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, Christian, Fiction

Lady Jayne Disappears Review

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars TOP PICK
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    When you get an email saying you made it onto the launch team!
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    January 1, 1970
    This book surprised me many times over. When I started reading I really wasn't sure what to expect. And not just because it is a debut novel but also because the type of story it is isn't my typical read.When I first started reading I expected there to be a layer of mystery just from reading the title. Little did I know that there was more than just a "layer" of mystery and that there were actually multiple mysteries in the book. I very much did enjoy the different mysterious moments in the plot This book surprised me many times over. When I started reading I really wasn't sure what to expect. And not just because it is a debut novel but also because the type of story it is isn't my typical read.When I first started reading I expected there to be a layer of mystery just from reading the title. Little did I know that there was more than just a "layer" of mystery and that there were actually multiple mysteries in the book. I very much did enjoy the different mysterious moments in the plot and was surprised my almost all of them!I found myself very intrigued with Aurelie and her father's lives. It saddened me the way people lived in debtor's prisons. But it made for such an interesting back story for her. I loved the concept of the pen name and I loved the intrigue throughout.I will admit I struggled to keep up with all of the characters but perhaps that alone is part of the mystery? I know the dates don't align perfectly but this book had some moments when it reminded me of a Spanish television show called Gran Hotel that was similar to Downton Abbey. It had a lot of similar elements minus the pen name and the serial novel. Oh and speaking of the serial novel... thank goodness we get whole novels now. I could not have handled reading this book one chapter at a time!I received a copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Stella Potts
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut novel by Joanna Davidson Politano. I would say this is an author that you will be seeing quite a bit more of in the future. I loved this book and thought it was awesome. Aurelie Harcourt grew up with her father in debtors prison in the mid 1800's. Her father told her a story which she transcribed and sent to the publisher every week as a serialized story. When her father dies Aurelie takes up where he left off after going to live with her father's wealthy sister Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut novel by Joanna Davidson Politano. I would say this is an author that you will be seeing quite a bit more of in the future. I loved this book and thought it was awesome. Aurelie Harcourt grew up with her father in debtors prison in the mid 1800's. Her father told her a story which she transcribed and sent to the publisher every week as a serialized story. When her father dies Aurelie takes up where he left off after going to live with her father's wealthy sister and family. This is a story of mystery and romance, with many twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the very end. You can be sure that I will be looking forward to the next book by Ms. Politano.I received a copy of this book from the publisher with no requirement for a review. All views stated are my own.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... From the first chapter till the last word on the page, I was captivated. Lady Jayne Disappears far exceeded my expectations. This debut book of Joanna’s is simply stunning in its culmination. I finished this book in a clouded euphoria, leaving me speechless. 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 See my full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... From the first chapter till the last word on the page, I was captivated. Lady Jayne Disappears far exceeded my expectations. This debut book of Joanna’s is simply stunning in its culmination. I finished this book in a clouded euphoria, leaving me speechless. 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.)
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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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  • maryreads
    January 1, 1970
    There aren't words to express how much I completely loved this book! Ms. Politano has truly won herself a new fan!This book completely captivated me! It’s deliciously intriguing, achingly beautiful and immensely satisfying.Aurelie Harcourt is not a normal girl. Being raised in a debtor’s prison, she has seen things many people her age or even older don’t even dream of or just choose not to acknowledge. However, it’s in the dark and dirty aisles of this place that Aura Rose finds protection, happ There aren't words to express how much I completely loved this book! Ms. Politano has truly won herself a new fan!This book completely captivated me! It’s deliciously intriguing, achingly beautiful and immensely satisfying.Aurelie Harcourt is not a normal girl. Being raised in a debtor’s prison, she has seen things many people her age or even older don’t even dream of or just choose not to acknowledge. However, it’s in the dark and dirty aisles of this place that Aura Rose finds protection, happiness, purpose, and family among strangers. All changes, though, when her dear papa suddenly dies and Aurelie is taken to live with those related to her by blood but who, until then, hadn’t the mind to seek her and her father out and try to help them with their predicament. In this new world full of sparkles and masks, Aurelie is determined to remain true to herself