Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Lady Jayne Disappears

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 id...

Details Lady Jayne Disappears

TitleLady Jayne Disappears
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian

Reviews Lady Jayne Disappears

  • Linda
    "Fiction was not always a lie, but a truth told in parallel to real life. A pill of advice disguised in an easy-to-swallow tale." And there's a tale to be told here. A tale of fathers and daughters and the written word.Death knocks softly on the wooden door of Debtor's Prison. Aurelie Harcourt's father has suddenly been released from the ties that bind him here. Penniless, he leaves his daughter but two things after his untimely death: his famous...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    4.5 stars TOP PICK
  • Michelle Griep
    Did you see that? Do you see what I did here? I'm giving this book 5 stars. That, my friends, is a rarity. I admit it. I'm a jaded reader, so I don't pass out the ol' fiver very easily.But sweet, precious heavens . . . this book was so worth it.The story is captivating. The setting made me feel as if I were there. And let's talk just for a moment about the writing, shall we? Author Joanna Politano is an expert wordsmith -- the kind that makes me ...
  • Hannah
    3.5 starsI have to admit, I took a chance on this book because the cover is so delightfully interesting! I found the mystery engaging and interesting, though Aunt Eudora's continued keeping of secrets was annoying to me as well as to the heroine. The descriptions of the prison and the country house are very well done and make the scenes easy to imagine. I really loved how the color purple was identified as Lady Jayne's color, and how that thread ...
  • Carrie Turansky
    I enjoyed this English historical romance with mystery and lots of unexpected twists and turns. I listened to the audio version, and it had an excellent English narrator, but I think I would've enjoyed it even more if I'd read the paperback version so I could slow down a bit and keep all the characters straight. It is a complex story with a Gothic feeling and reflections of Dickens' Little Dorrit. The mystery kept me guessing until the last chapt...
  • Beth Erin
    Full review on Faithfully Bookish"A well-written book always revealed the complex truth about its characters, but more than anything, the basic truth about its author" p. 326Lady Jayne Disappears is masterfully written and completely captivating. Each page is an indulgence of beautiful words, every chapter hints at hidden meanings and elusive truths. Aurelie Harcourt is a heroine worthy of readerly adoration. She is genuine, compassionate, and...
  • Sarah Monzon
    I really love the cover of this book and feel it sets the tone for the story inside. I enjoyed the uniqueness of this books and the skill it took for the author to weave in all the elements through the book.
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this book:“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, ...
  • Victoria Lynn
    Whew!Review coming soon.//R E V I E W//This book was an exhibition of craftsmanship that I have not seen in a long time. The beautiful descriptions, glorious word pictures and the even more amazing, twisting plot make this a masterpiece.The overall story was incredible with a plot that twists in ways that are unpredictable, heartbreakingly beautiful, and simply genius. I never once knew what to expect. It was complicated and multi-faceted which k...
  • Beth
    Lady Jayne Disappears is both a surprise and a delight of a debut novel. Joanna Politano’s writing reminded me of a delicious mix of Siri Mitchell and Sandra Byrd, two authors whose novels I love. In tone, it is mysterious, a touch Gothic, and unique – something that can only be claimed as Politano’s own personal style. I was thrilled to see that the story is told from Aureile Harcourt’s first person perspective. Her voice is distinct and...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Must read book of the year! I can't not write a review to do this book justice. It was remarkable, fantastic, un-put downable it was out of this world GREAT, I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star book you will not be sorry. It is the one book everyone who reads must read this year.The plot, the characters, everything about this book was spot on.I can't wait to read more by Politano. If you are on my Christmas list you WILL be getting a copy of this book...
  • Christine
    I absolutely loved this gem of a book! The characters, mystery and romance were so well written. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.
  • Amy
    3.5 stars! A nice debut that evokes both the gothic mysteries of the Brontë sisters and the social criticisms of Dickens. The premise held my interest enough to finish the book, but I was still able to put it down for hours, even days, at a time without missing it (it usually takes me five hours to read a book this length, not five days). The writing did suffer a bit from poor, inconsistent editing and unfortunate anachronisms, but the character...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    This was an absolutely lovely debut novel. I loved the story within a story approach, so cool and so perfect for this book! As a writer myself I always love books where the main character is a writer and this one was no exception, I found myself relating to Aurelie in so many ways! I loved both Silas and Aurelie, they were perfect for each other and I immensely enjoyed watching their romance develop. I also especially loved side character Nelle, ...
  • Courtney Clark
    Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano is an exciting and complex debut. I've been anticipating this book for a LONG time! In fact, I added it to my TBR "shelf" way early in the year. The premise of a young lady in Victorian England secretly writing under a pen name while trying to solve a mystery connected to her own family just sounded so intriguing! And, it was. The one word that sums up the feeling of this story: ALLURING. From s...
