Finding Lady Enderly

Finding Lady Enderly

by Joanna Davidson Politano (Preface by)


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780800736248
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

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 shares stories that move her at

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Finding Lady Enderly 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
AngelN1 1 hours ago
I loved this book. Joanna Davidson Politano has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her latest book, Finding Lady Enderly, is another book I didn't want to leave. She creates memorable characters and uses such beautiful language throughout the book. This is a story that stays with you. The characters felt true to life, and the the themes of brokenness and identity are easily understood. The story reflects faith in God without being cloying or inducing eye-rolls. Politano's writing is mesmerizing; I love reading her prose! It is hauntingly beautiful. This story involves mystery, romance, and suspense, but the author's voice is what truly sets her work apart. Well done! I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own. (And I had this book marked for purchase in case I didn't get a free copy!)
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 12 hours ago
I loved how the writer highlighted to her readers how Godly virtues like prayers can be part of our every day life effortlessly. I could relate so much to the main character Raina who was nicknamed Ragna because of the trade she was into. I was sad to read how what people thought of her and because of her lowly state she thought her life could not amount to anything good. Identity and finding our identity in God was the biggest theme of this book. I loved how the writer illustrated that our identity is not found in what people say about us or the kind of jobs we do but it is found in who God is. And when life circumstances and battles happened in Raina’s life from the enemy of her soul, the one who had attempted to reshape her identity, the one who made her forget who she was and Whose she was, with God’s help and the presence of Godly people around her she ragain her identity and gallantly fought through beautiful plot twists that kept me reading until I finished. I loved how she became the one who renews, the one God chose to renew after she thought her life was never going to amount to anything honorable. Throught the different paths her life took she was able to finally fall into the place God had for her with a wonderful man by her side Sully. “You are who God made you to be nothing can change that. Not even you. We all bear little pieces of God’s nature in us. Been created in God’s image means we bear traces of Him. He is our true identity”. That’s my favorite quote from the book. I love the writing style of the author. I love how beautifully she was able to craft a story of identity among other themes of the book into every day life. The settings was superb. The language used was easy to understand. The characters were awesome, believable and very much easy to relate to. The conclusion of the book as not the normal ending and hat made the book more enjoyable and endearing. This is the first of her books am reading and am definitely going to read other books of hers. I recommend this book to readers who love an honest read about finding out identities and being comfortable in who God has made us to be. I received a copy of this book for my honest reply and all opinions expressed here are mine.
TheCompulsiveReader7 18 hours ago
(4.5 stars) – This has the flavor of a Gothic fairytale with a thought-provoking, allegorical message about identity & what’s in a name I initially assumed this was a historical romance because of the setting, & started getting sidetracked by aspects of accuracy, until I went back & checked the description. It’s actually a Christian story that is a reflection on our identity – who we are & how we name ourselves & what makes us who we are. It employs the Fall in Genesis as a cautionary, yet still encouraging, allegory for discerning & being true to God’s purpose for our lives: Victor is the snake with his clever use of the truth to lie & who deals out death. Raina is naive, but to some extent, willingly so. She sees the fruit, knows she probably shouldn’t, but it does look good, & allows herself to be persuaded to partake. Sully is the voice of reality, truth, reason – but he gives in to Raina by joining her, in a way like Adam gave in to Eve, ostensibly he wants to protect her but, but alas, Sully is vulnerable & mortal, and cannot. Mr Wells is the God-figure “If only you had trusted me and come to me” – who saves them from their eternal fate, though they are still cast out of paradise, so to speak What we do is not who we are. Our place in society, circumstances, environment, etc – none of these make up who we are. We can change all those external things, but we will still be ourselves – that is who God made us to be, designed for His purpose. As Uncle Wells tells Raina, “Never judge a man’s identity by the outside. That can all be changed in an instant.” Raina realizes who she is & the truth sets her free, along with Sully, in an unexpected way. This was a really well done story, but it’s important to focus on the essence of the tale rather than sidetracking onto material details or you might lose its beautiful message in the tall weeds, so to speak. *Clean romance level: sweet kisses *Religion: generically Christian
