A unique historical fiction novel: "A Rumored Fortune" by Joanna Davidson Politano

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about the book....

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.

my review....

Filled with mystery and a fascinating journey to the truth, "A Rumored Fortune" is a unique addition to the crowded field of historical fiction. Drawing from Biblical parables about treasure and the search for what holds real value in our lives, Politano's novel is a multi-layered novel that is both enjoyable as an entertaining read while leaving you with food for thought that will linger beyond the last word.

Tressa won my initial empathy and later admiration for the way she handles some truly difficult circumstances in her life. Her genuine heart shines through the pages and you just can't help rooting for her over the course of the novel. But it was the straight-shooting Donegan who ended up stealing the story for me, a character with a heart of gold who is content to do what is right even when it serves up no glory for himself. That is exactly the kind of characters we need more of! The truth and the grace he displays point straight to the way our Heavenly Father lavishes these also on us, working for our good. Readers looking for some romance to brighten the pages will be pleased to see affection blossom between Tressa and Donegan as well. Whether that affection grows to something more is something you'll have to find out for yourself when you get your own copy of "A Rumoured Fortune".

Politano has put to great use the metaphor of God pruning our lives as a vine dresser does a vineyard, and the result is a novel that glitters just as much as the elusive treasure that Tressa is searching for.
My only complaint with this novel is that it had to end! Honestly, if I could return for a second helping to see what else is in store for these complex and endearing characters, I surely would. I award this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Joanna Davidson Politano
Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. 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 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 at www.jdpstories.com.

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