Lady Jayne Disappears
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.

Lady Jayne Disappears Details

TitleLady Jayne Disappears
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800728755
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Romance, Christian

Lady Jayne Disappears Review

  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    "Fiction was not always a lie, but a truth told in parallel to real life. A pill of advice disguised in an easy-to-swallow tale." And there's a tale to be told here. A tale of fathers and daughters and the written word.Death knocks softly on the wooden door of Debtor's Prison. Aurelie Harcourt's father has suddenly been released from the ties that bind him here. Penniless, he leaves his daughter but two things after his untimely death: his famous pen name of Nathaniel Droll and a shocking connec "Fiction was not always a lie, but a truth told in parallel to real life. A pill of advice disguised in an easy-to-swallow tale." And there's a tale to be told here. A tale of fathers and daughters and the written word.Death knocks softly on the wooden door of Debtor's Prison. Aurelie Harcourt's father has suddenly been released from the ties that bind him here. Penniless, he leaves his daughter but two things after his untimely death: his famous pen name of Nathaniel Droll and a shocking connection to an unforementioned wealthy family of his.With no other recourse, Aurelie leaves the tower room that she shared for years with her father. A carriage awaits her in the darkened street outside the prison. Two gentlemen lug a heavy trunk containing her father's works onto the carriage's platform. Dread soaks into Aurelie as well as the deluge of rain that has come upon them. What will become of her now?Joanna Davidson Politano introduces us to a very unusual cast of characters numbered in the awaiting Harcourt family. The mansion seems to wear a cloak of distinctly Gothic dimensions. Aunt Eudora, the family matriarch, never fails to let Aurelie know that she is about as welcome as a cactus on a barefoot night. Politano weaves secrets back and forth teasing the reader with the need to know. At the core of the secrecy gnawing at Aurelie is whatever happened to her mother? And who besides Aunt Eudora may know the real truth?Aurelie uses her gift of storytelling throughout the book. It's a clever approach implemented by Politano to enhance the multi-layered aspects of this interesting storyline. I received a copy of Lady Jayne Disappears through Giveaways on Goodreads. My thanks to Joanna Davidson Politano and to Revell Publishing Group for the opportunity.
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  • Michelle Griep
    January 1, 1970
    Did you see that? Do you see what I did here? I'm giving this book 5 stars. That, my friends, is a rarity. I admit it. I'm a jaded reader, so I don't pass out the ol' fiver very easily.But sweet, precious heavens . . . this book was so worth it.The story is captivating. The setting made me feel as if I were there. And let's talk just for a moment about the writing, shall we? Author Joanna Politano is an expert wordsmith -- the kind that makes me want to hang up my writerly hat because how on ear Did you see that? Do you see what I did here? I'm giving this book 5 stars. That, my friends, is a rarity. I admit it. I'm a jaded reader, so I don't pass out the ol' fiver very easily.But sweet, precious heavens . . . this book was so worth it.The story is captivating. The setting made me feel as if I were there. And let's talk just for a moment about the writing, shall we? Author Joanna Politano is an expert wordsmith -- the kind that makes me want to hang up my writerly hat because how on earth can I match her awesome skills? And this is her debut novel! Wow. Just . . . wow. This little shooting star soared into my top 5 author list of all time.Okay, enough gushing. Let's get to the story. There is quite a bit of intrigue going on in this gem. Who is Nathaniel Droll? Who killed Aurelie's father? What really did happen to Lady Jayne? And those are just for starters. The more you read, the more hooked you get into trying to figure things out.Hero Silas Rotherham is the perfect match for Aurelie. Ahh, but will she end up with him? You won't know until the very end.Two thumbs up for this book and I can't wait for the next novel Ms. Politano puts out. You can be sure I'll be pre-ordering it!
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars TOP PICK
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI have to admit, I took a chance on this book because the cover is so delightfully interesting! I found the mystery engaging and interesting, though Aunt Eudora's continued keeping of secrets was annoying to me as well as to the heroine. The descriptions of the prison and the country house are very well done and make the scenes easy to imagine. I really loved how the color purple was identified as Lady Jayne's color, and how that thread was carried through to the end.It's a good story f 3.5 starsI have to admit, I took a chance on this book because the cover is so delightfully interesting! I found the mystery engaging and interesting, though Aunt Eudora's continued keeping of secrets was annoying to me as well as to the heroine. The descriptions of the prison and the country house are very well done and make the scenes easy to imagine. I really loved how the color purple was identified as Lady Jayne's color, and how that thread was carried through to the end.It's a good story for a debut, and I loved Politano's almost retro writing style. At times I was frustrated with the heroine's immaturity/naivety; though I understood that she had lived a strangely sheltered/exposed life in Shepton Mallet, it doesn't mean I have to like that trait of hers. Also, at times it lost focus a bit, and the lying also bothered me. It seemed like nearly everyone in the story had their own version of something or other that required a glib lie or deception, so each chapter had a new one. That was overkill for me.The last quarter of the book was excellent, and I didn't put it down at all after about page 275. It definitely works up to a bang of revelation, and I'm still not sure it entirely cleared up Aurelie's view of her beloved father vs. the scoundrel/wastrel others viewed him as. Also, (view spoiler)[ I need to know what happened to Nelle!! (hide spoiler)]I'll definitely be getting a copy of Politano's next book to see how she grows as a writer.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy. Positive review not required.
