Miss Politano has woven a rich tapestry in a mesmerizing tale of “A Rumored Fortune.”
Tressa Harlowe is cast in a very untenable position. Remembering seeing it as a child, she knows there is a fortune somewhere in Trevelyan Castle but can’t find it and creditors, workers and relatives are pounding at her door. There is also a stranger who was hired to tend the grape vines before her father’s demise. Donegan Vance has secrets and it is more than knowing how to care for the vines. Tressa muses: “I’d once thought secrets a beautiful, enchanting thing. Now I wish there was no such thing.”
The chapter headings, entries in a “notebook of a viticulturist”, are full of Godly wisdom. The story is anchored in the Biblical illustration of the vine and the branches: “Of all the seasons, pruning is the one that finds the vintner working most intimately with the vines, involved in every detail of the plant.”
Tressa is prompted to look at people through the eyes of 1 Corinthians 13.
This was a very romantic book that focuses on trust, sacrifice, true motives and true hearts, with a few misconceptions along the way until at last eyes are opened.
Like her other two books, Ms. Politano is very eloquent with her prose and teaches valuable lessons. She is a very favorite author of mine.
*I purchased this ebook from Amazon. All opinions are my own.*
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.
Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.
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