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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 C 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.


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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 C 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.

30 review for The Love Note

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “A forgotten letter. A secret love. A vast estate. Can one determined woman put the pieces together? 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 Crestwic About this book: “A forgotten letter. A secret love. A vast estate. Can one determined woman put the pieces together? 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.” Series: As of now, no. It is currently a stand-alone. Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read, & discussed; Many Prayers; Many talks about God & His paths; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Many mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, services, sermons, & vicars; Mentions of blessings, being blessed, & curses; Mentions of miracles; A few mentions of sins & sinners; A couple mentions of a tunnel that priests used to escape persecution; A couple mentions of nuns; A mention of reading Scriptures; *Note: Mentions of ghosts & haunted place; A couple mentions of superstitions; A mention of exorcising a sin. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’; Falling & Pain (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of blood/bleeding, injuries, pain, fighting, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a fire & death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of thieves, thefts, & stealing; Mentions of threats & being threatened; Mentions of jealousy, betrayal, & hatred; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of an injured horse; A couple mentions of deaths & wars; A couple mentions of prison; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of pirates; A mention of embezzlement. Sexual Content- a hair kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, two detailed kisses (because of the length, not overly emotional/physical), and seeing a married couple kiss (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Noticing, Touches, Dancing, & Embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Thinking a spouse is having an affair & dealing with betrayal/doubt; Mentions of an illegitimate duke & an out-of-wedlock pregnancy; Mentions of kisses, kissing, & wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a married couple sharing a bed, their forms, being vulnerable, & a wife noticing her husband undressing (nothing sexual happens or alludes to happening); Mentions of scandals; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of infatuation; Mentions of romance novels; A few mentions of hand kisses; A few mentions of touches; A few mentions of a player; A couple hints of a girl possibly working as a prostitute; A couple mentions of a young girl saying that girls can’t protect themselves from men who see something they want & a couple hints to men behaving inappropriately; A couple mentions of noticing; A couple mentions of flirting & blushes; A couple mentions of chaperones; A mention of noticing a man’s muscles; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: Mentions of a couple losing many babies; A mention of circumcision. -Willa Duvall, age 24 1st P.O.V. of Willa & 3rd P.O.V. of a handful of others Set in 1865 {Though, I believe there to be a typo about the last chapter’s year} 376 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars My goodness. This was something so poetic and beautiful in a somewhat bittersweet way in this book. The concept of a sealed, hidden letter intrigued me, but how this book did its own full circle was striking and memorizing. Willa and her parts remind me of something out of Pride & Prejudice or Little Women in the style of the poetic writing and thoughts from Willa. (It should be noted that I have never read those books, but I’ve seen the movies many, many, many times thanks to my mom and sister.) There was a hopefulness from her to go on the path she felt like the Lord wanted her to be on. There was a society telling her that her dream was not possible for her gender. There was a goodness about Willa that I immensely enjoyed. There were so many lines or conversations that I wanted to share. Especially in the faith content of this book. I loved how two of the characters dear to Willa were so vocal about their faiths & how talking about God was a completely normal part of their lives. When I read a book, 95% of the time my brain is trying to figure out how the plot will twist and what will happen next. I don’t know why it does this, but there are very few books where my brain turns off this lovely (sarcasm) feature. Reading a book where I just read and follow the story along as we go through each curve as they are written on each page is a rarity for me. But it’s also one of the highest compliments I can give a book and one I give this to this book. I was truly impressed with so many parts of this story and it’s definitely being marked as a favorite 2020 book. Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts. Soaring to the status of my favorite book of the year, The Love Note touched my every emotion and reached into every crevice in my heart. I loved the gothic mystery that took place at Crestwicke Manor, and the anonymous love note was beautifully used throughout the story. The book immediately reminded me of the movie Letters to Juliet, because of the long-lost letter angle. As it grew to matu FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts. Soaring to the status of my favorite book of the year, The Love Note touched my every emotion and reached into every crevice in my heart. I loved the gothic mystery that took place at Crestwicke Manor, and the anonymous love note was beautifully used throughout the story. The book immediately reminded me of the movie Letters to Juliet, because of the long-lost letter angle. As it grew to maturity, this book reminded me of Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre; the layers of twisted, forgotten, and budding romance of Wuthering Heights; and the innocent sweetness of any of Jane Austen’s novels. I loved the complexity and how nothing and no one were what they seemed. The voice in this novel was superb. Each sentence, each word choice seemed purposeful and important, and I highlighted so very many lines in my NetGalley copy of this book. I can hardly wait to read another of this author’s books, and the upcoming title, The Ballet Shoes, intrigues me by the title and author name alone. It’s leapfrogging to the top of my watch list, because I want that baby as soon as is humanly possible.