Author Alert: Joanna Davidson Politano

Joanna Davidson Politano


It’s my pleasure to introduce

Joanna Davidson Politano

and her historical romance

Lady Jayne Disappears








Who is Joanna?

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 manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. 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

Lady Jayne Disappears

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s engaging novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her with 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 adjust to 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 must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for clues from her relatives and one enigmatic houseguest.  Lynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets. Can the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt reveal them all?

When beloved writers like Kristy Cambron and Laura Frantz have good things to say about a novel, you know you are in for a treat!

“Emotional. Intriguing. Both haunting and romantic. . . . In her historical fiction debut, Joanna Davidson Politano delivers a smart plot that navigates twists and turns with a mixture of wit, intelligent characters, and a refreshingly original voice. Reminiscent of Dickens’s classic storytelling, Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut to remember!”—Kristy​ Cambron, bestselling author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice and The Hidden Masterpiece series

“Wonderfully unique, this compelling debut grabs you from the first intriguing line. The evocative English setting, textured characters, literary theme, and unusual romance make Lady Jayne Disappears a standout, the lovely cover offering a hint of the gem within. A must read!”Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

For a sneak peek at Joanna’s style and story, here’s an excerpt that you can read in full by following the link below.


Walk among the normal folk by day, but in your heart know you are Robin Hood in disguise.

~Woolf Harcourt

London, England, 1861

“Well, Miss Harcourt. Are you, or are you not, Nathaniel Droll?”

I squirmed on the chair across the desk from the old managing editor they called “Ram.” How awful it was to hear that precious name on the man’s meaty lips, but of course it was only a name to him. “That is a complicated question, sir.” The crinoline under-layers of my skirt poked my legs, which grew warmer with each minute I spent in the offices of Marsh House Press.

“So is switching the final chapters at the last minute. You will forgive my doubt when a snit of a girl comes in here, supposedly on behalf of a nationally famous author, yet appears to be no older than his first novel. Have you proof of your connection to him?”

This would take a great deal of explanation. Perhaps it was time to retreat. But no, this had to be done. Turning back now meant the final installment of the novel would release in a few days, and the man of my dreams would find out how deeply I was in love with him. It was not possible to imagine an existence beyond that dreadful occurrence.

“Here is one proof.” I set my notebook before the balding bulldog of a man who reigned over his desk full of papers and clutter. “Is it not the same type Droll has sent you for years?”

He whipped through the book with harsh fingers, tearing a page at the top, then shoved a pen and inkwell toward me across the desk.

Of course. I would need to show him my handwriting for comparison.

Read the complete prologue and first chapter here!

Be sure to stop by soon for my interview with Joanna and, thanks to Revell, a giveaway of Lady Jayne Disappears!

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6 Responses to Author Alert: Joanna Davidson Politano

  1. I am really looking forward to this one! Thanks, Rel.

  2. I really enjoyed this … thank you for sharing this excerpt, Rel and Joanna.

  3. Congrats on the new novel!

  4. What a tease! :) I mean that in the best way possible…I should have known better than to actually read that excerpt! Now I feel as though I must read this book immediately!

  5. Lady Jane Disappears sounds like my kind of story. I love historical fiction! I thought it was neat to learn the author, Joanna Davidson Politano, lives near Lake Michigan! I live in Michigan and am one hour from Lake Michigan…..small world! :) Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!

  6. I”m looking forward to reading this book. It looks and sounds so intriguing!

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