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Joanna Davidson Politano has a gift for blending historical romance with just the right amount of intrigue and mystery and has captivated readers with her award-winning books Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. Now she sweeps readers away to Victorian England in her latest novel, Finding Lady Enderly.
Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s East End who longs for a better life. When she meets a handsome stranger, she is intrigued by his offer. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her—one that will take her away from her harsh life, offer her adventure, and even give her a chance to become a lady. Raina’s dreams are finally 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. Can she uncover her own secrets and the secrets of the Abbey before they ruin her life?
Most summers as a young kid were a chance to read Nancy Drew in a tree without the daily interruption of school, and I often finished a book a day. The summer memory that still echoes into present day, however, is the year I first went to a week-long camp in Wisconsin. We pranked one of the boys’ cabins by putting a goat on their front porch (who ate through a screen and most of their shoes—oops!) and they got us back with frogs in the bathroom. We then emptied their suitcases and hid their clothes, so they did something with toothpaste that I don’t remember, but I remember cleaning up a huge mess!
Pranks aside, this was the summer God blew me away. The leaders taught parts of the Bible I’d never heard before—they went beyond Noah and Moses and the typical “stories” from Sunday school since it was an all-ages camp, and I was floored. That was actually in the Bible? I really wrestled with the God of the Old Testament and the miracles in the New. They had us mail ourselves a letter with whatever commitment we made that week, and I still have mine—it said something about finding out what was actually in the Bible. I went home and asked for my own, and I gradually read that thing cover to cover. That verse about the scales coming away describes what happened over that next year or so of reading, and I graduated from Nancy Drew to the age-old living words of Scripture, and I developed such a hunger for it. That summer is long past by two or three decades, but its impact still resonates with me now.
Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. 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 is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. 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 www.jdpstories.com.