Finding Lady Enderly

Finding Lady Enderly

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 ou...

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Title:Finding Lady Enderly
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Finding Lady Enderly Reviews

  • Sarah Monzon

    I read a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So to come across a story that is new and original...that doesn’t happen often. But let me tell you, I have NEVER read a book quite like this one. The intrigue will keep you turning pages, and if it doesn’t then the hero will. Can I just say that communicating through secret messages within the pages of Austen, Bronte, and Dickens is enough to make any bibliophiles heart go putter-patter. To have someone see you so wholly and love you so deeply and tell you repea

    I read a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So to come across a story that is new and original...that doesn’t happen often. But let me tell you, I have NEVER read a book quite like this one. The intrigue will keep you turning pages, and if it doesn’t then the hero will. Can I just say that communicating through secret messages within the pages of Austen, Bronte, and Dickens is enough to make any bibliophiles heart go putter-patter. To have someone see you so wholly and love you so deeply and tell you repeatedly exactly who you are even when the world is trying to convince you otherwise... phew. Romantic!

    And the layers! And the depth! Man, Joanna Politano is one wise woman. The message within these pages is one we all need to be reminded of.

    Loved it!

  • Danielle Urban

    Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an emotionally tugging tale. I felt my whole heart break for Raina. Leaving behind her world, the one she knew. Hoping her love would return back home. But there was nothing that ever gave her more hope that it would happen. So then, she takes on the new life. Mysterious, interesting, and a bit funny. Raina is a determined yet strong woman. She doubts people's attentions. Not sure to trust them, she hangs by a thread wondering if she made a poo

    Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an emotionally tugging tale. I felt my whole heart break for Raina. Leaving behind her world, the one she knew. Hoping her love would return back home. But there was nothing that ever gave her more hope that it would happen. So then, she takes on the new life. Mysterious, interesting, and a bit funny. Raina is a determined yet strong woman. She doubts people's attentions. Not sure to trust them, she hangs by a thread wondering if she made a poor choice. Then, secrets are discovered and she lives a bit of a lie. From there, someone from her past comes tumbling back in. What a surprise. Yet the future still wasn't clear for Raina. There were so many ways her story could have ended. I was in suspense the whole time. Joanna Davidson Politano writes well. I was hooked. I cannot wait to read more historical novels by this talented writer. 

    I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  • Lori

    Is there truly a Lady Enderly? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Readers you will just have to read this fascinating book with it's twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.

    I was waiting on pins and Needles to see if Netgalley would approve and yay!! They did!! I finished this delightful book in one day!! Today in fact. That's just how good this story was well written.

    I love this author's writing because I can tell from this book that it comes from the

    Is there truly a Lady Enderly? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Readers you will just have to read this fascinating book with it's twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.

    I was waiting on pins and Needles to see if Netgalley would approve and yay!! They did!! I finished this delightful book in one day!! Today in fact. That's just how good this story was well written.

    I love this author's writing because I can tell from this book that it comes from the heart and I really believe that God has guided her to write this.

    One such verse is SOS:6 (Song of Solomon) took me a few mins to figure this out because that usually a ship's distress signal.

    I will say the hairs on the back of my neck kind of rose up a little cause I wasn't sure where this was leading.

    I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It's a sort of Cinderella tale from rags to riches and y'all know the rest.

    Lady Enderly truly has a wonderful personality. I love it and I love her!! She's strong in her Faith until the end!! And that's a good thing! I felt like I could see a special glow whenever she was truly happy. I could sense her sorrow when she wasn't.

    The shady characters like Victor Pendergast is what makes this story interesting. It seems like he just appears out of nowhere.

    I think the true mystery is Sully. Now he really mystified me. His part in this story is real interesting.

    But what it all boils down to nothing is really as it seems.

    The best part about this book is hope. There's a wonderful messageat the end but I'll let you readers figure it out! Let me know if you do!!

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher with no compensations received. All opinions are my own!!

