Thursday, September 19, 2019

FINDING LADY ENDERLY by Joanna Politano, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano is truly a work of art, a gift to the historical Christian fiction fan.
Captivating from the start, the first chapter was full of romance, intrigue and beautiful words. What a wonderful way to entice the reader. This book is a gem, my favorite genres of historical and mystery rolled into one extraordinary book. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from The Diary of a Substitute Countess: “Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up to the God who we reflect.” There are many profound truths in each entry.

Raina, the rag girl, is asked by a solicitor to journey to Rothburne Abbey to take a job that will completely change her life of poverty. With next to no information, she takes on the persona of Lady Enderly, harder than Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.

Raina goes by many names: Ragna, Lady Enderly, Cinderella ; but will she finally find her true identity in God? “It is important to remember who you are. Names have great significance, and we cannot let the world twist them.”

Ms. Politano uses well loved, classical literature in a unique way as a means of communication between two who cannot openly converse. I eagerly read each page for new clues to the mystery of Lady Enderly. A surprise in every chapter. This book has many spiritual truths cloaked in exquisite language waiting to be discovered. It is very reminiscent of The Price Of Privilege series by Jessica Dotta or a Wilkie Collins mystery with many threads to unravel.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 

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BackCover Blurb:
Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers 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. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

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.

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  1. I hear SO MUCH good chatter about this book. I can't wait to read it. Joanna writes my favorite kind of fiction!

  2. Great review, Paula. I agree with everything you say here. This book is so good!


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