Finding Lady Enderly
Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within--and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.

Finding Lady Enderly Details

TitleFinding Lady Enderly
Author
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800736248
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Suspense

Finding Lady Enderly Review

  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    I read a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So to come across a story that is new and original...that doesn’t happen often. But let me tell you, I have NEVER read a book quite like this one. The intrigue will keep you turning pages, and if it doesn’t then the hero will. Can I just say that communicating through secret messages within the pages of Austen, Bronte, and Dickens is enough to make any bibliophiles heart go putter-patter. To have someone see you so wholly and love you so deeply and tell you repea I read a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So to come across a story that is new and original...that doesn’t happen often. But let me tell you, I have NEVER read a book quite like this one. The intrigue will keep you turning pages, and if it doesn’t then the hero will. Can I just say that communicating through secret messages within the pages of Austen, Bronte, and Dickens is enough to make any bibliophiles heart go putter-patter. To have someone see you so wholly and love you so deeply and tell you repeatedly exactly who you are even when the world is trying to convince you otherwise... phew. Romantic! And the layers! And the depth! Man, Joanna Politano is one wise woman. The message within these pages is one we all need to be reminded of.Loved it!
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I have not been intrigued by a book and read it almost nonstop like this one in quite some time.Where is the option for 100 stars, surely this one deserves it!Who could ever imagine the rags to riches story awaiting inside these pages?Dank,dark and dangerous that's London's East End where Raina Bretton lives in poverty and works as a rag woman. Seemingly chosen by random in a dark alley by a handsome stranger she is whisked off to a new life of glamour and servants. There is a catch though, Wow! I have not been intrigued by a book and read it almost nonstop like this one in quite some time.Where is the option for 100 stars, surely this one deserves it!Who could ever imagine the rags to riches story awaiting inside these pages?Dank,dark and dangerous that's London's East End where Raina Bretton lives in poverty and works as a rag woman. Seemingly chosen by random in a dark alley by a handsome stranger she is whisked off to a new life of glamour and servants. There is a catch though, she is now Lady Enderly who is said to be taking a break from the public's eye.Who really is Lady Enderly though and where is she?A very real gothic feel will accompany you as you read the pages of this book with the abbey in it's decay and ruin. A foreboding feeling will linger with you as secrets are rampant and what about those who threaten to reveal her secret identity? I could not read this book quickly enough danger,mystery,romance a haunting prose. This is one not to miss!Published August 20th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company I was given a complimentary copy. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    I've been well and truly gobsmacked. Again! This is another book that defies description, but, of course, I'll try! It's everything grand in a historical multiplied by a thousand more goodness! The kind of story that kidnaps an unsuspecting reader and holds her hostage until the very last page and then, when she's finally released, she doesn't want her freedom. It's the kind of book that almost ruins you for any others. Almost. I'm hyperventilating over that thought. Rest assured, I didn't lose I've been well and truly gobsmacked. Again! This is another book that defies description, but, of course, I'll try! It's everything grand in a historical multiplied by a thousand more goodness! The kind of story that kidnaps an unsuspecting reader and holds her hostage until the very last page and then, when she's finally released, she doesn't want her freedom. It's the kind of book that almost ruins you for any others. Almost. I'm hyperventilating over that thought. Rest assured, I didn't lose my passion for reading but I might have wallowed in the boohoo-my-book-is-over-now-what-shall-I-do blues for awhile.One of the most captivating things about Finding Lady Enderly was that I never knew what to expect. Nothing is predictable! Just when I thought I knew which way was up...it wasn't! And I was on edge the whole read! Like ants-in-my-pants wriggling in anticipation half the time and cowering under the covers in dread the other half! I do so love being fully engulfed in a reading experience!And the romance...be still my heart! This is seriously one toe-curling thrill of a love story despite (or because) the couple don't spend a lot of page time together. But the furtive way they arrange to communicate sent this bibliophile's heart a-racing! One of the best parts of the book!!!!!!A richly layered masterpiece of exquisite reading pleasure!Sidenote: I listened to the audible edition which is amazing! And sweet torture because there's no way to race ahead to get through the gnarly bits -- a listener must hang on to every blessed word spoken by narrator Sarah Nichols. I was on the verge of a heart attack all the way through!