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  • Carrie Turansky
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this English historical romance with mystery and lots of unexpected twists and turns. I listened to the audio version, and it had an excellent English narrator, but I think I would've enjoyed it even more if I'd read the paperback version so I could slow down a bit and keep all the characters straight. It is a complex story with a Gothic feeling and reflections of Dickens' Little Dorrit. The mystery kept me guessing until the last chapter, and the romance was sweet and satisfying. High I enjoyed this English historical romance with mystery and lots of unexpected twists and turns. I listened to the audio version, and it had an excellent English narrator, but I think I would've enjoyed it even more if I'd read the paperback version so I could slow down a bit and keep all the characters straight. It is a complex story with a Gothic feeling and reflections of Dickens' Little Dorrit. The mystery kept me guessing until the last chapter, and the romance was sweet and satisfying. Highly recommended!
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully Bookish"A well-written book always revealed the complex truth about its characters, but more than anything, the basic truth about its author" p. 326Lady Jayne Disappears is masterfully written and completely captivating. Each page is an indulgence of beautiful words, every chapter hints at hidden meanings and elusive truths. Aurelie Harcourt is a heroine worthy of readerly adoration. She is genuine, compassionate, and (despite her insecurities) an enormously talented st Full review on Faithfully Bookish"A well-written book always revealed the complex truth about its characters, but more than anything, the basic truth about its author" p. 326Lady Jayne Disappears is masterfully written and completely captivating. Each page is an indulgence of beautiful words, every chapter hints at hidden meanings and elusive truths. Aurelie Harcourt is a heroine worthy of readerly adoration. She is genuine, compassionate, and (despite her insecurities) an enormously talented storyteller. Silas Rotherham is observant, receptive, and protective. He plays his role as leading man with excellence and intelligence. This book is simply extraordinary! I highly recommend it and eagerly anticipate future works from this promising author.I requested the opportunity to read this through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    I really love the cover of this book and feel it sets the tone for the story inside. I enjoyed the uniqueness of this books and the skill it took for the author to weave in all the elements through the book.
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    About this book:“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 About this book:“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.”Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- Psalm 23:6 at the end; Many Prayers, Thanking, & Talking to God; Many Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & remembered; Going to a chapel; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers, praying, & thanking/talking to God; Mentions of a chapel, going to it, worship, & sermons; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of a house that oozes religion, but has precious little of God; A few mentions of Bibles & faiths; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of blessing & being blessed; A mention of hymnals; A mention of a miracle; A mention of an angel; A mention of sins; A mention of monks in a cathedral; *Note: Mentions of auras, including a creepy one; Mentions of ghosts & them haunting a place; A couple mentions of devilish smiles; A mention of someone being devilishly rude. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘idiot’, a ‘where the devil’, two forms of ‘stupid’, and two ‘witch’s; A bit of sass & eye rolling; Pain & a concussion (up to semi-detailed); A bit of fighting & causing someone pain; Nightmares; Many, many mentions of prisons, deaths, crimes, debts, & debtors/inmates (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a disappearance & (possible) murder(s) and trying to find the killer(s); Mentions of murders, murderers, & hatred; Many mentions of life in a prison (diseases/illnesses, wounds, deaths, & rats, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of threats; Mentions of pain & a concussion; Mentions of slapping & wanting to slap someone; Mentions of gambling & gamblers; Mentions of alcohol, drunks, & saloons/pubs; Mentions of pipes & smoking; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of children drowning (not really though); A few mentions of stealing & being locked up for it; A few mentions of hunters & hunting; A couple mentions of asylums; A couple mentions of divorces; A mention of throwing up.Sexual Content- A couple hand kisses, a fingers-to-lip touch, two head kisses, a cheek kiss, a almost semi-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; A bit of staring at someone’s lips, imagining, & wondering about a kiss (up to semi-detailed); A handful of desires to kiss someone (up to semi-detailed); Touches, Warmth, Embraces, Nearness, & Smelling (also some unwanted touches, both kinds are up to semi-detailed); Noticing (up to semi-detailed); *Large Spoiler* (view spoiler)[ Aurelie’s mother was already married when she and Aurelie’s father met, they then had an affair later that resulted in Aurelie and Lady Jayne abandoning her after giving birth (hide spoiler)] *End of Large Spoiler*; Mentions of out-of-wedlock pregnancies (one child is said to have been “accidental”) & a husband who had more child than his only wife; Mentions of scandals, reputations, & chaperones; Mentions of romantic trysts; Mentions of couples touching & kissing hand; Mentions of kissing & an almost kiss; Mentions of a girl running away to be with her beau; Mentions of flirting & flirts; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of the possibilities of illegitimate children; A couple mentions of a man trying to ruin a young woman; A couple mentions of crushes; A couple mentions of dates; A mention of a drunken man planting a kiss on a woman; A mention of a man that hasn’t tasted the lips of a woman; A mention of a woman using the power of seduction; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: Mentions of underthings; Mentions of female figures; A few mentions of mothers who died in childbirth; A couple mentions of many infants that died; A mention of thinking that a woman died in childbirth; A mention of a woman’s abundant bosom. -Aurelie Rosette Harcourt-Silas Rotherham 1st person P.O.V. of Aurelie, normal 3rd of Silas Set during 1861 416 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half)What an interesting book. I went into this one not knowing much; I honestly wasn’t ever sure that it was a historical. (It is.) I wanted to try it out, however, to see if I should be watching this author after reading her debut book. And you know what? I think I will be. The prologue threw me right into this story in a first-person point of view of Aurelie, then while we’re catching up by going back a few months prior, I was itching to get to the end just to see what would happen, to get to the present day of the story. Aurelie completely won me over very quickly. She’s constantly trying to figure out everyone’s story. She is, as she puts it, “sensitive to story ideas.” I loved how she starts praying specifically for a new friend’s future husband before even thinking about herself. I loved all of Aurelie’s prayers and seeing her faith, but I do wish we could have seen a bit more of Silas’ faith and his family. {Side note: The pen-name is under Nathaniel Droll. 😉 }This novel did have some instant attraction, which I’m never a fan of, so what romance was in this book was more than I would have liked at times. There actually was some humor, which I wasn’t expecting. Sometimes this book had a Gothic feel to it, so it could be dramatic. As the book went on I began to see a pattern: Aurelie would write a twist in the story, we (& she) get a twist in the plot. I won’t lie, though, I was a bit sadden by a big twist towards the end—and then there was another twist that I wasn’t overall thrilled with. I do approve of certain twists right at the end with a certain dimpled man and our writer, however. Truthfully, I wanted a happier ending. Calm me a sap, but I like everything wrapped up with a giant bow in my fiction stories whenever there’s family troubles. It was all wrapped up, though, so I’ll give it that. For a debut novel, the plot (& all the twists) kept me on my toes and since I mostly enjoyed it, I’m curious to learn about the author’s next novel. Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp...*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.
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  • Victoria Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Whew!Review coming soon.//R E V I E W//This book was an exhibition of craftsmanship that I have not seen in a long time. The beautiful descriptions, glorious word pictures and the even more amazing, twisting plot make this a masterpiece.The overall story was incredible with a plot that twists in ways that are unpredictable, heartbreakingly beautiful, and simply genius. I never once knew what to expect. It was complicated and multi-faceted which kept me interested as I turned page after page. The Whew!Review coming soon.//R E V I E W//This book was an exhibition of craftsmanship that I have not seen in a long time. The beautiful descriptions, glorious word pictures and the even more amazing, twisting plot make this a masterpiece.The overall story was incredible with a plot that twists in ways that are unpredictable, heartbreakingly beautiful, and simply genius. I never once knew what to expect. It was complicated and multi-faceted which kept me interested as I turned page after page. There was something indescribable about it. Politano obviously not only has a talent, but also a gift.I loved the fact that the main character was a writer. Her ability to paint stories, write with beautiful poetry and grace was something that I found incredibly attractive. Her backstory was complicated yet beautiful. The story was written in such a way to make the reader feel its beauty with such a poignancy.The characters were lovely, multi-faceted, deep and well developed. Between Aurelie Rosette Harcourt who had a nature as lovely as her name and then Silas Rotherham, who was a gem, the book felt so complete. I do not develop crushes on book characters. But this one certainly tempted me to. Add to this a vast ensemble of diverse and unique characters and you have one fabulous book.Something genius on the part of the author was that you could never tell who the villain was. There were many villains and there were none. The fact that there was no way of knowing the outcome made this book an enjoyable roller coaster of a ride from start to finish.Joanna Davidson PolitanoThe setting was also fabulous. Politano gave us a rich and detailed glimpse of a country manor and the life that surrounded it just as easily as she delved with us into the depths of a debtor’s prison and the streets of London.I just cannot come up with a way to describe the writing. Let me leave it at this, you will have to read it to believe it. And I hope you do. Politano deserves high praise for her debut fiction novel. Incredible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Recommended for ages 16 and up for some mature themes throughout.Content: Unfaithful marriages, children born out of wedlock and some evils surrounding these issues were major plot points. There was also a romantic scene or two that was on the verge of going too far. This was the only reason I docked it half a bookmark.