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    This book was gorgeous! I loved the premise, the writing, the atmosphere, the characters . . . and the final chapters definitely surprised me. I loved that the author let the story go a little longer, a little farther than what many a romance would. The strength and intelligence of the heroine coupled with her romantic heart made for a character I just adored. Plus, I enjoyed the author's unique approach to side characters and subplots, giving other characters brief POV moments in the spotlight. This book was gorgeous! I loved the premise, the writing, the atmosphere, the characters . . . and the final chapters definitely surprised me. I loved that the author let the story go a little longer, a little farther than what many a romance would. The strength and intelligence of the heroine coupled with her romantic heart made for a character I just adored. Plus, I enjoyed the author's unique approach to side characters and subplots, giving other characters brief POV moments in the spotlight. All in all, a completely beguiling read! Definitely my favorite Politano book so far!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    The Love Note is such a lovely read. A woman finds a love note in a desk and it causes all kinds of chaos. The heroine is a young woman with dreams of being a medical doctor during a time when women had no voice or rights. I really enjoyed how the note brought chaos but then love and hope. The best part for me was the amazing ending. Oh my! It was a great one. *I received a copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    The Love Note was a different type of book. Willa Duvall wants a career in medicine like her father but he believes it's his duty to see her married off. At her home hidden away in a desk she finds a love note and this note starts the whole ball of yarn rolling setting up the story essentially. She makes a deal with her father and if she succeeds at being a long term nurse she'll be able to practice medicine. After she goes to Crestwicke Manor she nurses the dowager there. She brings the love note wi The Love Note was a different type of book. Willa Duvall wants a career in medicine like her father but he believes it's his duty to see her married off. At her home hidden away in a desk she finds a love note and this note starts the whole ball of yarn rolling setting up the story essentially. She makes a deal with her father and if she succeeds at being a long term nurse she'll be able to practice medicine. After she goes to Crestwicke Manor she nurses the dowager there. She brings the love note with her and a maid finds it and thinks it was written to her. Willa is determined to find who the writer of this note was and who it was intended for. The Love Note takes us on many twists and turns as the note falls into the hands of many people in the Manor each believing it was written to her. This note is very powerful for the emotions it sparks in the ladies believing it was written to them. The Love Note is a powerful read and will bring out many emotions in you as you're reading. As Willa takes care of the dowanger we find out the true story of the love note and the history behind it. Beautifully flowing prose will keep you reading far into the night not being able to put it down. Published October 20th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company This book was provided by Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    There was so much depth and intrigue in this story, I was invested from pretty much the first chapter. I absolutely adored how the letter wove into every character’s story and impacted their lives. It is just one example of how the message of the power of words is threaded through the entire story. This was a solid story with what I consider a good Christian message. While not every aspect of the theme was presented from an exact Christian perspective, because the main character was a Christian, There was so much depth and intrigue in this story, I was invested from pretty much the first chapter. I absolutely adored how the letter wove into every character’s story and impacted their lives. It is just one example of how the message of the power of words is threaded through the entire story. This was a solid story with what I consider a good Christian message. While not every aspect of the theme was presented from an exact Christian perspective, because the main character was a Christian, it was interpreted that way. So the message of the importance of our words as well as remedying past grievances was presented with the Christian backbone. The romance was so multi-faceted, it was amazing. Though the entire story on the surface is about love, the message of true love is so much deeper than just romantic relationships. Basically, the message of love was for every individual with every relationship, be it lovers, spouses, siblings, or parents and children. There were mentions of pregnancy out of wedlock and some impassioned kisses. Because of a few situations in the story, which I do think were handled very well and discreetly, I would not necessarily recommend this for a young teen. I enjoyed the artistic beauty with both the storyline and description. Toward the end, things kind of seemed to be sped up with one of the characters suddenly making an effort to right her wrongs as well as a chapter that spanned three years. It worked, it just seemed to change the style of writing toward the end. *I received this book from Revell and happily provided my honest review*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    It is not terribly often you read a book and are sick inside when it is finished because it is one you found so good. I have read some really good books lately, but this one was excellent. The unique premise behind it, a woman wanting to be a doctor, stuck as a nurse, being pressured to marry was not all that unique, but the note driving her was. I think often there are love stories where things are rushed, the premise of waiting for love is not demonstrated, yet in this one, it was. It was not It is not terribly often you read a book and are sick inside when it is finished because it is one you found so good. I have read some really good books lately, but this one was excellent. The unique premise behind it, a woman wanting to be a doctor, stuck as a nurse, being pressured to marry was not all that unique, but the note driving her was. I think often