When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtors’ 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 house-guest, 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.
With debut authors, you never know what you are going to get.
However, when I read the publicity materials for Lady Jayne Disappears, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Joanna Davidson Politano has created a marvelously entertaining story that brings Victorian England alive.
Aurelie is a fully fleshed-out character who has flaws and weaknesses, as well as true strength.
All of the characters in the tale are interesting and Politano’s use of their secrets was masterfully done.
The settings are wonderfully detailed, adding depth to the story.
Politano deftly weaves this information together in a manner that leaves you guessing until the end.
I really enjoyed her writing style and definitely will be on the lookout for more of her work in the future.