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
Whispers in the Reading Room
Wow! What can I say? Could saying that I LOVED reading this book suffice? Probably not. I haven’t read many books by this author but the ones I have read I was pretty impressed with.
For some strange reason, I relish reading books about librarians. I don’t know why. Strange. Anyway, some of the best novels I’ve read with librarians as heroines were, Wonderland Creek,To Win Her Heart, Beyond all Dreams,and finally Whispers in the Reading Room. The Library has to be one of the best places for me to be and to have the library as a centerpiece in a story is pretty much close to a masterpiece. 🙂
The writing in this novel was engaging and concise. The most important thing about this novel was that it kept my attention and awakened my imagination. There was some skimming towards the end but other than that I thought the story was well crafted. I loved reading about the characters especially the heroine.
The only problem that I have with this author is that I feel she doesn’t intertwine enough faith based writing in her novels. I can understand if an author doesn’t want to be preachy but with every Christian fiction novel I think that there should be a noticeable difference. That’s just my opinion.
Overall, this was a wonderful and refreshing read. I haven’t read all of the other books in this series but I imagine that a person could still read these books individually. I highly recommend this novel for a delightful read for anyone to enjoy.
*I received this book from the publishers for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*