“The Girl in His Shadow” ebook and audiobook now available free for reading and discussion with global audience


CLEVELAND – July 13, 2022 – Booklovers around the globe can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, more than a hundred thousand readers around the globe will enjoy Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Library card holders from participating libraries can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

The Girl in His Shadow is the 28th selection of Big Library Read, which began in 2013. The ebook and audiobook are available in more than 21,000 libraries around the world and approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. Big Library Read takes place three times per year and is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

“This book is a joint endeavor where my co-author and I put our passions and strengths together to bring the strange world of medicine to light,” said author Audrey Blake. “We brought you a portrait of what your health care would have looked like almost 200 years ago and hope you enjoy the fascinating story of how we got here.”

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 ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 81,000 libraries and schools in 106 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, the Sora student reading app is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019, and Kanopy is the leading streaming video service for libraries and colleges. Acquired in 2021, TeachingBooks.net offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. www.overdrive.com


David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Communications