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Talented Politano delivers another engaging novel with a creative storyline. Readers that enjoy multiple twists and surprises will find Finding Lady Enderly delivers.Raina is presented with an opportunity to escape her life as a rag woman. This opportunity is delivered by a gentleman she doesn't know. The love of her heart, Sully, was tragically killed at sea. She feels there is nothing to lose.As time passes, Raina realizes there were things about her life in the lower class that were positive. Talented Politano delivers another engaging novel with a creative storyline. Readers that enjoy multiple twists and surprises will find Finding Lady Enderly delivers.Raina is presented with an opportunity to escape her life as a rag woman. This opportunity is delivered by a gentleman she doesn't know. The love of her heart, Sully, was tragically killed at sea. She feels there is nothing to lose.As time passes, Raina realizes there were things about her life in the lower class that were positive. How many of us long for a "better" life? Would it truly be better?What I loved most about the novel is the creative storyline and the way Raina exchanged messages with her friend through novel passages.My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Finding Lady Enderly is a delightfully creative story. A literal rag to riches story, Raina is a rag woman who is convinced to take part in a charade to become Lady Enderly. Why she is not sure, but when it's offered to her, she can't help but grasp this life that once was nothing but a dream for her. Of course, the dream life comes with holes that look suspiciously like nightmares, and she soon realizes that danger is around every corner.The setting of Rothbourne Abbey provides a backdrop of cr Finding Lady Enderly is a delightfully creative story. A literal rag to riches story, Raina is a rag woman who is convinced to take part in a charade to become Lady Enderly. Why she is not sure, but when it's offered to her, she can't help but grasp this life that once was nothing but a dream for her. Of course, the dream life comes with holes that look suspiciously like nightmares, and she soon realizes that danger is around every corner.The setting of Rothbourne Abbey provides a backdrop of crumbling decadence, complete with near-ruined walls and a derelict library. It's the perfect backdrop for the mysteries and intrigue found in this story. There are also a myriad of secondary characters, some beloved and some despised. Rains isn't sure who to trust, and what's more, she is not sure if she can even trust herself. The themes of truth and identity are prevalent, and the question of how you can find the truth when you've taken part in a lie. The twists and turns of the plot make it a book that reads easily and quickly. I think my favorite part is how the characters used novels and certain passages within them to pass messages to each other - so charming!I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; this review is my honest opinion.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI love it when I discover a new author to add to my go to list! I have seen many reader recommendations for Ms. Politano books, but am embarrassed to say, this is the first book of hers that I have read. I was not disappointed. She is now on my must read list!! Fans of Jessica Dotta will enjoy this book.In Finding Lady Enderly, Ms. Politano gives the reader a brilliant Gothic romance, filled with mystery and romance. With the skill of a masterful storyteller, the underlying theme of fin 4.5 starsI love it when I discover a new author to add to my go to list! I have seen many reader recommendations for Ms. Politano books, but am embarrassed to say, this is the first book of hers that I have read. I was not disappointed. She is now on my must read list!! Fans of Jessica Dotta will enjoy this book.In Finding Lady Enderly, Ms. Politano gives the reader a brilliant Gothic romance, filled with mystery and romance. With the skill of a masterful storyteller, the underlying theme of finding one's identity and purpose in God is woven seamlessly into the story adding depth to an already brilliant novel. I love the fact that Politano switches from first person to third person when she is telling the story from Raina or Sully's points of view. In Raina, we have an endearing heroine, flawed but full of heart. And to have a hero that never fails to come to the rescue, continuously demonstrating his unfailing love through the avenues of music and books..."Be still my heart"- and the message passing system, need I say more. The secondary characters are also fleshed out in the most marvelous way. I adored Bradford. Most of all, I loved the pearls of wisdom in the quotes from the Diary of a Substitute Countess at the beginning of each chapter.A couple of my favorite quotes:"The weakest version of the real you is stronger than the best imitation of someone else.""One can only ignore rotting insides for so long before the ruin seeps out.""I never needed a new identity-just a better understanding of the one who gave it to me."I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone knows the story of Cinderella - from ashes to riches. And, in a way, Finding Lady Enderly is about that. But also not.A name is something powerful, and for Raina Bretton, her given name is weak compared to her hallmark name, Ragna. And to rags and poverty, she attaches her identity, as well to the kind son of a vicar who stood up from her when she most needed and has saved her from her many perilous situations.Nevertheless, what girl doesn`t dream of beauty. Though beauty can have many Everyone knows the story of Cinderella - from ashes to riches. And, in a way, Finding Lady Enderly is about that. But also not.A name is something powerful, and for Raina Bretton, her given name is weak compared to her hallmark name, Ragna. And to rags and poverty, she attaches her identity, as well to the kind son of a vicar who stood up from her when she most needed and has saved her from her many perilous situations.Nevertheless, what girl doesn`t dream of beauty. Though beauty can have many forms, who doesn`t identify it to charming places and manicured persona? And so, with some hesitation at first, but with also a vulnerable heart severed from its source of light, Raina accepts an exquisite proposal from a cunning benefactor to pose as a Countess.When Raina arrives at Rothburne Abbey, not everything is as glamorous as she expected. She actually finds contempt, hostility, and abandonment. Threats pull her from one decision to the other and with each passing hour more is at stake than she first thought... and with each passing hour, her identity as Raina or Ragna or Lady Enderly becomes murkier, unfamiliar. Notwithstanding, there is a comfortable spot where she finds space to blossom. Her dreams of sparkle might have ended up being a reality full of emptiness at heart and pocket, but at least an empty pocket Raina knows how to deal with.Joanna Politano deals shrewdly with the dark side of life and human personality. There are parts when the characters are frustratingly human, and therefore humblingly relatable. And so, through their journeys, the author carefully and diligently brings light into their lives and hearts, while also being realistic to the consequences we deal with because of our actions. As each page turned, more and more questions aroused within me - who is this Countess the servants seem comfortable to suddenly open up to? how are the characters ever going to get themselves out of the hole becoming deeper and deeper? will truth be able to set them free?I'll let you discover for yourself the answers to these questions and much more ;-)Though there were parts of the book I found a bit slow and though it took me a while to warm up to the romance, I have to say there is no doubt Joanna Politano can capture our hearts with a character and can deftly pen a mystery novel. One thing is for sure: I did not have this book figured out!In the end, the powerful message that wrapped around my heart and brought that well-known sigh of satisfaction was that, though something might have been intended for evil and with discouragement, there's One who cares too much to throw away any opportunity for good.* I received a complimentary copy from the editor. All opinions are my own.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    A compelling and accessible Victorian romance with strongly overt spiritual threads. Drawing parallels to Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series (especially in its literal rags to riches flavour) and Jennifer Delamere's clean Victorian staples in the genre.Several twists and great pacing add to the suspense with flourish but perhaps the most admirable trait of the book is its non-conforming treatment of the central romance. The reader might assume that it will play in a linear fashion like ot A compelling and accessible Victorian romance with strongly overt spiritual threads. Drawing parallels to Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series (especially in its literal rags to riches flavour) and Jennifer Delamere's clean Victorian staples in the genre.Several twists and great pacing add to the suspense with flourish but perhaps the most admirable trait of the book is its non-conforming treatment of the central romance. The reader might assume that it will play in a linear fashion like other books of its trope and ilk, but Politano prefers to stretch out a thread that mirrors many of the issues of social justice that permeate Raina's My Fair Lady-esque tale. with thanks to netgalley
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    Richly layered book with a spiritual thread on identity that was thoughtful and deep. The story has layers and shadows and ends with a twist on the happily ever after that will satisfy realists and romantics.
  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano is truly a work of art, a gift to the historical Christian fiction fan.Captivating from the start, the first chapter was full of romance, intrigue and beautiful words. What a wonderful way to entice the reader. This book is a gem, my favorite genres of historical and mystery rolled into one extraordinary book. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from The Diary of a Substitute Countess: “Many people who go out looking for themselves will beco Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano is truly a work of art, a gift to the historical Christian fiction fan.Captivating from the start, the first chapter was full of romance, intrigue and beautiful words. What a wonderful way to entice the reader. This book is a gem, my favorite genres of historical and mystery rolled into one extraordinary book. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from The Diary of a Substitute Countess: “Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up to the God who we reflect.” There are many profound truths in each entry. Raina, the rag girl, is asked by a solicitor to journey to Rothburne Abbey to take a job that will completely change her life of poverty. With next to no information, she takes on the persona of Lady Enderly, harder than Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Raina goes by many names: Ragna, Lady Enderly, Cinderella ; but will she finally find her true identity in God? “It is important to remember who you are. Names have great significance, and we cannot let the world twist them.” Ms. Politano uses well loved, classical literature in a unique way as a means of communication between two who cannot openly converse. I eagerly read each page for new clues to the mystery of Lady Enderly. A surprise in every chapter. This book has many spiritual truths cloaked in exquisite language waiting to be discovered. It is very reminiscent of The Price Of Privilege series by Jessica Dotta or a Wilkie Collins mystery with many threads to unravel. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Cayla
    January 1, 1970
    **Special Note** I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a little intriguing. Imagine someone plucking you off the streets and carrying you away to some estate where you are being introduced as a lady of the manor. You now wear fine gowns instead of rags. People treat you as someone worth knowing, rather than turning down their noses at you. It's amazing what the right dress and title can do! You spend days and weeks pretending to be someone that you're not, **Special Note** I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a little intriguing. Imagine someone plucking you off the streets and carrying you away to some estate where you are being introduced as a lady of the manor. You now wear fine gowns instead of rags. People treat you as someone worth knowing, rather than turning down their noses at you. It's amazing what the right dress and title can do! You spend days and weeks pretending to be someone that you're not, just to keep up a ruse. But what happened to the real lady of the manor? That is where things get mighty interesting. It's an interesting tale and I enjoyed reading it. This is most suitable for anyone wishing a clean read.
