Thursday, November 19, 2020

THE LOVE NOTE by Joanna Davidson Politano, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise and Winnie Thomas

This truly exceptional book will stay with you long after you turn the last page. This is more than a love story, it is a story to feed your soul.

*To fall in love with God is the greatest romance,
to seek him is the greatest adventure,
to find him is the greatest human achievement
Saint Augustine of Hippo *

The words in this book leap out of the pages and into your heart.

*Matched souls always find their way back to one another, for they seek refuge in the same place.*

*People marry based on the scientific assumption that two halves make a whole, but that is false. Only God makes something whole.

A scientist’s observation on love *

Willa is a single-minded young lady in 1865 England. She is trying to break the barriers that prevent women from becoming doctors. After finding an old love letter hidden in her writing desk, she ventures to Crestwicke where it came from, to nurse Mrs. Gresham. In her quest for the author of the letter, it is misplaced. The letter has an effect on those who find it. Willa uncovers mysteries and stories of love lost and found. Will it play a part in her own love story?

The characters are unique and grow on you as each person’s story unfolds.

The author writes with superb artistry. This story will warm your heart and give you hope.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
I give this book beyond 5 stars and a solid strong faith thread.

Beautifully and thoughtfully written, The Love Note is full of the things I’ve come to love about Joanna Davidson Politano’s books—colorful, brilliantly drawn characters, richly painted settings, and carefully developed layers. Her stories are always fascinating, but I can count on finding submerged meanings and messages that go beyond the surface story.

Set in England in 1859, this book captured my interest from the first page and kept me eagerly reading and guessing to the end. It was an emotionally charged journey with many twists and turns. The author did a masterful job of revealing snippets of the plot at a time while keeping the reader in doubt as to the final outcome of the story.

Willa Duvall is a spunky, ambitious heroine who sets about to find the writer and intended recipient of an old love letter she found. This sets into motion some unintended consequences.

“I had a healthy obsession with love stories, after all—as long as they were not mine.”

Gabe Gresham is a quiet, unassuming hero who loves working with horses, and I was immediately drawn to him.

“Yes, the man needed a wife—he was the sort of blessing who should not be wasted on a life of seclusion.

I enjoyed the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. They gave a little hint of what was to come and a bit of wisdom to ponder.

“I cannot decide if marriage would be a waste of the only life I have . . . or if avoiding it would be.” –A scientist’s observations on love

“Love may come unexpectedly by getting to know someone different, or getting to know them differently.” --A scientist’s observations on love

I recommend this story to those who enjoy historical fiction that stays with you long after you finish the book. It’s another exquisite offering from one of my must-read authors.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and Revell. All opinions are my own. *A light underlying faith thread.
BackCover Blurb:
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.
Revell Publishing, October, 2020
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