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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 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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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 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.

30 review for A Rumored Fortune

  1. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Simply fabulous Victorian Era novel! What's not to love about a treasure hunt? In A Rumored Fortune Tressa Harlowe (and several family members) are searching for a hidden treasure. Tressa wants to save her family home and vineyard. The analogies of the vineyard to her life added to the novel. Each chapter begins with a quote by a viticulturist. Joanna Politano continues to deliver elegant writing in the midst of mystery. There were several twists and turns that kept me guessing. Pure joy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Charming, mysterious, romantic, fun, and swoon-worthy, A Rumored Fortune is Politano’s second novel, and, wow, does it deliver for this reader. There is such a strong atmosphere to sink into within these pages. The setting is a castle, its grounds home to a vineyard. Though her castle home is important and much loved, it is the vineyard that captured Tressa's mind, as it had previously captured her father's before his mysterious death. However, both castle and vineyard have the funds that they n Charming, mysterious, romantic, fun, and swoon-worthy, A Rumored Fortune is Politano’s second novel, and, wow, does it deliver for this reader. There is such a strong atmosphere to sink into within these pages. The setting is a castle, its grounds home to a vineyard. Though her castle home is important and much loved, it is the vineyard that captured Tressa's mind, as it had previously captured her father's before his mysterious death. However, both castle and vineyard have the funds that they need to keep going, as her father's fortune is hidden in a place that only he knew. I adored Tressa’s character. Though Victorian Era heroines often have the misfortune of things happening to them rather than making things happen (which while aggravating to modern thought, is probably more realistic), Tressa is a realistic balance of delicate yet driven. She’s not afraid of doing things on her own but is also acutely aware of her own vulnerability and still bound to an extent to society’s expectations. The secondary characters are by turns intriguing, suspicious, and charming. I loved the relationship between Tressa and her lady’s maid, Lucy. Of course, her burgeoning friendship with Donegan Vance, the man her father hired to care for the vineyard captured my attention with ease, while her re-introduction to her former suitor, Andrew Carrington, made me question everyone’s motives, especially with a vast fortune involved. The faith element is strong throughout the novel, and while alluded to often, it always feels genuine and in keeping with the characters themselves. I found it to be refreshing and well-done; it is especially neat the way the care and keeping of a vineyard ties in so well with Tressa’s personal journey in such a natural way. This is only the tenth novel this year that I’ve given five stars. The exquisite blend of lovely writing, endearing characters, mysterious plot, and a gorgeous romance make A Rumored Fortune one of my favorite reads of the year! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a review, positive or otherwise, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A Rumored Fortune is a masterpiece! Joanna Davidson Politano’s debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, was on the list of my top ten fiction reads of 2017. So I was a little worried that her next novel would not live up to her stunning debut. As you can see, I loved A Rumored Fortune just as much! Ms. Politano is a master storyteller and a wordsmith! It’s hard to describe why her writing is so unique. Some words I would use are lyrical, whimsical and creative. It is such a pleasure to read the way sh A Rumored Fortune is a masterpiece! Joanna Davidson Politano’s debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, was on the list of my top ten fiction reads of 2017. So I was a little worried that her next novel would not live up to her stunning debut. As you can see, I loved A Rumored Fortune just as much! Ms. Politano is a master storyteller and a wordsmith! It’s hard to describe why her writing is so unique. Some words I would use are lyrical, whimsical and creative. It is such a pleasure to read the way she phrases sentences and paragraphs. She does a wonderful job describing people and places. I love the story and the mystery in A Rumored Fortune. It has a Gothic feel to it, reminiscent of Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. The whole novel is very atmospheric. Ms. Politano also weaves allusions to Christianity throughout her fictional story of Tressa and the hidden fortune. Tressa is a main character I fell in love with. I love how she is delicate, yet spunky. She can take care of herself, yet also asks for help when she needs it. She prays and I like how she talks with God. Our hero (who shall remain a mystery because we don’t know who to trust in the beginning) is very swoon-worthy. He also talks to God and follows his convictions to help others. You will not be disappointed with this book! Ripe (in more ways than one, as it involves a vineyard) with mystery, intrigue, danger, and secrets, you will be frantically flipping through the pages to find answers. Who can Tressa trust and where is this fortune everyone is looking for? Content: This book is a clean read. Rating: I give this book 5 stars! Genre: Christian fiction; Mystery; Historical fiction; Romance; Victorian I want to thank Joanna Davidson Politano, LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Revell for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Joanna Davidson Politano truly has a gift and I couldn’t be more excited to read another book of hers! How’d you define wealth? A fortune? Tressa Harlowe can be deemed to have both, living in a castle in a big estate where income comes from the wits of her father who has grown a vineyard in a place people claimed to be impossible. Still, her life seems to be defined by what she doesn’t have: a title, a sensible mother, honest friendships... and the love of a father. It’s heartbreaking to see this lo Joanna Davidson Politano truly has a gift and I couldn’t be more excited to read another book of hers! How’d you define wealth? A fortune? Tressa Harlowe can be deemed to have both, living in a castle in a big estate where income comes from the wits of her father who has grown a vineyard in a place people claimed to be impossible. Still, her life seems to be defined by what she doesn’t have: a title, a sensible mother, honest friendships... and the love of a father. It’s heartbreaking to see this lovely girl hope beyond all hope to redeem her father; a hope that not even death can tear her from. Determined to fight for her family’s legacy, Tressa is willing to all she can to outsmart treasure hunters and find the fortune first, even if it means paring up with the mysterious new vine master who seems to have come out of the midst that started bringing doom into her life. However, old expectations don't dry up fast and can be misplaced. Will Tressa find wisdom and strength in time to discern the truth? And the truth is more than seeing people beyond their masks, but Tressa's own heart and judgement. I adore a good character driven story, and this book did not disappoint. All lessons learned by Tressa are encouraging and applicable, though I confess at moments at moments I just wanted to shake her. That ending though <3 Overall, very well plotted mystery, engaging characters who are more than you judge them at first, and beautiful writing - nothing short from what I've come to expect from Joanna. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. This is my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    4.5 stars! A really enjoyable read with both plot and characters that will have you turning the pages. Beyond that, though, I immensely appreciated the spiritual themes of grafting and connecting to the true Vine.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What an absolute delight it was to read A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano. Ripe with analogies and a handsome hero, this is a book you will not be able to put down. Did you notice my use of the word "ripe"? This wonderful book, while a great read that will get you lost in the main mystery, uses John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing," as it's central theme. Tressa Harlowe is an heire What an absolute delight it was to read A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano. Ripe with analogies and a handsome hero, this is a book you will not be able to put down. Did you notice my use of the word "ripe"? This wonderful book, while a great read that will get you lost in the main mystery, uses John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing," as it's central theme. ​Tressa Harlowe is an heiress without a fortune and is not sure who to trust when old beaus, family and strangers appear on her doorstep after the death of her father. All of them are looking for her father's lost treasure, and Tressa is finding it hard to decide who to trust. But with the help of Donegan Vance her, her vineyard manager, she learns who to believe in the most. ​I loved the mystery, the romance and the lessons learned. I highly recommend this book! Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I have read Joanna Davidson Politano's first novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, and it was like nothing I ever read before. Chalked full of mystery and a unique Victorian voice. So of course, when I read the synopsis on her second novel, A Rumored Fortune, I couldn't wait to dive into a treasure hunt in a castle in the Victorian era. Unfortunately the book fell flat for me. Politano does a fabulous job at creating the setting and allowing me to experience the world of Trevelyan Castle. The house and I have read Joanna Davidson Politano's first novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, and it was like nothing I ever read before. Chalked full of mystery and a unique Victorian voice. So of course, when I read the synopsis on her second novel, A Rumored Fortune, I couldn't wait to dive into a treasure hunt in a castle in the Victorian era. Unfortunately the book fell flat for me. Politano does a fabulous job at creating the setting and allowing me to experience the world of Trevelyan Castle. The house and the surrounding city sparkled on the page. Politano dives into the characters' emotions at the right time and the right