Regional Library Joins Big Library Read Club

Rockbridge Regional Library patrons are joining millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller eBook or eAudiobook during Big Library Read, a digital book club sponsored by Overdrive downloadable books.

From Aug. 3 to Aug. 17, readers with a valid RRL library card can borrow and read “The Darwin Affair,” by Tim Mason, with no holds or wait times. Library staff will host a live online book discussion for the local community on Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. To register and get a link for joining, email with a subject line of “Big Library Read.” Readers can also post answers to discussion questions at to engage in discussion with people from all over the world.

“Readers are looking for meaningful book discussions in a safe environment and the Big Library Read facilitates that by making featured books available to a large audience without the usual wait or hold times” says digital services librarian Katie Ramsey. “Library staff are happy to assist readers who are new to eBooks, eAudio, or Overdrive’s Libby app. Books can be downloaded to the app to read or listen to offline, or can be read online using an internet browser. Library card registration is easy; adults can stop by the library with an ID, or call or email the library to sign up for electronic access only.”

The historical fiction novel “The Darwin Affair” takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial “On the Origin of Species” sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden.