LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS
JOANNA DAVIDSON POLITANO
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 416
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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 house guest, 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.
Praise for Lady Jayne Disappears:
“Emotional. Intriguing. Both haunting and romantic. . . In her historical fiction debut, Joanna Davidson Politano delivers a smart plot that navigates twists and turns with a mixture of wit, intelligent characters, and a refreshingly original voice. Reminiscent of Dickens’ classic storytelling, Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut to remember!”
—Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice
“Wonderfully unique, this compelling debut grabs you from the first intriguing line. The evocative English setting, textured characters, literary theme, and unusual romance make Lady Jayne Disappears a standout, the lovely cover offering a hint of the gem within. A must read!”
—Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night
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“I become drunk on story, on words, as a buffer against reality.”
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.
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Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her on her website.
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