About the Book:
Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.
Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.
Clever plot twists and an unexpected ending pepper Davidson Politano’s sophomore offering making for a page turner you can’t put down! Surrounded by a mother who wants to maintain her elite lifestyle, a cousin who suddenly wants to renew their childhood kinship, and a suitor who wants to keep his interest hush-hush, Tressa Harlowe finds herself questioning who she can trust as she desperately searches for her father’s lost fortune. She finds both a nemesis and a friend in Donegan Vance, the last employee her father hired before his untimely death. I loved the dynamics between these two and especially found Donegan’s blatant honesty refreshing. Also special was Donegan’s quiet love and protection of Tressa even when she blanched at a relationship with him. I found myself trying to guess where the treasure was hidden along with all of the characters. While the end location was not that surprising, the back-story behind how- and why- the treasure landed where it did was a great end to this suspense knockout!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. 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.
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