and to her father, finding solace in the stories he called so dear to his heart. However, soon enough, she finds out that not everything is what it seems… when she quickly learns to see through the masks, to listen to the house and its stories (because, yes, Lynhurst Manor is as much a character as any other person in this book), to look for the signs pointing to the truth, can she hold on to her true self? Being pulled by her convictions as well as her personal desires, can she find peace and be whole, regardless of the answers she might find?I was hooked on the first page by more than just the mystery or the characters, but simply because of the author’s voice. It transcends the pages and guides your own emotions to match those of the characters. It’s refreshing, witty and inspiring. There are some books impossible to believe to be a debut novel, this is one of them. There are moments so honestly vulnerable that you know the author has just exposed a precious part of herself. There are no dull moments in this book, that’s for sure! The way Joanna Davidson Politano worked through the main character’s thoughts in the first person made this story personal and relatable as more than just a Christian or a reader (we do have our share of bookworms in this story!!), but also as a mere human-being trying to live in a broken world. Because there is light despite the darkness, there is peace despite the hurts, there is love despite betrayal, there is hope despite so many hardships and challenges trying to defeat you… there is a place to call home despite feeling odd and as if you don’t fit. And Aurelie is soon to find out that these truths are for everyone and it’s our mission to point them out with our gifts.I found everything in this story fascinating, from the characters to the mystery, and especially the surprises in each turn of the page. Never think you have figured everything out! There were moments in which I felt such a nagging anxiety because of the tormented situations and misunderstandings so well expressed and put out that I almost believed them to be definite – and I was tempted to skip to the end of the book just to make sure everything would turn out well and the way it was supposed to be… eventually, I was able to control myself and wait for the appropriate moment to arrive at the ending. And what a bittersweet moment! Trust me that you will not be disappointed, except for the fact that the book ended and you’re not emotionally ready to say goodbye to these characters. Good thing there is another book by Joanna to look forward to already 😊* I received an ARC from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    January 1, 1970
    ((3.5 Stars.))Lady Jayne Disappears is a wonderfully written debut novel by the author, but had some issues.When I started the both, I was instantly interested. It was a little hard to understand what was going on at first, but I understood about two chapters after beginning the story.The main character is Aurelie. She was a very likeable character and I suppose I connected with her since I like to write as well. I certainly felt for her during most of the book. Her love interest, Silas, just wa ((3.5 Stars.))Lady Jayne Disappears is a wonderfully written debut novel by the author, but had some issues.When I started the both, I was instantly interested. It was a little hard to understand what was going on at first, but I understood about two chapters after beginning the story.The main character is Aurelie. She was a very likeable character and I suppose I connected with her since I like to write as well. I certainly felt for her during most of the book. Her love interest, Silas, just wasn’t my favorite. I’m not sure why I feel this way exactly, but he just seemed a bit unrealistic for a male figure.I loved the mystery throughout the whole book. I’m very impressed with the way the author has written it. It kept me on the edge of my seat!What I really disliked:The romance. I wasn’t bothered by Juliette when she was obsessed with guys in general, always mentioning them… specifically Silas and Aurelie. Way too much. It mentioned desire and passion between them. I skipped over kissing parts. Certainly affected my rating.The twists towards the end of the book. I wish things had been different… Certain things revealed certainly disappointed me, affecting my rating as well.I loved over half of the book, and it might have been a new favorite of mine, but the twists towards the end just ruined it for me. I would be willing to read more from this author though. I can tell she has lots of future potential!Overall, 3.5 Stars.Content warnings: Some deep mentions of romance: desires and passions, kisses, stroking hair, a female character is a bit obsessed with guys; mentions of death, Spoiler that might bug people like myself: (view spoiler)[Aurelie’s mother was already married when she and Woolf (Aurelie’s father) met.. They later had an affair that resulted in Aurelie being born and Lady Jayne abandoning her right after birth. (hide spoiler)]I received this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest review.This review was written in my own words and opinions.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Um....wow! I need to wrap my brain around this before I write my review. literally just finished. This story completely blew away my expectations! And that's saying a lot! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. )
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Joanna Davidson Politano is a master storyteller with a dash of poetic grace running through her veins. Her debut novel will leave you breathless as you race to the end to discover the truth. Joanna uses just enough mystery and romance to keep the reader hooked till the very last page regardless of the late hour. This book is going on the keeper shelf right next to Laura Frantz and Kristy Cambron.
