LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS
Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets...
and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.
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 engimatic houseguest -- who often seem reluctant to give them up.
"How amazing, how humble, was this girl who broke herself into a million pieces and distributed them to any who had need." (p 65)
Exquisitely written. Breathtakingly beautiful both in words and in substance. The kind of story you want to nestle into forever. Savor every nuance. Bask in the vivid impressions the author's words conjure up. Images that need to seep into your soul before proceeding any further into the story. And if you stop to record the most quotable of quotes it might just take you a week to finish Lady Jayne Disappears. And you won't mind a bit because it means you get to spend more time in the story. More time with the characters. More time figuring out the mystery (but I bet you won't!)
There's a story within this story. And it celebrates writers, readers and the written word. In short, it's a bibliophile's dream. I didn't realize I was craving a novel like this until I held it in my hands and even now that I've finished, I can't bring myself to shelve it. I want to keep it close for when I need a book hug. Or profound wisdom on my faith journey and my relationship with God. Or delightfully witty and insightful commentaries on the power in stories. Because my copy is riddled with sticky-note flags that ensure I won't lose a single gem.
Captivating from the very first page. Aurelie is shrouded in mystery. But then so is Silas. Loved their interactions -- the delicious undercurrents that promise a deeper connection than mere acquaintances. And the way the story unfolds -- so many intricate threads running amok causing chaos and confusion and yet Politano manages to weave them altogether by the end. And it's the kind of ending that amazes and astounds and leaves a reader bereft because you just don't want it to be over. Ever.
A stunning debut novel. I want more from Joanna Davidson Politano. Right now. Please.
God answers prayers..."Not in one big powerful move, but gradually so I don't notice until I've turned around and see that I have exactly what I need." (p 225)
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