Jan. 3, 2018

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

***** 5 stars

A Masterpiece of Regency Romance

 

 A masterpiece of Regency romance, Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano is a real treat.

"God, where do I belong?" This is the desperate cry of Aurelie Harcourt, daughter of the famous author, Nathaniel Droll, who dies in debtor's prison. 

Aurelie is then taken in by rich relatives. Trying to hide her past and her identity, Aurelie searches for her mother, Lady Jayne, and her sense of belonging throughout the book.

I loved so many characters in this book, both good and bad. Or maybe it was how Politano eventually showed us the deeper workings of each individual's heart. Nelle, a servant, shows the love of Jesus when the rich, religious relatives are standoffish and cruel. Other people had surprising character traits that are best discovered by reading the book, rather than spoilers.

God is woven in and out of the story with the ease of an accomplished basketmaker who deftly pulls each reed throughout the latticework of the others. Aurelie believes Him to be  Sovereign and capable of answering the prayers of her confused heart.

Lady Jayne Disappears is chock full of quotables. A few are here:

"Shame is reserved for those who disappoint God, not people."

"If books were alcohol, he'd be the worst drunk in history."

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to leave a positive review and all opinions are my own.