Betsy Tieperman 21 hours ago
If I could give this book 5 stars, I would. It is that good! Joanna Davidson Politano’s Finding Lady Enderly had all the elements I love to see in a Christian fiction novel: a hero and heroine you can’t help but cheer for, a sigh-worthy romance, page-turning mystery, unexpected twists, and most importantly, a beautiful inspirational message woven throughout, the substance of which I will be thinking about for a long time. Add to these a plot line I have never read before and I have another book for my keeper shelf! Highly recommend! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Carol-Kelley 22 hours ago
I loved this book! Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is wonderful! It is a rags to riches story with intrigue, secrets (there is also secret codes) and romance. It kept me up late at night reading to discover what would happen next. When a handsome stranger offers Raina, who is a beautiful seller of rags, a chance to leave the slums of London to travel to Rothburne Abbey to take up a position there. She accepts, as everyone she loves is gone. Once there she lives a life of luxury and falsehoods. Now she must discover who she really is. A wonderful book and a great cast of characters. I have read all of Ms. Politano's stories and can't wait to read more. I received this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own.
DixieJudy 1 days ago
Finding Lady Enderly is an amazing read! Joanna Davidson Politano is a master storyteller. She has a way with words and I especially enjoyed the rich Irish brogue of the hero. With her rich use of language, she brings to life the characters and you envision yourself in their presence. A true rags to riches tale of a rag peddler Raina, who is plucked from her life on the streets and taken to live in the Abby as Lady Enderly. It is only temporary until the real Lady Enderly arrives. She is promised to be paid handsomely for doing this. Since her lover has been captured at sea and cast into prison and not returning, what can she lose and much more to gain. Right from the start when she enters the Abby, she feels something is not right with the whole proposition. She struggles with her true identity, and at times becomes lost in becoming Lady Enderly. So much is going on at the Abby and who and where is the real Lady Enderly? This is a great read and as the mystery grows, so does your interest……… My thanks to the Revell Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
RachsRamblings 1 days ago
It’s another terrific read from Ms. Politano! Her books are terrific stories with vivid settings and wonderful characters. However, they are much more than that! The story the reader reads is a shadow of sorts of the true meaning of the words on paper. A type of allegory to get your mind thinking...what if this is me? Is this what I portray? I love how this author can write the most fascinating tales with double meanings. This is another book by this author not to be missed. Don’t miss the deeper meaning either.
Christianfictionandmore 2 days ago
The depth of meaning in this very well written novel may require a second reading. There is more there than one may be able to capture on the first read. The theme of finding one's true identity is explored and readers are given much to contemplate and to see reflected in their own lives. Each chapter in Finding Lady Enderly begins with a pearl of wisdom, and more are to be found within the text. The author's inclusion of quotes from classic literature, so aptly applied to the characters' circumstances, is a delight. Politano's writing is so compelling that at one point I actually jumped, so startled was I by the unexpected appearance of someone who had been lurking in the shadows. I am more than thrilled to have discovered this new-to-me author, and I cannot wait to read more books by Joanna Davidson Politano. I am grateful to have received a copy of Finding Lady Enerly from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
eLynda 2 days ago
When I find an author that can capture my attention to where I am compelled to read a book in less than a couple days, that writer more often than not finds her way to my “keeper” shelf. Multiple titles by the same author are uncommon, but every book by a single author ending up on that list is very rare. So far, each of Joanna Davidson Politano’s novels have done just that, each for a different reason, but they all keep me eagerly watching for more! One of the things that I really enjoy about Politano’s novels are the epigraphs for each chapter; those words not only give hints but also add depth and some additional meaning about what will follow in the next few pages. While it may sound silly, those simple sentences are some of my favorite in the book and increased my anticipation for the events of the chapter. Another really fun aspect of this story in particular is the literary code between the characters. I think I may have gotten as wrapped up in their various messages as they did! This novel really resonated with me as it dealt with complex questions of identity, of who gets to determine who and what individuals are or are allowed to become, whether that is societal norms and expectations, a specific person or group’s opinion of a person's capabilities, or even one's own