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 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.
Wow. This is a great debut novel. I will definitely be watching for more of Joanna Politano’s books!
The mystery aspect of this novel had me wondering at every turn. I had no idea of the ending which made me super surprise! And, Silas’s story was really crazy when I figured out “who” he was. Sorry! I am being really vague right now. I can’t give anything away!
The story was a little bit slow. Therefore, it took me a little bit to get into the plot. All the characters had their own little story. I felt like some of them changed their “personalities” a little too drastically between scenes. I was trying to figure out what each character was like. It was just a little bit confusing.
The cover was what intrigued me to read this book. I love the whole “feel” of the cover. The cover designer/photographer deserves 5 stars. The hairstyle and everything is so cool!
As I said, Joanna Politano is definitely an author that I will be watching for. I can’t wait to read her next books. As for this book, I will give it 4 stars. Because of the slightly confusing characters, I had to dock it one star. But, other than that, it is definitely a good mystery/romance!
Title: Lady Jayne Disappears
Author: Joanna Davidson Politano
Author’s Website: https://jdpstories.com/
Reading Resolution: #2
I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.
This review is written in my own opinions and words.