Rumored Fortune

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Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

A lonely young heiress becomes the poorest wealthy woman in Victorian England when her father dies without telling anyone where he hid his fortune. Can Tressa and the no-nonsense estate manager find the fortune before the greedy relatives get to it first?

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ISBN-13: 9780800735197
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 418
Sales rank: 942,774
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

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 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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A Rumored Fortune 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Becky_B 9 days ago
A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano is a book you want to read and savor. The book is filled with romance, intrigue, mystery, treasure hunting, and words of wisdom. It is so well written. I love the author’s descriptions of people, places and her wonderful use of language. The book follows our heroine Tressa Harlowe and our heroine Donegan Vance as they both change and grow towards the Lord and fall in love. The book is set at Trevelyn castle. The estate has a vineyard that is being cultivated by our hero. There are many wonderful quotes about raising grapes from the notebook of a viticulturist at the beginning of each chapter. For me the quotes were thought provoking and added greatly to the novel. Ms. Politano weaves in the theme of vineyards throughout the story. My favorite quote from Tressa “I can only take so much pruning, “she whispered. “Why is God doing this to me? He’s. . . He’s pruning the very life out of me.” A Rumored Fortune is the second book Joanna Davidson Poloitano has written. I consider her an author to watch, and one of my favorites. I highly encourage you to read this fabulous book. I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.
BookwormMama2014 18 days ago
A missing fortune? A swoony hero? A dastardly bad guy? You can probably see why I jumped into this book without hesitation. This second book from Joanna Davidson Politano reaches new heights and, dare I say it, even better than her debut novel (which was exceptional). Set on a beautiful estate with a winery, I learned a lot. Donegan's wisdom and passion are beyond compare. Tressa's determination and longing for love make them the perfect pair! Watching them fight through their internal struggles and overcome so many threats, is inspiring. Set in England 1866, you will be sucked into the story from the first page. And make sure you pick up a copy of Lady Jayne Disappears while you're at it. I listened to this story on SCRIBD. You can check it out with your free trial. I received a complimentary copy of A Rumored Fortune from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
eLynda 21 days ago
I read and thoroughly enjoyed Politano's debut novel so looked forward to this second book from her. My expectations were to read a good story with an interesting plot and three-dimensional characters. But this book, this book went far beyond that and absolutely shattered those expectations, blowing me away. From the opening pages, I loved these characters. Tressa has wit and spunk while still maintaining femininity and class. Though not technically alone, she bears the burden of caring for those around her when they should be providing for her needs instead. She feels terribly alone but continues to walk forward as best she knows how. Donegan is a brooding hero, hiding secrets of his own. But from the first rescue, I couldn't help but cheer him on through the rest of the novel. The prose is beautiful and descriptive, allowing me to see the setting and people come alive in vibrant color. There are many quotables in this book that caused me to ponder the story in a different way and even to consider how they were true in my own life. The romance is intense, though it perks below the surface for much of the novel. But when the hero begins to pursue, it is an incredible journey that swept me along with Tressa. Without giving anything away, the intensity and loveliness increase until the end, when an exquisite twist almost made me cry. True love shines brightest when compared to the counterfeits by whom Tressa has long been surrounded. The beauty of this book is that it imparts truth in the form of fantastic entertainment. The vine analogy for life is really quite profound; I know Jesus compares us to the branches and He the vine, but the selected quotes beginning each chapter highlight it even further. I will never look at that illustration in quite the same way as it has taken on more depth and even richer meaning than I understood before. This book is stunning in many ways, intense, and hands-down the best book I have read this year. That is not intended to diminish any other authors or the books I have enjoyed, merely to communicate the power and depth of this particular novel. This will be one of those stories I read and reread many times, and will mention to anyone who will listen. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy historical fiction or suspense, and while romance readers have to wait a bit, once that really kicks in, it'll leave them breathless, too. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
RobinWillson 24 days ago
