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.
I had some unexpected free time (which is rather rare these days) so I
practically ran settled into my favorite reading chair, listened to the rain pouring down on our roof and decided to read Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray. This book ended up being the perfect accompaniment to a wonderful afternoon!
Whispers in the Reading Room is well written with a steady plot, pleasantly developed characters and just enough romance to make my heart go pitter-patter.
After finishing this book, I ended my relaxing time with a big grin and a warmth inside my heart that can only come from reading good romance novel!
Needing some relaxation time?
Love to read clean historical fiction novels?
Then Whispers in the Reading Room may be the right book for you!
Thank you to Zondervan and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.