place. Sometimes a little too much. She does write the main character of Tressa Harlowe in first point of view, but the hero, Mr. Vance, in third point of view. I enjoy the ability of Tressa to see past the outward appearance of all the other characters. She looks for the best in others and wants to settle everything up right, either with the employees who work for her families vineyard or the debts her father has accumulated. Meanwhile when Mr. Vance enters the story, he is on the hunt for treasure to right the wrongs done to his small hometown. By the end of the novel, he realizes he doesn't have to hurt someone else to accomplish these little tasks. What is better than a hunt for treasure during the Victorian era in a castle? I really couldn't wait to see how the story develop. But for me, it was slow going. The way the story is written, the story focuses more on the emotions of Tressa than the treasure hunt. Every time, it seemed, she came on the scene, she was more focused on Mr. Vance and her budding relationship with him or what she should do with Andrew than worried about hunting for the rumored fortune. She did focus on the treasure hunt at times, but I think she should be doing more to find the treasure than she did. At the beginning of the novel, Tressa seemed immature in her reasonings for a relationship, but by the end of the novel, she finally realized what makes a man a man. Someone who is willing to help someone without any known reward. Tressa leaned on God more to fulfill her purpose in life. Overall, A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano is a neat idea with the race for the treasure and the mysteries behind the house, but it fell flat for me. The plot didn't move fast enough, and most of the story focused on the romance of Tressa than the treasure left by her father. If you like historical romances like The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen, then this might be the book for you. I received a complimentary copy of A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Excellent sophomore offering from Politano! The mystery and family dynamics are intriguing and kept me turning pages, but it is the Biblical parallels that make this book shine above others in the genre. The beautiful word pictures of vines, branches, grafting, and nourishing the vines are amazing and will lead the reader closer to God with these descriptions. The characters are human, flawed, yet most of them are striving to be better versions of themselves. The overall mystery and suspense are Excellent sophomore offering from Politano! The mystery and family dynamics are intriguing and kept me turning pages, but it is the Biblical parallels that make this book shine above others in the genre. The beautiful word pictures of vines, branches, grafting, and nourishing the vines are amazing and will lead the reader closer to God with these descriptions. The characters are human, flawed, yet most of them are striving to be better versions of themselves. The overall mystery and suspense are excellently laid out and there are many surprising twists that I did not see coming (always a bonus!). This book has widespread appeal to any Christian fiction lover--historical, mystery, adventure, romance--it has it all. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Another intriguing Victorian mystery! A heroine whose life circumstances seem bleak, surrounded by people not sure she can trust, Tressa's story draws the perfect picture of a soul in need of rescue. Set in 1866, along the coast of England, this story has all the elements of a Gothic romance: a creepy, mysterious castle on a hill, characters who all had something to hide, and a treasure hunt that takes a dangerous turn. The author does a good job of creating emotional tension, telling the story t Another intriguing Victorian mystery! A heroine whose life circumstances seem bleak, surrounded by people not sure she can trust, Tressa's story draws the perfect picture of a soul in need of rescue. Set in 1866, along the coast of England, this story has all the elements of a Gothic romance: a creepy, mysterious castle on a hill, characters who all had something to hide, and a treasure hunt that takes a dangerous turn. The author does a good job of creating emotional tension, telling the story through Tressa's viewpoint, and made me feel her growing despair. I wanted to slap a few characters and send them packing, but was convicted at the grace Tressa shows them; it truly was undeserved. I liked how she finally sees that God is the only true source of hope for her life, and stops feeling so alone and abandoned. "The only perfect father is the one in heaven." The theme of greed and its consequences are shown in multiple ways. The 'good guys' and the 'bad guys' take awhile to sort out, adding to the mystery and leading up to a perfect ending, with an 'a-ha!' moment or two wedged in. Recommend to readers who enjoy a clean read with mystery and romance in a historical setting. (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Love the story, the characters, and the beautifully woven tale of time. I think most of all I enjoyed the faith theme and the allegory of the vine! What a tremendous way to weave a story and tie it together with a vine...The Vine. This is a thought provoking book with so much contained in its pages I had to give it one of my rare five stars. Tressa had my heart. She was alone, so alone...with