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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 1859 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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Published October 20th 2020 (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
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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
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Melissa Tagg
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dana Michael
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda Tero
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Martha
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Natalie Walters
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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 ...more
Staci
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Nicole
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!)
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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
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Rachael
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cassie
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Kathryn Bochman
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maureen Timerman
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Abigail Harris
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
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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
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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.
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Amy Grochowski
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Liz Tolsma
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Clara
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 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
Christine
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Melanie
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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!!
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Kailey
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michelle
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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