Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Book Review - Lady Jayne Disappears


When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family--who want very little to do with her.

As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father's family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift--the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother's mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she'll have to extract clues from relatives--and one enigmatic houseguest--who often seem reluctant to give them up.


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


This is a very interesting novel that is actually a story within a story. It will pull you in and keep you up late at night reading.

The intriguing part of this story is the complexity of the characters. You aren't really sure what type of person they are as they are many layered and not as they always appear. It makes for an interesting story as the different layers are revealed of the characters.

I really enjoyed how the author showed the vast differences of the classes in England. Aurelie and her father are in a debtor's prison and yet there are those in her own family living a wealthy life. The contrast is startling. It also begs to question what she and her father are doing in the debtor's prison in the first place. It's just part of the mysterious questions that we ask throughout.

There are so many twists and turns to this story, you're left wondering throughout just what will happen next. I enjoyed the mystery of the story and the secondary romance. It's a very enjoyable read that I give 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads

Blessings - Julie

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