a heart full of love ready to share. The things she learns about life, herself, and her Heavenly Father a Love the story, the characters, and the beautifully woven tale of time. I think most of all I enjoyed the faith theme and the allegory of the vine! What a tremendous way to weave a story and tie it together with a vine...The Vine. This is a thought provoking book with so much contained in its pages I had to give it one of my rare five stars. Tressa had my heart. She was alone, so alone...with a heart full of love ready to share. The things she learns about life, herself, and her Heavenly Father are wonderful and add a great “coming of age”feel to the book. The plot of looking for a treasure is not new, but this author makes it into something totally different. The mystery behind it drives the reader to continue into the night, and the learning of real treasure gives this book a depth I truly loved. I also loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It was a lovely touch to a wonderful read that will have a spot on my forever shelves. Do yourself a favor, and make sure to read this one!! This book is truly well done. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Quotes from A Rumored Fortune: ...He’s bringing you to life. It takes a harsh summer to yield abundance in the vineyards. Perhaps this is your summer.” What’s left, God? To what am I even still connected that I might draw life? Who-...the eternal Vine from Scripture. I clung to that vine as a band released from around my heart, exploding with understanding and exaltation. I’m not required to impress my enemies. Only to love them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Heath

    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 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    In this historical romance set during the Victorian era we find a destitute heiress and her greedy relatives competing in a fast-paced treasure hunt to find a vast fortune hidden somewhere on a vineyard estate in the south of England. This is a cute story that is mainly told through Tressa Harlowe’s viewpoint. Although it has a religious undertone it provides a lot of intrigue within its pages to have kept me interested from the starting point. Anyways, who doesn’t love a treasure hunt which is p In this historical romance set during the Victorian era we find a destitute heiress and her greedy relatives competing in a fast-paced treasure hunt to find a vast fortune hidden somewhere on a vineyard estate in the south of England. This is a cute story that is mainly told through Tressa Harlowe’s viewpoint. Although it has a religious undertone it provides a lot of intrigue within its pages to have kept me interested from the starting point. Anyways, who doesn’t love a treasure hunt which is paired with wonderful characters and plunges the members of a family into an exciting mystery, no doubt, you will inevitably end up with a pretty good story one that will have you flipping the pages to see the end result. Clean style, no inappropriate language nor profound spiritual truths emanating throughout, this book is elegantly penned for all to enjoy. Along the way, we learn some ins and outs about vineyards and passages in Scripture concerning vines. Not a bad mix. I enjoyed many of the characters but my favourite is Donegan Vance, he is blunt, kind and loyal, a stark contrast from most other players in this story. Tressa is a soul in need of rescue and the author’s words highlights her growing despair. God is her only source of hope till she reached the moment of sudden insight…..awe…..and love is in the air……..These two individuals made the whole story a charm to read. I received this ARC from the publisher via the First Reviewers Program

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    “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 remin “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.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first book I have read by this author. It is a good one. I liked the storyline. The cast of characters are fine. Although, I wish that I could have said that the characters were great. This is what I was hoping for. There were glimpses of this but not enough throughout the story. For which is a shame; as the story would have been brought to life better if I had felt a stronger connection to the characters. Tressa was likable. She really did try her best to help people even if she had This is the first book I have read by this author. It is a good one. I liked the storyline. The cast of characters are fine. Although, I wish that I could have said that the characters were great. This is what I was hoping for. There were glimpses of this but not enough throughout the story. For which is a shame; as the story would have been brought to life better if I had felt a stronger connection to the characters. Tressa was likable. She really did try her best to help people even if she had to get her hands dirty. There was a romance that did form in this story. It was sweet but had feelings. However, it didn't matter as again, I could not really feel that emotional connection to the characters. While, I may have only "liked" this book, I would read another one by this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I loved it! What an incredible story! Tressa Harlowe's father always said, he had a fortune hidden somewhere. He promised to tell Tressa where