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Lady Jayne Disappears
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Lady Jayne Disappears
A young woman the world has written off is secretly the most popular writer of Victorian England . . . but will her own story end as tragically as the heroine in her famous novels?
A young woman the world has written off is secretly the most popular writer of Victorian England . . . but will her own story end as tragically as the heroine in her famous novels?
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  • 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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 30, 2017
    In Politano’s artful tale of faith, class, and surprising tenderness in 1860s English high society, Aurelie Rosette Harcourt makes a dramatic switch from debtor’s prison to the opulent Lynhurst Manor. After Aurelie’s father was sent to Shepton Mallet Prison in Somerset, Lady Eudora Pochard, Aurelie’s wealthy aunt, turned her back on her brother. But now that he is dead and Aurelie is homeless, Lady Pochard takes in the teenage girl, however begrudgingly. Aurelie is also privy to a secret about her father: he was a successful novelist writing under the pen name Nathaniel Droll. To extend his legacy, Aurelie decides to become Droll herself and finish Lady Jayne, the story her father started before his death. The conniving, charismatic Silas Rotherham is also a new guest at Lynhurst Manor, staying there under the guise of courting Lady Pochard’s granddaughter; almost immediately, Aurelie and Rotherham are magnetically attracted to and repelled by each other. While Lynhurst Manor and the lavish lifestyle are appealing to Aurelie, the social double-dealing tries and (eventually) rejuvenates her faith. In depicting Aurelie’s dogged pursuit of finishing her father’s work, Politano also poignantly explores the rules (spoken and unspoken) of 19th-century English society in this excellent tale. Agent: Tamela Hancock Murray, Steve Laube Agency.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from November 1, 2017

    Raised in a debtor's prison, Aurelie Harcourt is sent to live with estranged wealthy relatives after her author father dies. Receiving a less than warm welcome at Lynhurst Manor, she takes up her father's pen name of Nathaniel Droll to finish his manuscript about her mother's mysterious disappearance from the estate. Despite the whispers of truth she picks up in her investigation, Aurelie soon learns that in society, deception is the norm, and begins to doubt she can ever find peace in this new environment without sacrificing all she holds dear. Still, as Aurelie's refreshingly witty and inspiring narrative reveals, hope, faith, and love eventually do shine out of the darkness. VERDICT Fans of the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, and Victorian gothic fiction will enjoy Politano's well-crafted debut, which was a finalist for the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award and a winner of the Georgia Romance Writers 2016 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Inspirational Romance category.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    November 1, 2017

    Raised in a debtor's prison, Aurelie Harcourt is sent to live with estranged wealthy relatives after her author father dies. Receiving a less than warm welcome at Lynhurst Manor, she takes up her father's pen name of Nathaniel Droll to finish his manuscript about her mother's mysterious disappearance from the estate. Despite the whispers of truth she picks up in her investigation, Aurelie soon learns that in society, deception is the norm, and begins to doubt she can ever find peace in this new environment without sacrificing all she holds dear. Still, as Aurelie's refreshingly witty and inspiring narrative reveals, hope, faith, and love eventually do shine out of the darkness. VERDICT Fans of the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, and Victorian gothic fiction will enjoy Politano's well-crafted debut, which was a finalist for the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award and a winner of the Georgia Romance Writers 2016 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Inspirational Romance category.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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