Delicious mystery! There's a hidden fortune belonging to an heiress desperately in need of it, with several relatives and so called friends also in pursuit. Her father hired someone to manage the vineyards, and watch over her. A God filled and guided man. Intricate suspense and romance, in a journey of faith. Christian historical set in England. And there's a castle! Excellent quotes from Vinters that relate to the story. Joanna is an author new to me, and goes to the top as one of my favorites. There is a richness and depth to her stories that is equaled by few. #ArumoredFortune #NetGalley Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author and Revell/Baker Publishing Group - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
LilacDreams 25 days ago
Tressa and her mother are summoned home. There, they’re told her father has died. He never told her where he’d hidden his treasure. Now they can’t pay their servants, their vineyard workers, or their bills with the townspeople. Worse, fortune hunters descend on them. Tressa adored her father, even though they didn’t have a close relationship. She’s told he drowned, but his body wasn’t recovered. Therefore, she clings to hope that he’s still alive. The vineyard manager he supposedly hired before his disappearance is a puzzle to her. She doesn’t want to trust him, but at times, he seems her only ally. Neither parent makes a positive impression. Her mother married for security, is relieved her husband is dead, and pushes Tressa toward an old suitor to secure her future. Her father pushed her away because of his own issues. In spite of them, Tressa is a level-headed young woman. Between searching for her father, finding a means to sustain the vineyard and their home, and fending off gold diggers, Tressa experiences more downs than ups and finds herself utterly depleted with no one to look to except, maybe, God? A happy ending is achieved for most, but questions remain: How, in an age before telephones, was the maid able to summon the hero who miraculously rescues Tressa at a critical moment? And why did no one question the villain’s identity?
TrishRobertson 29 days ago
With deep and thoughtful prose this enthralling story wove its way around my heart. From the very beginning, the characters monopolized my attention and I was along for a beautiful journey on a tapestry of exquisitely crafted words. Tressa’s story touched my heart with its raw emotion. She grew up longing for her father’s attention and love, and now that he is gone she feels lost. Growing up, Tressa spent many hours in her father’s vineyard and now as she works with the vineyard manager to hold the estate together she will grow closer to her heavenly father and through the very vines growing in her vineyard learn to have a relationship with God. Woven into this story is an intriguing mystery of a hidden treasure. With the wolves circling, some disguised as sheep, Tressa must decide who to trust and who to keep at arms-length. But will she make the right choice? I’ll be honest, I struggled to not flip ahead to the end to find out who was behind the mystery. This story is so tightly woven, with lots of layers that you will be left guessing till near the end before you realize the truth! I had several suspicious and found myself talking to the characters on more than one occasion. In the end, I was glad that I prolonged the agony of not knowing and stayed with characters as the truth unfolded. I really loved reading this book and give it 5-stars! You will want to be sure to carve out some solid blocks of time for enjoying this story, as you won’t want to put it down! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
LJShuck 3 months ago
Care to go on a treasure hunt? How about a treasure hunt with fair maiden and a handsome, mysterious and gallant gentlemen on a beautiful dark steed? Intrigued yet? A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano is the second of this marvelous storyteller’s novels that I have had the pleasure to read. Tressa Harlowe and her mother return to the estate after being notified the master was ill and they must return immediately. Upon their arrival, the two learn that it was too late, he had already passed. Rumors abound about the hidden treasure at Trevelyan and have for years. Yet, why are the bill collectors descending upon Tressa and her mother for payment? There’s also family that have come to express their condolences and to stay, sneaking about looking for the treasure. It’s bad enough that the treasure hunters have been invading the estate under the cover of darkness, looking for the supposed treasure, must she be subjected to family and her former fiancé greedy impulses too? Someone must attend to her father’s vast and beloved vineyards. Donegan Vance, the handsome and mysterious stranger seems to have taken on the enormous task. Tressa has more important concerns; like how she will pay the workers. Besides, there’s something about him. Something about him that attracts Tressa, but his nature is to tell the truth, leaving her sputtering in anger and sending him away from her. When Tressa discovers her father’s journals, she must seek Donegan’s assistance in translating them because they are written in Welsh. As Donegan delivers translated pieces of her father’s journal, Tressa begins to remember visiting her father’s gardening room as a girl and the big black trunk that used to have a lot of coins enclosed. She must find the treasure in order to pay off the bill collectors and to pay her staff; a staff threatening to leave, and losing the estate. She begins to wonder if the treasure is real or if the treasure lies within herself. I enjoyed reading A Rumored Fortune and am looking forward to reading more from this author. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions, thereof, are solely my own.
