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Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Revell (October 3, 2017)
About this bookWhen 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.
Meet the author - Joanna Davidson PolitanoJoanna 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 debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, releases October 3 from Revell. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.
This is the first book written by this author and I was happy to get the chance to read it. You can really feel the emotions of the characters in the author's writing. I also thought the author did a good job of getting the time period right with her descriptions and research. The mystery in this story only adds to this story. I found myself wanting to know more about Aurelie's mother's disappearance and the real reason behind her father's death. Can you imagine growing up in a debtor's prison - not me. Then when you father dies you have to go live with a relative that you don't know that well. I thought it was brave of Aurelie to finish her father's novel and to include her own family in it. Between her dad's stories and her life experiences she has plenty to add to the story. The author's writing style made the words flow off the pages. I am looking forward to more books by this author.