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Eager to try new authors, I happily picked up Joanna Davidson Politano’s debut novel. Expecting an entertaining story, I was completely unprepared for the amazing storyline, the depth of characterization, and the surprising twist she incorporates into this gothic-feel novel. She is an author to watch!The novel has a very mysterious feel to it from the opening pages. Our heroine finds herself unexpectedly alone in the world and completely unprepared for life outside the walls of the debtor’s pris Eager to try new authors, I happily picked up Joanna Davidson Politano’s debut novel. Expecting an entertaining story, I was completely unprepared for the amazing storyline, the depth of characterization, and the surprising twist she incorporates into this gothic-feel novel. She is an author to watch!The novel has a very mysterious feel to it from the opening pages. Our heroine finds herself unexpectedly alone in the world and completely unprepared for life outside the walls of the debtor’s prison she grew up in. Her naivety and sincerity immediately set her at odds with her father’s family, a mixed lot of secrecy and hysterics in human form, all of whom have secrets they would like to remain hidden. But Aurelie is hiding a secret or two of her own. It is the revelation of these secrets, and the lengths some go to in order to keep them, that propels much of the action.The main characters are very vivid with complex motivations, both known and unknown. Aurelie and Silas are both giving, genuine people in a world of masks and deception and I loved them for it, even as we are kept in suspense as they experience doubts about each other. And many of the secondary characters are fleshed out a bit and add a lot to the storyline, with even a few minor characters having important contributions. I love the expertly crafted mystery; clues appear in early pages and continue throughout the unfolding plot, but there are enough false trails to keep the reader guessing. And no matter how many things we think we know as the book closes, the twists and turns somehow upset everything at the same time they make everything clear, even back to the first few chapters. I can only imagine the work that must have gone into constructing this novel!The prose is beautiful in itself; because Aurelie is a writer, there is a lot about novel writing and the way a story can speak into the reader’s life for good. Words are powerful and provide both escape from daily struggles as well as an outlet to understand them and our reactions to them better.The Christian content is outstanding in this book, and I appreciate how Aurelie and Silas both do their imperfect best to follow Christ despite the situations in which they find themselves. Also, there is a strong current of consequences throughout this novel, and a vivid illustration of how no one makes any decisions that affect them alone—it has a ripple effect on those around them, sometimes a generation or more down the road.I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical fiction as well as the mystery/suspense genre. While a Christian novel that remains a clean read, this book does deal with some difficult subjects so I would suggest it for mature readers age 16 and up. At points heart-wrenching, the picture of loving through and even beyond our struggles is a beautiful one and well worth the time it takes to enter Aurelie’s world and live in it with her.I received a copy of this book from the author and the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Jayne Disappears by JoAnna Davidson Politano is an interesting and unique story set in the Victorian age. Right from the prologue, Davidson grabbed my attention and drew me into the story. It seemed different than anything else I have read. The synopsis gripped my attention, and I couldn't wait to read what this debut author had written. It was hard to believe this was a novel written by a debut author; it was well-written.Politano does a great job at inviting me into the setting with her Lady Jayne Disappears by JoAnna Davidson Politano is an interesting and unique story set in the Victorian age. Right from the prologue, Davidson grabbed my attention and drew me into the story. It seemed different than anything else I have read. The synopsis gripped my attention, and I couldn't wait to read what this debut author had written. It was hard to believe this was a novel written by a debut author; it was well-written.Politano does a great job at inviting me into the setting with her details and her writing. I was drawn into Miss Harcourt's thoughts and emotions and felt her struggle throughout the novel. I admired the character of Miss Harcourt. She was a strong woman who was raised with practically nothing, but she knew of a way to make a living on her own. She had a kind soul and made friends with practically everyone she met.The story idea with the mystery gripped my attention. I couldn't wait to see what happened to Lady Jayne, and what would happen to Miss Harcourt. The story centers around Miss Harcourt as she struggles to survive in the elite society of London while trying to keep her identity secret and solving the mystery of what happened to Lady Jayne. The romance was low key for me, which I like, don't get me wrong, but it felt not the forefront of Politano's story, but she threw it there for good measure. I think the mystery element could have carried the story without the romance.As for the plot, I really enjoyed it. It was unique, fresh, and artistically rendered. I had a hard time putting the story down. It started out with giving me the feeling of a classic novel that you want to read over and over again. Further along in the plot, it started to wind down a little, and I wondered if Politano was dragging out the middle to meet a word count quota. The climax of the mystery I did not see coming. Politano surprised me with the person behind it. I didn't see that coming. I feel like I need to reread it and observe this person more closely and see if it fits the bad guy.Overall, Lady Jayne Disappears by JoAnna Davidson Politano is an original mystery dancing on the streets of upper and lower class London in the Victorian age. I enjoyed the concept and the main character. I really can't wait to see what Politano comes up with next.I