Last year, Joanna Davidson Politano was an author to watch as her debut, Lady Jayne Disappears, was released to the world. Now, readers get to relive that talent in Politano’s sophomore release.
In My Opinion…
With shades of the Bronte sisters, Joanna Davidson Politano’s A Rumored Fortune keeps you guessing. The death of Josiah Harlowe draws people from the woodwork in search of the fortune he left behind. The only problem? No one has ever seen it.
Politano excels at making the reader question the motives behind each character who arrives at Trevelyan Castle (and some will surprise you). And speaking of surprises, there were a couple I didn’t see coming at all.
The use of first-person narrative for Tressa Harlowe—the heroine who is most affected by her father’s death and the subsequent treasure hunters—and third person voice for Dugan Vance—the outsider who has come to the vineyard but just might have ulterior motives of his own—works well.
The dichotomy of relationships is smartly highlighted throughout the book in the form of metaphor with the vineyard—vines, soil, care, and grafting all mirror the happenings in the lives of Tressa and Dugan.
A story that has dark undertones but also illuminates the hearts of its characters, A Rumored Fortune is another strong release that showcases Politano’s writing chops.
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About the Book
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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