LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS
By JOANNA DAVIDSON POLITANO
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 416
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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 house guest, 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 identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance—and perhaps even her father’s death.
Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.
Praise for Lady Jayne Disappears:
“Emotional. Intriguing. Both haunting and romantic. . . In her historical fiction debut, Joanna Davidson Politano delivers a smart plot that navigates twists and turns with a mixture of wit, intelligent characters, and a refreshingly original voice. Reminiscent of Dickens’ classic storytelling, Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut to remember!”
—Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice
“Wonderfully unique, this compelling debut grabs you from the first intriguing line. The evocative English setting, textured characters, literary theme, and unusual romance make Lady Jayne Disappears a standout, the lovely cover offering a hint of the gem within. A must read!”
—Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night
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From Lady Jayne Disappears
By Joanna Davidson Politano
“Mr. Rotherham, would you like some highly agreeable female company?” Juliette descended the final two steps, arm extended.
I flushed warm. Was Juliette going to pawn me off on Silas again? Walking about with Silas sounded far better than being chained to Juliette, which would make it even harder to say no. And I must say no.
“I would be delighted with it.”
“Come, dear cousin. We’ll join him for some fresh air.” Juliette swept graciously toward Silas and tucked her hand at his elbow, her trim shoulder bumping his arm.
Had she not said “cousin,” I would never have known to follow. Trudging miserably after the couple, I dearly hoped this walk would not last long.
“Who do you think would make the perfect match for our dear Aurelie, Mr. Rotherham?” Juliette leaned near him, brushing her cheek against his tensed shoulder. “We’ve been discussing who she should be introduced to at the next Lynhurst event.”
As the silence deepened in the wake of her question, footsteps swishing grass blades, I wished with irrational fury that I could yank Juliette’s hair. And then yank back the question. Why wasn’t he answering? It was worse than a novel cliffhanger. Turn the page!
Shoulder blades flexing together, Silas cleared his throat. “He would need to have ten men’s share of wit. And be ever on his toes.”
“Have I told you I’ve found the perfect one?” Juliette’s airy voice somehow managed to railroad right over Silas’s answer and I released my breath. “They’ll meet at the next Lynhurst party. They’ve missed their chance at all the others, but this time I’ll make it my personal mission.”
“Perhaps she wishes to make her own selection.”
“Aurelie.” Juliette spun toward me with her face unnaturally alight. “Why don’t you entertain us with one of your enchanting stories? All this talk of romance makes me long for a love story. Something clever and romantic.”
“Might I make a request?” Silas perched on the furthest chair but leaned forward, elbows on knees. “I’d like to hear the love story you might envision for yourself, if you could have everything just the way you wanted it.”
Metal poked my arm as I thunked awkwardly onto the chair and tried not to look at him. He knew. He must know.
“All right, then. A love story.”
I wove a lighthearted story of two very bookish people who were misunderstood by the rest of the world. Ignoring the look of feigned fascination on Juliette’s face, I spilled out a measure of my heart for the man I loved. Sias’s gray eyes drank in every word as if he were reading the last chapter of his favorite book.
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 on her website.
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