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne Disappears is both a surprise and a delight of a debut novel. Joanna Politano’s writing reminded me of a delicious mix of Siri Mitchell and Sandra Byrd, two authors whose novels I love. In tone, it is mysterious, a touch Gothic, and unique – something that can only be claimed as Politano’s own personal style. I was thrilled to see that the story is told from Aureile Harcourt’s first person perspective. Her voice is distinct and strong. Her character is endearing and had me wishing the Lady Jayne Disappears is both a surprise and a delight of a debut novel. Joanna Politano’s writing reminded me of a delicious mix of Siri Mitchell and Sandra Byrd, two authors whose novels I love. In tone, it is mysterious, a touch Gothic, and unique – something that can only be claimed as Politano’s own personal style. I was thrilled to see that the story is told from Aureile Harcourt’s first person perspective. Her voice is distinct and strong. Her character is endearing and had me wishing the best of things for her. There are some sections that are not from her perspective, but from another character and in third person, so the transitions to and from the sections are clear.When reading mysteries, I often figure out the culprit or the big twist in the plot well before the end of the story. I don’t say that in a show-off sort of way, but rather to emphasize my delight when this story took all of my pre-conceived notions and turned them on their head. What happens with the actual Lady Jayne took me aback; I love when the characters do something other than what I expect of them (so long as it makes sense for the story, and in this case, it does). I love that the reader gets to “read” the installments of Nathaniel Droll’s stories as they are written, and it is also neat that his words are at the beginning of each chapter.If anything bothered me, it was just being unsure of the romantic interest. I don’t mind some uncertainty, but I don’t want to feel like their interest is anywhere other than the main character. Sometimes some of the descriptions used had me wondering, and that’s one aspect of the story that I really don’t want to be a mystery. This is probably one of those odd quirks that is very specific to me, so take that with a grain of salt. The romance is endearing, but not what carries the story; rather it’s a sweet compliment to the plot overall.Aurelie’s personal growth spoke to my heart. Raised in a debtor’s prison and suddenly thrust into the world of Lynhurst Mamor, where society and putting on certain airs is important, Aurelie struggles to hold on to her true self while also desperately eager to have a place to belong. As the story progresses, she realizes that finding out more about her past, and her father’s life before debtor’s prison, doesn’t negate who she knows herself to be already.I think my favorite thing about this story is that when I thought all had been revealed at the end, there was just a bit more that had me thinking back to certain actions by certain characters with a deeper understanding. Those “ah-ha!” moments are just so fun, and I genuinely did not see them coming at all.Lady Jayne Disappears is a well-done debut. It is fun, refreshing, and a story I can see myself re-reading one day. I’m so happy to discover a new author and that another book is already on the way.I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I chose to review. I was not required to write a positive review, and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    Must read book of the year! I can't not write a review to do this book justice. It was remarkable, fantastic, un-put downable it was out of this world GREAT, I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star book you will not be sorry. It is the one book everyone who reads must read this year.The plot, the characters, everything about this book was spot on.I can't wait to read more by Politano. If you are on my Christmas list you WILL be getting a copy of this book this year! The Mary Reader received this book fro Must read book of the year! I can't not write a review to do this book justice. It was remarkable, fantastic, un-put downable it was out of this world GREAT, I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star book you will not be sorry. It is the one book everyone who reads must read this year.The plot, the characters, everything about this book was spot on.I can't wait to read more by Politano. If you are on my Christmas list you WILL be getting a copy of this book this year! The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this gem of a book! The characters, mystery and romance were so well written. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! A nice debut that evokes both the gothic mysteries of the Brontë sisters and the social criticisms of Dickens. The premise held my interest enough to finish the book, but I was still able to put it down for hours, even days, at a time without missing it (it usually takes me five hours to read a book this length, not five days). The writing did suffer a bit from poor, inconsistent editing and unfortunate anachronisms, but the characters were charming and the end satisfying, if a bit ab 3.5 stars! A nice debut that evokes both the gothic mysteries of the Brontë sisters and the social criticisms of Dickens. The premise held my interest enough to finish the book, but I was still able to put it down for hours, even days, at a time without missing it (it usually takes me five hours to read a book this length, not five days). The writing did suffer a bit from poor, inconsistent editing and unfortunate anachronisms, but the characters were charming and the end satisfying, if a bit abrupt. I'd be willing to read more from this author in the future. 📚🤓
