About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

The Love NoteThe Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano


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.


“I cannot decide if marriage would be a waste of the only life I have . . . or if avoiding it would be.” –-A scientist’s observations on love

This is a story filled with beautiful words....the words written in a note by a mysterious person and the words chosen by the author to  share this lovely, eloquent tale. From the very beginning I was drawn into this story of twenty-four year old Willa Duvall, her overwhelming desire to be a doctor, and her mission to find the writer of a love note that she found unopened in an old desk. When she accidentally loses it after taking a nursing job at Crestwicke Manor, it is passed to several of the residents and each one, thinking that this love note was meant for them, finds their life changed for the better.  Isn't this true of all words? They can affect us positively but words can also have negative effects!

Author Joanna Davidson Politano has filled The Love Note with amazing characters, a beautiful Victorian setting, and events that often occurred in English society in the mid-1800s. A young woman couldn't have both a career and marriage and Willa believed that being a doctor was more important until....the words in the note prompt her to wonder what true love would be like. As the mystery continues and she is given valuable advice from some of the older residents, she realizes that she may be denying herself great happiness. More importantly, she finds herself understanding that romantic love is beautiful but God's love is eternal! 

If you enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance, this is a book you will want to read. If you appreciate well-written words and a powerful faith message, this is a book that you MUST read!

This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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 manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. 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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