there are love stories where things are rushed, the premise of waiting for love is not demonstrated, yet in this one, it was. It was not only encouraged, but fostered. Beautiful story that I highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    Mesmerizing in its lyrical beauty, The Love Note swept me into an unforgettable romantic mystery. Author, Joanna Davidson Politano, has a magical way of weaving theme within her pages allowing the story to stay with you long after the last page. I love the vivid way Ms. Politano brings the character and setting to life, which makes it hard to not race through the story because it's just so good. Highly recommend The Love Note to ALL readers-this is a must read story! **I received a copy of this Mesmerizing in its lyrical beauty, The Love Note swept me into an unforgettable romantic mystery. Author, Joanna Davidson Politano, has a magical way of weaving theme within her pages allowing the story to stay with you long after the last page. I love the vivid way Ms. Politano brings the character and setting to life, which makes it hard to not race through the story because it's just so good. Highly recommend The Love Note to ALL readers-this is a must read story! **I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.**

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    This truly exceptional book will stay with you long after you turn the last page. This is more than a love story, it is a story to feed your soul. *To fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to seek him is the greatest adventure, to find him is the greatest human achievement Saint Augustine of Hippo * The words in this book leap out of the pages and into your heart. *Matched souls always find their way back to one another, for they seek refuge in the same place.* *People marry based on the This truly exceptional book will stay with you long after you turn the last page. This is more than a love story, it is a story to feed your soul. *To fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to seek him is the greatest adventure, to find him is the greatest human achievement Saint Augustine of Hippo * The words in this book leap out of the pages and into your heart. *Matched souls always find their way back to one another, for they seek refuge in the same place.* *People marry based on the scientific assumption that two halves make a whole, but that is false. Only God makes something whole. A scientist’s observation on love * Willa is a singleminded young lady in 1865 England. She is trying to break the barriers that prevent women from becoming doctors. After finding an old love letter hidden in her writing desk, she ventures to Crestwicke where it came from, to nurse Mrs. Gresham. In her quest for the author of the letter, it is misplaced. The letter has an effect on those who find it. Willa uncovers mysteries and stories of love lost and found. Will it play a part in her own love story? The characters are unique and grow on you as each person’s story unfolds. The author writes with superb artistry. This story will warm your heart and give you hope. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    The Love Note is a reading delight. Mystery, romance, and beautiful writing are all present in this lovely, atmospheric story. Willa is an interesting character in that she longs to be a doctor, so scientific thinking and being a caretaker is second nature to her. Despite turning down four marriage proposals, she is also a romantic at heart. When she finds an old love letter in her desk, she is compelled to seek out the writer, as well as the intended recipient. This letter just so happens to me The Love Note is a reading delight. Mystery, romance, and beautiful writing are all present in this lovely, atmospheric story. Willa is an interesting character in that she longs to be a doctor, so scientific thinking and being a caretaker is second nature to her. Despite turning down four marriage proposals, she is also a romantic at heart. When she finds an old love letter in her desk, she is compelled to seek out the writer, as well as the intended recipient. This letter just so happens to mention a place that holds a piece of her past, and contriving to go there to convince her father that she can make it in a male dominated profession, she unwittingly puts her heart as risk, too. I enjoyed the inclusion of the perspective of several side characters. It made for a clever way to see how the letter impacted different members of the household that Willa is now a part of. While at first I was unsure about her connection to this household, as the story progresses, the reader is shown how this connection formed. I think that works much better than just dumping the information on the reader in a paragraph or two. I did sometimes think that a woman as smart as Willa would not be that obtuse about her feelings toward a man, but I also understand that she was singularly determined to make her way in the world. She knows a marriage could potentially ruin her prospects at becoming a female doctor. I thought the ending was well done. It’s not rushed together just for the sake of a happily ever after. When the reader gets to that point, it’s so satisfying to watch things fall into place. The Love Note is a story about the hope and healing that both the written and spoken word can bring, and as a reader, that’s always a story worth experiencing! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review, and these are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Lovely as expected. The Love Note is set in 1859 England. Willa is an independent young woman and aspires to be a doctor, very rare and difficult to obtain in this time. Her father just wants to see her taken care of through marriage and is incredibly frustrated with Willa after she turns down her fourth marriage proposal. Willa discovers a beautifully written love note and takes a position in the home referenced in it as a nurse for a cantankerous woman in the later years of life. She hopes to fi Lovely as expected. The Love Note is set in 1859 England. Willa is an independent young woman and aspires to be a doctor, very rare and difficult to obtain in this time. Her father just wants to see her taken care of through marriage and is incredibly frustrated with Willa after she turns down her fourth marriage proposal. Willa discovers a beautifully written love note and takes a position in the home referenced in it as a nurse for a cantankerous woman in the later years of life. She hopes to find the intended recipient of the letter. Through this letter, we find broken people and missed opportunities to share feelings. I especially enjoyed the quotes leading into each chapter such as this one: "The quickest way to repair a broken heart is to use it." A scientist's observation on love The only thing that struck me as disjointed was the beginning chapters show humor that wasn't present in the majority of the novel. Overall, a wonderful novel about love. My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of this novel. I wasn't required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    It's a very rare book that can make me cry. This one managed that feat. Twice. Pure, raw, and exquisitely beautiful. I have no adequate words (unlike the author did within these pages). (Also, the nod to Hallmark's Signed, Sealed, Delivered!? Yes!) It's a very rare book that can make me cry. This one managed that feat. Twice. Pure, raw, and exquisitely beautiful. I have no adequate words (unlike the author did within these pages). (Also, the nod to Hallmark's Signed, Sealed, Delivered!? Yes!)