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    This was an absolutely lovely debut novel. I loved the story within a story approach, so cool and so perfect for this book! As a writer myself I always love books where the main character is a writer and this one was no exception, I found myself relating to Aurelie in so many ways! I loved both Silas and Aurelie, they were perfect for each other and I immensely enjoyed watching their romance develop. I also especially loved side character Nelle, I am so hoping that perhaps she will get a story o This was an absolutely lovely debut novel. I loved the story within a story approach, so cool and so perfect for this book! As a writer myself I always love books where the main character is a writer and this one was no exception, I found myself relating to Aurelie in so many ways! I loved both Silas and Aurelie, they were perfect for each other and I immensely enjoyed watching their romance develop. I also especially loved side character Nelle, I am so hoping that perhaps she will get a story of her own someday! I really liked the mystery of what happened to Lady Jayne, it added wonderful intrigue to the story and culminated in a very satisfying ending. This book is told primarily in first person POV from Aurelie's perspective, first person tends to be less popular with a lot of people, but I personally adore first person and I felt that it was the perfect choice for this novel. The faith thread in this book was excellently done, and was perhaps my favorite part of the story! Overall, Lady Jayne Disappears was an engaging, delightful, well written, entertaining, and inspiring debut novel which I feel blessed to have read, and highly recommend! I received this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    This debut pulled me in and swept me away from beginning to end.Aurelie Harcourt grows up in debtor's prison with her father and then goes to live with her well off family. Woven in seamlessly and in beautiful accompaniment is the finishing of the novel Lady Jayne Disappears.The mystery and romance were equally compelling. The feel of the novel is Gothic yet hopeful.I adored this novel and am delighted to have found such a lovely debut.My gratitude to the publisher Revell for a complimentary Net This debut pulled me in and swept me away from beginning to end.Aurelie Harcourt grows up in debtor's prison with her father and then goes to live with her well off family. Woven in seamlessly and in beautiful accompaniment is the finishing of the novel Lady Jayne Disappears.The mystery and romance were equally compelling. The feel of the novel is Gothic yet hopeful.I adored this novel and am delighted to have found such a lovely debut.My gratitude to the publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jaime Jo Wright
    January 1, 1970
    I want to gush. May I gush? I shall gush. Woooooooooooooooooooooow. Definitely one of my top reads of the year. It’s everything I want in a historical romantic mystery. Complete with compliments to Great Expectations which may be my most loved of the classics. “Lady Jayne” has thoroughly bewitched me. I am in its spell and am quite content to remain there.
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano is an exciting and complex debut. I've been anticipating this book for a LONG time! In fact, I added it to my TBR "shelf" way early in the year. The premise of a young lady in Victorian England secretly writing under a pen name while trying to solve a mystery connected to her own family just sounded so intriguing! And, it was. The one word that sums up the feeling of this story: ALLURING. From start to finish, I was impressed by the character gro Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano is an exciting and complex debut. I've been anticipating this book for a LONG time! In fact, I added it to my TBR "shelf" way early in the year. The premise of a young lady in Victorian England secretly writing under a pen name while trying to solve a mystery connected to her own family just sounded so intriguing! And, it was. The one word that sums up the feeling of this story: ALLURING. From start to finish, I was impressed by the character growth, vibrancy of setting, and well-told mystery arc.While Aurelie's naivete was frustrating at times (to me, the reader), it truly is an asset to the story. It both excuses her innocence when it comes to her almost nonexistent knowledge of society norms and justifies her experience and manner when she's faced with the realistic plight of common people whom society deems inferior. These seemingly contradictory facets of her character made me like her all the more --- and, they are what drew the hero of the story to recognize her unique and compassionate nature.My two favorite aspects of this story were the romance and the wonderfully deep love of literature acknowledged by the characters and observed by the reader ;). The romance cannot be commented on *no spoilers here* past saying it is as sweet as I hoped it would be and as surprising at times with its tenderness and depth. The book and story love, however, are wonderful bookworm tendencies for the people of that time AND a nod to story in itself. It's delightful.Victorian society is the perfect backdrop for the many twists, secrets, and mystery of Lady Jayne Disappears. All this combine with the romance to form a Dickensian-like tale of belonging and purpose. It's a treat for lovers of historical romance and drama! I eagerly look forward to whatever Joanne pens next.Thank you to Revell publishers and Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this novel. This is my honest review.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    When you get an email saying you made it onto the launch team!
