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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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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Great read! This is my favorite from Shelley so far! :) I absolutely LOVE IT! The suspense and suspicion rides high, but then I'll read something that just makes me laugh so hard! Yes, I have been banned from reading this book in public! LOL! I love the style Shelley writes, and the characters! Be they sub characters or main they are fabulous and deep! Each has their own secrets and past and as the layers peal away you just keep wanting to learn more! And of coarse I probably feel a kin to Lydia and Sebastian because of their love of books! ;) I haven't read the first two in this series yet, but if my love for Whispers in the Reading Room are any indication I NEED to! :) What secrets will be revealed next and can the characters get out of the trouble they find themselves submerged in? TO BE CONTINUED In PART 2!
Songs to come:"Press On" by Mandisa and "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Whispers in the Reading Room. ~ASC