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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.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Delightful TaleNovember 19, 2017SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5** "My dear Aurelie, if you fit into this world, this very broken, selfish place, it would be you who was the wrong size." **
"Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano is a delicious modern day Gothic tale set in 1861 England, featuring love, hate, mystery and survival.
Aurelie Harcourt has grown up in debtor's prison. With the recent passing of her father, she travels to his family's home, Lynhurst Manor, and to a lifestyle and group of people she has no familiarity with. Trying to keep her past secret from her newly acquainted relatives, Aurelie also has another secret -- she has taken up writing under the nom de plume, Nathaniel Droll, of her father and his "Lady Jayne" series, which has an eerie resemblance to life at Lynhurst.
As Aurelie builds relationships at Lynhurst, particularly with seamstress Nelle and the handsome and enigmatic Silas Rotherham who is visiting the manor for the summer, she must reveal the secrets about her past that her father started to reveal to her through his story. Just who was Aurelie's mother, and what truly happened to her? Would Aurelie be able to complete Lady Jayne's fictionalized story? And as she revealed her life's secrets, what other secrets would be revealed?
Davidson Politano does a great job of developing a fun and exciting plot, building great characters -- some you love, and some you love to hate. Besides being an incredible romance and mystery, "Lady Jayne Disappears" offers many amazing lessons -- staying true to ourselves and who we are; sometimes all we have is the Lord to get us through life; so many more times good outweighs the bad; the importance and power of imagination; happiness is always a choice; God has a purpose for us; the ability to show strength and kindness; and the difference between seeking and receiving adoration and scorn, and the consequences of each.
Often quoting Psalm 23, Aurelie's story constantly reiterates the theme of rescue -- rescuing one another as humans and, more importantly, the fact that God is our ultimate rescuer.
I believe this is the first novel written by Davidson Politano. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am looking forward to her next book, due in Summer 2018.
Five stars out of five.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
NadineTimes103 Stars Out Of 5An Intricate and Mysterious TaleNovember 19, 2017NadineTimes10Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Yes, I often dig stories about stories and storytelling, and a fair share of beautiful and writerly nuggets in this intricate and mysterious tale are right down my alley. The moments when Aurelie intentionally takes what's happening in her soul and pours it out on paper were among the most vivid for me.
However, though I wouldn't say the reading was ever altogether boring to me, it did wear on me. The story is dense, and while I found it interesting overall, I would have to wade through stretches that didn't quite satisfy my attention. I was also pulled out of the historical period and location a number of times. With issues like "candy," "typewriter," and "adoring fan" references and moments when a character or two would seem like an American in a more modern period, the feel of Victorian England would be lost.
I related to Aurelie's storyteller's heart and could admire her compassion. I didn't fully come to like her, though, as she's a rather pathetic heroine. Not pathetic in the sense of being pitiful, exactly, but she's often prone to defeat and despair, guilt and tears, feeling she's failed and ruined things, time and again.
Still, the eventual unraveling of the mystery here is gratifying, and other ChristFic fans should find this novel worth a read.
Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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.
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