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Have you ever felt a story is so beautiful that it touches your soul? "The Love Note" by Joanna Davidson Politano is one of those stories. I still cannot find adequate words to fully do this book justice. I love how unique Ms. Politano’s books are. This one is a standalone. You can really tell the author wrote this story with God, letting the Spirit guide her. There are so many nuggets of divine truth throughout. This book is not your normal love story; although, there is a mysterious love note t Have you ever felt a story is so beautiful that it touches your soul? "The Love Note" by Joanna Davidson Politano is one of those stories. I still cannot find adequate words to fully do this book justice. I love how unique Ms. Politano’s books are. This one is a standalone. You can really tell the author wrote this story with God, letting the Spirit guide her. There are so many nuggets of divine truth throughout. This book is not your normal love story; although, there is a mysterious love note that is passed around to the people living in a house that the main character, Willa, is working at. I loved seeing how the note affected, touched and changed each person who received it. This is a house devoid of love, but slowly things change because of one note and one persistent nurse (Willa). This book speaks not just about new love; but broken love, lost love and stale love. I love this quote from a member of the household: “When you truly love someone, you find what’s good about them and say it. It’s all a matter of where you focus.” This is a story about the cracks in people’s lives and how the love note brings out different things in each person. It’s also about how only God can truly fill those cracks. I also recognized how this love letter can be symbolic of God’s love letter to us through His Word. If we truly allow ourselves to believe what He says about us and imagine ourselves as He sees us, then our whole life and outlook can change. I highly recommend this book and author! Prepare to be deeply moved and encouraged. Content: I give this book a PG rating. Some examples of the content are: an allusion to prostitution; alcohol is mentioned; talk of someone being illegitimate; mention of a baby born out of wedlock. Rating: I give this book 5 stars. I want to thank Joanna Davidson Politano and Revell for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    This is one of those books that held personal meaning for me or people I know. A book or movie rarely moves me to tear-up. This book did. It’s full of hope and forgiveness...just waiting past the pain, misunderstanding, and deceit bound in the heart. The characters are many and well done...each with their own reasons for needing words written or spoken in love. As the book points out words can build up or break down. Words can hurt for years....and bitter words spoken so quickly can change circum This is one of those books that held personal meaning for me or people I know. A book or movie rarely moves me to tear-up. This book did. It’s full of hope and forgiveness...just waiting past the pain, misunderstanding, and deceit bound in the heart. The characters are many and well done...each with their own reasons for needing words written or spoken in love. As the book points out words can build up or break down. Words can hurt for years....and bitter words spoken so quickly can change circumstances...so can loving words spoken from a gentle soul. This book had a beautiful, touching plot; a storyline that draws you in, and characters that are very flawed....and in great need of healing. Don’t miss out on this intriguing novel that touched my heart in so many ways. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    “I secretly craved a taste of deeply authentic love, but I also wanted the stars and open sky.” You won’t be surprised when I tell you I loved this book. I feel like I’ve been talking so much about Joanna Davidson Politano's books here but I just have been loving them, and she’s officially one of my favorite authors. I adored this book, the characters, and how one love letter (written long ago) circulated through Crestwicke Manor and created upheaval and chaos. Every person who read the letter bel “I secretly craved a taste of deeply authentic love, but I also wanted the stars and open sky.” You won’t be surprised when I tell you I loved this book. I feel like I’ve been talking so much about Joanna Davidson Politano's books here but I just have been loving them, and she’s officially one of my favorite authors. I adored this book, the characters, and how one love letter (written long ago) circulated through Crestwicke Manor and created upheaval and chaos. Every person who read the letter believed it was written to them or the person they loved, which caused emotions to be stirred in the house. I think this story had beautiful insights on love and how communicating (or the lack of communication) can affect relationships. They can either flourish when that love is affirmed, or languish when doubt arises. I simply loved everything about this novel. Please read it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Bochman