ideas of self. Sometimes uncomfortably so, this book caused me to examine my own sense of who I am, and what influences I allow to sway my thinking about that. The spiritual content is solid and realistic, but the struggles are, too. Raina deals with guilt and feeling unworthy of asking for God’s intervention in the mess she’s made; Sully wonders who he is if he isn’t fulfilling his self-proclaimed purpose. Wrestling with what God intends and how we can know his thoughts on the matter is something many people have to face, and I appreciate how the author lets us journey with the characters without giving them an easy out to their problems. Joanna Davidson Politano’s third book only increases my appreciation for her work. I absolutely love her prose and the way she weaves spiritual truths into her stories, letting the reader live and learn along with the characters. This book will appeal to fans of historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and classic literature, as well as those who enjoy a good love story. I highly recommend it! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Anonymous 2 days ago
This is my favorite book that Joanna Politano has written so far. It is a fun story of mystery, intrigue, romance, and a impactful message about true identity wrapped up inside. Fans of classic literature will love the literary inspired secret messages. This novel kept me guessing and tugged at my heartstrings all along the way.
jodysallaboutbooks 2 days ago
“Won’t you give me but a moment of your time? I only wish to help, and I’ve a splendid opportunity in mind.” A handsome stranger tracks Raina down a dark alley to offer here a chance of a lifetime opportunity for the position as Lady Enderly, Countess of Rothburne Abbey. An opportunity Raina declines respectfully at that moment. Raina soon assumes the position as Lady Enderly, Countess of Rothburne Abbey. She soon finds herself questioning, who is the real Lady Enderly? Moreover, where is she? This story is full of mystery, suspense, and romance that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions are my own.
Nicole_C 2 days ago
“Here awaits the carriage that will carry you into the grandest adventure of your life.” Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano takes readers on a journey back to 1871 in London’s East End where poor Raina Bretton peddles rags as her only way to survive the hardships of her life. When Raina is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to leave London’s East End for a new life filled with luxury and splendor, she finds herself on a train with a mysterious stranger headed to Rothburne Abbey where her life will change forever. Joanna Davidson Politano creates a captivating historical novel filled with deception, mystery, and intrigue. Raina quickly discovers that her Cinderella fairytale may not have a happily ever after ending. The clues from a mystifying painting, the threats Raina faces, and the secrets that Rothburne Abbey hold all bring readers to the following question: Where is Lady Enderly? The author shares the powerful message of God’s grace and mercy and that “our identity is one of the few things in life that truly belongs to us, whether or not we accept what it is.” Readers will be surprised at the stunning conclusion as Raina tries to uncover the mystery of Lady Enderly before it is too late. Finding Lady Enderly is recommended for readers of inspirational historical fiction, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Jody Hedlund, Carrie Turansky, Elizabeth Camden, and Rachel Fordham. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. Additional Quotes: “Never be ashamed of who you are, your ladyship, for you have something powerful in you.” “Never judge a man’s identity by the outside. That can all be changed in an instant. One wrong step around a muddy puddle, and –"
JeanneAC 3 days ago
What a magnificent story by Joanna Davidson Politano. Finding Lady Enderly is enchanting! I loved every minute of it. From the story with unexpected twists and turns, to the beautiful writing, and the spiritual wisdom, this book was truly an enjoyable experience. Not to mention the swoon worthy hero with an Irish accent, a fiddle and more loyalty than you can imagine. And a heroine, who is plucked from her life as a rag collector and taken from poverty to riches, yet even as she struggles with her true identity, no matter where she is, she finds "value in what is cast aside and brings it back to life, making it valuable". I really enjoyed the quotes from the "Diary of a Substitute Countess" that began each chapter, and the way that the hero & heroine left messages for one another in classic books was so creative. For all the adventure, intrigue & danger, the line that resonated with me is this one: "Aye, there's a real charm to the ordinary, everyday parts of life". Sometimes the most ordinary experiences are the most precious. Do yourself a favor and get this book! Thanks to Revell for offering me a free copy. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
TrixiO 5 days ago
“Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up the the God we reflect. ~Diary of a Substitute Countess” Politano draws the reader in with her achingly beautiful, poignant prose in “Finding Lady Enderly”. I found myself quickly involved in the life of Raina Bretton, seller of rags. When given the opportunity to trade rags for fine silks and want for nothing, I followed her to Rothburne Abbey. There she discovers the secrets within it's walls and must untangle the mystery hidden within. I loved this rags to riches story, and it goes deeper than just surface. Raina must face herself and know she is much more than a destitute woman. She is highly regarded by God who has loved her and calls her worthy. Her Cinderella fairy tale isn't always what it seems, just as the Abbey isn't always what it seems for it hides a truth that must eventually come to light. Definite Gothic undertones to this one and I loved it! It had a depth that surpassed my expectations and the spiritual truths overpowered like waves once they took hold in my heart, as well as Rainas. “That's what we all were, wasn't it? Created beings who bore traces of their Creator, each with a different piece of his nature augmented in order to show the world who he was.” A powerful story of restoration in all manner, a love story that spans the most difficult circumstances and an overall theme of knowing who we are in Christ! “Being created in God's image means we bear traces of him. He is our truest identity.” *I received a complimentary copy from Revell publishers and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
Pattistep 7 days ago
How to describe this truly unique story? It’s refreshingly different. It’s by turns intriguing, suspenseful, and romantic. It’s not quite either gothic or Regency, but it does have overtones of both. For 90% of the book, there’s an overriding question: Who or where is the true Lady Enderly? Raina believes she’s found the opportunity of a lifetime to escape the slums of London as she is recruited to impersonate Lady Enderly. In the beginning, she’s convinced that there’s no harm in impersonating the countess for a short period of time, and that maybe it will help heal her broken heart over the supposed death of Sully, the man she has loved all her life. But all is definitely not as described to her, and Raina finds herself in a web of lies that keeps tightening around her. As things grow more desperate, Raina realizes that only God can help her escape the darkness that surrounds the estate. This is a story about realizing your true self-worth and purpose based on God’s love for us, rather than on our circumstances or appearance. Raina is a wonderful character. Although, in desperation, she makes a serious mistake to agreeing to acting a part, her true character of love and care for others shines through as she interacts with all she comes in contact with on the estate. It’s also a different twist that when we first join this story, Raina and Sully have been a couple that have cared for each other for several years, but have been apart for a long time while Sully was at sea. When they are reunited, it was touching the lengths they would take to protect each other. And the way they communicated to each other through passages in books was one of the most romantic things I’ve read in a story. The ending to the story was not at all what I would have expected, but it was perfect. Don’t be surprised if this book wins an award or two. It’s that good. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
DianaFlow 7 days ago
"Just because it's who we have always been, it does not mean it's who we were created to be." What if we were given a chance to trade places with someone who has everything we don't—great riches, silks and satins, servants, a huge mansion, and prestige? Such is the opportunity given to impoverished rag woman, Raina Bretton. Raina is a beautiful woman with a heart equally so. She totally earned my respect because even though she seeks to better herself, she also uses her new station to help others. But she soon wrestles with her new identity...and as the dark secrets of her new mansion envelope her, will her dreams of bettering herself become nightmares? Will she lose the love of her life trying to be someone she isn't? I was totally ensnared from chapter one...held captive by the lovely poetic prose of the author and enraptured by this intriguing storyline. At times the romantic quotes taken from some of my favorite classic novels (and used by the hero for a purpose all his own), brought tears to my eyes and caused my heart to melt to my toes. Finding Lady Enderly is a beautifully written novel with an aura of gothic mystery and eerie foreboding, as well as a heartwarming romance and an ethereal almost fairytale ambience. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.*
Jazzycat1p57 9 days ago
Can a young lady go from rags to riches and remain true to who she really is, or will she discover she is someone else entirely? Raina Bretton is a girl faced with a tantalizing choice; but is it one that will save her or send her spiraling into danger? Finding Lady Enderly is more than your average jaunt into historical England. This is a story that takes you on an epic adventure, while simultaneously affording you the opportunity to take stock of your own heart. Joanna Davidson Politano has filled this novel with delightful characters who will draw you into their world. This beautifully crafted story, interwoven with favorite lines from some of the most memorable authors in English Literature, is guaranteed to stay with you long after the last page is turned. I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review. My opinions and ratings were not influenced, and are my own.
