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, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Christian, Fiction

Reviews Lady Jayne Disappears

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    4.5 stars TOP PICK
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Alyssa
    When you get an email saying you made it onto the launch team!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    This book surprised me many times over. When I started reading I really wasn't sure what to expect. And not just because it is a debut novel but also because the type of story it is isn't my typical read.When I first started reading I expected there to be a layer of mystery just from reading the title. Little did I know that there was more than just a "layer" of mystery and that there were actually multiple mysteries in the book. I very much did ...
  • Stella Potts
    Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut novel by Joanna Davidson Politano. I would say this is an author that you will be seeing quite a bit more of in the future. I loved this book and thought it was awesome. Aurelie Harcourt grew up with her father in debtors prison in the mid 1800's. Her father told her a story which she transcribed and sent to the publisher every week as a serialized story. When her father dies Aurelie takes up where he left off aft...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    See my full review at: From the first chapter till the last word on the page, I was captivated. Lady Jayne Disappears far exceeded my expectations. This debut book of Joanna’s is simply stunning in its culmination. I finished this book in a clouded euphoria, leaving me speechless. Bibliophiles will fall in love with Aurelie, a bibliophile in her own right, and an author. A delightful story within the sto...
  • 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.
  • maryreads
    There aren't words to express how much I completely loved this book! Ms. Politano has truly won herself a new fan!This book completely captivated me! It’s deliciously intriguing, achingly beautiful and immensely satisfying.Aurelie Harcourt is not a normal girl. Being raised in a debtor’s prison, she has seen things many people her age or even older don’t even dream of or just choose not to acknowledge. However, it’s in the dark and dirty ...
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    ((3.5 Stars.))Lady Jayne Disappears is a wonderfully written debut novel by the author, but had some issues.When I started the both, I was instantly interested. It was a little hard to understand what was going on at first, but I understood about two chapters after beginning the story.The main character is Aurelie. She was a very likeable character and I suppose I connected with her since I like to write as well. I certainly felt for her during m...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01! I need to wrap my brain around this before I write my review. literally just finished. This story completely blew away my expectations! And that's saying a lot! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. )
  • Stacey
    Joanna Davidson Politano is a master storyteller with a dash of poetic grace running through her veins. Her debut novel will leave you breathless as you race to the end to discover the truth. Joanna uses just enough mystery and romance to keep the reader hooked till the very last page regardless of the late hour. This book is going on the keeper shelf right next to Laura Frantz and Kristy Cambron.
  • Lynda Edwards
    Eager to try new authors, I happily picked up Joanna Davidson Politano’s debut novel. Expecting an entertaining story, I was completely unprepared for the amazing storyline, the depth of characterization, and the surprising twist she incorporates into this gothic-feel novel. She is an author to watch!The novel has a very mysterious feel to it from the opening pages. Our heroine finds herself unexpectedly alone in the world and completely unprep...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    Lady Jayne Disappears by JoAnna Davidson Politano is an interesting and unique story set in the Victorian age. Right from the prologue, Davidson grabbed my attention and drew me into the story. It seemed different than anything else I have read. The synopsis gripped my attention, and I couldn't wait to read what this debut author had written. It was hard to believe this was a novel written by a debut author; it was well-written.Politano does a gr...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: Lady Jane DisappearsAuthor: Joanna Davidson PolitanoPages: 416Year: 2017Publisher: RevellMy rating 5 out of 5 stars.Aurelie Harcourt is a young woman who has an uncanny way of telling stories that entertain and teach at the same time. Aurelie learned that from her father who she stayed with in debtor’s prison because she had nowhere else to go. Aurelie had her father’s family, who she eventually had to stay with after her father’s de...
  • Pamela Barrett
    Aurelie Harcourt grew up in a debtor’s prison in the mid 1800’s with her father who told fanciful stories about a romance with a beautiful woman he called Lady Jayne. Aurelie wrote them all down, and they were being published as a serial novel that captivated Victorian England. They were published using a false identity so no one knew who wrote them. Also, Aurelie never knew her own mother so she fantasizes and wonders if Lady Jayne might be ...
  • Savanna Kaiser
    Don’t you just love discovering new favorite authors? Well, I think I just found another favorite of mine in Joanna Davidson Politano! Within minutes of starting “Lady Jayne Disappears” I knew I was in for an adventure and it took me far beyond my expectations. Friends, this is a beautiful story I highly recommend.My heart instantly connected with Aurelie and her writing ways. Her compassion and honesty made her a beautiful heroine, inside ...