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The Love Note

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  885 ratings  ·  352 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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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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
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
Aug 26, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was so unique! It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The story was very expressive and poetic in the way that it was written.

It’s a love story but it has so many levels. I loved the spiritual truths that were found on just about every page. It was very relatable and honest.

There were a few times where I was confused about my understanding of the situation and this became a little frustrating to me. I felt like the writing was a little fragmented. I’m not sure if it was becaus
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
Rachel McMillan
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
An achingly romantic historical steeped in Politano's deft research and wrapped in a voice that pays perfect homage to the period, The Love Note is a winsome letter to the power of words. More still, it made me want to write letters. Subtle faith themes and lingering hope were also welcome. ...more
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
Natalie Walters
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has completely blown me away. I don’t know if it’s pregnancy hormones but I cried TWICE at the conclusion of this book (& I never cry while reading!!) This book is absolutely beautiful. It has a vibrancy of characters & setting that makes it read like a good movie. Romance isn’t necessarily at the forefront of the book yet it’s beautifully romantic in every way. There were so many twists & turns that kept me guessing- & I still was pleasantly surprised by secrets revealed! This book is ...more
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
Chautona Havig
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a magnificent tale of the power of words--spoken and unspoken. This entire book feels like someone read the words from the poem, "The Fool's Prayer."
"The ill-timed truth we might have kept—
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The word we had not sense to say—
Who knows how grandly it had rung?"

Romance isn't my favorite genre, but when someone does it well--makes it achingly beautiful so that the reader feels that life isn't quite complete without it, then romance becomes essenti
Brighton, England 1865
Crestwicke Manor
Willa Duvall: Gresham family friend from childhood
Gabe Gresham: Brother to Celeste and Burke. Only adult who tolerated Willa following him about when she was a child
Golda Gresham: Mother of the house
Peter Gresham: Golda’s husband
Celeste Gresham: Golda’s step-daughter
Burke Gresham: Golda’s step-son
Clara Gresham: Burke’s wife
Aunt Maisie: Golda’s sweet, quirky aunt
Essie: Upstairs maid
Parker: Butler

"People marry based on the scientific assumption t
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
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!)
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“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
Angie Thompson
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure what this book was shaping up to be for a while, but did it ever draw me in! Willa's unconventional dreams are not the stuff that my favorite heroines are made of in general, but I appreciated how the author softened her by making her not completely set against marriage--just the wrong kind of marriage--and showing the deep love for helping others that formed the core of her career goals. Her deep care for everyone around her was always evident, despite the quick tongue that ...more
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
Melissa’s Bookshelf
I loved The Love Note! Joanna Davidson is a favorite author because of her endearing characters, beautiful writing, and deep heartfelt stories. She also deftly weaves a beautiful religious message into her story in an uplifting, relatable way.

The idea behind this book was so creative, take an unsigned love note and try to return it to the rightful owner and then watch as the consequences unfold. There were so many layers to this story and just when I thought I’d figured things out, my idea was
Aug 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Age Appropriate For: 16 and up (romance and some mentions of pregnancy out of wed-lock)
Best for Ages: 16 and up

Politano has become a favorite author. Her books are so beautifully written, that you almost feel they are worthy of being memorized. They also have so much depth to them that they make you feel you’ve been on a spiritual journey yourself. The Love Note is no exception.

I love how there is always a bit of a mystery to be solved in ea
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
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
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
If this book had a soundtrack, I feel like it would be the prologue music from Beauty and the Beast… its gothic and mysterious and so fun to get lost in.

I mentioned previously that her writing has a lyrical quality to it. This is the 3rd book I’ve read of hers, and the way she writes makes the story feel like its jumping off the pages. Her writing style fits so well with the time period she writes… I can’t imagine it working quite as well in an era other than Victorian. I also don't read many b
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
Mar 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is just…so…lovely.

I think I’ve found a new favorite author and you bet I’m going to look up everything she’s written and put it on my TBR ☺️

Willa is the daughter of a physician and she aspires to follow in her father’s footsteps. She is passionate about caring for people but her heart is not open to romantic love. She is driven toward her goals and doesn’t believe she has the time or capacity to give any part of herself away to another.

She accepts a job as a nurse for the ailing Lady
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has left me gobsmacked speechless so I'm struggling to find words to convey my impressions. Here they are in my tizzy-stated randomness:

Not what I expected going into the read. The story unfolded in surprising ways with stunning results.

The idea of a lost love letter is brilliant! And the way it is intricately woven into the plot, creating twists and turns I didn't see coming....well, brilliantly brilliant!!! (and yes, I realize that's redundant but that's what this book has done to me
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Maria Clara
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rev, favorites
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
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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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