    P. S. Be prepared to spend the whole day reading because you won't want to put it down!

  • Rachael

    I loved the mystery of Lady Enderly--finding out the true reasons that Raina needs to pretend to be her. I especially loved that it wasn't straightforward and easy to guess where the story was going. Raina is fairly street-smart, but she's also impulsive and a bit of dreamer, which gets her into this mess (and partly what keeps her from getting out). I enjoyed the little ways she finds to defy expectations, though, and the way she uses book quotes as secret communication with Sully.

    Identity is w

    I loved the mystery of Lady Enderly--finding out the true reasons that Raina needs to pretend to be her. I especially loved that it wasn't straightforward and easy to guess where the story was going. Raina is fairly street-smart, but she's also impulsive and a bit of dreamer, which gets her into this mess (and partly what keeps her from getting out). I enjoyed the little ways she finds to defy expectations, though, and the way she uses book quotes as secret communication with Sully.

    Identity is without a doubt the theme of the story, focusing on the circumstances we let define us versus who we truly are--who God says we are. There's definitely an allegorical feel to the story, which seems a little heavy at times, but it certainly provides food for thought.

    Thank you Revell for the complimentary book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  • Clara

    Everyone knows the story of Cinderella - from ashes to riches. And, in a way, Finding Lady Enderly is about that. But also not.

    A name is something powerful, and for Raina Bretton, her given name is weak compared to her hallmark name, Ragna. And to rags and poverty, she attaches her identity, as well to the kind son of a vicar who stood up from her when she most needed and has saved her from her many perilous situations.

    Nevertheless, what girl doesn`t dream of beauty. Though beauty can have many

    Everyone knows the story of Cinderella - from ashes to riches. And, in a way, Finding Lady Enderly is about that. But also not.

    A name is something powerful, and for Raina Bretton, her given name is weak compared to her hallmark name, Ragna. And to rags and poverty, she attaches her identity, as well to the kind son of a vicar who stood up from her when she most needed and has saved her from her many perilous situations.

    Nevertheless, what girl doesn`t dream of beauty. Though beauty can have many forms, who doesn`t identify it to charming places and manicured persona? And so, with some hesitation at first, but with also a vulnerable heart severed from its source of light, Raina accepts an exquisite proposal from a cunning benefactor to pose as a Countess.

    When Raina arrives at Rothburne Abbey, not everything is as glamorous as she expected. She actually finds contempt, hostility, and abandonment. Threats pull her from one decision to the other and with each passing hour more is at stake than she first thought... and with each passing hour, her identity as Raina or Ragna or Lady Enderly becomes murkier, unfamiliar. Notwithstanding, there is a comfortable spot where she finds space to blossom. Her dreams of sparkle might have ended up being a reality full of emptiness at heart and pocket, but at least an empty pocket Raina knows how to deal with.

    Joanna Politano deals shrewdly with the dark side of life and human personality. There are parts when the characters are frustratingly human, and therefore humblingly relatable. And so, through their journeys, the author carefully and diligently brings light into their lives and hearts, while also being realistic to the consequences we deal with because of our actions. As each page turned, more and more questions aroused within me - who is this Countess the servants seem comfortable to suddenly open up to? how are the characters ever going to get themselves out of the hole becoming deeper and deeper? will truth be able to set them free?

    I'll let you discover for yourself the answers to these questions and much more ;-)

    Though there were parts of the book I found a bit slow and though it took me a while to warm up to the romance, I have to say there is no doubt Joanna Politano can capture our hearts with a character and can deftly pen a mystery novel. One thing is for sure: I did not have this book figured out!

    In the end, the powerful message that wrapped around my heart and brought that well-known sigh of satisfaction was that, though something might have been intended for evil and with discouragement, there's One who cares too much to throw away any opportunity for good.

    * I received a complimentary copy from the editor. All opinions are my own.