the fortune was hidden before he died. Tressa and her mother are traveling when they receive a message they are to return home immediately. Upon their arrival they are informed Tressa's father is dead. I am still savoring this story. The reader is transported to Trevelyn Castle for a treasure hunt. Tressa is a strong heroine and very likable. Of course, th I loved it! What an incredible story! Tressa Harlowe's father always said, he had a fortune hidden somewhere. He promised to tell Tressa where the fortune was hidden before he died. Tressa and her mother are traveling when they receive a message they are to return home immediately. Upon their arrival they are informed Tressa's father is dead. I am still savoring this story. The reader is transported to Trevelyn Castle for a treasure hunt. Tressa is a strong heroine and very likable. Of course, there is a mysterious, masculine hero. Untrustworthy fortune hunters abound along with unhappy workers of the vineyard and creditors demanding payment. And! The analogies are wonderful! 5 ***** highly recommend stars! I am looking forward to the author's next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    Wow! I am so impressed. What a pleasurable read filled with mystery and intrigue. A Rumored Fortune is an excellently woven story that kept me glued to the pages. I did not figure out who the villain was - not before the author wanted me to. There is a budding romance with plenty of intrigue around the hero. Can he be trusted? Does he have alternative motives to win the heroine? Like a rumored fortune? This was such a delightful read. I love the author's writing style and voice. And the heroine a Wow! I am so impressed. What a pleasurable read filled with mystery and intrigue. A Rumored Fortune is an excellently woven story that kept me glued to the pages. I did not figure out who the villain was - not before the author wanted me to. There is a budding romance with plenty of intrigue around the hero. Can he be trusted? Does he have alternative motives to win the heroine? Like a rumored fortune? This was such a delightful read. I love the author's writing style and voice. And the heroine and hero are just wonderful. Highly recommended!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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 o 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. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    The plot behind A Rumored Fortune is an excellent one. Vineyards and secret fortunes and characters you don't know who to trust: the way the story threads all weave together at the end is satisfying and the journey there takes enough twists and turns to set it apart from many of the historical fiction novels that I've read. I loved how many of the characters--especially the secondary ones--were multi-layered and not defined solely by one characteristic. No one's motives were completely obvious, The plot behind A Rumored Fortune is an excellent one. Vineyards and secret fortunes and characters you don't know who to trust: the way the story threads all weave together at the end is satisfying and the journey there takes enough twists and turns to set it apart from many of the historical fiction novels that I've read. I loved how many of the characters--especially the secondary ones--were multi-layered and not defined solely by one characteristic. No one's motives were completely obvious, and even less-than-likable characters had facets to them that made them sympathetic. However, I felt that it didn't quite live up to what I wanted it to be; my problem with the book is that I wanted a meaty, Gothic mystery and it never quite escaped the trap of the "Christian Romance" genre. Granted, some people really like this, and that's what they want. I don't mind romance; in certain contexts, I love it. But I tend to like my romance driven by the story, rather than the story driven by the romance, and that's not entirely what I got here. I felt like the book really picked up its stride in the last few chapters, but ultimately I feel like it was a novel somewhat hindered by the expectations of its own genre, if that makes sense. But, to end on a more positive note: props to whoever designed this cover. It's such a great departure from what's usually seen for historical fiction from Christian publishers, and while some of the more typical covers are quite pretty, I really am fond of this one, which reminds me of Bleak House or Little Dorrit. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    There's a lovely Gothic flavor to this story, with an old castle, rumors of hidden treasure, and a possible saboteur. Tressa is a sweet, creative heroine, but no doormat. And while Donegan is a little rough around the edges and apt to jump to wrong conclusions where she is concerned, he's also a wonderfully wise and thoughtful hero. There is a lot of food for thought--and biblical teaching--in this story, the most obvious being the metaphor of the vine and the branches. But there's also God's rol There's a lovely Gothic flavor to this story, with an old castle, rumors of hidden treasure, and a possible saboteur. Tressa is a sweet, creative heroine, but no doormat. And while Donegan is a little rough around the edges and apt to jump to wrong conclusions where she is concerned, he's also a wonderfully wise and thoughtful hero. There is a lot of food for thought--and biblical teaching--in this story, the