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 readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.
I found this book so intriguing! Aurelie Harcourt has lived all her life in debtor’s prison with her father. On his death she wants some answers – who was her mother and whatever happened to her? Who knows the answers? As Aurelie goes to stay with her father’s wealthy family, she not only tries to fit in, but also to learn more about her parents – and what happened to them. Moreover, under her father’s pseudonym, can she finish the story her father began before his death in a way that captivates the readers? I just found this story fascinating – and kept wanting to know the answers already! So many mysteries and misunderstandings and unknowns – so different from today when it’s all available with a click on the computer! I so enjoyed reading this story – as well as learning more about life in 1861 England! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Author:Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, releases October 3 from Revell. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at http://www.jdpstories.com.