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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800728750
ISBN-13: 9780800728755

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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 houseguest, 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.

Author Bio

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 at www.jdpstories.com.

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  1. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD knows where everyone is
    November 21, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Lady Jayne Disappears is a story of great loss (the death of Aurelie's father - author Nathaniel Droll and the mysterious death of her mother.), detectivity (when Aurelie goes looking into the death of both her Mother and her Father.) fictitious (Aurelie writes about the death of both Parents using as characters in the book she is finishing that her Father started - she is also using as charaters in the book her Fathers family she just met and has treated her like trash - a piece of trash.), and audaciousness (when Aurelie takes on her nasty, low down dirty relatives - she is a very bold women.)I received a copy of this book from the Publisher; all the opinions expressed in this review where all my own.
  2. Semmie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Delightful Tale
    November 19, 2017
    Semmie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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.
  3. NadineTimes10
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    An Intricate and Mysterious Tale
    November 19, 2017
    NadineTimes10
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Yes, 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.

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    Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
  4. Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    intriguing novel
    November 17, 2017
    Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  5. Just Commonly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A story that lives and breathes,
    November 16, 2017
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets 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.
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