Virginiaw 3 months ago
I did not want to put this book down. I wanted to join in the treasure hunting myself. That would have been fun. I was very sorry for Tressa the way she was raised. This book had so many twists and turns. Tressa and Donegan were a great couple. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
PinkGranny 3 months ago
A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano is full of mystery and intrigue. From the opening pages of the book, Tressa Harlowe came to life for me starting when she is summoned home from abroad only to learn her father had died and she was left to care for a mother who was needy and self indulgent. Under normal circumstances it wouldn't be too bad for a family with their wealth. However, her father's fortune was shrouded by mystery and uncertainty and well hidden, leaving Tressa no money to run the large estate. She found new problems at every turn. These things provided an interesting backdrop for a fine mystery complete with long lost relatives, a former suitor and a tall, dark, handsome stranger who seemingly was hired by her father to manage the vineyard. He is not all that he seems...or maybe he is more... I liked this book for the strong female character who overcame difficult situations that would leave many a Victorian lady to swoon after the first offer marriage simply for protection. In the end I found her to be a resilient, faithful young woman. Love and fortune are not always found in the usual places and this author provides profound lessons among the pages of viticulturist's journal! I am happy that I was introduced to this author's works by Revell Books who provided me with a copy for an honest review. I recommend it for those who love a good mystery set in Victorian times.
vics49548 3 months ago
I loved this book. It kept my attention from page one and was extremely difficult to put down. Switching between the viewpoints of Tressa and Donegan, it moved at a really good pace. The characters were well developed and very real. I learned about tending a vineyard and really enjoyed the lessons from the viticulturist at the beginning of each chapter. Author Joanna Politano shows us how easy it is to misunderstand those around us; their actions and words. However, unconditional love, forgiveness, and a trust in God is a constant thread through this story. If you enjoy Victorian Christian fiction, mystery, and a treasure hunt, then I highly recommend A Rumored Fortune. You won’t be disappointed! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
valet 3 months ago
Page after page I've kept reading A Rumored Fortune and I haven't got myself to stop for very long. A wonderful romance along with the heart stopping suspense has kept me on edge of my seat. Thank goodness, God has also been right there with them to direct and guide their paths. I've tried to pace myself with ordinary activities but no matter where I am, I can't wait to be able to pick it up again. Then, today it has happened, I've realized the end is near. Heartbroken and determined to delay the end of a wonderful read, I've tried doing something mundane like the dishes. That worked for only a short period of time so I'm writing this review, delaying the last chapter. Believe it or not, so much is going to be wrapped up in the last chapter that I can only guess. I don't want it to ever end. Wonderful characters described so thoroughly that you never forget who they are. Some of them are evil, some are rich, some live in poverty, and some seem like they could be your best friend. A wonderful, wonderful read! This book was given to me by Revell. I was not required to write a positive review.
