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Aurelie Harcourt inherits her father’s last manuscript and decides to complete it. She finds he has written his family into the story. She reads and learns about her mother, Lady Jane, and her mysterious disappearance from Lynhurst Manor, the home Aurelie is now living in. There are more secrets about her relatives to be uncovered.
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and SensibilityHillary Manton LodgeWaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 20 Reviews
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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.
KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5intriguing novelNovember 17, 2017KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found this book so intriguing! Aurelie Harcourt has lived all her life in debtors prison with her father. On his death she wants some answers who was her mother and whatever happened to her? Who knows the answers? As Aurelie goes to stay with her fathers wealthy family, she not only tries to fit in, but also to learn more about her parents and what happened to them. Moreover, under her fathers pseudonym, can she finish the story her father began before his death in a way that captivates the readers? I just found this story fascinating and kept wanting to know the answers already! So many mysteries and misunderstandings and unknowns so different from today when its all available with a click on the computer! I so enjoyed reading this story as well as learning more about life in 1861 England! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5A story that lives and breathes,November 16, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"So many people are closed up, all tucked inside themselves, yet they bloom open in beautiful ways if you would only take interest in them." (19)
"Books are essential nourishment to the mind." (18)
Sigh. Yes, indeed. I am overtaken by what I've read in Joanna Davidson Politano's debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears. With such vigor in her love for stories, the author had beautifully woven that into this historical novel cloaked in mystery and the many secrets that makes humanity.
Page after page, question marks seems to miraculously appear around my head, but there's also the drive to find out more. Silas, a different type of hero that amazed me by how much I was drawn to him like our heroine, Aurelie from the start. I didn't know what to expect and kudos to the author for a debut that nourished this mind, as well as induced an element of genuine surprise to how things will play out.
". . . if you fit into this world, this very broken, selfish place, it would be you who was the wrong size." (383)
In all, Lady Jayne Disappears astonishes even the most seasoned readers and definitely in a good way.
"It's a living, breathing story that I'm passing on to you." (33)
A story that lives and breathes, that is what place Lady Jayne Disappears as one of my favorite debuts out there, and on the top list for this year's release.
"Books are not always an escape. Sometimes they untangle real life miraculously well." (385)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing & Unexpected Mystery ThrillerNovember 15, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0About the Book:
Upon her fathers death in debtors prison, Aurelie Harcourt has no other option but to go live with wealthy relatives she barely knows in her fathers childhood home. Her only comfort is that her father has left her his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, along with his yet unfinished next novel about her mother, Lady Jaynes, unexplained disappearance. Accepting her fate, Aurelie decides to use her new freedom and writing skills to finish her fathers book while investigating for herself the mystery of her mothers disappearance. While her new familys harsh reception causes her grief, she is able to find solace by creating characters based on her estranged family members for her book that showcases their not-so-desirable traits. However, one houseguest, Silas Rotherham, not only becomes her ally and friend, but also provides Aurelie with stimulating conversation and a romantic interest. As she discovers more and more clues about her absent mother, Aurelie also uncovers secrets about her father and her parents shocking courtship.
Politano has offered readers a remarkable debut novel filled with mystery and intrigue fueled by family secrets, resentment, and scandal! She expertly guides readers on a path of discovering what happened to Lady Jayne only to completely shock and stun them when the truth is revealed. I couldnt put the book down! Also of note is the sweet friendship and romance that develops between Aurelie and Silas. Again, Politano offers multiple unexpected twists in the plot for the romance angles. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Politanos poetic writing style and the nuggets of literary gold found at the opening of each chapter and dotted throughout the pages in between. Bravo to a five-star first novel, Ms. Politano!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InsightfulNovember 14, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A book that is written in the first person, and that being said, we walk in Aurelie Harcourts shoes throughout the story. The author even brings us right into the debtors prison and we walk from door to door, and see the injustice of this place.
The author presents a young woman who is throw with the murder of her father into the midst of a family that wanted nothing to do with her. With money, why did they allow her and her Dad to live in the prison?
Then we are privy to who is the famous author, and we see it get rather personal, to funny, and they all want to know who is Nathaniel Droll, and guesses sure go wild!
I sure was surprised as the story unfolded and never saw a lot of what happened. A look at some of the dark side of old England, and one that a lot of aristocrats probably wouldnt want seen, but we walk the halls and see first hand.
I received this book through Revell Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great first novelNovember 13, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lady Jane Disappears is Joanna Davidson Politano's first novel and what a great story it is. I believe we are seeing just the beginning of what the author is yet to bring us. This story has such a well written plot that it takes you away to England in 1861.
Aurelie Harcourt was raised in debtor's prison by her father who was a popular writter and went by the name Nathaniel Droll. When he dies he leaves Aurelie an unfinished story to write.
Aurelie is taken away to live with her father's family at their estate, the estate that her father has make famous though his writings. As Aurelie finishes her fathers story, she tries to dig deeper in to her mother, Lady Jane, disappearance.
This is such a great story. It is written so well you can feel the tension building as the family reads about themselves in the story. This is a good clean story with so much mystery and suspense it kept me reading. This story has just enough romance to please those who enjoy romance novels but not enough to turn off those who don't. This story will be well liked by those who enjoy historical Christian stories, Aurelie's strength and faith are very evident through out the whole story.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.