  • Staci

    Talented Politano delivers another engaging novel with a creative storyline. Readers that enjoy multiple twists and surprises will find Finding Lady Enderly delivers.

    Raina is presented with an opportunity to escape her life as a rag woman. This opportunity is delivered by a gentleman she doesn't know. The love of her heart, Sully, was tragically killed at sea. She feels there is nothing to lose.

    As time passes, Raina realizes there were things about her life in the lower class that were positive.

    Talented Politano delivers another engaging novel with a creative storyline. Readers that enjoy multiple twists and surprises will find Finding Lady Enderly delivers.

    Raina is presented with an opportunity to escape her life as a rag woman. This opportunity is delivered by a gentleman she doesn't know. The love of her heart, Sully, was tragically killed at sea. She feels there is nothing to lose.

    As time passes, Raina realizes there were things about her life in the lower class that were positive. How many of us long for a "better" life? Would it truly be better?

    What I loved most about the novel is the creative storyline and the way Raina exchanged messages with her friend through novel passages.

    My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  • Lucinda

    Another intriguing read from the author.

    It starts with Raina and an irrefutable offer. She'd been waiting for a dear friend to return from the sea, but knowing the ship he was in sunk, she's lost hope of that. So she accepts and off she goes to Rothburne Abbey and a life so different from what she knows.

    Although it seems simple enough, it soon shows there's so much more to it and the longer she spends there, the more complicated it gets.

    Around Raina, there are several men with whom she has to

    Another intriguing read from the author.

    It starts with Raina and an irrefutable offer. She'd been waiting for a dear friend to return from the sea, but knowing the ship he was in sunk, she's lost hope of that. So she accepts and off she goes to Rothburne Abbey and a life so different from what she knows.

    Although it seems simple enough, it soon shows there's so much more to it and the longer she spends there, the more complicated it gets.

    Around Raina, there are several men with whom she has to deal with (Victor, Sully, Mitchell and even Bradford) and her identity is put in question several times. There's also a mystery about Lady Enderly and her identity.

    Impossible to put down.

    I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  • Cayla

    **Special Note** I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is a little intriguing. Imagine someone plucking you off the streets and carrying you away to some estate where you are being introduced as a lady of the manor. You now wear fine gowns instead of rags. People treat you as someone worth knowing, rather than turning down their noses at you. It's amazing what the right dress and title can do! You spend days and weeks pretending to be someone that you're not,

    **Special Note** I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is a little intriguing. Imagine someone plucking you off the streets and carrying you away to some estate where you are being introduced as a lady of the manor. You now wear fine gowns instead of rags. People treat you as someone worth knowing, rather than turning down their noses at you. It's amazing what the right dress and title can do! You spend days and weeks pretending to be someone that you're not, just to keep up a ruse. But what happened to the real lady of the manor? That is where things get mighty interesting.

    It's an interesting tale and I enjoyed reading it. This is most suitable for anyone wishing a clean read.

  • Nicole

    “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 A

    “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 –"

  • Rachel McMillan

    A compelling and accessible Victorian romance with strongly overt spiritual threads. Drawing parallels to Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series (especially in its literal rags to riches flavour) and Jennifer Delamere's clean Victorian staples in the genre.

    Several twists and great pacing add to the suspense with flourish but perhaps the most admirable trait of the book is its non-conforming treatment of the central romance. The reader might assume that it will play in a linear fashion like ot

    A compelling and accessible Victorian romance with strongly overt spiritual threads. Drawing parallels to Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series (especially in its literal rags to riches flavour) and Jennifer Delamere's clean Victorian staples in the genre.

    Several twists and great pacing add to the suspense with flourish but perhaps the most admirable trait of the book is its non-conforming treatment of the central romance. The reader might assume that it will play in a linear fashion like other books of its trope and ilk, but Politano prefers to stretch out a thread that mirrors many of the issues of social justice that permeate Raina's My Fair Lady-esque tale.

    with thanks to netgalley

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