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    FTC Disclosure: NetGalley and Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book (one electronic, one paperback). A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.Where do I start? What a captivating novel! From the first page, the style was engrossing, fascinating, and exquisitely quotable. If I had jotted down every line that made me sigh for how beautiful it was, I would have a notebook filled with at least half the lines from this story.The unique usage of novels within t FTC Disclosure: NetGalley and Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book (one electronic, one paperback). A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.Where do I start? What a captivating novel! From the first page, the style was engrossing, fascinating, and exquisitely quotable. If I had jotted down every line that made me sigh for how beautiful it was, I would have a notebook filled with at least half the lines from this story.The unique usage of novels within the romance thread was beautiful and made me giggle with delight and gasp with elation. I truly admired the way each of the classics used were woven in so seamlessly and delectably. Every new quote had me holding my breath to see just what sentiment would be shared this time.There were pieces of this story that reminded me of My Fair Lady and Cinderella as well as the gothic flavor of Wuthering Heights, though not necessarily the torrid tragedy that I somehow find enthralling about that particular vintage book. It’s clear to me that Mrs. Politano has a great appreciation for classic stories, for she put them on display very well in her own tale, from transforming a rag woman to the book quotes I previously mentioned to the very essence of the telling of Finding Lady Enderly. There was something so completely addicting about the overall classic feel to this story that it truly ought to be an instant classic, if I might be so bold to state.The characters were rich and deep, quite complex, and so secretive that I was kept guessing along the way. The twisty plot aided that, definitely. Every chapter had me on the edge of my seat, not solely to find out what happened next to the leading lady, but also to see which surprises and twists and turns would pop up next around her. Let me tell you, there were an entire universe of them! I love how all of that added up to be one of my favorite books of the year, joining Mrs. Amanda Dykes’s Up From the Sea and Whose Waves These Are as well as Mrs. Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Ours for a Season.Here are a few of my favorite quotes, because I simply must share a couple of the very quotable lines within this story.“Conceding a battle didn’t mean losing the war, and I always won when it counted.”“Even without meeting a person, we can determine a lot about her by looking at the people she allows into her life.”“Never be ashamed of who you are, your ladyship, for you have something powerful in you.”“Quiet was the best cure for the noise of my thoughts.”The faith thread was rich and exactly what I love in a novel. I want more books with this saturation of good, solid faith, please!
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the mystery of Lady Enderly--finding out the true reasons that Raina needs to pretend to be her. I especially loved that it wasn't straightforward and easy to guess where the story was going. Raina is fairly street-smart, but she's also impulsive and a bit of dreamer, which gets her into this mess (and partly what keeps her from getting out). I enjoyed the little ways she finds to defy expectations, though, and the way she uses book quotes as secret communication with Sully.Identity is w I loved the mystery of Lady Enderly--finding out the true reasons that Raina needs to pretend to be her. I especially loved that it wasn't straightforward and easy to guess where the story was going. Raina is fairly street-smart, but she's also impulsive and a bit of dreamer, which gets her into this mess (and partly what keeps her from getting out). I enjoyed the little ways she finds to defy expectations, though, and the way she uses book quotes as secret communication with Sully.Identity is without a doubt the theme of the story, focusing on the circumstances we let define us versus who we truly are--who God says we are. There's definitely an allegorical feel to the story, which seems a little heavy at times, but it certainly provides food for thought. Thank you Revell for the complimentary book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Is there truly a Lady Enderly? Inquiring minds want to know.Readers you will just have to read this fascinating book with it's twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.I was waiting on pins and Needles to see if Netgalley would approve and yay!! They did!! I finished this delightful book in one day!! Today in fact. That's just how good this story was well written.I love this author's writing because I can tell from this book that it comes from the Is there truly a Lady Enderly? Inquiring minds want to know.Readers you will just have to read this fascinating book with it's twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.I was waiting on pins and Needles to see if Netgalley would approve and yay!! They did!! I finished this delightful book in one day!! Today in fact. That's just how good this story was well written.I love this author's writing because I can tell from this book that it comes from the heart and I really believe that God has guided her to write this. One such verse is SOS:6 (Song of Solomon) took me a few mins to figure this out because that usually a ship's distress signal. I will say the hairs on the back of my neck kind of rose up a little cause I wasn't sure where this was leading.I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It's a sort of Cinderella tale from rags to riches and y'all know the rest.Lady Enderly truly has a wonderful personality. I love it and I love her!! She's strong in her Faith until the end!! And that's a good thing! I felt like I could see a special glow whenever she was truly happy. I could sense her sorrow when she wasn't.The shady characters like Victor Pendergast is what makes this story interesting. It seems like he just appears out of nowhere.I think the true mystery is Sully. Now he really mystified me. His part in this story is real interesting.But what it all boils down to nothing is really as it seems.The best part about this book is hope. There's a wonderful messageat the end but I'll let you readers figure it out! Let me know if you do!!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher with no compensations received. All opinions are my own!!P. S. Be prepared to spend the whole day reading because you won't want to put it down!
