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Stories for His Glory

A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano September 20, 2021

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The best moments in dance are the unscripted ones

At their core, all theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater.

After a chance encounter with one of the ballet company’s handsome dancers late one night, Ella is swept off her elegantly pointed toes. The dance they share and the promise he makes to her feel like a new beginning. Yet as she faces mounting challenges in the ever-shrinking ballet company, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the ghostly ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own disastrous end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the unyielding grip of the past?

My thoughts:

Joanna has such a unique voice and comes up with the most interesting story ideas. This one might be my favorite.

I liked Ella a lot, she was determined and truly loved the Lord.

Joanna did a great job of keeping the reader guessing and wondering about so many aspects of the story. What was the real deal behind Ella’s mother’s romance. Which man would capture Ella’s heart and how would they mend fences at the end.

Oh and what an ending. There is a major surprise within those last few pages that I NEVER saw coming and I LOVED it.

If you like historical romance I am sure you will like this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano October 20, 2020

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A forgotten letter. A secret love. A vast estate.
Can one determined woman put the pieces together?

Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.

Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words. 

Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.

My thoughts:

I felt like this book was very different from Joanna’s previous ones I have read. It was still good, just not what I expected based on her other books. It seemed more romance driven then mystery driven even though there is definitely a mystery in there that is driving the plot.

The letter getting passed around almost became comical.

The Gresham’s are an interesting family to say the least. And I so wanted to Willa to open her heart to Gabe but then a twist happens and I begin to question who will she end up with?

I adored Golda. She was grumpy, yet loveable. You knew deep down she really did love her family.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano September 5, 2019

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Raina’s dreams are all about to come true.
But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s East End when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley, offering her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.

My thoughts:

I definitely am a fan of this author. Her books are so unique. I love the mystery and romance that surround her stories and this one does exactly that.

At first this offer Raina gets seems wonderful but something is going on and the reader is left wondering what it could be, who is Lady Enderly and what part is Raina supposed to be playing in all of this and why?

If you enjoy historical books with romance and a mystery twist I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by September 19th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano August 7, 2018

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Welcome to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England

Tressa Harlowe’s father kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Now Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it.

It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

“Everyone loves a treasure hunt–pair it with a heroine you can’t help but love, a hero you can’t help but swoon over, and a family mystery that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, and you end up with A Rumored Fortune. This book is a treasure in itself and one you won’t be able to put down!”–Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor series and Shadows Over England series


Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears. She freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at http://www.jdpstories.com.

My thoughts and Giveaway:

I loved this story. I’m not even sure where to begin.

There is romance, mystery, and a deep faith aspect. You want it, this book has it.

I will say Tressa was very wishy washy with her affections. But honestly, I think it lined up with her circumstances. She wasn’t sure who she could trust and there was so much going on in her life.

I adored Vance and his strength and his secret and his desire to protect Tressa.

The whole cast of characters was intriguing and the reader is constantly wondering who Tressa can trust. I had my suspicions and I thought Tressa needed to open her eyes.

I deeply loved the whole vine and branches theme throughout the book and then the grafting and how we can tie that into our faith. A lot of depth there if you are looking for it.

Visit Joanna here.

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Leave a comment by August 14th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano October 19, 2017

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Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets . . . and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family–who want very little to do with her.

As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father’s family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift–the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother’s mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she’ll have to extract clues from relatives–and one enigmatic houseguest–who often seem reluctant to give them up.

My thoughts:

Wow. What a great debut novel. I was a fan of Jessica Dotta, another author, and this book really reminded me of her work.

From the beginning we are thrust into the world of Aurelie and her imagination. I found it very interesting to see things as she did, as a writer.

Things can be a bit confusing at time, but the author does a great job of feeding you little bites and making you want more and slowly things are revealed.

The whole book just had this mysterious feel to it that I adored. A great cast of characters and wonderful plot.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.