Moonpie72 3 months ago
Wooo whoo! Another bookshelf keeper! Tressa was filled with excitement and expectation at her father’s summons for her and her mother to come home. He had never done it before! Upon arrival she finds it was the butler who sent the message and her father is dead. She is of course heartbroken. She had never given up hope to have a relationship with her cold and distant father. Her mother is delighted because now she can spend his vast fortune he controlled. A monkey wrench is thrown into her greedy plans because it is rumored he has hidden the wealth but no one knows where! He had promised to tell Tressa before he died! So she and her mother sit in their magnificent castle home with an unpaid staff of 65 and “shillingness”. As you know when it rains it pours with life’s problems. Merchants are demanding unpaid bills, treasure hunters and greedy relatives descend upon the castle hoping to get part of the hidden treasure. On top of that she is met by a shadowy man that claims was hired for her father to care for the vineyards. A job he never delegated to anyone! I found this book to have many “treasures” of the best kind. First was the spiritual analogy of the vineyard and John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Even though this was a fiction book, it drew the reader to the importance of Christ and their relationship with Him. The author did it so naturally! It made the story even more beautiful. Instead of just reading and enjoying it I also derived spiritual insights and thoughts. The quotes from the notebook of a viticulturist before each chapter were though provoking, making me want to them more than once. I loved the mystery, suspense and excitement! I was guessing from moment to the next about what was going to happen. Even when I jumped to conclusions I was usually wrong! Tressa’s sweet spirit and living as a Christian in such dire situations was refreshing. Her focus was on the needs of others despite her problems. I must say her mother was a bit annoying with her shallowness and “llama llama mama drama.” The author’s detailed descriptiveness of characters, emotions and setting made it like a movie was playing in my head! An incredible book! I will definitely want to read every book Ms. Politano writes! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
BugsBookReviews 3 months ago
About this book~ "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." Profanity/Violence~ Tressa goes to a gate that leads to a grave, it's not bad but it was kind of spooky. Sexual Content~ Awareness of each other. Tressa remembers that only her nightclothes covered her beneath her cloak. Donegan and Tressa kiss(1 semi-detailed, 1 not-detailed, cheek, ear, and nose kisses). Harlowe hopes that Tressa kissed Donegan back when Donegan told him that he kissed her. Other~ Mention of a wishbone and what to do with one. Age recommendation: 12+ My opinion~ Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish this book. While I was intrigued during the beginning, I lost interest in the book after a while. My studies have also been quite heavy, so I haven't had that much time to read. As to the content of this book and the style, it was great. A good, clean read for those who like treasure hunts and hints of Gothic mystery. I was a little of my comfort zone reading this book, but out of what I read I would give it a 3 star rating. I just kind of lost interest in the story, and as I mentioned before, my studies have been taking most of my time. Overall, I would recommend this book, and I am sorry that I wasn't able to finish this book. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SeasonsofGrace 3 months ago
This was an interesting read with a different twist than your usual treasure hunt. Some parts I found a little slow going, but the author kept me interested in the story and added plenty of surprises along the way to make the story appealing. I enjoyed how Tessa's character matured and grew throughout the story, and I also liked the hero and the sense of mystery that surrounded him. He seemed to have good depth of character. Tessa's mother, on the other hand, is quite the character, and had me in a bit of an uproar at times, with her antics and attitudes. All in all, there were lessons to be learned. I loved how the author incorporated the story of the vineyard and the vine-dresser into the tale, using the Scripture from John 15, as Tessa's father had been a vine-dresser himself and taken pride in his own vineyard. I also liked how she used her appreciation for random acts of kindness as part of the plot too. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I was impressed enough to read another one in the future. A big thanks to Revell for providing me with a free copy of this book. I was not required to review it positively and all opinions are my own.
