Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano

Finding Lady Enderly

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, some...

Details Finding Lady Enderly

TitleFinding Lady Enderly
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Finding Lady Enderly

  • Sarah Monzon
    I read a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So to come across a story that is new and original...that doesn’t happen often. But let me tell you, I have NEVER read a book quite like this one. The intrigue will keep you turning pages, and if it doesn’t then the hero will. Can I just say that communicating through secret messages within the pages of Austen, Bronte, and Dickens is enough to make any bibliophiles heart go putter-patter. To have someone see y...
  • Deanne Patterson
    Wow! I have not been intrigued by a book and read it almost nonstop like this one in quite some time.Where is the option for 100 stars, surely this one deserves it!Who could ever imagine the rags to riches story awaiting inside these pages?Dank,dark and dangerous that's London's East End where Raina Bretton lives in poverty and works as a rag woman. Seemingly chosen by random in a dark alley by a handsome stranger she is whisked off to a new life...
  • Kav
    I've been well and truly gobsmacked. Again! This is another book that defies description, but, of course, I'll try! It's everything grand in a historical multiplied by a thousand more goodness! The kind of story that kidnaps an unsuspecting reader and holds her hostage until the very last page and then, when she's finally released, she doesn't want her freedom. It's the kind of book that almost ruins you for any others. Almost. I'm hyperventilati...
  • Staci
    Talented Politano delivers another engaging novel with a creative storyline. Readers that enjoy multiple twists and surprises will find Finding Lady Enderly delivers.Raina is presented with an opportunity to escape her life as a rag woman. This opportunity is delivered by a gentleman she doesn't know. The love of her heart, Sully, was tragically killed at sea. She feels there is nothing to lose.As time passes, Raina realizes there were things abo...
  • Beth
    Finding Lady Enderly is a delightfully creative story. A literal rag to riches story, Raina is a rag woman who is convinced to take part in a charade to become Lady Enderly. Why she is not sure, but when it's offered to her, she can't help but grasp this life that once was nothing but a dream for her. Of course, the dream life comes with holes that look suspiciously like nightmares, and she soon realizes that danger is around every corner.The set...
  • Susan
    4.5 starsI love it when I discover a new author to add to my go to list! I have seen many reader recommendations for Ms. Politano books, but am embarrassed to say, this is the first book of hers that I have read. I was not disappointed. She is now on my must read list!! Fans of Jessica Dotta will enjoy this book.In Finding Lady Enderly, Ms. Politano gives the reader a brilliant Gothic romance, filled with mystery and romance. With the skill of a ...
  • Clara
    Everyone knows the story of Cinderella - from ashes to riches. And, in a way, Finding Lady Enderly is about that. But also not.A name is something powerful, and for Raina Bretton, her given name is weak compared to her hallmark name, Ragna. And to rags and poverty, she attaches her identity, as well to the kind son of a vicar who stood up from her when she most needed and has saved her from her many perilous situations.Nevertheless, what girl doe...
  • Rachel McMillan
    A compelling and accessible Victorian romance with strongly overt spiritual threads. Drawing parallels to Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series (especially in its literal rags to riches flavour) and Jennifer Delamere's clean Victorian staples in the genre.Several twists and great pacing add to the suspense with flourish but perhaps the most admirable trait of the book is its non-conforming treatment of the central romance. The reader might as...
  • Cara Putman
    Richly layered book with a spiritual thread on identity that was thoughtful and deep. The story has layers and shadows and ends with a twist on the happily ever after that will satisfy realists and romantics.
  • Paula Shreckhise
    Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano is truly a work of art, a gift to the historical Christian fiction fan.Captivating from the start, the first chapter was full of romance, intrigue and beautiful words. What a wonderful way to entice the reader. This book is a gem, my favorite genres of historical and mystery rolled into one extraordinary book. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from The Diary of a Substitute Countess: “Man...
  • Cayla
    **Special Note** I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a little intriguing. Imagine someone plucking you off the streets and carrying you away to some estate where you are being introduced as a lady of the manor. You now wear fine gowns instead of rags. People treat you as someone worth knowing, rather than turning down their noses at you. It's amazing what the right dress and title can do! You spend days a...
  • Andrea Cox
    FTC Disclosure: NetGalley and Revell Reads gave me complimentary copies of this book (one electronic, one paperback). A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.Where do I start? What a captivating novel! From the first page, the style was engrossing, fascinating, and exquisitely quotable. If I had jotted down every line that made me sigh for how beautiful it was, I would have a notebook filled with at least half the lines f...
  • Rachael
    I loved the mystery of Lady Enderly--finding out the true reasons that Raina needs to pretend to be her. I especially loved that it wasn't straightforward and easy to guess where the story was going. Raina is fairly street-smart, but she's also impulsive and a bit of dreamer, which gets her into this mess (and partly what keeps her from getting out). I enjoyed the little ways she finds to defy expectations, though, and the way she uses book quote...
  • Lori
    Is there truly a Lady Enderly? Inquiring minds want to know.Readers you will just have to read this fascinating book with it's twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.I was waiting on pins and Needles to see if Netgalley would approve and yay!! They did!! I finished this delightful book in one day!! Today in fact. That's just how good this story was well written.I love this author's writing because...
  • Abigail
