Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano was published on October 3rd, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a historical fiction novel. Synopsis: When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death. Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.
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.
My thoughts: Lady Jayne Disappears is written with vivid descriptions of Victorian England that will transport you back in time drawing you in from the first page and holding your attention until the very end. This refreshing take, on a story that is full of mystery with hints of Dickens, and a gothic feel throughout is a story unlike any other. A book that grabs you from the front cover with it beautiful depiction of Lady Jayne gives you a glimpse of the historical romance novel that will not be easily forgotten. You will love reading about Aurelie with her strong faith that shows in the way she reacts with others. Overall, a lovely story with a beautiful message of belonging and faith. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good mystery with lots or twists and turns. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **