Finding Lady Enderly
Author: Joanna Davidson Politano
Genre: Historical fiction
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
This was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Politano (and I feel like I say that about every book I review), but I know for sure that I will be reading more!
This story as a whole was very good. It had a complex plot that really kept me guessing and, honestly, I wouldn’t have figured it all out as soon as I did if I hadn’t skipped ahead a few chapters (Don’t judge, I just had to know what would happen!).
The mystery was very intriguing and a lot more complicated than I originally thought it would be and Ms. Politano also stayed clear of a lot of the cliches used in novels at present, which I appreciated.
And now the characters. I liked them very well. I could see myself in Raina and was able to relate to her really well. I think, out of all the cast, my favorite character, though, was Lord Enderly. Oh how my heart went out to him and I finished the book really wanting to know the rest of his story.
Really, the only things I did not like quite as much were, first, the whimsical feel at the beginning of the book. I don’t really like that kind of thing in the books I read, so that brought the stars down a bit. I also thought that the book was a little long and drawn out, though that was most likely just because it took me quite a while to read it.
All in all, Finding Lady Enderly was a very good story and I would recommend it to historical fiction lovers – and those who enjoyed Jane Eyre because it kind of had a Jane Eyre feel to it as well.
**I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher but was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.**
Soli Deo Gloria,