Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 


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.

Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. She loves tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives and is eager to hear anyone's story. She lives with her husband and their two kids in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan. You can find her at

The Love Note is the second book that I have had the chance to read by Joanna Davidson Politano, and after finishing I can say without a doubt that she truly is a unique voice among the Christian fiction genre... not just for the unique stories she presents, but because of the beautiful style in which they are written. They have a timeless style that is just absolutely beautiful to read. 

In this book we meet the very independent Willa Duvall. Willa dreams of becoming a doctor despite being female in 1865. She likes the idea of romance, but doesn't think it's the end all be all for women, and certainly not for her. When she finds an old letter, she takes on a nursing job at Crestwicke Manor to try to find the intended recipient. Not only does the letter turn her life upside down, reuniting her with her childhood friend Gabe... but it seems to turn the lives of ALL the residents of Crestwicke Menor upside down as well. With tales of romance, buried secrets and elements of great mystery, it was an absolutely beautiful story... and so unlike the classic romance that one might expect from the name. I cannot say much without giving it away, but I truly could not get enough. It tells us a great story of the true impact that words can have on each of us... and also of the importance of love and forgiveness as well. 

If you enjoy historical fiction, this is certainly one not to be missed. 


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