  • Staci
    This debut pulled me in and swept me away from beginning to end.Aurelie Harcourt grows up in debtor's prison with her father and then goes to live with her well off family. Woven in seamlessly and in beautiful accompaniment is the finishing of the novel Lady Jayne Disappears.The mystery and romance were equally compelling. The feel of the novel is Gothic yet hopeful.I adored this novel and am delighted to have found such a lovely debut.My gratitu...
  • Jaime Jo Wright
    I want to gush. May I gush? I shall gush. Woooooooooooooooooooooow. Definitely one of my top reads of the year. It’s everything I want in a historical romantic mystery. Complete with compliments to Great Expectations which may be my most loved of the classics. “Lady Jayne” has thoroughly bewitched me. I am in its spell and am quite content to remain there.
  • Alyssa
    When you get an email saying you made it onto the launch team!
  • Ruthie Jones
    Lady Jayne Disappears is a masterful metafictional tale that blurs the line between telling a story and living the truth. Aurelie Harcourt picks up the telling of Lady Jayne Disappears upon the death of her father, inheriting the mysterious nom de plume: Nathaniel Droll. And I must say that this secret authorial identity passed from father to daughter is, indeed, quite droll. Prepare to be amazed and amused.Joanna Davidson Politano’s writing is...
  • Raechel
    Wow. Just...beautiful. Review:This is one of the most beautifully crafted novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. It was such a masterpiece of writing.A story within a story, with twists and turns, and curiosities that leave you wondering but keep you oh-so absorbed in its pages.Upon closing the final page, I had to sit back in a bit of awe. The author has a way with words, just as the main character Aurelie has. May I also...
  • Brittany
    This mysterious, gothic tale was full of strange characters and secrets that always felt just beneath the surface. The author did a great job of creating an atmosphere that left me wondering who to trust and what had really happened to the elusive Lady Jayne.Aurelie Harcourt was a strange mix of two worlds in this novel. On the one hand, she was fairly accurate at reading the nature of a person. I say fairly accurate, because all was not as it se...
  • Jamie
    What a debut! It’s been awhile since I’ve been incredibly impressed with a debut! Mystery, intrigue, more mystery, romance and a totally captivating story.This was one of those reads I had to finish in one sitting. It was haunting, unique and not all characters turned out as you thought. There were a couple pieces I wanted to know more about at the end, but even with that, I so enjoyed this journey.I also loved that many characters were not e...
  • Crystal Caudill
    Lady Jayne is one of those rare books that I will absolutely force everyone I know to read. There is so much more this story than an intriguing and surprising plot line. This is a book so decadent and rich that if it were a food, your waist line would suffer from this irresistible treat.The plot itself is intriguing and full of wonderful surprises, and my little writer's heart just eats up all the emotions and struggles of Aurelie Harcourt as she...
  • Carol
    4 1/2 stars! Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano was a wonderful debut book. Full of mystery and suspense. Romance and misunderstandings between several of the characters. Aurelia Harcourt was raised in debtors prison by her father whom is a storyteller and author and passes his abilities to his daughter. After he dies she continues to write the serial he was dictating to her; even after she is taken to the family she didn't even kn...
  • Rebecca
    "They are my family, and I have nowhere else to go. And my heart . . . . my heart needs to belong somewhere. It is not a loner."Aurelie Harcourt has been set free. Her life, lived entirely within the walls of Shepton Mallet Debtor's Prison, has been a menagerie of truth and falsehoods, while presumably the only person who could sort through those details on her behalf is dead; a most beloved father. Her inheritance is a pen name; Nathaniel Droll,...
  • Karen
    A well done debut novel with a complex plot and colorful characters set in Victorian England. One part mystery, one part romance, this story had the feel of Dickens, Bronte, and Austen all rolled into one, with plenty of plot twists, and a Gothic feel with an old eerie manor home backdrop. The main character, Aurelie reminded me of Little Dorrit, with a bit of Jane Eyre, as she feels out of place and yet, longs to belong. Having the heart of an a...
  • Megan
    "Lady Jayne Disappears" by Joanna Davidson Politano is such an incredible book for so many reasons!! I did not know anything about the author or the book going into it--except that I loved the cover and the back cover description. This book is so well written and has such a great story with characters that you will fall in love with!The opening of the story draws you in right away. Ms. Politano uses vivid descriptions of Victorian England that ma...
  • Rissi
    Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano - Haunting Gothic DebutFollowing in the footsteps of the epic Dickens tomes or the Gothic infused Jane Eyre, this debut novel suffers no shortage of atmospheric qualities and multi-dimensional characters. Find the full review on Finding Wonderland.
  • Rachael
    I was so enthralled with this read that I read it on one sitting, and I simply couldn't put it down! This book was so different from many reads, and I so enjoy a bit of freshness to my reads. The mood is a bit like Jane Eyre, but the plot is quite unique. Where she grew up was fascinating, watching her trying to keep that a secret was even more intriguing.The faith theme was a good one, and it led to her realizing living the truth was the best ch...
  • Just Commonly
    "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 ma...