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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 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 listeners with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

©2017 Joanna Davidson Politano (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Ponderbunny
  • 09-03-2020

One of the best books I have heard lately

I am a Christian who hates "Christian Fiction" because it always comes out sounding so false and stilted. This author managed to create compelling, strong, flawed, real characters in a tightly twisting and gripping mystery, and share the gospel, all without preaching or shoehorning any of the plot or characters to fit. There were some fantastical elements but they worked with the genre and really brought a wonderful nuance to the tone of the story. The author has a delightful way with words, using them both skillfully and playfully to build her world. I was notable to predict the ending and was thoroughly entertained. The voice work was excellent as well. Will watch for this author in future.

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  • Isabel McKay
  • 22-10-2017

Weirdly Un-cohesive

There's a good story in this with some really solid ideas and an interesting narrative structure. I liked the debter's prison aspect and the characters were intriguing too. However I had some quibbles:
(1) For some reason the scenes just didn't always come together into a cohesive story. This was especially true with regard to the mystery aspect. Some if the characters were created a little too much through telling rather than showing, which can work in 3rd person narratives but feels a little judgy in 1st person. I felt like the only image I had of them was the conclusions the main character had drawn about them and I had very little opportunity to come to my own conclusions, which is usually what spices up a mystery for me.
(2) The historical setting was REALLY flat and with the exception of the debtor's prison aspects, not very believable.
(3) There's two whole mystery plotlines that I feel just get completely dropped once there's an answer to the question without any further resolution. What happened to the "bad guys?" Who knows?
(4) I wasn't aware from reviews or the description of how much religion would be in this book. While it was all believable and I didn't feel like it was particularly preachy, you should be aware that there are a lot of praying scenes and the main character considers her work as a writer to have been assigned to her by God. If that's not your cup of tea, just be forewarned.

Reader-wise: Solid and not distracting but didn't add a lot to the entertainment value. She dealt with the accent pretty well, which was was appreciated (as a linguist, bad accents are my pet peeves). Reader is Canadian so the Britspeak doesn't quite sound native, like there's little to no variation based on class, but it didn't feel cartoon-ey. This reader's voice is naturally really tense sounding, which might bother some people

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  • Linda Johnson
  • 12-10-2017

I can’t take the narration

I’m giving the story the benefit of the doubt. It seems to ramble often. However, this may be due to insufferable narration. Like the critic in the story says, she sounds like a constantly whining child. I kept putting this story aside whenever it became too unbearable. But mama didn’t raise a quitter.

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  • mrs B
  • 12-03-2020

Marvelous

I’m speechless.
But since I have a word minimum:
Marvelous. Main character realistically flawed but seeking for good to reach her potential and help others.
Lots of ups and downs in romance, with a mystery as well.
Clean, in keeping with the setting of the times, and richly lyrical.

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  • Jessie
  • 27-12-2019

Too religious

This book is average at best, but the long sections with bible verse and prayer is enough to make this book unpleasant.

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  • priceless pearl
  • 10-09-2020

intriguing

well the story takes you from place to place that you'd never expect the twists and turns creative even under the control of the author which is part of the point of the story that God is in control

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  • A+D
  • 31-08-2019

Magnificent Story!

Lady Jayne Disappears is a magnificent story!
A dramatic, romance-filled mystery. With richly drawn characters, twists, and more than a few surprises, I loved every minute of it!
*I've owned the Kindle and Audible versions of this book for a couple of years, knowing I would like the story. My only wish is that I would have read and listened to them sooner!

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  • Julie P.
  • 27-02-2021

Disappointing

From the synopsis I expected a mystery. Instead it was a fairly insipid romance with an unlikeable female lead and a heavy addition of Christianity.

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  • Stephanie
  • 06-03-2020

lovely read

I enjoyed this very much, it had a little bit of everything. Mystery, romance and self Discovery.

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  • Caci
  • 22-05-2019

One of my favorite books

This is a great story I loved it!!! I would re-read it again because the book kept me on my toes !

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