    This book was very unique and I really liked it. It had a very unique plot. I enjoyed the slight mystery that was within this novel. I didn't get connected with the characters as much I would have loved too. I enjoyed reading Raina's story but I just wish I could have connected to her more. Sully was a darling. He really made this story. The mystery in this book had me on my toes. I was guessing who and what was happening. I honestly did not know...
  • Danielle Urban
    Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an emotionally tugging tale. I felt my whole heart break for Raina. Leaving behind her world, the one she knew. Hoping her love would return back home. But there was nothing that ever gave her more hope that it would happen. So then, she takes on the new life. Mysterious, interesting, and a bit funny. Raina is a determined yet strong woman. She doubts people's attentions. Not sure to trust them,...
  • Becky
    “There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them. “ from Finding Lady Enderly.Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an incredible book filled with mystery, love, adventure and the truth of who you are in Christ. The descriptive language and well written story makes it a joy to read. I found my myself underlining and highlighting amazing quotes throughout the story. Joanna is a gi...
  • Nicole
    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Here awaits the carriage that will carry you into the grandest adventure of your life.”Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano takes readers on a journey back to 1871 in London’s East End where poor Raina Bretton peddles rags as her only way to survive the hardships of her life. When Raina is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to leave London’s East End for a new life filled wit...
  • Eva
    Wow! That was one wild ride.I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Finding Lady Enderly. The plot was a bit confusing at first (and it remained twisty and mystery-filled throughout) and I found the story hard to get into. But once I really settled down and started reading large chunks of the book at a time, I found myself enjoying it more and more.WHAT I LIKED-Joanna Davidson Politano is a good writer. There were several descriptive ...
  • Lucinda
    Another intriguing read from the author. It starts with Raina and an irrefutable offer. She'd been waiting for a dear friend to return from the sea, but knowing the ship he was in sunk, she's lost hope of that. So she accepts and off she goes to Rothburne Abbey and a life so different from what she knows.Although it seems simple enough, it soon shows there's so much more to it and the longer she spends there, the more complicated it gets. Around ...
  • Kailey
    This was such a fascinating book! The whole idea of a rag lady being swept of the streets of London to pretend to be a Countess was so interesting! I loved the way this book was written. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on with the real Lady Enderly. I would definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
  • Miranda Atchley
    I loved this book. With a rags to riches to rags story told in a first person narrative, Finding Lady Enderly is a treat to my Brontë-loving heart. The setting was a total win. Victorian England, on a country estate with a crumbling old abbey…it’s one of my favorite literary settings. Yet what made this story was the characters. While far from perfect, I loved Raina. Though she was a bit naïve and made her fair share of mistakes, I thought ...
  • Amy Watson
    WOW!!! Politano is a brilliant and gifted storyteller. This book has layers and layers of entertainment and deep threads of the importance of identity and tending to our souls! Pretty hard for Politano to follow her own “A Rumored Fortune”, but she did not disappoint! Fantastic read!!!
  • Rachael
    It’s another terrific read from Ms. Politano! Her books are terrific stories with vivid settings and wonderful characters. However, they are much more than that! The story the reader reads is a shadow of sorts of the true meaning of the words on paper. A type of allegory to get your mind thinking...what if this is me? Is this what I portray? I love how this author can write the most fascinating tales with double meanings. This is another book b...
  • Megan
    Ms. Politano once again exceeded my expectations in "Finding Lady Enderly!” This book is a work of art. At face value it’s a beautiful Christian historical romance. But interwoven throughout is a beautiful allegory."Finding Lady Enderly" by Joanna Davidson Politano is like a unique fairy tale, with a “Cinderella” and “My Fair Lady” feel to it. There are also a lot of allusions to classic literature and a permeating Gothic tone to the ...
  • MJSH
    “There’s something rare and intensely beautiful in a person who knows you well and loves you anyway. Ordinary men and everyday romances are the sweetest and deepest. There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them.”Every time I read Joanna Davidson Politano’s book, I am left speechless, breathless, and in awe. The author has this incredible ability to draw you into Victorian England with a...
  • Courtney Clark
    A truly exemplary Victorian romance, Finding Lady Enderly is an eloquent reminder of everything I love about the genre. A deftly woven mystery, rags to riches journey, romance that transcends the norm, and a delightful love of books all work to make this story of identity and purpose a meaningful and memorable work.From the first chapter, I was intrigued and hooked on this story! It is so well crafted — the depth of Raina’s character is revea...
  • Trixi
    Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up the the God we reflect. ~Diary of a Substitute Countess Politano draws the reader in with her achingly beautiful, poignant prose in Finding Lady Enderly. I found myself quickly involved in the life of Raina Bretton, seller of rags. When given the opportunity to trade rags for fine silks and want for nothing, I followed her ...
  • Kathryn Voss
    Joanna Davidson Politano was a new author to me only a year ago. I stepped into her books with a bit of reserve, wondering if she would live up to my expectations. But I was immediately enthralled with her storytelling. And now, with this 3rd book, Finding Lady Enderly, I continue to be entranced by Politano’s outstanding piece of historical fiction. Politano truly packs it all into this book – a crumbling abbey reminiscent of the Jane Austen...
  • Suzie Waltner
    You know that saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”. Well, someone should have given Raina that advice. But Raina is oh-so relatable.This original and engrossing story kept my attention from the first page to the last as Raina embarks on what, at first sight, seems like a My Fair Lady story . One that goes more horribly wrong as truths are uncovered.At least Raina has a champion in her corner. Sully takes on a position a...