Welcome to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England
Tressa Harlowe’s father 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. Now 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.
“Everyone loves a treasure hunt–pair it with a heroine you can’t help but love, a hero you can’t help but swoon over, and a family mystery that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, and you end up with A Rumored Fortune. This book is a treasure in itself and one you won’t be able to put down!”–Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor series and Shadows Over England series
Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears. She freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at http://www.jdpstories.com.
My thoughts and Giveaway:
I loved this story. I’m not even sure where to begin.
There is romance, mystery, and a deep faith aspect. You want it, this book has it.
I will say Tressa was very wishy washy with her affections. But honestly, I think it lined up with her circumstances. She wasn’t sure who she could trust and there was so much going on in her life.
I adored Vance and his strength and his secret and his desire to protect Tressa.
The whole cast of characters was intriguing and the reader is constantly wondering who Tressa can trust. I had my suspicions and I thought Tressa needed to open her eyes.
I deeply loved the whole vine and branches theme throughout the book and then the grafting and how we can tie that into our faith. A lot of depth there if you are looking for it.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.