  • Ruthie Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne Disappears is a masterful metafictional tale that blurs the line between telling a story and living the truth. Aurelie Harcourt picks up the telling of Lady Jayne Disappears upon the death of her father, inheriting the mysterious nom de plume: Nathaniel Droll. And I must say that this secret authorial identity passed from father to daughter is, indeed, quite droll. Prepare to be amazed and amused.Joanna Davidson Politano’s writing is so wonderfully melodic and lyrical that my heart so Lady Jayne Disappears is a masterful metafictional tale that blurs the line between telling a story and living the truth. Aurelie Harcourt picks up the telling of Lady Jayne Disappears upon the death of her father, inheriting the mysterious nom de plume: Nathaniel Droll. And I must say that this secret authorial identity passed from father to daughter is, indeed, quite droll. Prepare to be amazed and amused.Joanna Davidson Politano’s writing is so wonderfully melodic and lyrical that my heart soared with every word, and I could almost hear the crescendo of an imaginary musical score punctuating the ending of this delightful story about a story. How beautiful is that?The plot of Lady Jayne Disappears is a journey that must not be rushed. It must be savored and gripped with both hands. Each twist reveals another clue, each character delights, and each moment satisfies, until the reader is beset with eagerness for the next installment in the serial titled Lady Jayne Disappears in the novel called Lady Jayne Disappears. Aurelie Rosette Harcourt is a rose among thorns as she navigates her new life with a family she never knew she had. Writing is her solace and her downfall and her saving grace, in that order.What I love most about Lady Jayne Disappears is the constant havoc that Aurelie unwittingly wreaks at Lynhurst Manor from the minute she arrives after a lifetime spent at her father’s side in debtor’s prison. She never truly fits in with this mess of a family, which according to Silas Rotherham, is a good thing. And speaking of Silas, he’s an absolute true hero, and he loves to read books. Need I say more?If you are ready for an exquisitely told tale about love, betrayal, secrets, crashing revelations, heartbreaking realizations, and a “snit of a girl” with a hearty appetite, then Lady Jayne Disappears is the book for you. Trust me.***"But it was a generally understood rule among writers that the most brilliant ideas only came when one was not within reach of pen and paper." ~ chapter 1"Lady Jayne's antidote for boredom was not entertainment but rather curiosity and imagination." ~ chapter 3"Give a man a puzzle, and you've given him a reason to exist another day." ~ chapter 3"Good literature is good literature, whether it is marketed toward the poor for a ha'penny an issue or the aristocracy for a fortune." ~ chapter 4"I become drunk on story, on words, as a buffer against reality." ~ chapter 9"Every girl is born with the ability to be herself. Many simply unlearn it because they do not like who that is, and they think no one else will either." ~ chapter 11"You can collect all the compliments in the world, but they make no difference until you believe them." ~ chapter 19
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just...beautiful. Review:This is one of the most beautifully crafted novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. It was such a masterpiece of writing.A story within a story, with twists and turns, and curiosities that leave you wondering but keep you oh-so absorbed in its pages.Upon closing the final page, I had to sit back in a bit of awe. The author has a way with words, just as the main character Aurelie has. May I also say how much I love that name – Aurelie. So beautif Wow. Just...beautiful. Review:This is one of the most beautifully crafted novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. It was such a masterpiece of writing.A story within a story, with twists and turns, and curiosities that leave you wondering but keep you oh-so absorbed in its pages.Upon closing the final page, I had to sit back in a bit of awe. The author has a way with words, just as the main character Aurelie has. May I also say how much I love that name – Aurelie. So beautiful.The characters were marvelous. I love real feeling characters, and these definitely filled that. Aurelie: a most beautiful and unique heroine, Silas Rotherham: the perfect hero. And each of the side characters were brilliantly crafted as well.Every scene was depicted so well, with so much feeling – you were definitely present in the novel. And the bit of mystery – goodness! I was entirely surprised by the culprit behind the murder. What murder you ask? Well, you’ll just have to read the book yourself to find out!Truly, this was a lovely novel. The faith aspect was beautiful and poignant. The struggles felt by the characters were most real and relatable.I wish I could give a review that would justly describe this book, but I am afraid I’m at a bit of a loss for words. I thoroughly enjoyed “Lady Jayne Disappears” and was very reluctant to leave its pages!This stunning tale just sweeps you away with its beauty and richness. I definitely recommend, especially for fans of Charles Dickens (think Little Dorrit and Bleak House), Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) and just excellent English/Gothic fiction that is inspiring and full of faith.I also made social media graphics for this book, which can be found on my blog:https://godspeculiartreasurerae.wordp...
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This mysterious, gothic tale was full of strange characters and secrets that always felt just beneath the surface. The author did a great job of creating an atmosphere that left me wondering who to trust and what had really happened to the elusive Lady Jayne.Aurelie Harcourt was a strange mix of two worlds in this novel. On the one hand, she was fairly accurate at reading the nature of a person. I say fairly accurate, because all was not as it seemed in her strange and moody extended family. On This mysterious, gothic tale was full of strange characters and secrets that always felt just beneath the surface. The author did a great job of creating an atmosphere that left me wondering who to trust and what had really happened to the elusive Lady Jayne.Aurelie Harcourt was a strange mix of two worlds in this novel. On the one hand, she was fairly accurate at reading the nature of a person. I say fairly accurate, because all was not as it seemed in her strange and moody extended family. On the other hand, she was naive about society and rules, and sometimes revealed too much in her writing.I loved the way the author kept me guessing until the last portion of the story, when all was revealed. I am usually able to determine key villains and their reasons for treachery while reading, but not this time! It was delightful to see the way the author creatively and satisfyingly wove it all together!You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    What a debut! It’s been awhile since I’ve been incredibly impressed with a debut! Mystery, intrigue, more mystery, romance and a totally captivating story.This was one of those reads I had to finish in one sitting. It was haunting, unique and not all characters turned out as you thought. There were a couple pieces I wanted to know more about at the end, but even with that, I so enjoyed this journey.I also loved that many characters were not exactly as they first appeared. With each new layer pee What a debut! It’s been awhile since I’ve been incredibly impressed with a debut! Mystery, intrigue, more mystery, romance and a totally captivating story.This was one of those reads I had to finish in one sitting. It was haunting, unique and not all characters turned out as you thought. There were a couple pieces I wanted to know more about at the end, but even with that, I so enjoyed this journey.I also loved that many characters were not exactly as they first appeared. With each new layer peeled back, Politano revealed deeper levels and deeper reasons for a character’s behavior. Misunderstandings, revelations, and faith all make up this entertaining and fantastic debut!Have you had the chance to read this debut?(Thank you to Revell for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)Originally posted at https://musingsofjamie.wordpress.com/...