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very unique and I really liked it. It had a very unique plot. I enjoyed the slight mystery that was within this novel. I didn't get connected with the characters as much I would have loved too. I enjoyed reading Raina's story but I just wish I could have connected to her more. Sully was a darling. He really made this story. The mystery in this book had me on my toes. I was guessing who and what was happening. I honestly did not know where this book was heading the entire time. I at This book was very unique and I really liked it. It had a very unique plot. I enjoyed the slight mystery that was within this novel. I didn't get connected with the characters as much I would have loved too. I enjoyed reading Raina's story but I just wish I could have connected to her more. Sully was a darling. He really made this story. The mystery in this book had me on my toes. I was guessing who and what was happening. I honestly did not know where this book was heading the entire time. I at one point thought that there was going to be a love triangle but that theory was crushed very quickly, thank goodness. Joanna Davidson Politano is a very talented writer that made everything come to life in my mind. Her details were magnificent. I loved her writing. I really enjoyed this novel and I'll definitely be reading more of Ms. Politano's books in the future. *I received this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an emotionally tugging tale. I felt my whole heart break for Raina. Leaving behind her world, the one she knew. Hoping her love would return back home. But there was nothing that ever gave her more hope that it would happen. So then, she takes on the new life. Mysterious, interesting, and a bit funny. Raina is a determined yet strong woman. She doubts people's attentions. Not sure to trust them, she hangs by a thread wondering if she made a poo Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an emotionally tugging tale. I felt my whole heart break for Raina. Leaving behind her world, the one she knew. Hoping her love would return back home. But there was nothing that ever gave her more hope that it would happen. So then, she takes on the new life. Mysterious, interesting, and a bit funny. Raina is a determined yet strong woman. She doubts people's attentions. Not sure to trust them, she hangs by a thread wondering if she made a poor choice. Then, secrets are discovered and she lives a bit of a lie. From there, someone from her past comes tumbling back in. What a surprise. Yet the future still wasn't clear for Raina. There were so many ways her story could have ended. I was in suspense the whole time. Joanna Davidson Politano writes well. I was hooked. I cannot wait to read more historical novels by this talented writer. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them. “ from Finding Lady Enderly.Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an incredible book filled with mystery, love, adventure and the truth of who you are in Christ. The descriptive language and well written story makes it a joy to read. I found my myself underlining and highlighting amazing quotes throughout the story. Joanna is a gifted storyteller who will draw you into the story and ma “There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them. “ from Finding Lady Enderly.Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an incredible book filled with mystery, love, adventure and the truth of who you are in Christ. The descriptive language and well written story makes it a joy to read. I found my myself underlining and highlighting amazing quotes throughout the story. Joanna is a gifted storyteller who will draw you into the story and make you not want to leave.Rarely do you find a well written book filled with descriptive language, romance, characters you love, and spiritual depth. Finding Lady Enderly is all of that . I highly recommend it.“I’ve learned that a true hero is not an extraordinary man. He may not impress the world, but he so greatly changes hers. That makes him utterly heroic indeed.”I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a review.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Here awaits the carriage that will carry you into the grandest adventure of your life.”Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano takes readers on a journey back to 1871 in London’s East End where poor Raina Bretton peddles rags as her only way to survive the hardships of her life. When Raina is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to leave London’s East End for a new life filled with luxury and splendor, she finds herself on a train with a Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Here awaits the carriage that will carry you into the grandest adventure of your life.”Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano takes readers on a journey back to 1871 in London’s East End where poor Raina Bretton peddles rags as her only way to survive the hardships of her life. When Raina is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to leave London’s East End for a new life filled with luxury and splendor, she finds herself on a train with a mysterious stranger headed to Rothburne Abbey where her life will change forever. Joanna Davidson Politano creates a captivating historical novel filled with deception, mystery, and intrigue. Raina quickly discovers that her Cinderella fairytale may not have a happily ever after ending. The clues from a mystifying painting, the threats Raina faces, and the secrets that Rothburne Abbey hold all bring readers to the following question: Where is Lady Enderly? The author shares the powerful message of God’s grace and mercy and that “our identity is one of the few things in life that truly belongs to us, whether or not we accept what it is.” Readers will be surprised at the stunning conclusion as Raina tries to uncover the mystery of Lady Enderly before it is too late.Finding Lady Enderly is recommended for readers of inspirational historical fiction, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Jody Hedlund, Carrie Turansky, Elizabeth Camden, and Rachel Fordham. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. Additional Quotes:“Never be ashamed of who you are, your ladyship, for you have something powerful in you.”“Never judge a man’s identity by the outside. That can all be changed in an instant. One wrong step around a muddy puddle, and –"
