The Big Read


Norelius Community Library offers USA Today Bestselling Novel for Worldwide Digital Book Club with in-library book discussion on

July 25th at 6 PM.


The Girl in His Shadow


Booklovers in Denison and Rural Crawford County can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club! From July 13-27, readers will join over a hundred thousand others around the globe in enjoying Audrey Blake’s historical fiction, The Girl in His Shadow, from their public library. Norelius Community Library card holders within Denison City Limits or Rural Crawford County can borrow the e-book and audiobook for free (without waiting) by using the Libby app or visiting There will also be 10 hard copy editions available for patrons to check out at the library.

During the program, readers can participate in engaging online discussions at about the title. We will also have an in-library book discussion on July 25th at 6 PM.

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.

The Girl in His Shadow was published as an e-book by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®”. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.