    Joanna Politano has topped all her previous books in her latest, The Love Note. So complex, so unexpected, so absolutely fantastic, I was immersed from start to finish. Featuring a nurse striving to become a doctor in an age where such a thing was frowned upon, she stumbles upon a long forgotten love note. As she seeks to uncover the author of the note and return it to the owner, she finds herself in deeper water than she bargained for. Through all the twists and turns this story brings, I was e Joanna Politano has topped all her previous books in her latest, The Love Note. So complex, so unexpected, so absolutely fantastic, I was immersed from start to finish. Featuring a nurse striving to become a doctor in an age where such a thing was frowned upon, she stumbles upon a long forgotten love note. As she seeks to uncover the author of the note and return it to the owner, she finds herself in deeper water than she bargained for. Through all the twists and turns this story brings, I was enthralled with the prose, the depth, and the clever develop-ment of the story. My mind was kept whirring as I fought alongside the characters for truth and resolution. This will be a story I will not soon forget! I highly recommend this and all of Politano’s books. They are a treasure to immerse yourself in! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    The setting for this read is Victorian England, and we are given a smart, strong young woman, Willa Duvall, who dreams of becoming a doctor! Then we meet the Gresham's and end up at Crestwicke Manor, and we try to follow the trail of a lost, but found, love letter. With a lot and I mean a lot of twists and turns to find whom wrote the letter and to whom it was written, we find out a lot about these characters and their love life. It took me a bit to really get into this story, but I was glad I sta The setting for this read is Victorian England, and we are given a smart, strong young woman, Willa Duvall, who dreams of becoming a doctor! Then we meet the Gresham's and end up at Crestwicke Manor, and we try to follow the trail of a lost, but found, love letter. With a lot and I mean a lot of twists and turns to find whom wrote the letter and to whom it was written, we find out a lot about these characters and their love life. It took me a bit to really get into this story, but I was glad I stayed, a lot of human nature and assumptions play out, and surprises abound, maybe there is a lot of love just waiting to be gathered! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Thrilling! This was my first time reading one of Joanna Davidson Politano's books, and wow! The Love Note is one of a kind, bittersweet, romantic, and compelling novel. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this story, I knew that I loved the cover, the description was interesting, and I have heard many good things about Joanna Davidson Politano's other books, I had to give it a shot, I knew. I'm so glad I did, the lesson in love that is explored was so deep with nudges from a Thrilling! This was my first time reading one of Joanna Davidson Politano's books, and wow! The Love Note is one of a kind, bittersweet, romantic, and compelling novel. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this story, I knew that I loved the cover, the description was interesting, and I have heard many good things about Joanna Davidson Politano's other books, I had to give it a shot, I knew. I'm so glad I did, the lesson in love that is explored was so deep with nudges from all corners, and though it wasn't completely a romance, yet it was, and so much more. The ending was so perfect but I do wish we could have found out more about what happened to the other characters, not just Willa and her love interest. I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher/review company. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I am at an utter loss of words for this novel. This is one of those books that’s so achingly beautiful that you feel it has had a profound impact on you. It reminds you why it is you love to read. Oh, this book was marvelous. Reviewing it will be no easy task but I will attempt it... and I have a feeling it’s going to be a very long one. I have so many thoughts. This story gripped me completely. This happened almost instantly which is so rare for me with books but when it does happen, I love it. I am at an utter loss of words for this novel. This is one of those books that’s so achingly beautiful that you feel it has had a profound impact on you. It reminds you why it is you love to read. Oh, this book was marvelous. Reviewing it will be no easy task but I will attempt it... and I have a feeling it’s going to be a very long one. I have so many thoughts. This story gripped me completely. This happened almost instantly which is so rare for me with books but when it does happen, I love it. I was lost in this story. I was enraptured by it. The writing. Oh my stars, the writing!!! It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The kind of beautiful that’s rare and leaves you in awe at the affect words can truly have. It felt like a classic in many ways. It was deep, rich, and beautiful in a breathtaking way. The characters were phenomenal. I do not say this lightly. Every one of them had such personality, such character, such stories. They were all their own. Willa is now one of my favorite protagonist I’ve ever read. She was incredible. She reminded me a bit of Jo March in a way but at the same time, she is all her own character and I admired her so much. Her faith in God and going to Him before anything else, praying to Him. It inspired me. Gabe. How does one even do justice to Gabe?? How? He is a hero I could ramble about for hours and still not do justice to his character. He. Was. Amazing. AMAZING. He is what every hero should be. He’s wise in his ways, selfless in his actions, and loving to everyone. He puts his trust in God and doesn’t mind what other people think. He’s truly the kind of hero that takes your breath away and makes you fall in love and sigh... without even saying a word. His faith in God is undoubtedly the most attractive thing about him. I admired him so much. Other characters in this story were equally intriguing and complex. I loved how complex every character was, how they each had a profound role in the plot. They were just added as “extras” that have no depth. They all had their places, even the side characters. Mrs. Gresham and Aunt Maisie’s stories intrigued me entirely along with Mr. Gresham’s. I also got pulled in by the side character’s stories... Burke, Clara, Celeste. They all felt so real. In my mind, these people lived. Now, to the story itself. This beautiful, beautiful story. It’s the kind of story that pulled me in, gripped me... ultimately, it’s the kind of story that LIVED for me. It has twists and turns. It has suspense and mysteries. Intrigue and romance. Oh, how romantic this book was! And not in the silly romantic way. No. This was truly romantic in every sense of the word. The love stories in this book were so complex, so realistic, so