most obvious being the metaphor of the vine and the branches. But there's also God's role as Father--the perfect Father our human father can never be. I appreciated that though Tressa often turns to God, it takes a long time to learn that God is the only one she can lean on, trust implicitly, and be loved by unconditionally--one of those simple things that we ourselves should know, yet it can be just as difficult for us to learn as for Tressa. I thought it interesting how money proved to be an idol in so many different ways in the story--in the traditional sense for Tressa's mother; as something hated by Tressa's father yet given the power to consume his thoughts and cloud his dealings with everyone, including his daughter; in Donegan's case, not as something to be loved or hated, but rather the key to righting his mistakes; as a (deceptive) form of security for Tressa's cousins. How easy is it for us to fall into the same traps? It's a lovely story, with beautiful, lyrical writing. I look forward to more from the author! Thank you Revell for the complimentary book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    From the moment the black-cloaked rider on his massive stallion thundered toward the mistress of Trevelyan Castle, I was held captive within the pages of this magnificent Victorian era gothic novel! Trevelyan—with its legends, secrets, lush vineyards, and rumors of a vast hidden fortune. Heiress of Trevelyan, Tressa Harlowe, is spirited, bewitching, and beautiful. And oh, so alone in spite of those who flock to the castle hoping to find the infamous hidden treasure there. Who shall capture the l From the moment the black-cloaked rider on his massive stallion thundered toward the mistress of Trevelyan Castle, I was held captive within the pages of this magnificent Victorian era gothic novel! Trevelyan—with its legends, secrets, lush vineyards, and rumors of a vast hidden fortune. Heiress of Trevelyan, Tressa Harlowe, is spirited, bewitching, and beautiful. And oh, so alone in spite of those who flock to the castle hoping to find the infamous hidden treasure there. Who shall capture the lovely Tressa's heart and who can she trust?...the handsome vineyard manager, Donegan Vance, with plenty of secrets of his own or Edward Carrington, the man she once loved and lost? Lovers of Julie Klassen, Charlotte Bronte, and Victoria Holt will find themselves totally enthralled with 'A Rumored Fortune'. Politano has a unique poetic voice, so much so that I found myself re-reading sections just for the sheer beauty of her prose. Breathtaking romance, twisty secrets, and godly wisdom all intertwine amongst the grapevines making this one unforgettable read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Voss

    A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano completely surprised me. I didn't know what to expect when I requested this book from Netgalley. All I saw was an intriguing title and book cover. Little did I know what a treat I was in for. Complete with everything from castles to hidden treasure, damsels in distress to heroes in uncommon places, this book pulled out all the stops and gave me an adventure I never expected. Venturing forth into this story truly was like seeing a movie running before A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano completely surprised me. I didn't know what to expect when I requested this book from Netgalley. All I saw was an intriguing title and book cover. Little did I know what a treat I was in for. Complete with everything from castles to hidden treasure, damsels in distress to heroes in uncommon places, this book pulled out all the stops and gave me an adventure I never expected. Venturing forth into this story truly was like seeing a movie running before my eyes. Politano filled her pages with well developed characters, clever nuances, plot twists, and thought provoking symbolism that added surprising depth to what otherwise might have just been another adventure story. I found myself riveted, because this wasn't your typical predictable plot. It was a breathtaking journey into discovery of self, family, and truth. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions in this review are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    K P

    The soon-to-be released, A Rumored Fortune, is the latest from Joanna Davidson Politano. I was excited to get an early look at Joanna's newest book! There are many mysteries contained in this tale. It begins with the death of Tressa Harlowe's father, Josiah. His body is never found, only his empty boat floating close to shore. Next, Tressa and her mother must somehow locate where her father's fortune has been hidden. They have debts and employees to pay! Tressa starts searching for the missing for The soon-to-be released, A Rumored Fortune, is the latest from Joanna Davidson Politano. I was excited to get an early look at Joanna's newest book! There are many mysteries contained in this tale. It begins with the death of Tressa Harlowe's father, Josiah. His body is never found, only his empty boat floating close to shore. Next, Tressa and her mother must somehow locate where her father's fortune has been hidden. They have debts and employees to pay! Tressa starts searching for the missing fortune with the help of Donegan Vance, her father's newest manager for his vineyard. They must not only attempt to find where the fortune is hidden, they also must hold at bay the hoard of relatives and opportunists, who want to get their hands on the money! This tale was a bit more laborious to read than her first book, Lady Jane Disappears; however, in the end, this latest book is worth the read! I received a copy to read and review from Netgalley.com.