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, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.
This story captured my attention from the very first chapter! With dynamic, complicated characters that pull you into their uncertain web of mystery and emotions, this story packs an impressive punch! The gothic undertones of the story are reminiscent of works by Bronte or Gaskell, yet unique in its own sweeping romantic drama.
With a plethora of unexpected twists and turns, and a strong message of faith this story is sure to delight any bibliophile. You will want a copy of this book for your keeper shelf! I appreciated the quotes at the beginning of each chapter that gives the reader a glimpse into the inner thoughts and turmoil of the heroine.
Fans of Victorian romance will swoon with pleasure of this newest addition to the Gothic Romance genre. Simply stated, I loved reading this story from author Joanna Davidson Politano and I strongly encourage you to snag a copy of this story for you own reading pleasure!
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About the Author:
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.