The Love Note - eBookJoanna Davidson PolitanoRevell / 2020 / ePub$9.99 Retail:4.5 out of 5 stars for The Love Note - eBook. View reviews of this product. 54 Reviews
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Perrianne5 Stars Out Of 5The Lost Love NoteFebruary 20, 2021PerrianneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Willa Duvall is single mindedly focused on becoming a doctor of medicine in a era when even nursing was considered a lowly job. A female doctor was unheard of and certainly frowned upon in the late 1800s. In defiance of her father, she takes a nursing job at Crestwick Manor after finding an unopened old love letter in an old desk that originated from the manor.
When she misplaces the love note, interesting things happen as the note is passed through the house and curious revelations are discovered. Willa herself is quite compelling as she cares for her charge, Golda Gresham. Mrs. Gresham is a difficult sort, but she strives to take the best care of her that she can, and discerns that at times she fails at that endeavor. I myself would have a hard time even considering this occupation back in that era. Cleanliness and sterilization were really not well known back then. I truly enjoyed the story and the interaction of the characters both good and bad, with quite a few surprises as well as twists and turns and a bit of a mystery along the way. This wonderfully crafted novel is what the author is known for. I will definitely be reading more of her work, having read nearly everything she's published.
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Esmeralda @ Lattes & Literature4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Story With a Lovely Setting!January 27, 2021Esmeralda @ Lattes & LiteratureQuality: 4Meets Expectations: 4"The Love Note" began at a snail's pace, and I was honestly worried that I was going to have to rate a Politano book with less than four stars. Although the characters were full of all of Politano's characteristic quirkiness, it took time for the pages to pull me in, but as soon as they did, I fell in love.
Each character was unique and overflowing with their own secret and precious stories. Maisie was, interestingly enough, the first character who I truly enjoyed. Her depth, words, and wisdom made me curious about her. Gabe followed, his quiet strength and deep love for both Willa and Golda made him the type of character that is impossible to dislike. Golda was fascinating, an angry and deeply hurting woman who has given herself over to bitterness. Her transformation was shockingly complete, and simply beautiful.
Sadly, Willa never stole my heart. I admire her passion for the work she loves and her dedication to her dreams. I simply could not connect to her, and at times she mildly annoyed me. Somehow this did not lower my rating, perhaps simply because I loved many of the other characters deeply.
When I first read the letter, I must admit to rolling my eyes. Before long, my thoughts changed and I had, what we will call, an "oh wait" moment where I understood Politano's purpose for the letter. Politano's subtle message about love was powerful. No human being can fulfill the human longing for true love, love that lasts forever and never fails or disappoints us, only God's love is unfailing and completely fulfilling. Seeing Willa's quest for love begin at Maisie's urging and end with the realization that the love she was searching for was God's all consuming love, was beautiful.
The setting, Crestwicke, was perfect. Exactly as it sounds, the chilly, old manor is set by the ocean and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The manor grieved with its inhabitants and responded to the loss of love and deep sadness. The ruins were captivating and their broken beauty was simply lovely. Creswicke is easily one of my favorite fictional manors.
Although it took time for me to fall in love with this story, it has imprinted itself on my heart with its important reminder that God's love must be my life's foundation. I eagerly look forward to re-reading this story and encourage all historical fiction lovers to read it as well.
"The whole thing left me confused and not a little unsure of myself. I'd stepped into the middle of a novel--no a chapter--and was attempting to fumble through it. Yet I wanted the rest of the story." - Joanna D. Politano
ValerieAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5History, Mystery, Romance, and Beautiful WritingJanuary 26, 2021ValerieAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Love is not limited to romance, nor is happiness reserved for marriage. The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano
Imagine the unintended consequences of a sealed love letter falling into the wrong hands. The Love Note is filled with history, mystery, romance, and so many beautiful quotable passages.
The passion of Willa Duvall is to save lives through a career in medicine. However, in 1865, it is not proper for a woman to be a physician. She finds herself at Crestwicke Manor to serve as private nurse to the Gresham family matriarch ... and solve the mystery of the never-opened love letter.
Through a clever set of events, the unsigned letter is read by several members of the household, who believe it is intended for them. Much confusion ensues, and the mystery of the author of the letter and its intended recipient deepens.
This novel and its exploration of many forms of love was deeply meaningful. The characters are flawed and grow in wonderful and believable ways. Faith is woven throughout organically and especially at the end. I will be thinking of this book and several of its quotes for quite some time.
Author SK3 Stars Out Of 5Clever and well-designed storyJanuary 2, 2021Author SKQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I was very excited about The Love Note but it didn't end up working as well for me as I'd hoped. I still gave it three stars because I finished it, found the writing to be of good quality, and found the story itself to be clever and well-designed. Something about it though just wasn't for me. In all honesty, I do find that the only England-set stories I tend to care for are of the WWII nature. (This is set in 1865). I did love the love note element itself though, which is not surprising since I am such a fan of love notes, epistolary novels, and really all things epistolary in nature. If you were wondering about this one, I'd still say you might want to try it. I'm able to see that this is a generally good book that just wasn't for me and I wanted to give an honest review but I also hope it won't turn you away since she really did do a great job here.
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Words have powerDecember 21, 2020Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What havoc could a simple love note cause? Well this particular one has turned the Crestwicke Manor on it's head and every one is touched by the powerful words that someone has written to their beloved.
This was a deep and compelling story that was very poetic in its telling. Cutting to the heart of the matter is the question, what is love? And more importantly what is true love? Is it between a husband and wife, or a mother and her children? What author Politano does is show all aspects of true love, even the most important one- the one with our heavenly Father.
From the beautiful cover to the beautiful story on the inside, this is my favorite read by author Politano. As I have mentioned before this story is about love and I also really liked how this story has a bit of a mystery due to the unknown author of the letter. I liked the human aspect of this story and how everyone was touched by those powerful words. It made them stop and ponder life and opened many eyes to how precious living is. I also felt it had a touch of a gothic feel as well, in the sense that there was great sadness in Crestwicke Manor.
If you are looking for an authentic original read with a great story and a spiritual thread, The Love Note might just be your next read.
I was provided with a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.