deep. No shallowness. There are times when I feel like I’ve read so many similar love stories that I simply want something fresh, original, and deep— something that goes far beyond outward attraction and feelings. And this love story did that. It took my breath away. How these characters made God their rock and foundation of their relationship inspired me so greatly. It has truths that touched me. Really, I read this book at the exact time I needed it. It really did touch me. It brought me to tears with it’s message. We all have this deep desire and longing for love. We run to humans for it but really, there’s only One who can fill that desire, craving, and longing in our heart. Our Savior, God. This book reminded me of that in such a beautiful way. That’s what I call a good love story, when it points you to the greatest love story of all. Really, this book was a blessing for me and I’m so very grateful I had the opportunity to read it. And it’s one of those books I want to reread over and over again... I never wanted to end.❤️ I could talk about this book for hours. I know it will be one of those books I think about months from now. It goes down on “my favorite books in the world” list because it was really that incredible. It was everything I love in a book. *Thank you to Revell Publishers and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Libby May

    THE CHARACTERS Wow guys. The main character, Willa Duvall, was so three dimensional! I felt like she was real and there and actually RELATED TO HER! I usually have such a hard time relating to female characters, and especially historical fiction females. Girls that are feministic, against love and driven by pursuing their careers are like the cliche that just make me cringe. Willa was not that way. She was animated, she was a ray of sunshine with heart. She wanted so to be a doctor in a world whe THE CHARACTERS Wow guys. The main character, Willa Duvall, was so three dimensional! I felt like she was real and there and actually RELATED TO HER! I usually have such a hard time relating to female characters, and especially historical fiction females. Girls that are feministic, against love and driven by pursuing their careers are like the cliche that just make me cringe. Willa was not that way. She was animated, she was a ray of sunshine with heart. She wanted so to be a doctor in a world where doctors were men, and she didn’t let it discourage her. Willa’s need for love was true. She knew it was their. She didn’t deny it. The way that the author portrayed that need for love and what her motive was to avoid it was STUNNING! I LOVED it so much. It was beautiful. She wasn’t against marriage as a whole. She wouldn’t give up her future for a man that didn’t love her and that she didn’t love. And that was beautiful to me. I could go on and on about how amazing she was. Her heart of forgiveness and her courage was admirable. And she was stubborn, but not stupidly so, and I loved her all the more for it. Golda Grasham was a character. She was a spoiled woman, a gifted poet and a lady full of secrets. She was the drive of the plot and well utilized. Very well done. When I first started the book and Willa got to Crestwicke, I thought it was going to be Burke. But then Gabe blinked into the scene and disappeared just as quickly and I chased him like a lovesick girl. Gabe was a gift to humanity with his quiet words and tender attentiveness and, Willa was right when she told her father. He was only quiet in regards to his words. He was so perfectly portrayed as a quiet character, but he was powerful and relatable and 3D. THE PLOT The plot of The Love Note was so deep and threaded into each other and steady. It didn’t get lost along the way anywhere. It didn’t cut short or jump around. There wasn’t any excess information or chapters that made you just wonder why it’s there. It was like eating a good dinner with dessert and coffee and you just want to sit back afterwards and smile. The Aberdeen heirloom was the best thing in the world. I adored it. The letter itself led each person on a journey of self discovery. Relearning hope and love. The horses where just a symbol of who Willa was and what she needed. And the little person at the end for Celeste. It was all so beautiful. THE CONTENT There wasn’t any content in this book. It was a Christian fiction, and I really appreciated how the author included the faith and trust aspects into the plot without making it seem pushed or just thrown in for the sake of calling it Christian. It was quality. This book is a romance story, but there was TWO KISSES in the WHOLE BOOK and there was NOTHING sensual AT ALL about ANY OF IT! The love between characters was SO genuine and SO deep and real and dedicated that there wasn’t any need for the physical lusts that so many books include. I LOVED the way that the author handled this topic. It makes your heart ache with happiness. IN SUMMARY The Love Note was basically: the movie Letters to Juliette, the three Lost Castle books by Kristy Cambron (which I also loved, but this one was just the historical POV, which was my favorite part of that trilogy). It also felt a little like Jane Eyre. As I read it I kept laughing because there were just so many different details and aspects to the story. Put together and woven into this beautiful thing, there’s really nothing like it. I recommend this book for anybody 16 and older (because it is a romance) who loves historical romances! It was perfection. Thank you to Revell Books and Joanna Politano for sending me a copy of The Love Note. A positive review was not required and all opinions stated in the review are my own!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This story is captivating! Ms. Politano has written a very unusual love story. While Willa is pursuing her dream of a medical career, which was unknown for women in the mid 1800's, she finds herself on another journey of self-discovery, one that involves the discovery of a real, lasting authentic love. A letter and its message of love takes her to Crestwicke Manor where she finds the letter inadvertently touches the residents in varied ways, exposing vulnerabilities and broken relationships. Ms. This story is captivating! Ms. Politano has written a very unusual love story. While Willa is pursuing her dream of a medical career, which was unknown for women in the mid 1800's, she finds herself on another journey of self-discovery, one that involves the discovery of a real, lasting authentic love. A letter and its message of love takes her to Crestwicke Manor where she finds the letter inadvertently touches the residents in varied ways, exposing vulnerabilities and broken relationships. Ms. Politano skillfully weaves several subplots within a masterpiece of friendship, family and love. Her unique voice and beautiful prose quietly present a story that provokes deep thought, leaving the reader to ponder the legacy our spoken and written words leave behind. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Grochowski