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! That was one wild ride.I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Finding Lady Enderly. The plot was a bit confusing at first (and it remained twisty and mystery-filled throughout) and I found the story hard to get into. But once I really settled down and started reading large chunks of the book at a time, I found myself enjoying it more and more.WHAT I LIKED-Joanna Davidson Politano is a good writer. There were several descriptive passages in this book that really captured my imag Wow! That was one wild ride.I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Finding Lady Enderly. The plot was a bit confusing at first (and it remained twisty and mystery-filled throughout) and I found the story hard to get into. But once I really settled down and started reading large chunks of the book at a time, I found myself enjoying it more and more.WHAT I LIKED-Joanna Davidson Politano is a good writer. There were several descriptive passages in this book that really captured my imagination - I could picture the old abbey, Raina's gowns, and the different soirees and parties very easily. This book definitely fit the time period it's set in. (Which I believe in the late 1800's?)-The use of classic books (though they're more 'modern' during the time period in which this book is set) to send secret messages between Raina and Sully. Very clever and appropriate and I loved all the quotes the author selected for the messages. There WAS one time when a quote was misattributed to Elizabeth Bennet when Captain Wentworth actually said it. (I was really surprised because that's two entirely different Jane Austen novels and it was the 'half agony, half hope' quote which is soooo famous for being written by Capt. Wentworth.) But this is an uncorrected proof copy so hopefully that'll be changed before publication. And it didn't mar my enjoyment of the book as a whole.-Some of the characters. I eventually grew to like Raina, Sully, and Philip quite a bit. But it took a lot of time. (Something I'll talk about in a minute.)-The plot. It kept me guessing and swiping pages on my Kindle app. Very unpredictable, which I like.WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE-It actually took me a long time to like Raina at all, which is bad because she's the main character. But she seemed a bit too much of a cliched Christian fiction heroine for my tastes. That could definitely be different for other readers and I did end up liking her quite a bit by the end of the book. She just annoyed me at times. Sully was pretty great but I felt like he was too perfect a lot of the time. Still, at least I cared about the characters and what would happen to them!-Spiritual ambiguity. I feel like Politano had a chance to really showcase Raina's struggles with her conscience and her relationship with God but it actually wasn't focused on too much. Raina would feel guilty for a few sentences and then not really think about God for the longest time. (There was also a lack of a personal salvation testimony/experience. So idk if she's even technically a Christian?) There was more focus on the spiritual side of things later in the book, so that was nice.These criticisms make it sound like I didn't care for the book at all - but I did! It was well written, engaging, and definitely worth your time if you're a fan of romantic, faith-based historical fiction.This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews & Reviews.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    Another intriguing read from the author. It starts with Raina and an irrefutable offer. She'd been waiting for a dear friend to return from the sea, but knowing the ship he was in sunk, she's lost hope of that. So she accepts and off she goes to Rothburne Abbey and a life so different from what she knows.Although it seems simple enough, it soon shows there's so much more to it and the longer she spends there, the more complicated it gets. Around Raina, there are several men with whom she has to Another intriguing read from the author. It starts with Raina and an irrefutable offer. She'd been waiting for a dear friend to return from the sea, but knowing the ship he was in sunk, she's lost hope of that. So she accepts and off she goes to Rothburne Abbey and a life so different from what she knows.Although it seems simple enough, it soon shows there's so much more to it and the longer she spends there, the more complicated it gets. Around Raina, there are several men with whom she has to deal with (Victor, Sully, Mitchell and even Bradford) and her identity is put in question several times. There's also a mystery about Lady Enderly and her identity. Impossible to put down.I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fascinating book! The whole idea of a rag lady being swept of the streets of London to pretend to be a Countess was so interesting! I loved the way this book was written. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on with the real Lady Enderly. I would definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Miranda Atchley
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. With a rags to riches to rags story told in a first person narrative, Finding Lady Enderly is a treat to my Brontë-loving heart. The setting was a total win. Victorian England, on a country estate with a crumbling old abbey…it’s one of my favorite literary settings. Yet what made this story was the characters. While far from perfect, I loved Raina. Though she was a bit naïve and made her fair share of mistakes, I thought she was sweet and underneath the mask she wore, she had I loved this book. With a rags to riches to rags story told in a first person narrative, Finding Lady Enderly is a treat to my Brontë-loving heart. The setting was a total win. Victorian England, on a country estate with a crumbling old abbey…it’s one of my favorite literary settings. Yet what made this story was the characters. While far from perfect, I loved Raina. Though she was a bit naïve and made her fair share of mistakes, I thought she was sweet and underneath the mask she wore, she had a good heart. Her flaws made her relatable and she’s someone I would love to befriend. And Sully! Definitely one of my favorite heroes in recent memory. His devotion to Raina and his courage made him the definition of a hero. Yet while their romance is very much a part of the novel, I think this is also a story of Raina’s self-discovery. As a person in the world, yet also a being in Christ, her identity is questioned throughout and luminously answered.I can’t write a review of this book without mentioning the secret correspondence between Raina and Sully. Reading about the messages passed between them through favorite passages in beloved books was a true delight and made me love this book that much more.Finding Lady Enderly is a marvelous new tale from a very talented author. I can’t wait to read more from Joanna Davidson Politano!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Amy Watson
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!! Politano is a brilliant and gifted storyteller. This book has layers and layers of entertainment and deep threads of the importance of identity and tending to our souls! Pretty hard for Politano to follow her own “A Rumored Fortune”, but she did not disappoint! Fantastic read!!!
