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Lady Jayne Disappears Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets . . . and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.
When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family--who want very little to do with her.
As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father's family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift--the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother's mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she'll have to extract clues from relatives--and one enigmatic houseguest--who often seem reluctant to give them up.
"Emotional. Intriguing. Both haunting and romantic. . . . In her historical fiction debut, Joanna Davidson Politano delivers a smart plot that navigates twists and turns with a mixture of wit, intelligent characters, and a refreshingly original voice. Reminiscent of Dickens's classic storytelling, Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut to remember!"--Kristy Cambron, bestselling author of The Illusionist's Apprentice and The Hidden Masterpiece series
"Wonderfully unique, this compelling debut grabs you from the first intriguing line. The evocative English setting, textured characters, literary theme, and unusual romance make Lady Jayne Disappears a standout, the lovely cover offering a hint of the gem within. A must read!"--Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night
Joanna Davidson Politano is a freelance writer and debut novelist who spends as much time as possible spinning tales that capture the exquisite details of ordinary lives. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan. Learn more at www.jdpstories.com.
About the Author
Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.
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Ms. Politano marks her debut with a delightful story set in Victorian England. With complex characters, fascinating twists and turns, and a mysterious plot, readers of Christian historical fiction will definitely enjoy reading Lady Jayne Disappears.
Overall, I could not say enough good things about Lady Jayne Disappears. From the publisher’s summary, I expected this novel to be quite dark and mysterious, leaning away from what I normally read. Instead, the mystery at the heart of the novel was quite accessible and absolutely riveting, without falling into the suspense category. Additionally, Ms. Politano presents rich historical details and complex characters that feel perfectly natural in their Victorian England setting. Readers familiar with Charles Dickens’ literary works may also find some unexpected connections in this story, as Ms. Politano presents a unique look at the life of those living in debtor’s prison. The contrast of Aurelie’s previous life and wealthy family offers a fascinating perspective on the period, while illustrating the power of serial novels and their authors to bridge this gap. After reading this novel and the sneak preview of Ms. Politano’s next book, I cannot wait to see what she releases next!
Special thanks to NetGalley and Revell for the advanced copy of Lady Jayne Disappears!
Brittany at BooksandBiscuits.com
Bibliophiles will fall in love with Aurelie, a bibliophile in her own right, and an author. A delightful story within the story and a mystery to uncover. This is a book you will want to enjoy once and return again to savor a second or third time.
Beyond the twists and turns of a captivating plot and exciting characters is an overreaching theme of being true to oneself and to who we are in God. A gentle reminder that we should not aim to please people, or even to esteem ourselves, but to strive in all we do to please God first.
With characters so vibrant and realistic, they seem to waltz off the page and into the room with you. I give this book 5 stars, and happily, recommend it to any and all who enjoy a good story rich with both characters and detail.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
The faith theme was a good one, and it led to her realizing living the truth was the best choice of all. So, where did she grow up, what was her father like, what type of woman was her mother?? These are all questions that this book so fascinatingly answers!!
I truly enjoyed the character, plot, and faith theme in this read. I gave it five stars because I stayed awake late to finish...I couldn't put it down!!
So do yourself a favor and grab a copy at your favorite store or library, and thoroughly enjoy Aurelia's story!
I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Aurelie Harcourt has been set free. Her life, lived entirely within the walls of Shepton Mallet Debtor's Prison, has been a menagerie of truth and falsehoods, while presumably the only person who could sort through those details on her behalf is dead; a most beloved father. Her inheritance is a pen name; Nathaniel Droll, and "Lady Jayne Disappears" is hers to complete.
Invited to live with little known relatives; quite wealthy, yet poor in spirit, Aurelie fights to survive unwanted expectations while stealthily continuing to write the story that could lead her to the answer lurking behind every question of her heart; who was her mother and what happened to her at Lynhurst? Fortunately, Aurelie discovers an unexpected ally in the form of a houseguest, Mr. Silas Rotherham, who like Aurelie finds solace in conversation and believes that "books are essential nourishment to the mind". But while his intentions remain unclear, Aurelie's time is running out.
Mysteries abound, secrets remain locked tightly in the past, and the flame of attraction struggles to ignite, within " a hundred thousand stories' worth of time". What a stunning debut!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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