    Just when you believe you've figured out the mystery of The Love Note, Politano throws another curve and keeps you guessing. I enjoyed every minute in this novel. At the beginning of each chapter I look forward to the author's quotes from the protagonist's pen, especially in this novel. Those short snippets are both delightful and genius. I highly recommend The Love note to anyone who has ever loved a Gothic romance or wonders if she might. Just when you believe you've figured out the mystery of The Love Note, Politano throws another curve and keeps you guessing. I enjoyed every minute in this novel. At the beginning of each chapter I look forward to the author's quotes from the protagonist's pen, especially in this novel. Those short snippets are both delightful and genius. I highly recommend The Love note to anyone who has ever loved a Gothic romance or wonders if she might.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz Tolsma

    This was such a fabulous, well written book. The characters were beautifully drawn in, and the storyline captured your attention. Even the setting was so well described that you felt like you were there. I would highly recommend this book. I received a complementary copy from the publisher via NetGalley, but the opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Joanna Davidson Politano just penned a bold and thoughtful story. Bold because it is unconventional. In the best of senses, you will discover.. From the love story to the POV. Thoughtful because she speaks truth to all our hearts. She pens fears, hopes, and dreams revealing not only who the characters are but, I have a hunch, a big part of the writer too. I must admit, the hopes, dreams, and fear portrayed in this book aligned with my heart too. This is not surprising though it is humbly in a se Joanna Davidson Politano just penned a bold and thoughtful story. Bold because it is unconventional. In the best of senses, you will discover.. From the love story to the POV. Thoughtful because she speaks truth to all our hearts. She pens fears, hopes, and dreams revealing not only who the characters are but, I have a hunch, a big part of the writer too. I must admit, the hopes, dreams, and fear portrayed in this book aligned with my heart too. This is not surprising though it is humbly in a sense. To have your armor reaped from you to expose your most vulnerable self is not comfortable. If you think I am speaking in riddles, that is because there are too many layers to this book. Finishing such a reading leaves one lacking on how to put together a comprehensive review. "The Love Note" is sweet and unexpected, from the twist and turns but also the laughter that sneaks up on you. *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Beautiful. This story is beautiful. In fact, it’s a chart topper for me. Definitely my favourite book of 2020 so far, and I highly doubt that will change. Joanna Davidson Politano is a truly gifted author. The setting is so beautifully written that I felt like I was there. Her characters were rich and diverse while remaining relatable. This story is a puzzle, so carefully assembled, that the reader gets delightfully lost in it, slowly piecing everything together while anticipating a delightful c Beautiful. This story is beautiful. In fact, it’s a chart topper for me. Definitely my favourite book of 2020 so far, and I highly doubt that will change. Joanna Davidson Politano is a truly gifted author. The setting is so beautifully written that I felt like I was there. Her characters were rich and diverse while remaining relatable. This story is a puzzle, so carefully assembled, that the reader gets delightfully lost in it, slowly piecing everything together while anticipating a delightful conclusion. I finished this book last night but it’s staying with me. I’ll probably be thinking about it for a while. Politano must keep writing and I must read every one of her books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I'm going to be straight up with you that my review will probably not do this book justice because I am so overwhelmed at all of the intricacies of the story and the family. I was blown away by the twists that were revealed, the history of the characters, and the multitude of quotes that spoke to my heart. So don't go into this book expecting a sweet romantic story, it is so much more than that as I quickly discovered. Willa Duvall is a woman after my own heart. She wants to be more than just som I'm going to be straight up with you that my review will probably not do this book justice because I am so overwhelmed at all of the intricacies of the story and the family. I was blown away by the twists that were revealed, the history of the characters, and the multitude of quotes that spoke to my heart. So don't go into this book expecting a sweet romantic story, it is so much more than that as I quickly discovered. Willa Duvall is a woman after my own heart. She wants to be more than just someone's wife. She has aspirations to help people with her medical skills and knowledge as a nurse and from working with her father in his clinic. I loved that she was pushing for cleanliness and so much more when that was not the practice of doctors or hospitals. I hated that she was put into a position that she had to barter for her future with her father to pursue becoming a doctor when he just wanted her to be married. As part of the barter, she ends up as a nurse to Golda Gresham, mostly in part due to a letter that she finds in her desk. She doesn't know who wrote it or who it was meant to receive it, as it was neither addressed nor signed. Golda is quite the character and she does not take any guff from anyone including her children, much less Willa. The interaction between these two started off shaky but in the end, they had a firm friendship and mutual understanding. Let's talk about this letter that Willa found. It is one heck of a love letter and I can see why Willa wants to find who wrote it and return it to the proper owner. What she doesn't expect is for this letter to make its way around the various characters who all think the letter was written for them. The story of this letter is pretty amazing too and just when you think you understand the who and why of the