Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano, is a deeply layered story. It has references to classic works of fiction woven flawlessly into it, providing a depth and richness seldom read. I adored my time with Raina and Sully, the time at Rothburne Abbey, the unraveling of the lies and schemes. It was exactly the type of book I wanted to take on vacation with me and it helped add to my experience. I particularly enjoyed the excerpts from A Diary of a Substitute Countess at the beginning of every chapter. This is the third I've read by this author and I'm excited for what the future has from her.
From the back cover:
Raina's dreams are 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 change 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 is 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.
About the author:
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 share stories that move her at www.jdpstories. com