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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Whispers In The Reading Room: Chicago's World Fair Mystery by Shelley Gray - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

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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My Thoughts:

The time period surrounding the historic Chicago's World Fair is a fascinating time, and no one captures it as well as author Shelley Gray.  Her latest novel, "Whispers In The Reading Room," is the last book in her "Chicago's World Fair Mystery" series, and it wraps up her brilliant series with a charming and satisfying finale.

While this is the third book of this series, and there are references to previous characters from the first two books, readers can enjoy this novel as a stand-alone as well. But I guarantee that you will want to go back and dive into the first two!

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A masterful storyteller, Shelley Gray has a unique way of drawing her readers into her story and keeping the action and intrigue moving along, while weaving in a sweet romance and an inspirational message at the same time.

Historical fiction fans will adore this novel, as well as inspirational fiction fans. I highly recommend anything Shelley Gray writes, whether as Shelley Gray, or as the much adored Amish fiction writer Shelley Shepard Gray!  It was a true honor to review this book!

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.

Check out her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com for more information on her books and upcoming projects!

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and to Zondervan Books for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I like the sound of this book. I love anything to do with Chicago's World Fair. That was an unbelievable period and locale in time. Thanks for the heads up, I'm off to check this out on GR.
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