The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

About the book:

Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1859 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.

Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words. 

Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.

My Thoughts:

I was pulled into this story right from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. With many unexpected twists, I was kept guessing and turning pages to find out what would happen next and how it would all turn out in the end. Joanna Davidson Politano has written a delightfully captivating story, but beyond that this gem points the reader over and over again to God and his unfailing love for us, and reminds us that true love is sacrificial.

With dynamic characters and an exciting plot this story is one that you are sure to be talking about with all your friends!

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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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.

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First Line Friday: The Love Note

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am happy to be featuring The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano. I’m super excited to be reading this book. I hope you check it out also!

Brighton, England, 1865

It always came to this, didn’t it? Amid the glittering swirl of music and gowns, I looked up into the handsome face of Lord Cumberland and forced a smile as if nothing at all were about to happen.

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Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

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!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

Joanna-Davidson-Politano  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.

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   Finding Lady Enderly

Also from Joanna Davidson Politano:

Lady Jayne Disappears

A Rumored Fortune

First Line Friday: Finding Lady Enderly

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano. 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!

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Spitalfields, London’s East End, 1871

          For one blessed moment I was beautiful.

 

   Finding Lady Enderly

 

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First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

 

August 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of August? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in August.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Book Reviews:

TheBestOfIntentions  The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Reckless  The Reckless by MaryLu Tyndall

FreedomsKiss  Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon

ADangerousDeception  A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

ALoveRestored  A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn

ARumoredFortune  A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

CaughtBySurprise  Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

 

Book Spotlight:

BookSpotlight-MagnoliaSummer-crop  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

 

Author Interviews:

PhotoFunia-1532360617  Kelly Goshorn

PhotoFunia-1535382334  Jen Turano

 

Cover Reveals:

CoverReveal-Graphic Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

IMG_0869 Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

CoverImage  When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in September?

Today is the last chance to enter the giveaway for an autographed print copy of Caught By Surprise! Check out the Author Interview & Giveaway with Jen Turano!

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A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

Synopsis:

Tressa Harlowe’s father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they’ll not soon forget.

My Thoughts:

With deep and thoughtful prose this enthralling story wove its way around my heart. From the very beginning, the characters monopolized my attention and I was along for a beautiful journey on a tapestry of exquisitely crafted words.

Tressa’s story touched my heart with its raw emotion. She grew up longing for her father’s attention and love, and now that he is gone she feels lost. Growing up, Tressa spent many hours in her father’s vineyard and now as she works with the vineyard manager to hold the estate together she will grow closer to her heavenly father and through the very vines growing in her vineyard learn to have a relationship with God.

Woven into this story is an intriguing mystery of a hidden treasure. With the wolves circling, some disguised as sheep, Tressa must decide who to trust and who to keep at arms-length. But will she make the right choice?

I’ll be honest, I struggled to not flip ahead to the end to find out who was behind the mystery. This story is so tightly woven, with lots of layers that you will be left guessing till near the end before you realize the truth! I had several suspicious and found myself talking to the characters on more than one occasion. In the end, I was glad that I prolonged the agony of not knowing and stayed with characters as the truth unfolded.

I really loved reading this book and give it 5-stars! You will want to be sure to carve out some solid blocks of time for enjoying this story, as you won’t want to put it down!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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Grab your Copy!

A Rumored Fortune

About the Author:

Joanna-Davidson-Politano  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.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

 

Books by Joanna:

Lady Jayne Disappears

A Rumored Fortune

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Recap – October 2017

As we wave goodbye to October and welcome in November; Let us take a brief pause to take a look back at the book fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

31ProverbsToLightYourPath 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

LadyJayne Lady Jayne Disappears

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

TheSecretLifeOfSarahHollenbeck  The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

ReturningHome Returning Home

image1  Charming The Troublemaker

TheRegencyBridesCollection The Regency Brides Collection

ADangerousLegacy  A Dangerous Legacy

AudreyDoll & Book Girls of Faith – Dolls & Companion Stories

 

Author Interviews:

PamHillman  Pam Hillman

SONY DSC  Toni Shiloh

 

Cover Reveals:

Dietze - Mother for his Children A Mother for his Family

WaitingForHisReturn Waiting for his Return

 

Spotlights:

God's Daughter  God’s Daughter

collage-2017-10-03   A Season of Hope & A Season of Deception

 

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in November?

 

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First Line Friday’s – Lady Jayne Disappears

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Here we are, at the first Friday of October. Wow! Time sure flies when you are having fun. I trust that you have had an enjoyable week. I look forward to hearing from you and finding out what book you have been reading.

I have been reading Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson-Politano. The story takes place during the Victorian age, and let me just tell you how amazing this debut book really is! The heroine is an author with a non de plume, and she’s trying to solve a mystery, one that will keep you guessing. You’ll want to read my review to learn more, but trust me, this story fantastic! (my review)

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London, England 1861

It must have been the rain that felt so wrong that day, nothing more. It spit at my face and drenched me.

Wonderful way to set the opening scene, don’t you think? Just for an added teaser, I’ll share with you a meme I created.

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Now it’s your turn!

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Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson-Politano

Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets . . . and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.

Synopsis:

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family–who want very little to do with her.

As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father’s family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift–the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother’s mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she’ll have to extract clues from relatives–and one enigmatic houseguest–who often seem reluctant to give them up.

My Thoughts:

LadyJayne4From 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. My copy of the book is filled with sticky flags, marking favorite quotes, scenes, and other notable parts of interest. I actually ran out of one kind of stickies and opened a second (It’s that good).

Bibliophiles will fall in love with Aurelie, a bibliophile in her own right, and an author. A delightful story within the story and a mystery to uncover. This is a book you will want to enjoy once and return again to savor a second or third time.

LadyJayne2Beyond the twists and turns of a captivating plot and exciting characters is an overreaching theme of being true to oneself and to who we are in God. A gentle reminder that we should not aim to please people, or even to esteem ourselves, but to strive in all we do to please God first.

 
With characters so vibrant and realistic, they seem to waltz off the page and into the room with you. I give this book 5 stars, and happily, recommend it to any and all who enjoy a good story rich with both characters and detail.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Bonus:

Click here for a Sneak Peek at the Prologue & First Chapter!

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

Joanna-Davidson-Politano  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.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

  Lady Jayne Disappears

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