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  • Crystal Caudill
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne is one of those rare books that I will absolutely force everyone I know to read. There is so much more this story than an intriguing and surprising plot line. This is a book so decadent and rich that if it were a food, your waist line would suffer from this irresistible treat.The plot itself is intriguing and full of wonderful surprises, and my little writer's heart just eats up all the emotions and struggles of Aurelie Harcourt as she takes up her father's pen name. Plot twists aboun Lady Jayne is one of those rare books that I will absolutely force everyone I know to read. There is so much more this story than an intriguing and surprising plot line. This is a book so decadent and rich that if it were a food, your waist line would suffer from this irresistible treat.The plot itself is intriguing and full of wonderful surprises, and my little writer's heart just eats up all the emotions and struggles of Aurelie Harcourt as she takes up her father's pen name. Plot twists abound, and when you are finished reading it, I would LOVE to talk about it with you, but I absolutely refuse to ruin the mystery now.What really adds to the story for me is Joanna's voice. It is so fresh, yet reminiscent of literature classics, that I absolutely cannot get enough of her writing. As I read, I feel like I am floating through a fantastic Gothic novel, although it is neither horror or truly dark, but it was the same awestruck feeling that I have only managed to have in those type novels.The heroine of the story is Aurelie Harcourt, daughter of and scribe for the famous serial author, Nathaniel Droll. When her father passes on, she must take on the pen name and finish the mysterious story of her mother's disappearance. After having grown up in debtor's prison, she is brought into her father's rich family and the setting of the novel. But Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets, and her arrival might reveal them all.Oh my goodness, friends! I cannot rave about this book enough. So much mystery! So much intrigue! And a hero that makes me swoon.*I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher. The opinions and ravings about this book are completely mine, without regard to how I received the book. But seriously, ya'll it is AMAZING!!!*
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars! Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano was a wonderful debut book. Full of mystery and suspense. Romance and misunderstandings between several of the characters. Aurelia Harcourt was raised in debtors prison by her father whom is a storyteller and author and passes his abilities to his daughter. After he dies she continues to write the serial he was dictating to her; even after she is taken to the family she didn't even know existed. Most of the family do not know who she 4 1/2 stars! Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano was a wonderful debut book. Full of mystery and suspense. Romance and misunderstandings between several of the characters. Aurelia Harcourt was raised in debtors prison by her father whom is a storyteller and author and passes his abilities to his daughter. After he dies she continues to write the serial he was dictating to her; even after she is taken to the family she didn't even know existed. Most of the family do not know who she is or where she came from and don't want her there. But she makes a few friends especially with Silas Rotherham, a friend of the family. Great story and cast of characters. I will be reading more from this author!I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "They are my family, and I have nowhere else to go. And my heart . . . . my heart needs to belong somewhere. It is not a loner."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. "They are my family, and I have nowhere else to go. And my heart . . . . my heart needs to belong somewhere. It is not a loner."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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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A well done debut novel with a complex plot and colorful characters set in Victorian England. One part mystery, one part romance, this story had the feel of Dickens, Bronte, and Austen all rolled into one, with plenty of plot twists, and a Gothic feel with an old eerie manor home backdrop. The main character, Aurelie reminded me of Little Dorrit, with a bit of Jane Eyre, as she feels out of place and yet, longs to belong. Having the heart of an artist, she captures the people around her and make A well done debut novel with a complex plot and colorful characters set in Victorian England. One part mystery, one part romance, this story had the feel of Dickens, Bronte, and Austen all rolled into one, with plenty of plot twists, and a Gothic feel with an old eerie manor home backdrop. The main character, Aurelie reminded me of Little Dorrit, with a bit of Jane Eyre, as she feels out of place and yet, longs to belong. Having the heart of an artist, she captures the people around her and makes sense of her situation through her writing. Seeing things through her perspective was interesting as she tried to work out her dilemma, and solve the mystery. I loved her conversations with Silas, as he challenges her, and they banter back and forth. Silas is a great character, intentionally seeing the good in people, as he believes God would want him to. He is a noble, kind gentleman. Nelle was also a sweet natured young woman, and a lovely friend. With the many twists to the story, I wondered how it would all end. I was a little confused at the start, but it all became clearer, and the satisfying conclusion made it worth all the angst in between.Prayers for help and Scripture verses are adeptly woven in as Aurelie finds herself more dependent on God than ever. I like how the 23rd Psalm was used throughout the book, and how she clung to verses to bolster her faith and courage. