Big Library Read

Big Library Read featuring The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake and Libby, the library reading app

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an eBook through public libraries. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular eBooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app. During the event, Alachua County Library District card holders can borrow the eBook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app.

Read the Book: July 13 - July 27

From July 13-27, patrons can enjoy the USA Today bestseller The Girl in His Shadow as an eBook or eAudiobook with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app or visiting our OverDrive site.

Overdrive and the Libby app are available to card holders who reside in Alachua, Putnam and Levy counties. Don't have a card? Find out how to apply for one today!

Join the Discussion: July 31

Read the book, then participate in our virtual discussion program.

Sunday, July 31 at 2pm on Zoom

Join the discussion on social media, too, with #BigLibraryRead. Don't forget to tag the library @alachualibrary

The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake

When Dr. Croft takes in orphan Eleanor Beady, he doesn't realize that he's gained an apprentice. Raised amidst Croft's experiments, "Nora" becomes his most trusted assistant-an unthinkable and unlawful pursuit for a woman. Nora helps Croft's groundbreaking research and his clinic gain recognition, and she finds she doesn't mind working in the background, as long as she can continue to hone her skills. But the arrival of a new surgical resident threatens to undo all that Nora has strived for. Dr. Daniel Gibson is too proper to be trusted, too skilled to dismiss, and too smart to be fooled for long. He expects Nora to change her clothes before dinner and spend her evenings perfecting her needlework, not her sutures. Though Nora knows it's best not to reveal her expansive knowledge of human anatomy, she isn't going to give up the work that fascinates and fulfills her-no matter what it costs her. – Description provided by publisher.

“With its strong woman protagonist and authentic period detail, this is the best kind of historical fiction, transporting readers to a place and time peopled with memorable characters. Readers who enjoy medical drama will gravitate to this book” writes Library Journal.