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I love how the authors mind worked here, a man dies and relatives and others come from everywhere to get a share of his fortune. The main points here are fortune and death, there is no body, and now a strange man claims he was hired to restore the vineyard be the deceased. Quite a man at that, and the more I read of him the more I liked him. There are answers and many surprises here, keep reading you won’t be disappointed. I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a p I love how the authors mind worked here, a man dies and relatives and others come from everywhere to get a share of his fortune. The main points here are fortune and death, there is no body, and now a strange man claims he was hired to restore the vineyard be the deceased. Quite a man at that, and the more I read of him the more I liked him. There are answers and many surprises here, keep reading you won’t be disappointed. I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: A Rumored Fortune Author: Joanna Davidson Politano Pages: 416 Year: 2018 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Lady Jane Disappears is the first book and now we get the sequel titled, A Rumored Fortune. These are just excellent books! Plus, there is a teaser for another book I suspect that will come out in 2019! The novels are a continuing tale focusing on Tressa, who is a daughter caught between her parents’ loveless marriage and fighting. Tressa is a woman of unique character whose fa Title: A Rumored Fortune Author: Joanna Davidson Politano Pages: 416 Year: 2018 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Lady Jane Disappears is the first book and now we get the sequel titled, A Rumored Fortune. These are just excellent books! Plus, there is a teaser for another book I suspect that will come out in 2019! The novels are a continuing tale focusing on Tressa, who is a daughter caught between her parents’ loveless marriage and fighting. Tressa is a woman of unique character whose faith is an example of wrestling through tough issues of the heart, and the actions of others. When Tressa meets the man her father hired to care for the vineyard, she is stunned by his looks, the way he tends the vine and how multi-faceted his character. When Tressa returns to her home, she notices the various looks of the people in town, the many who show up on her doorstep to demand payment for bills along with others who are coming to her because they believe her father’s fortune is in her possession or still to be found. Joanna’s writing is special, and this story’s ending was a surprise just as in the first novel, Lady Jane Disappears, turned out to be. The depth of plot, mystery, many uniquely crafted players that seem almost real kept me turning pages for hours. Reading her novels is bittersweet because I enjoy them so much and yet when I complete one, I am already salivating for her next work. Read and enjoy her tales like you would eating your favorite food, slowly so you can enjoy the richness and flavor of the book. Expect to be touched in the heart, mind and soul when you finish A Rumored Fortune!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Sher

    Joanna Politano has a way of crafting stories, characters, and settings and then molding and enriching them before your eyes as you read. I was intrigued, and enraptured, from beginning to end. Can't wait for her next one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A Rumored Fortune is a great fabulous new release by Joanna Davidson Politano. I enjoyed travelling back in time to the Victorian era. I like the elements that were intertwined with the history that included mystery, suspense, romance and intrigue. Tressa was not a character I like at the beginning but she grew on about a quarter of the way through. I give A Rumored Fortune a well deserved five plus stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    A Rumored Fortuneby Joanna Davidson PolitanoRevellChristianPub Date 31 Jul 2018I am reviewing a copy of A Rumored Fortune through Revell and Netgalley: Tressa Harlowe’s Father dies suddenly with a hidden fortune somewhere on his estate in Southern England. He did not trust banks nor did he trust his greedy family members so he kept the fortune hidden. Tressa and her Mother who is in failing health are left a Mansion and a large vineyard with no funds to run them. Before long a flock of opportunist 
A Rumored Fortune
by Joanna Davidson Politano
Revell
Christian
Pub Date 31 Jul 2018
I am reviewing a copy of A Rumored Fortune through Revell and Netgalley:
 Tressa Harlowe’s Father dies suddenly with a hidden fortune somewhere on his estate in Southern England. He did not trust banks nor did he trust his greedy family members so he kept the fortune hidden. Tressa and her Mother who is in failing health are left a Mansion and a large vineyard with no funds to run them. Before long a flock of opportunist come to the mansion acting as if they are offering condolenscenceswhen in reality they are after the hidden fortune. Tressa will have to work with the rough and rustic vineyard manager to keep the laborers content even though they have no money to pay them. And shell have to find her Father’s fortune before someone else does. I give A Rumored Fortune five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cayla