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. I'd never had to depend so fully on the Lord before this, and it seemed now he was all I had." The theme of doing what is right or honest, versus doing what will please people and gain their acceptance, was one many of us struggle with. Recommend this book to readers who enjoy a mystery and clean romance, with some faith. (There are some mature subjects in the story, but no graphic details. ) 4.5 stars(An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    "Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano is such an incredible book for so many reasons!! I did not know anything about the author or the book going into it--except that I loved the cover and the back cover description. This book is so well written and has such a great story with characters that you will fall in love with!The opening of the story draws you in right away. Ms. Politano uses vivid descriptions of Victorian England that make you feel like you are transported back in time. "Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano is such an incredible book for so many reasons!! I did not know anything about the author or the book going into it--except that I loved the cover and the back cover description. This book is so well written and has such a great story with characters that you will fall in love with!The opening of the story draws you in right away. Ms. Politano uses vivid descriptions of Victorian England that make you feel like you are transported back in time. There is an air of mystery and a gothic feel throughout, with hints of Dickens. I find the premise and plot of this story fascinating and refreshing. It is very original and well done. I love the characters in this story so much; each is interesting in his own right. I’d love to gush more about the book’s plot, but it's hard to not say anything that would give the story away, so if the back cover description grabs you, you’ll love this book! My inner bookworm was in heaven, reading about how Aurelie (our heroine), loves stories. I love the way she thinks and interacts with others. Aurelie also has a strong faith, prays and talks about God. She repeats verses when she is going through hard times. She is a character that I will not soon forget!I highly recommend this book! It has beautiful messages of identity, belonging and faith. The mystery, twists and turns kept me reading until the last page. I can't wait for the next book this author writes! Content: This is a clean read.Rating: I give this book 5 starsGenre: Christian historical fiction; Victorian; Mystery; RomanceI want to thank Joanna Davidson Politano, Revell, and LibraryThing Early Reviewers for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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  • Rissi
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano - Haunting Gothic DebutFollowing in the footsteps of the epic Dickens tomes or the Gothic infused Jane Eyre, this debut novel suffers no shortage of atmospheric qualities and multi-dimensional characters. Find the full review on Finding Wonderland.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I was so enthralled with this read that I read it on one sitting, and I simply couldn't put it down! This book was so different from many reads, and I so enjoy a bit of freshness to my reads. The mood is a bit like Jane Eyre, but the plot is quite unique. Where she grew up was fascinating, watching her trying to keep that a secret was even more intriguing.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 h I was so enthralled with this read that I read it on one sitting, and I simply couldn't put it down! This book was so different from many reads, and I so enjoy a bit of freshness to my reads. The mood is a bit like Jane Eyre, but the plot is quite unique. Where she grew up was fascinating, watching her trying to keep that a secret was even more intriguing.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.
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  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not the biggest fan of writers writing novels about writers—it seems to take the advice to “write what you know” a little too literally for my taste. But Lady Jayne Disappears worked in spite of this, perhaps because Aurelie Harcourt is the transcriber for author Nathaniel Droll rather than the author himself … although that changes as the story moves forward.Aurelie is trying to find the identity of her mother, who disappeared from her ancestral home of Lyndhurst Manor when she was a baby. I’m not the biggest fan of writers writing novels about writers—it seems to take the advice to “write what you know” a little too literally for my taste. But Lady Jayne Disappears worked in spite of this, perhaps because Aurelie Harcourt is the transcriber for author Nathaniel Droll rather than the author himself … although that changes as the story moves forward.Aurelie is trying to find the identity of her mother, who disappeared from her ancestral home of Lyndhurst Manor when she was a baby. Mr Rotherham is trying to find the identity of Nathaniel Droll (great name, by the way). And various members of the Harcourt household are keeping their own secrets as well …Lady Jayne Disappears has a strong plot with an intriguing mystery and more than a hint of romance. The characters are strong and likeable, and many have their own secrets which adds to the overall mystery. The writing was excellent. I especially liked the many lines about reading and writing. I also liked the strong Christian thread. My one problem with Lady Jayne Disappears was the number of anachronisms. I’m a history fan and a marketing major, and a character discussing book marketing in Victorian England isn’t right (my dictionary confirms my marketing lecturer was right: “marketing” in Victorian England was the activity of going to the market). Victorian English residents were also unlikely to “schlep”, and didn’t write checks (okay, that’s an Americanism rather than an anachronism). I also suspect they were more likely to eat French pastries than Danish.I know, I know. Most people won’t notice these things, and they certainly shouldn’t allow them to detract from a solid debut novel with a unique twist. I hope to see more of Aurelie and Nathaniel Droll in future.Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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