FayJac 9 days ago
This very interesting book is full of suspense, deceit, danger, and intrigue. Raina, a rag woman, becomes a substitute countess, but her sense of adventure does not overcome her fears and the sense that something is very wrong at the castle and with the real countess. She stays at her post because of the danger to someone she loves very much and this becomes a story of ghosts and mystery. She has a chance to do some good as the countess, but wars with the knowledge of right and wrong. This book definitely held my interest, as the plot was fresh and exciting. You can't help but wonder what you would do in a situation like that. I highly recommend this book as a very interesting read and thought-provoking book. (Please Note: Although an ebook was provided to me for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, the opinions expressed are my own.)
irishniff 10 days ago
What an amazing read! Joanna Davidson Politano is a master storyteller. With her rich use of language, she offers a marvelous story, which I devoured. I almost felt like I was reading a classic fairytale as I began to meet different characters and watched them make decisions, which helped to reveal their true essence. While the intriguing suspense kept me guessing, the romance melted my heart. One of my favorites pieces of that romance was the classic literary references included that connected them. This tale is perfect for book club discussion. I would also highly recommend sharing this book with high school students, because the lessons weaved within this story were invaluable. This book was a true pleasure to read and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! I was given a copy of the book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
StellaPotts77 10 days ago
This is definitely a five star book It is an absolutely awesome book. Raina or Ragna as she refers to herself, is a rag woman in the alley ways of East London. When an unknown man plucks her off the street to be a look alike stand-in for a Countess while she takes a rest from the crowds, then Ragna becomes Lady Enderly. There are so many twists and turns and some surprises as well in this book. Joanna Politano is a remarkable Author and she is one of a kind with her Regency Romances. I especially enjoy the verses or quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Such wisdom. I have enjoyed all of her books but I think this one is her best to date. Get it and you won’t be sorry. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
LavenderLove 12 days ago
What an engaging and suspense filled story!! I almost don't know where to start! The story is set in the Regency era, but is one of the most original plots I have ever read. The characters were well crafted and likable - (or unlikeable in referring to the villain!). I absolutely loved the twists and turns this story took that kept me guessing till the very end. Raina is a poor 'rag woman' who is wooed into filling in for an absent Countess. Her world is turned up side down, and inside out as this story plays out. She thinks she knows who she is, but learns about a whole different part of herself that she had neglected all along - and is Renewed. I love her growing relationship and dependence on God. It felt real, and not forced, or overboard. There were so many wonderful parts of this story that I could quote, but a few of my favorites are: "Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves and then inward, rather than up to the God we reflect." "By his grace, before I was even ready for it, I had been made a reflection of God, the ultimate restorer." The story is wonderfully written and flows very well. The author does an amazing job of describing the characters, as well as the locations that this story takes place in. There is mystery, suspense, danger, joy, and of course sweet and clean romance. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. I am not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author!! I highly recommend this book :-D
KaileyBechtel 16 days ago
This was such a fascinating book! The whole idea of a rag lady being swept of the streets of London to pretend to be a Countess was so interesting! I loved the way this book was written. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on with the real Lady Enderly. I would definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.