situation, a new piece of information is released changing your whole perspective on the situation. I enjoyed all of the characters for one reason or another, but I think my favorite is Aunt Maisie or "crazy Maisie". This woman had firm beliefs and thoughts and I chuckled at her book of words. Words she wanted to use someday so she kept track of them so she was prepared. With the other characters, you had the gamut of personalities from loving, to controlling, insecure to confident. All of these personalities round out the story nicely with just enough tension to make the story engaging. I can't forget to mention the romance portion of the story. For Willa, she doesn't feel like she needs a man to make her life whole but there is one man that seems to fill the bill, Gabe Gresham. They have been friends since childhood and there is something that pulls them together. But don't think that their path is easy because it is not and that is one of those twists I mentioned. There are several other love stories occurring, but you will have to read the book to discover those for yourself. Here are some of my favorite quotes (and I did trim the number back - so many more I could have shared!) "Every day, every moment, I choose you." "It was as if God had wrapped his directions up in my friend's voice so I'd be sure to hear them." "You needn't be afraid of your words, Miss Duvall. Only careful. They're as easy to gather as rocks, and just as easy to throw about, but don't underestimate them." "Don't waste a moment when you find the one you love." "That letter had been shaking up the household ever since it had been unleashed here, and now it seemed to have somehow landed with her." "These words have a life beyond the page. They've taken flight in this house, moving where they will, seeping into the cracks of hearts. It's woken something up in them, opened them to the possibility that love exists and they are worthy recipients. And that is vital." "Allow yourself to be caught by a man, Miss Duvall. The right one is worth the risk." "...everyone had a story, some with cracks deeper than anyone could imagine." "Matched souls always find their way back to one another, for they seek refuge in the same place." Overall, I highly recommend this book. The author takes us on a journey that will not be forgotten and many wise words are spoken that we could take to heart even today. We give this book 5 paws up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    The Love Note is my first read by Joanna Davidson Politano and I definitely plan on reading more of her books. This was a slower historical romance...I'm not sure if it was just because I was dealing with a reading slump or the storyline, but it felt like the story had a slower pace (which was NOT a bad thing - I actually really enjoyed that). The characters were amazing. I felt like I truly got to know them and couldn't help feeling happy for the good moments and sad for the unhappy events. The The Love Note is my first read by Joanna Davidson Politano and I definitely plan on reading more of her books. This was a slower historical romance...I'm not sure if it was just because I was dealing with a reading slump or the storyline, but it felt like the story had a slower pace (which was NOT a bad thing - I actually really enjoyed that). The characters were amazing. I felt like I truly got to know them and couldn't help feeling happy for the good moments and sad for the unhappy events. The romance was so good! I felt like the progression was believable and I just absolutely loved it! All in all, The Love Note was a fantastic read and I highly recommend if you enjoy historical romance. I am eager to read more of this author's stories. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    The Love Note is an intriguing and captivating story of a family in need of more than just medicinal healing. The characters in this novel are outstanding! Willa Duvall is a gem! I really enjoyed her spirit and determination. I was really glad her point of view was in the first person. The other Gresham family members’ viewpoints are written in the third person, and the blend of the two was flawless! This poetically written mystery will leave you guessing over and over again! Don’t miss this book!! The Love Note is an intriguing and captivating story of a family in need of more than just medicinal healing. The characters in this novel are outstanding! Willa Duvall is a gem! I really enjoyed her spirit and determination. I was really glad her point of view was in the first person. The other Gresham family members’ viewpoints are written in the third person, and the blend of the two was flawless! This poetically written mystery will leave you guessing over and over again! Don’t miss this book!!! I absolutely recommend it! I can’t wait to read more from Joanna Davidson Politano! The Love Note is available now! Visit Baker Book House or Christian Book to purchase your copy! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Joanna Davidson Politano and Revell. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    I really enjoyed this book! Finding out the author of the letter kept me interested the whole time! I really enjoyed Joanna Davidson Politano’s writing style. I really loved Gabe. I was also fond of Aunt Maisie.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The cover of this book is stunning and after reading Joanna Politano's previous novels I knew I needed to read this one. I completely fell in love with this story and the characters. This is Politano's best yet and I couldn't set it down. I love the mystery and setting and probably my favorite character is Aunt Maisie as she added a lot to the story. The romance is very well written and I also appreciate the strong willed women who believe they are capable of bigger things. The ending takes you The cover of this book is stunning and after reading Joanna Politano's previous novels I knew I needed to read this one. I completely fell in love with this story and the characters. This is Politano's best yet and I couldn't set it down. I love the mystery and setting and probably my favorite character is Aunt Maisie as she added a lot to the story. The romance is very well written and I also appreciate the strong willed women who believe they are capable of bigger things. The ending takes you on an extra adventure you won't expect and while slightly rushed (I didn't really want it to end) it wrapped things up nicely. If you are searching for a new adventure look no further. Five stars! "I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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