It’s time for the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, readers can dive into Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library’s digital collection. Finger Lakes Library System card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app or visit the FLLS OverDrive Digital Collection. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.
The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.