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    It’s another terrific read from Ms. Politano! Her books are terrific stories with vivid settings and wonderful characters. However, they are much more than that! The story the reader reads is a shadow of sorts of the true meaning of the words on paper. A type of allegory to get your mind thinking...what if this is me? Is this what I portray? I love how this author can write the most fascinating tales with double meanings. This is another book by this author not to be missed. Don’t miss the deepe It’s another terrific read from Ms. Politano! Her books are terrific stories with vivid settings and wonderful characters. However, they are much more than that! The story the reader reads is a shadow of sorts of the true meaning of the words on paper. A type of allegory to get your mind thinking...what if this is me? Is this what I portray? I love how this author can write the most fascinating tales with double meanings. This is another book by this author not to be missed. Don’t miss the deeper meaning either.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s something rare and intensely beautiful in a person who knows you well and loves you anyway. Ordinary men and everyday romances are the sweetest and deepest. There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them.”Every time I read Joanna Davidson Politano’s book, I am left speechless, breathless, and in awe. The author has this incredible ability to draw you into Victorian England with a Gothic suspense and intrigue wrapped around a beautifully a “There’s something rare and intensely beautiful in a person who knows you well and loves you anyway. Ordinary men and everyday romances are the sweetest and deepest. There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them.”Every time I read Joanna Davidson Politano’s book, I am left speechless, breathless, and in awe. The author has this incredible ability to draw you into Victorian England with a Gothic suspense and intrigue wrapped around a beautifully and stunningly crafted plot about poverty, greed, finding one’s identity and core in Whose you are, and, of course, sacrificial love that forgives and extends grace. Her writing is flawless and the characters are memorable and impressive. Spoken through the first person point of view from Raina and third person point of view mostly from Sully, the story moves at a great pace and the puzzle pieces come together nicely as Raina and Sully individually try to find Lady Enderly. Raina’s faith journey is wonderful to behold as is the heart-achingly tender love that Raina and Sully share. If you’re a fan of classic English literature (Bronte, Dickens, Eliot, Austen, Hardy), you will absolutely adore how the author infuses these classics into Raina and Sully’s own love story. And when Sully plays his fiddle and sings for Raina....man, my heart melted into a puddle every time. And the plot twists! These will have you gasping as you try to read faster to figure out what truly has transpired. Joanna Politano combines fantastic suspense, lovely details from the historical era, sweet and tender romance, and an inspiring spiritual journey to offer a unique and unforgettable tale. An absolute must-read. I received a copy of the book from Baker Publishing Group and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up the the God we reflect. ~Diary of a Substitute Countess Politano draws the reader in with her achingly beautiful, poignant prose in Finding Lady Enderly. I found myself quickly involved in the life of Raina Bretton, seller of rags. When given the opportunity to trade rags for fine silks and want for nothing, I followed her to Rothburne Abbey. There she discovers the secre Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up the the God we reflect. ~Diary of a Substitute Countess Politano draws the reader in with her achingly beautiful, poignant prose in Finding Lady Enderly. I found myself quickly involved in the life of Raina Bretton, seller of rags. When given the opportunity to trade rags for fine silks and want for nothing, I followed her to Rothburne Abbey. There she discovers the secrets within it's walls and must untangle the mystery hidden within. I loved this rags to riches story, and it goes deeper than just surface. Raina must face herself and know she is much more than a destitute woman. She is highly regarded by God who has loved her and calls her worthy. Her Cinderella fairy tale isn't always what it seems, just as the Abbey isn't always what it seems for it hides a truth that must eventually come to light. Definite Gothic undertones to this one and I loved it! It had a depth that surpassed my expectations and the spiritual truths overpowered like waves once they took hold in my heart, as well as Rainas. That's what we all were, wasn't it? Created beings who bore traces of their Creator, each with a different piece of his nature augmented in order to show the world who he was. A powerful story of restoration in all manner, a love story that spans the most difficult circumstances and an overall theme of knowing who we are in Christ! Being created in God's image means we bear traces of him. He is our truest identity. *I received a complimentary copy from Revell publishers and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Kathryn Voss
    January 1, 1970
    Joanna Davidson Politano was a new author to me only a year ago. I stepped into her books with a bit of reserve, wondering if she would live up to my expectations. But I was immediately enthralled with her storytelling. And now, with this 3rd book, Finding Lady Enderly, I continue to be entranced by Politano’s outstanding piece of historical fiction. Politano truly packs it all into this book – a crumbling abbey reminiscent of the Jane Austen era, a mystery that truly captivates until the end, c Joanna Davidson Politano was a new author to me only a year ago. I stepped into her books with a bit of reserve, wondering if she would live up to my expectations. But I was immediately enthralled with her storytelling. And now, with this 3rd book, Finding Lady Enderly, I continue to be entranced by Politano’s outstanding piece of historical fiction. Politano truly packs it all into this book – a crumbling abbey reminiscent of the Jane Austen era, a mystery that truly captivates until the end, characters that give rise to the strongest of emotions, love that endures the most difficult of circumstances, and a message of our true identity and value as human beings. Each chapter dug itself deeper into my soul as the theme of our personal value resounded. This is not a shallow story, but rather one that takes hold and thoroughly entertains while it changes your perception of our true worth. This is a message not to be forgotten, but to be