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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$9.99 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.
LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Solid debut novelDecember 6, 2017LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Lady Jayne Disappears is solid, but not a terribly memorable story. There were several excellent conversations to quote in the book - "My dear Aurelie, if you fit into this world, this very broken, selfish place, it would be you who was the wrong size." (page 383) - however, the story as a whole was rather underwhelming.
I did enjoy the mix of different characters in the story, but many of the characters lacked depth to be truly noteworthy. Curiosity over how the mystery would end kept me reading when the other parts of the story would have been easily put down. Lady Jayne Disappears is worth picking up from the library to see if you want to buy it.
I do look forward to reading the author's next release.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A MASTERPIECE!December 5, 2017MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is Ms. Politanos first book and I know without a doubt I will want to read anything she publishes! What a talented writer! I was hooked after I read the first page!
The setting is in England during the 1860s. Debtors prisons were notorious then. Those who owed were locked up until they could pay their debts or someone else would pay for them. Aurelie Harcout grew up in one such prison with her father. He was a famous writer with the penname of Nathaniel Droll. He dies and without finishing the ending to his novel, Lady Jayne Disappears. She purposes to finish it under her fathers professional name. All she knows of his wealthy family are the stories he has told. Lady Jayne was her mother. Now left in total poverty and all alone, she is summoned and escorted to the infamous Lynhurst Manor, her fathers family home. She had never met his family. When she arrived they were expecting his personal affects, not a young woman!
Although she grew up in the prison, she is a beautiful, articulate, young woman with strong character. Entering the world outside would have been enough of transition for her, but to be thrust into high society with such a cold, unwelcoming, secretive family was over the top. Though she was only 20, her maturity and strength allowed her to cope with such dignity and grace. I love her sweet and innocent spirit.
This is a wholesome Christian mystery thriller. The plot was outstanding! There were so many surprising developments and totally unexpected turns that I couldnt put the book down. Dont expect to pre-guess the outcome of any part and prepare to be astonished over and over.
I am finding it difficult to write this review as how to you describe a masterpiece! I can say this; you will WANT to read this book! Ms. Politano has been engraved into my favorite authors list. I cannot wait to read her next book in 2018. I hope she writes many many more!
I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
BookLoverGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful debut novel!December 5, 2017BookLoverGender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I have been so looking forward to reading this debut novel by Joanna Davidson Politano! I obviously had no idea what to expect and can happily say that I quite enjoyed it! I was intrigued by the idea behind the story - a young woman searching for answers to finish her father's novel and finally know the truth herself. The story drew me in from the first and kept me up until the early hours of the morning, having to know how it was going to end!
Ms. Politano has a very unique writing style that I found very engrossing! I've not often read stories that alternate between a first person perspective and another character's observations and I have found I really enjoy it. I knew exactly what Aurelie was thinking, while at the same time, I was anticipating the story switching to Silas' view so I could know what his thoughts on the matter. I relished getting to know these characters and found myself forgetting at times that they were fictional. Aurelie is so honest and straightforward, without the air of sophistication her family clings to so thoroughly. I did find her a bit immature at times, though based on her upbringing and the age of her character, it actually suited her. That didn't stop me from wanting to shake some sense into her a time or two, though. But, I think that made her even more realistic. She shares much deeper thoughts in conversations with Silas, and found herself simply wanting to fit in with her vapid relations.
I also really enjoyed the mystery surrounding Lynhurst Manor and the illusive Lady Jayne. Ms. Politano definitely kept me on my toes, with the various twists and turns, until I wasn't at all sure what would happen next! The ending actually really surprised me, something that doesn't happen very often, though I had figured out one clue beforehand. I did find the story a bit disjointed at times, losing several days between chapters, or simply a change in scenery that confused me for a few sentences. Also, I'm no historian by any stretch of the word, but I did notice a couple things that seemed a bit out of place in the time period - mainly just some words and thoughts that seemed rather modern for the setting. Though, I don't believe I've read any other books set in England during the mid 1800s, so it could very well just be me.
Overall, I found this story to be incredibly engrossing and didn't wanted to put it down! With a mystery that kept me guessing and characters that became dear friends, I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction with a twist. I also can't want to learn more about this author's next book!
*My thanks to the publisher for my complimentary copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Mesmerizing mysteryDecember 5, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lady Jayne Disappears was a memorable historical read with a definite gothic vibe going throughout the book. I think what I really liked was the fact that Aurelie, the heroine, was a master storyteller who knew just the way to draw the listeners into her fascinating stories. And this is her story: of a life lived in debtor's prison with a dearly beloved father who was a very famous storyteller himself. Hearing stories from her father about his family home, estranged relatives, and the love he had for her dear mother, Lady Jayne.
Aurelie is on a quest to finish the story her father started and to find out the truth about her mother and father, her family home, and the family she has now come to live with. Secret trysts, mysterious happenings, eerie goings on, and true love, all made this story very suspenseful. I enjoyed how the author really showed how great an imagination an author has and just how some people are born to tell a story. I myself am thankful for storytellers. This one had an intriguing plot with an ingenious start that had me glued to the pages and oftentimes flabbergasted and quite unsure like Aurelie in how her story was going to turn out, especially with some of the crazy twists and turns. So just when you thing you finally have a grasp of what is going on... think again. Every page kept me in suspense making this one a hard to put down read.
I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful and uniqueDecember 4, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was such an interesting and enjoyable read. This was a debut novel for Joanna and it was fantastic. There were so many twists and turns. I did not want to put this down. I loved Aurelie and she has an interesting family. I look forward to many more books by this author if they can be this good and unique. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.