Whispers in the Reading Room Review
About the Book
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.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book and story line. It kept my interest as it is a bit of a mystery on the back streets of Chicago. The romance part I didn't really enjoy, but the historical side and intrigue make me give this book four stars. Of course I loved the fact that Lydia is a librarian and that is what made me want to read this book in the first place. I love to read about the behind the scenes in a library and Lydia is a fun character to read.
"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."