about the book
A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano
Tressa Harlowe’s father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it.
It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.
Please consider this my awestruck standing ovation… Politano wows with clever, intelligent, and engaging characters and completely beautimous storytelling! I needed this read. I repeatedly hugged the book. I savored and devoured the story in turn. Reading this book richly satisfied an aching word-hunger within me and oh, the lovely phrases!
Tressa Harlowe is an endearing misfit who refuses to fit into the mold set by her aloof parents. I love that she is compassionate, willing to learn, and works hard. Stoic vineyard manager Donegan Vance is, in my opinion, the most captivating element of the story. His name alone makes me melt into a swoony puddle. Toss in a treasure hunt, secrets, and the likelihood of betrayal for the winning combination that left me in a happy haze.
I cannot recommend this author’s work highly enough. Her unique style is fresh and smart and I can’t get enough of it! This book has clearly earned a place next to its predecessor on my all-time favorites shelf.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence.
She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her on her website.
What kinds of trials do you think a supposedly wealthy yet truly destitute heiress would face?
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