Recently engaged, Lydia Bancroft's world is beginning to expand beyond the confines of her beloved library. Her handsome and wealthy fiance need not know her true financial circumstances or the secrets of her heart. As long as the engagement proceeds as planned, Lydia and her mother should be fine. However, attractive and enigmatic Sebastian Marks, a regular visitor to Lydia's reading room, interests her far more than he should. As situations and circumstances bring them into contact, Lydia and Sebastian form a unique friendship. Unexpectedly, they find themselves in the midst of a scandal and prime suspects in an unsolved murder. Though the future is uncertain, Lydia and Sebastian are drawn to each other. Read more in Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray.
Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray is the third book in her Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series. It is the first book I've read by her and worked fine as a stand alone novel. A seamless writing style featuring well-developed characters and a bit of suspense made this novel a pleasure to read. The character of Sebastian Marks had an especially mysterious air in the beginning that really caught my attention and helped to generate my initial interest in the book. The plot was interesting and well-paced. I really have no complaints regarding this novel and will mostly likely read it again. I recommend Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray to fans of inspiration romances. While the religious element is not heavily integrated, there are religious references.
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