received a complimentary copy of Lady Jayne Disappears by JoAnna Davidson Politano from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Lady Jane DisappearsAuthor: Joanna Davidson PolitanoPages: 416Year: 2017Publisher: RevellMy rating 5 out of 5 stars.Aurelie Harcourt is a young woman who has an uncanny way of telling stories that entertain and teach at the same time. Aurelie learned that from her father who she stayed with in debtor’s prison because she had nowhere else to go. Aurelie had her father’s family, who she eventually had to stay with after her father’s demise in prison. However, she finds herself not only a st Title: Lady Jane DisappearsAuthor: Joanna Davidson PolitanoPages: 416Year: 2017Publisher: RevellMy rating 5 out of 5 stars.Aurelie Harcourt is a young woman who has an uncanny way of telling stories that entertain and teach at the same time. Aurelie learned that from her father who she stayed with in debtor’s prison because she had nowhere else to go. Aurelie had her father’s family, who she eventually had to stay with after her father’s demise in prison. However, she finds herself not only a stranger among family, but undesired as well.The author weaves a very heart-gripping story of this young woman’s desire to find out what happened to her mother while trying to “fit in” to the family when they don’t even want her in the house. The other members in the house may or may not really be who they appear to be, especially regarding the woman they look at as an intruder.As Aurelie walks throughout the mansion, she comes across a room that has clues in it as to who her mother may have been, but where or what happened to her is what Aurelie wants to know most of all. The character that kept me guessing as to his true identity and inner character was Silas Rotherham. At times in the story he appeared as a protagonist while at other times it was like he was someone totally different. Either way, I can share with you that the ending will really surprise you! As I read, I felt like I was reading a story within a story and I found that a fascinating aspect of the book.In the back of the book for those who want to know, the author gives us a sneak peek into the next tale she will share with her audience. I don’t know the title or when it will be released, but I will be watching for it with excitement to see if it is as excellent a story as Lady Jane Disappears!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Pamela Barrett
    January 1, 1970
    Aurelie Harcourt grew up in a debtor’s prison in the mid 1800’s with her father who told fanciful stories about a romance with a beautiful woman he called Lady Jayne. Aurelie wrote them all down, and they were being published as a serial novel that captivated Victorian England. They were published using a false identity so no one knew who wrote them. Also, Aurelie never knew her own mother so she fantasizes and wonders if Lady Jayne might be her mother.When her father dies, she is released into Aurelie Harcourt grew up in a debtor’s prison in the mid 1800’s with her father who told fanciful stories about a romance with a beautiful woman he called Lady Jayne. Aurelie wrote them all down, and they were being published as a serial novel that captivated Victorian England. They were published using a false identity so no one knew who wrote them. Also, Aurelie never knew her own mother so she fantasizes and wonders if Lady Jayne might be her mother.When her father dies, she is released into the care of her aunt Eudora, her father’s sister, who lives on the family estate, the very one her father used as a setting for his stories. Once she arrives at Lynhurst Manor she sees that in contrast to its beauty, and even with all their wealth, there is deep running unhappiness and secrets lurk everywhere. Convinced that somebody in the family must know about Lady Jayne, she begins her search, but no one will tell her who she was and what happened; it seems that Lady Jayne has simply vanished. Aurelie needs to tread lightly because she has her own secret to hide from the world, that she knows the identity of the author of Lady Jayne’s stories. This is great story telling. If you’re looking for a English based novel of mystery, romance, and a bit of danger reminiscent of Dickens and the Bronte’s then this is a must have. I read a galley proof, so the publication date is around October 2017, just put it on your wish list. 4 stars
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  • Savanna Kaiser
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t you just love discovering new favorite authors? Well, I think I just found another favorite of mine in Joanna Davidson Politano! Within minutes of starting “Lady Jayne Disappears” I knew I was in for an adventure and it took me far beyond my expectations. Friends, this is a beautiful story I highly recommend.My heart instantly connected with Aurelie and her writing ways. Her compassion and honesty made her a beautiful heroine, inside and out. The secretive house and its complicated residen Don’t you just love discovering new favorite authors? Well, I think I just found another favorite of mine in Joanna Davidson Politano! Within minutes of starting “Lady Jayne Disappears” I knew I was in for an adventure and it took me far beyond my expectations. Friends, this is a beautiful story I highly recommend.My heart instantly connected with Aurelie and her writing ways. Her compassion and honesty made her a beautiful heroine, inside and out. The secretive house and its complicated residents added great tension to the story. And the romance was so….. romantic. ;) I loved how one houseguest offered our leading lady his honesty and friendship. He was a light in the shadows of Lynhurst Manor.From the cover to the last page, the mystery follows you. I could not read fast enough to satisfy my curiosity. I stayed up way too late reading and got up the next day and finished it. It’s THAT good! ;)I loved the aspect of Nathaniel Droll and how everyone is trying to figure out who he is. And there were so many quotes worth highlighting. There were several perfect twists too. I can’t wait to read more by this author. Her storytelling is unique, fresh, and captivating. Undoubtedly, “Lady Jayne Disappears” is one of my favorites of 2017.
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