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    An Author to Watch

    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.
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    Beautifully Layered with Mystery and Intrigue!

    "Do you see, God? Do you see where I am? The mess my life is? Everything has been taken from me, and soon my freedom will be gone, too. " Grief stricken upon returning home to an empty castle, her father presumed dead and her mother emotionally disconnected from the loss, Tressa Harlowe feels the weight of her future teetering precariously upon her young shoulders. Added to the turmoil is the fact that there appears to be no money in the family coffers, while rumors circle about of a hidden family fortune, drawing greedy friends and unpaid lenders to the estate in droves. How could her father have left his beloved Trevelynn Castle and its lush, prosperous vineyards in such a state of turmoil? When the newly hired estate manager offers sage advice, Tressa cannot help but be wary of Donegan Vance; his rugged physique, brash manners, and plain spoken words seem to splay her feeble attempts at decision making wide open. Caught between her mother's attempts at matchmaking, the ominous threat of a workers' revolt and a pending criminal investigation, only one man rises to her defense and it's not the one she would have expected. Beautifully layered with mystique, "A Rumored Fortune" hides its secrets well and exposes both the strengths and the frailties of its characters, leading readers back to the source of life; the strength of the vine depending upon the decisions of the vine dresser, who patiently and lovingly issues the invitation to "connect". "Pruning involves difficult decisions. It's about removing growth, even what is good and beautiful, to attain something far better."
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