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Lady Jayne Disappears

By: Joanna Davidson Politano
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DNF

Annoying, wordy and boring. I got to more than 2 hours in, and nothing has happened.

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  • Chris Terblanche
  • 11-18-22

Incredible!!!!!!😍🙊

I absolutely adore this story. The plot is probably my favorite part. If you are tired of the 'one main character and one obvious love interest' trope then this is for you. I also love how she is writing a story in the story, you get to understand what goes into the character development and plot of a book.
The way she works God into this story is also so perfect. Not a threatening, in your face proclamation that this is a Christian book. Just a girl's natural relationship with the Lord, and learning to trust Him.
I love how the characters were made so real and flawed. Even the antagonists are shown to be human, with deep hurts and unexpected stories. I especially like Nel's story, and how you wanted her to be just as happy as the main characters.
The descriptions were beautiful-coming from someone who often skips boring descriptions to 'just get to the action'.
I'm not one for mystery or thrillers, but this book brought enough of that in to stun and intrigue me. Definitely recommend.
The Narration was brilliant of course, as expected from Justine Eyre.

Thank you Audible and Joanna J. Politano for sharing this Fantastic Masterpiece with the world.❤


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  • P18cle
  • 08-31-22

Religion

This book quotes from the bible constantly,that's ok if you have like that sort of thing but I don't. I found it annoying and totally unnecessary. The story line is great but is spoiled by the religious content.

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  • MRS M CHISHOLM
  • 08-26-22

Hard to get into but worth the effort

Hard to get into and I did wonder where it was going, but worth the effort. There was plenty of surprises and unexpected twists and turns to this story!

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  • Helen Cuttle
  • 08-07-22

Boring

I found this boom boring and unrealistic. it was extremely drawn out and jumped around too much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-22

A simple love story

I enjoyed this sweet love story, just what I needed.
Don't think Justine is my most beloved narrator, but that's a person choice

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  • m wakefield
  • 07-19-22

loved it

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  • miss nicola dent
  • 07-14-22

Nice story, too much religion

I am really enjoying the story in this book, but there is a lot of unnecessarily heavy religious rambling interspersed with the story which is really off putting.

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  • 07-05-22

religious thumper

really enjoyed the story. only stayed to the end to find out what happened. couldn't stand all the constant biblical references etc . would never have started this book if the description etc had been honest

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  • esther curry
  • 06-14-22

Oooh dear

Plus catalogue seems to have too many poor narrators. I read the reviews for this book and ought to have taken heed.
Love audiobooks so will just have to keep buying credits..
Pays your money and you makes your choice

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  • Margaret west
  • 06-13-22

Worth a listen.

I loved the storyline but the constant bible quotes and god referrals did grate on me a bit. The storyline was good, captivating and had a nice suprising finale.

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  • Kelly Aujard
  • 10-05-22

A slow burn

I listened to this narrator so it was distracting initially trying to place her. I find her quite methodic which meant you had to concentrate on the story initially to understand the characters and the plot and fight the urge to just get lulled. Each separately are good but I just found it initially tricky to keep it all straight. Once I was drawn in, it was a good plot.

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  • Sue Review
  • 08-29-22

Original and entertaining story. Clean.

An articulate and intricate original story, superbly crafted.
The narration is flawless and a delight to listen to. This book requires you to concentrate, it's not a story to listen to while doing another task., but well worth the investment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-22

Intriguing story kept me listening.

I do enjoy a good Gothic romance! The characters were solid and the storyline kept me interested. I wasn't at all put off by the main character's heartfelt prayers, they are fleeting and it didn't feel inappropriate considering the historical setting.

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  • nadene
  • 05-11-22

Double agenda

I liked the story until, it was corrupted with religious views, it didn’t add to story, just turned me off.

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  • sharon carleton
  • 04-29-22

A warning would have helped

The story was fine and some good writing but it was totally spoiled by the christian propaganda.

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  • Maryanne
  • 02-20-22

Enjoyable

Very enjoyable. Good characterisations with sold themes. Many twist to keep you listening and anticipating. Nice ending.