SemmieWise 3 months ago
** “The undeniable truth of God’s pursuit engulfed me in a great awareness of love I’d never expected. That word connect — it was not a command from God, but an invitation. A lifelong one. The realization of this abundant love beamed onto me in glorious rays of lovely moonlight, solidifying his true position in my life.” ** Travel to 1866 England with Joanna Davidson Politano’s “A Rumored Fortune” — a tale with mystery, romance and lessons to be learned. Tressa Harlowe is returning to her home at Trevelyan Castle after learning of her father’s mysterious death — a boating accident where his body was never recovered. To make matters worse, her father Josiah has left the estate in a financial quandary, with rumors of a hidden treasure. As creditors and laborers of their precious vineyard threaten action against Tressa for payment due, she must quickly figure out if there really is a treasure, and where it could possibly be located. She must also determine if she can trust the ruggedly handsome Donegan Vance, a mysterious yet gruff man her father hired to manage the vineyards. Is Donegan there to be helpful and trustworthy, or is he just in it for the money too? Politano sprinkles just enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing as to the mysteries of the story — just who can be trusted? is there really a treasure? if so, where is it? She also does a great job of deeply diving into her characters, revealing their deepest and most inner workings. She also creates several delightful “minor” characters — like lady maids Margaret and Lucy; the loyal butler, Amos; Ginny, Donegan’s 9-year-old niece; and some lovely towns people. Full of so many goodies, “A Rumored Fortune” is a tale of forgiveness, redemption, finding a purpose, love, and secrets (“Secrets were wonderful commodities, little nuggets to be grasped and then spent at the right moment”); poverty versus wealth, both financially and spiritually; drawing something good from even bad situations; evaluating what kind of fruit we bear; speaking truth in love and gentleness; seeking peace and answers from God; and the concept of striving, not thriving. Two major themes are treasures and vineyards. As Tressa seeks her earthly father’s treasure it also causes her to reflect on her heavenly Father’s treasures. Politano also relies heavily on imagery taken from caring for a vineyard. She compares almost every aspect of life to the process of caring for a vineyard, and of course brings it back to the biblical passage referring to Christ being the vine and we are the branches. Overall, “A Rumored Fortune” is a very good novel. At times the vineyard imagery got almost a little too excessive, and occasionally some of the passages could be a little too introspective with not enough action, but overall I really enjoyed Politano’s latest novel. Four stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
BrittanyMc 3 months ago
A Rumored Fortune was a tale shrouded in mystery. The main character, Tressa, was forced to navigate the turbulent rumors and dangers that surrounded her family estate and vineyard. I really felt for Tressa. At times she was a good judge of character, and at other times she fell short and made the wrong decisions regarding people’s true motives. It was truly understandable, though, given that she was working with such limited information. I also felt sorry for the lack of love this very caring young woman had received growing up. There were many interesting side characters to sort through and two love interests who were vying for Tressa’s attention. The overall story slowly revealed the details of the past, clues about the rumored fortune, and hints regarding the true nature of all of the major players. This author did a good job at hinting at the truth through vivid word imagery. I enjoyed this mysterious tale. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
amandainpa 3 months ago
This is Joanna’s sophomore novel and it was just as amazing (or better) than her debut. Her writing is beautiful. She is very gifted at setting the scene and placing the reader in the environment right beside the characters. The setting of this story was an old castle but in the time period of 1866. The story had a Gothic feel which added to the atmospheric quality of the story. There were some twists in the story (one in particular) that I would classify as jaw dropping. I live for twists in my books so I loved this aspect in the book. I also loved the plot…it was such a fun concept of a treasure hunt to locate this “rumored fortune”. It reminded me of modern day families, friends, and acquaintances that “come out of the woodwork” when someone is blessed (or cursed) with a windfall. The fact that there were several unlikable characters in the story made it more fun for me. For some reason, I find that the addition of unlikable characters add validity and more of a realistic quality to stories. Overall, this was an excellent, quick read that I adored and I will read anything that Joanna writes from now on! I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AMHeath 3 months ago
What I Loved: This was a prime example of fine Christian fiction. From the moment the story began, I was captivated by Tressa, her world, and her story. And as it unfolded, I was treated to an interesting new mystery. The conclusion of the mystery wasn’t clear from chapter one, so it was nice to go on the treasure hunt with the rest of the cast. The romance was sweet and clean. But what really stood out to me was the way Politano crafted the story to include tips on keeping a vineyard to mirror the Christian life. Again, and again, and again I found myself being convicted, refreshed, and reminded of various areas in my relationship to Christ. If you read this novel, keeping in mind the Biblical context of Christ being the vine and you being the branches, there is so much more waiting here for you than just an entertaining story! Bringing the focus back on Christ is what makes Christian fiction such a valuable form of entertainment, and Politano kept the focus where it ought to be in the most natural way. Oftentimes, with a vineyard setting, the reader may see things such as wine tastings but that wasn’t the case here. The focus was solely on the growth of the grapes and not the producing of wine. Rating and Recommendation: I highly recommend A Rumored Fortune to all Christian Fiction fans but especially fans of Christian Historical Fiction. I give it 5 stars. ~ I received a copy from Bethany House through Net Galley. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. All thoughts are my own.
