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The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple by Joanna Davidson Politano: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.




Peter Driscoll, an underground investigator to the wealthy, has never met anyone like Lily Temple. The beautiful silent-film actress spins fairy tales and plays frivolous roles in front of the cine-camera, but beneath the costumes and stage makeup is a woman with a quick wit--and a murky past.

Peter has been tasked with locating the legendary Briarwood Teardrop, an exquisite sapphire, which Lily wears beneath her gown. In order to stay close to her and hopefully unravel the mystery of her story--and the sapphire--Peter employs Lily's help on a case, which leads to a useful partnership. But as they are investigating together, Peter is also investigating Lily. The closer he gets to the truth, the more danger they face. And the closer he gets to Lily, the clearer it is that he needs her even more than she needs him.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano whisks you away to Edwardian England in 1903 for a whimsical and layered tale that treads the crooked line between real and make-believe.


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 debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, releases October 3 from Revell. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.

One thing that can certainly be said about Joanna Davidson Politano is that she certainly knows how to captivate a reader with her stories... just as much so as the title character! This story was such a beautiful blend of romance and mystery, drawing us into this place and time. I very quickly found myself intrigued in the lives of Peter and Lilly and wondering where the story would take them... and it truly was quite an adventure with lots of secrets revealed as the story progressed. It was intriguing and unique, and I found myself enjoying every single moment of it. As a fan of stories, I of course loved all the literary references throughout.  I also really loved the messages of faith that were weaved effortlessly into the story as well!  

If you're looking for a beautiful Christian historical read, this is absolutely one to experience for yourself. 




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