Book Review : Lady Jayne Disappears

This book, this book is my favorite read of 2017!  At least as far as I can remember!!  Joanna Davidson Politano knocked it out of the park with her debut novel!!

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I loved this book so much I just want to share it with everyone!!  Lady Jayne Disappears takes place in the mid-1800’s.  I loved the setting, just the perfect amount of detail to make me feel like I was in the “room” and at the same time not boring me with too many details.  (Yes, this matters!)

The character development was my favorite.  It was like watching a PBC series, having character after character coming to life in front of me!  Normally you see the main character and a supporting character or two. Not in this book, I fell in love with about 4 characters!!  So much charm and depth!

The main character Aurelie goes to live with her aunt after her father dies.  What is unusual is that Aurelie has grown up her entire life in debtor’s prison.  She is an amazing young woman with tremendous talents and a giant heart.  You cannot help but love her!

This book was so hard to put down, I wanted to stay engaged to the last page, and then I found myself the next few days pondering my “new friends” and wondering what they were up to now.  (Yes, I might be a bit odd)

I do not want to get into too many details about the plot, because there are so many twists and turns from the start, that I do not want to spoil anything!  But this is an amazing novel with such a lovely cast of characters!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Lady Jayne Disappears at no cost.


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.


About Joanna Davidson Poltano

joanna0016I’m a work-from-home mom of one super cute baby girl (pictures to prove it) and I write novels. I married my hero Vince, who is my love and my polar opposite. I write, he tears it up with the red pen. I break cars and other mechanical things, he puts them back together. He’s nailed the “speak the truth” thing, and I bring the “in love” part. But the real spark to our marriage is that he does not like chocolate and I…  like it a normal amount. We love and live from our little house in the woods near Lake Michigan, which is undergoing a constant renovation.

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