ARS8 3 months ago
A Rumored Fortune is the second book I have read by author Politano and I must say that I have really been enjoying her writing style. This story is about an heiress of a hidden fortune, a castle in need of repair, workers who need to be paid, and a young woman who is in need of answers. Tressa and her mother receive some rather shocking news- that her father has died. There is sinister and superstitious circumstances surrounding his demise that reach back all the way to the previous occupants of the castle. Tressa was a conflicted character looking for love and hope when all else seems to point to the hopeless. She is a character that held on with all she had even when confronted with unimaginable circumstances and what senseless acts her father may have committed. Enter the new vineyard manager her father hired just before he died, and Tressa has the makings of a romantic, dark, and mysterious hero. Donegan Vance is an interesting character. I knew him to be a hero, yet he was at times a darkly mysterious and conflicted himself. Especially with the secrets he withheld from Tressa. There is also a bevy of other characters in search and in want of the hidden fortune and poor Tress is not sure who to trust- if anyone. One of the things I really liked about this book was at the beginning of each chapter we are given advice on how to take care of the grape vines from the notebook of a viticulturist (a new word for me). There were so much spiritual connotations that could be taken away from the way the vines and branches work. It was really a great word picture of the verse in John 15:5 when Jesus talks about the vine and branches. If you are looking for a little mystery, a little romance, and a bit of gothic adventure I recommend this sophomore novel by author Politano. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
LoraineN 3 months ago
Lyrical, intimate, haunting, and romantic. I was drawn to the heroine’s struggle to trust God and love when she lacked in affection from those closest to her. True love made its way to her and I rejoiced when she found it. This story was unusual in that the heroine’s point of view (Tressa) is in first person, but the hero’s point of view (Donegan), is in third person. It took me some time to get used to that and it served to make me feel closer to Tressa. Full Review is at my website. I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Revell Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed her are my own.
