“Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano is definitely one of the most unique stories I’ve read in 2017. Published by Revell in November, this fascinating novel also happens to be captivating and compelling, while imparting powerful messages of identity, love, and belonging. All this amounts to quite an accomplishment for a debut novel, wouldn’t you agree?
“Lady Jayne Disappears” is a delightfully confusing, twisting, secretive, mysterious story-within-a-story. At first the intentionally confusing plot proved to be a little frustrating (for this reader, at least) but before long I was enthralled with the characters and their stories, both past and present. As everything became more and more tangled, I was practically holding my breath until the climax finally revealed its secrets. Don’t be misled, however, into thinking this novel is dark and filled with despair – quite the contrary is true, in fact. Aurelie, the heroine of our story, is a remarkable, loving character who nurtures a deep and inspirational relationship with her Heavenly Father.
If you enjoy emotional, intriguing, compelling stories filled with plot twists and secret motives, especially those with elements of deep faith added in, you will NOT want to miss “Lady Jayne Disappears”. Towards the end of the novel, several discoveries are made that would not be appropriate for younger readers, but thankfully those aspects are treated appropriately and are not likely to be a major issue for mature readers. Overall, Joanna Davidson Politano is definitely an author to watch – and you can be sure I will be among the first in line to read her next novel set to release next summer!
I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.