Thursday, January 14, 2016

Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Shepard Gray A REVIEW

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.

Series: The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (November 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310338492
ISBN-13: 978-0310338499
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail. Find Shelley on her website,, on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray, and on Twitter @ShelleySGray.

  Whispers in the Reading Room is a very sweet, tender love story, but one filled with suspense and intrigue.  I love this authors style and her characters are amazing. This is book three in the series-A Chicago World‘s Fair Mystery. I hadn’t read the other books, but thoroughly enjoyed this one. It can easily be a stand alone book.  I would really love to read the first two books now.
  Lydia works at a library and hides away in her books. She was once from a wealthy family, but there fortune failed. Her mother wants her to marry well so she will be taken care of.
  She meets Sebastian when he comes to her reading room. They never talk, but she always looks out for him.
  Lydia finds out many dark things about Sebastian, but still enjoys his friendship. Only when someone she knows personal is murdered does she wonder what Sebastian is capable of.
  Read this amazing book to find out if Sebastian and Lydia become more than friends. Find out who killed Lydia’s former friend. The many things people go through, but don’t give up. An amazing read full of love, suspense and faith. Highly recommended.

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1 comment:

csthankful said...

Thanks for your review of this book. Suspense and intrigue are a great combination for a book!