booksandbeverages 3 months ago
“You can tell the quality of a man’s soul with one look at what he creates, for what he’s poured into his creation has come from within.” Notebook of a viticulturist If you’re a fan of Inspirational historical romance, then you need to have Joanna Davidson Politano on your radar. I absolutely adored her debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, and in her sophomore novel, Politano once again brings an intriguing plot to readers. There were plenty of plot twists throughout and to the very end. With reminders of the way God will work in any situation, readers who relish strong faith themes and romance, will enjoy seeing Tressa’s journey and faith grow throughout the novel. Who is an author you’ve recently become a fan of? (Thank you to Revell for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
Blooming-with-Books 4 months ago
Excellent Reading... A Rumored Fortune By Joanna Davidson Politano Tressa Harlowe can hardly contain her excitement she is returning home to her beloved Trevelyan Castle - summoned she is sure by her father. But nothing is how she expected it to be - her father is dead and creditors are demanding their debts be paid. But the Harlowe family fortune is a thing of legend - hidden away years ago and Tressa has no idea where it lies. With time against Tressa needs help but to whom she should turn that is a matter of trust. Donegan Vance has a daunting task before him - hired by Josiah Harlowe as the vineyard manager seems easy enough hard work for a more than generous salary. But the laborers of Trevelyan have been paid sporadically and the estate's funds at present are non-existent. But Donegan needs the money he was promised and it seems that helping Tressa Harlowe find her father's hidden fortune may be his only option. But Tressa isn't the only one interested in finding her father's fortune and those she'd once have welcomed with open arms in this time of grief may very well be those who are working against her. With threats, suspicions, and danger closing in Tressa finds herself learning truths she never knew while relying, somewhat unwillingly, on the estate's new manager. But does Donegan Vance truly have her best interests at heart or is him merely another fortune hunter here to claim his piece? This book is set in 1866, England and while a historical fiction there is a definite but subtle undercurrent of mystery running throughout it. A daughter who has always felt alone. A father she never truly knew. A mother always in need of pampering and care. A cousin and his less than happy wife. An old suitor who had once broken her heart. The kindly doctor. The new estate manager. The staff she's known her whole life. And her father's notebooks. These all combine is a most delightful story that will touch the reader's heart as Tressa works through her emotions at her sudden and unexpected change in circumstance. This is a journey of discovery of who she is and who those around her are. This is a most lovely reading excursion and one not to be missed the characters are both complex and yet identifiable. One wants to be wanted not for possessions but for who one truly is at their heart. The need to be understood is a driving force for the main characters and one most can probably relate to on some level. This would make an excellent book club selection and I highly recommend it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
parmilespages 4 months ago
Tressa Harlowe isn’t expecting her summons home to be filled with the grief of the news of her father’s death. And now she has a chateau full of people who want her father’s hidden fortune and others from the village looking for payment toward her father’s debts. Among the newcomers at the chateau is the blunt, chivalrous and mysterious vineyard manager, which her father hired just before his death. All Tressa really wants is her father back and the closeness of a father’s love. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the quote at the beginning of each chapter from the notebook of a viticulturist and the way these quotes foreshadowed and/or paralleled the chapter contents. Tressa was a complex and loving heroine. And as she dealt with the problems of keeping her father’s failing vineyard afloat, she finds strength she didn’t know existed within her. These difficulties propel Tressa to see her relationship to God with a new perspective. Woven throughout the plot is Tressa’s spiritual maturing as she comes to see God as the constant and enduring vine she must cling to. This story was full of mystery and a wonderful cast of diverse and needy characters. There were many underlining agendas among the characters, creating interesting twists and turns in the story. Written in first person for the majority of the narrative, the reader follows Tressa’s point of view on the plot, which sometimes doesn’t reveal the true picture of events until the end when the entire truth is uncovered. The other portion of the story is written from Donegan’s point of view, the vineyard manager’s, which balances nicely against Tressa’a frame of reference. I would highly recommend reading this historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
Sprinkle23 4 months ago
A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano oozes with mystery starting with the dark book cover and continuing inside the pages. I rooted for Tressa Harlowe as she searched for the family fortune and enjoyed watching her character persevere through obstacles. Her situations challenged and forced new growth in her. Good character development, coupled with her plucky personality, made her a very likeable protagonist. The plot held my attention as it navigated twists and turns. Though there was attraction and romance between Tressa and Donegan Vance, I think the mystery dominated the story. In conclusion, the A Rumored Fortune entertains and will likely appeal to fans of historical, Christian romances. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
irishniff 4 months ago
Joanna Davidson Politano’s second novel is excellent. A Rumored Fortune takes the reader to England, to visit a castle with failing vineyards. A wonderful romance is woven together with an engrossing suspense as the characters search for hidden treasure. The thing that I like most about this book is the subtle way that the heroine learns lessons about herself, the people surrounding her and about her faith. Using beautiful illustrations of tending the vineyard, Politano communicates truth for our world today. I am already looking forward to Politano’s next book! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.