Friday, November 20, 2020

"The Love Note" by Joanna Davidson Politano -- Book Review

About the Book

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.

My Thoughts

This story drew me in and kept me interested all the way through. I found it to be well written and liked the characters. I especially liked Gabe and his quiet ways. There was plenty of mystery and twists that made me not quite sure what was going on. The story follows quite a few people. The majority of the story is told in first person from Willa's point of view, but interspersed throughout there are also parts in 3rd person for Gabe, Essie, Clara, Dr. Tillman, Celeste, Burke, and Golda. There was a nice biblical faith element woven through the story and it was nice to see character growth. There was one error that jumped out at me. The end section of the book is three years after the beginning, but instead of adding three years to the starting date, it subtracts three years, which would make it happen before the beginning. It is just a typo, but it made me pause to figure out what was going on. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

About the Author

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

"The Love Note" is available in paperback:

  • Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0800736893
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0800736897
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Revell (October 20, 2020)

and in Kindle edition: 

  • Publication date : October 20, 2020
  • Print length : 400 pages
  • Publisher : Revell (October 20, 2020)
  • File size : 8606 KB

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

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