allowed to transform our lives as it did Politano’s heroine, shaping us with a purpose and hope.If Politano is a new author for you, do not hesitate. Her books are well worth it!I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    You know that saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”. Well, someone should have given Raina that advice. But Raina is oh-so relatable.This original and engrossing story kept my attention from the first page to the last as Raina embarks on what, at first sight, seems like a My Fair Lady story . One that goes more horribly wrong as truths are uncovered.At least Raina has a champion in her corner. Sully takes on a position at Rothburne Abbey and (swoon) leaves her messages via You know that saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”. Well, someone should have given Raina that advice. But Raina is oh-so relatable.This original and engrossing story kept my attention from the first page to the last as Raina embarks on what, at first sight, seems like a My Fair Lady story . One that goes more horribly wrong as truths are uncovered.At least Raina has a champion in her corner. Sully takes on a position at Rothburne Abbey and (swoon) leaves her messages via the text in books. Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, the Brontes, and more classic authors get mentions through Sully and Raina’s secret communications.Add to that the dark mysteries surrounding the Abbey, the manipulations of one man, an earl in need of a wife, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and Finding Lady Enderly pulls you in and doesn’t let go.At its core, this is the story of a woman discovering she doesn’t need wealth, possessions, or titles to become beautiful. Because, the people who matter most, who love her the deepest, see the beauty in her no matter her circumstances.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    When I find an author that can capture my attention to where I am compelled to read a book in less than a couple days, that writer more often than not finds her way to my “keeper” shelf. Multiple titles by the same author are uncommon, but every book by a single author ending up on that list is very rare. So far, each of Joanna Davidson Politano’s novels have done just that, each for a different reason, but they all keep me eagerly watching for more! One of the things that I really enjoy about P When I find an author that can capture my attention to where I am compelled to read a book in less than a couple days, that writer more often than not finds her way to my “keeper” shelf. Multiple titles by the same author are uncommon, but every book by a single author ending up on that list is very rare. So far, each of Joanna Davidson Politano’s novels have done just that, each for a different reason, but they all keep me eagerly watching for more! One of the things that I really enjoy about Politano’s novels are the epigraphs for each chapter; those words not only give hints but also add depth and some additional meaning about what will follow in the next few pages. While it may sound silly, those simple sentences are some of my favorite in the book and increased my anticipation for the events of the chapter. Another really fun aspect of this story in particular is the literary code between the characters. I think I may have gotten as wrapped up in their various messages as they did! This novel really resonated with me as it dealt with complex questions of identity, of who gets to determine who and what individuals are or are allowed to become, whether that is societal norms and expectations, a specific person or group’s opinion of a person's capabilities, or even one's own ideas of self. Sometimes uncomfortably so, this book caused me to examine my own sense of who I am, and what influences I allow to sway my thinking about that. The spiritual content is solid and realistic, but the struggles are, too. Raina deals with guilt and feeling unworthy of asking for God’s intervention in the mess she’s made; Sully wonders who he is if he isn’t fulfilling his self-proclaimed purpose. Wrestling with what God intends and how we can know his thoughts on the matter is something many people have to face, and I appreciate how the author lets us journey with the characters without giving them an easy out to their problems. Joanna Davidson Politano’s third book only increases my appreciation for her work. I absolutely love her prose and the way she weaves spiritual truths into her stories, letting the reader live and learn along with the characters. This book will appeal to fans of historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and classic literature, as well as those who enjoy a good love story. I highly recommend it! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars"I never needed a new identity -just a better understanding of the one who gave it to me." - Diary of a Substitute CountessOut of the shadows lurking through-out London's dark and smelly East End, appears a man with a promise; he would create a new person out of the lowly, but quite lovely rag woman with the name Ragna, who ironically was playing dress up in another woman's clothing at the very time Victor Prendergast delivered his proposition. What other choice did she have, surround h 4.5 stars"I never needed a new identity -just a better understanding of the one who gave it to me." - Diary of a Substitute CountessOut of the shadows lurking through-out London's dark and smelly East End, appears a man with a promise; he would create a new person out of the lowly, but quite lovely rag woman with the name Ragna, who ironically was playing dress up in another woman's clothing at the very time Victor Prendergast delivered his proposition. What other choice did she have, surround herself with the cast-offs of others or become a substitute countess?Arriving at the vast Rothburne Abbey estate Raina Bretton slowly slips into her role as the enigmatic Lady Enderly, never realizing that what seemed like an innocent opportunity might well become a death sentence, but for whom? Especially when the love of her life stands between her and the truth. The only solution seems to be . . . . . . locating the true Lady Enderly, for the alternative is unthinkable and the stakes just keep getting higher and higher. "I know the shape of her, no matter how long we're apart, The curve of her cheek and the swell of her heart;"Ever lovely, ever daring, ever longing . . . . . . the author has brought to life a young woman who lives not only one life, but two before discovering her true identity, which "living out . . . may repel plenty of people, but the ones it attracts are yours (hers) forever". I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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