    The book is written for Christian audiences, so you don't have to worry about reading anything inappropriate. When I read the synopsis, I thought this book would be loaded with intrigue and mystery and keep me on my toes. But it didn't. I found it difficult to keep reading during the first half because it seemed to be going at an awfully slow pace. I wasn't feeling the pull. I didn't feel that yearning to read more. The second half got better. It felt like things were finally picking up. Not sur The book is written for Christian audiences, so you don't have to worry about reading anything inappropriate. When I read the synopsis, I thought this book would be loaded with intrigue and mystery and keep me on my toes. But it didn't. I found it difficult to keep reading during the first half because it seemed to be going at an awfully slow pace. I wasn't feeling the pull. I didn't feel that yearning to read more. The second half got better. It felt like things were finally picking up. Not sure I would read this again, but I'm giving it four stars simply because it's a clean book and I know that other Christians would appreciate knowing about this book. *Special Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mavis

    I really loved this book! Filled with mystery, a clever, kind and strong heroine and a tall, dark and mysterious hero to boot. The writing style was deeply enjoyable, beautifully written and ripe with strong imagery, once I started reading I had a difficult time putting it down. I especially loved the top of every chapter starting with a tiny anecdote. I will admit, some of the plot twists were a tad predictable, but overall this was a fantastic read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae

    A Rumored Fortune is a book that is best read slowly and thoughtfully in order to gleam the deepest implications hidden beneath the vines of Trevelyan. As Tressa is struggling with how to make ends meet while searching for her father's lost fortune, she is faced with many realities in life she hadn't before been forced to think about. Turning to her father's old journal entries, Tressa calls on the help of newcomer Donegan Vance to help her translate them so that she can seek out clues as to whe A Rumored Fortune is a book that is best read slowly and thoughtfully in order to gleam the deepest implications hidden beneath the vines of Trevelyan. As Tressa is struggling with how to make ends meet while searching for her father's lost fortune, she is faced with many realities in life she hadn't before been forced to think about. Turning to her father's old journal entries, Tressa calls on the help of newcomer Donegan Vance to help her translate them so that she can seek out clues as to where the treasure may be hidden. But in truth, Tressa and her mother aren't the only ones looking for the fortune. Trevelyan is littered with people in search of the same prize. It lights a fire under Tressa to be the first to make the discovery. Each chapter in the story starts with a quote that on the surface is about tending a vineyard, but on a deeper level reveals life truths. One example is from chapter 4: "Force a vine to struggle and you give it a better chance at life. For any vine that has to reach its roots deep into the soil to find water and cling heartily to the guide wire against the wind will have a firm anchor to withstand any climate. -- Notebook of a viticulturist" you could easily spend several minutes meditating on each of the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. When we view them in terms of God being the vine and us the branches, it gives a whole new appreciation for the journey we see the characters on. It enables us to put ourselves in their shoes and question our own motives in the choices we make. Tressa's character really intrigued me. She seemed like a very sweet character, but you could also see how her upbringing shaped her as a person in her society. She was raised in privilege and was never in fear of her needs being met. As the story unfolds and she starts to question the very presence of a fortune, the real shaping of her character begins. When you look at her as the branch being shaped and not just the actual vineyard, you start to see her in a whole new light. Each day she's faced with the choice of giving-in to defeat, or digging her roots deeper to become who she's meant to be. While the story was well-written, I have to admit that I struggled in places to get into it. There was a lot of deep thought to be had in each situation, but I feel that the depth was given to the words instead of the characters. I appreciate the author's way with words and ability to create vivid imagery, but I admit that I was often lost in it, losing sight of what was really going on. If you prefer a slower-paced, thought-provoking read, then this is the perfect book for you to check out. While I had some pros and cons to the story, overall I greatly enjoyed it myself. Joanna has a very impressive way with words, and I'm sure I'll be reading more from her in the future. *I received a complimentary copy from the Revell Publishing. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

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