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The Love Note

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published October 2020)
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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
Melissa Tagg
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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 fro
Dana Michael
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Amanda Tero
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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,
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
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
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 ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathryn Bochman
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Maureen Timerman
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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
Abigail Harris
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Libby May
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.

Amy Grochowski
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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 ...more
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
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!!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sarah Monzon
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always love diving into a Politano book because I know I’m about to read something I’ve never read before. All her stories are unique and expertly layered. Her books make you think, while your reading and long after. There are always hidden gems and treasures and I love watching them unfold.
Marian Baay
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've loved this author's previous books, but this one is my favorite so far. It's so beautifully written, I cherished every word. The story was totally engrossing and kept me guessing. The author takes us on a wonderful, romantic adventure, making you long for that one perfect love that is worth waiting for. These beautifully crafted characters will stay with me for a long time.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"That means there's so much hope for new and beautiful chapters, because God's the one writing them and he isn't done yet. You never know what's coming - unexpected tender moments, closure and healing, delightful surprises, a chance to fix what's broken."

Joanna Davidson Politano knows how to cast a spell with her beautiful poetic words. The trope seems simple: find closure for the aged love letter found within the crevice of a desk. But the plot and the characters revolving around that letter ar
Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
Wow! What a wonderful book definitely one of those that I could not put down. There was so much going on in this book and I definitely don't want to give too much away. There are so many things going on in this book and it all starts with the Love Note that Willa finds in her desk and boy does that Love Note take us on a journey.

Willa is a strong-willed young lady. She knows what she wants and doesn't want to back down from the goals she has set for herself. She wants to become a doctor just li
The Love Note was a captivating tale! The author did a beautiful job of writing a story that captured both romance and mystery between its pages.

Each chapter began with a quote that was attributed to a “scientist’s observations on love”. I really liked these additions to the book and the way they set the scenes for the chapters.

I enjoyed seeing how the love note affected various members of the household as they came across it. There were many different reactions, which made for interesting readi
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this author. If fact I have read everything she has published. I have never cried so much through a book before. It was passionate, sweet, deep and some times very sad. But worth every minute of it. I honestly don't know where to start with this review. Ms. Politano gripped me in the first few paragraphs and I didn't want to let go. I found myself constantly trying to figure out who wrote the love note, also to whom it was written. I closed the book wishing it would never end. I received ...more
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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 rando ...more

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