«Whispers in the Reading Room» by Shelley Gray
Genre: fiction, christian, romance
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Lydia and Sebastian have seen each other for months in the lending library she manages. Although she’s engaged to another man, Lydia can’t help noticing him more and more.
When they become friends and she dicovers that he’s the owner of one the most famous gambling clubs in Chicago, she insists on seeing his world, decision she will regret… or not?
I totally judged this book by its cover. I liked it very much and decided to give it a chance. I had no idea it belonged to a series.
Then, I read some bad reviews and held very low expectations but I began anyway.
I’m glad I did. I was not disappointed.
Beautifully written! Well-developed characters.
If a book talks about books, words or reading, you are half the way with me.
I didn’t like Lydia very much, I wish she could be more confident, but I know that’s her personality, it just that she was afraid and insecure most the time; thankfully, she was brave enough in the important moments so her voice could be heard.
Sebastian was great. I liked his willingness to protect Lydia no matter what and to make her happy. His background and personality were complex but treated properly.
I enjoyed the setting and the very polite manners. I hadn’t read dialogues this formal before and It was interesting to see some customs of that period of time again, but all of it is so detailed that makes the story go a little bit slow.
The book has some twists I didn’t see coming, which was good.
When there were like 20 pages left, I was worried. Really. I considered the unresolved issues and thought “oh no, maybe this has a second part I’ll have to wait for”.
Nevertheless, everything fall in place at the right time, without rush.
Very good book!
**I received a copy of this book from Zondervan and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
– «She liked reading. She also liked conversing with people who liked reading».
– «…she shelved books like they were old friends».
– «Though things might change in a day, even in an hour? For this moment, I’m grateful».
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