rating for this book is 3.5 stars. 
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About the book: 

Whispers in the Reading Room (Zondervan, November 2015)

Lydia's job at the library is her world---until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn't merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks-the man so many people fear-is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

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About the author: 

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.

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