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A Rumored Fortune

By: Joanna Davidson Politano
Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
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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?

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.

©2018 Joanna Davidson Politano (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Warn me if book is Christian or religion-oriented

I wish audible would label inspirational or religious laden literature so I wouldn't have to waste my time returning these books. I'll just have to start looking up the author before I buy a title since audible isn't going to warn me. Amazon at least indicates if an author is a Christian or other inspirational type of writer - much easier to avoid.

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Why God?

I was really enjoying this book until it took a weirdly religious turn. Out of no where Tressa is all “god are you there”, “help me God”, blah blah blah. It was really off putting. This book didn’t have to be loaded with racy sex scenes but it sure didn’t need to feel like this author was jamming her beliefs down my throat.
It was super misleading reading the summary of this book to make it seem like any other romance novel to have it turn out to be a thinly veiled religious pamphlet.

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  • EJ
  • 11-13-20

Delicious

What a delightful story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening. It had a nice mix of mystery, romance and food for thought.

Some reviews suggested offense with the fact that the main character sometimes threw out a plea of help from God. It wasn’t overdone; and personally, I prefer to hear a cry out to God, rather than a cursing Him.
I believe you will find this story well worth your time.




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Started off good and then went too religious

The book started off interesting but went towards a religious bent without warning. I don't mind a little religious/faith discussion in a book, but I wasn't expecting it and it was off-putting for me. Meant to be "inspirational" but just turned me completely off of this book. Some may like that it has a religious/Christian tone, but as I wasn't expecting it and it was pervasive, it wasn't for me.

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A Novel Full of God’s Wisdom !

This amazing book reveals story within story of God’s love, grace, and redemption in a form disguised as a mystery and romance. I highly recommend it to any reader who is searching for truth in a world that is confusing and filled with misguided assumptions and beliefs. Read it slowly so as not to overlook the treasure hidden inside.

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Glad I took a chance! Loved it!

This appears to be second book by this author and I haven’t read her first one - there were no reviews because it is brand new. I’m very happy that I took a chance! The writing is captivating. I loved the way the heroine had backbone and was surprisingly creative. I’d describe the genre as mystery/suspense with some romance. I’m interested to see what she writes next.

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Kept me guessing.......

A bit drawn out but rich characters and strong story. Christian ideals with implementation was a pleasant surprise as it inspired thought on loving your enemies. I am starting next book now!

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  • JJ
  • 09-04-20

Excellent story

Part romance, mystery, & allegory. I loved the quotes from the notebook of a viticulturist at the beginning of each chapter. I can’t wait to read more works by this author. Loved the unique voice of the narrator, too.

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Unpredictable and enjoyable but....

This book was a pleasant surprise. I loved the plot and storyline, which moved along quite well and was unpredictable at times. The message was touching and relatable (for those who have sought out a personal relationship with God).

The narration, however, left much to be desired. The narrator reads the story quite well when just narrating, its the dialogue that becomes completely obnoxious. She reads female characters in a high whiney voice - I repeatedly mistook the elderly housekeeper for a young girl. Then the male characters are read with this menacing growling gruff - I had to repeat the hero's dialogue in my head several times, telling myself he really didn't sound like the narrator made him sound. It was completely creepy and I had difficulty aligning the MC's feelings for him with mine because of how he was narrated.

Overall the book is well written but the narration is a big disappointment.

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so much begging God's intercedence

Great performance from the skillful reader. But I despair for the author's notion put forth in her novel that the intercession to God will bring forth bounty... would that were true the starving masses would not go hungry.

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  • Karoline
  • 02-17-22

Not recommended

The book is well narrated, but that is the only reason I managed to finish it. Both the story and the characters are completely unrealistic and unbelivable. It is also full of annoying religious quotes and has a naive and childish morale. The beginning is ok but it gradually gets more and more annoying.

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  • Charitti
  • 11-22-22

Good mystery for you to solve. Not preachy.

Don't be put off by the reviews about religious references as they fit and are not preachy. This is an engaging mystery with twists and turns to keep your interest. The trust in God is organic rather than forced with the intention of sermonising the reader. Good souls trying to help in an imperfect world with obstacles and plotting to stop them. A mystery for you to solve, who's the good guy and who's the bad guy?

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  • FIONA T.
  • 10-23-22

Loved it!

Charming story - learnt about vines on the way! Lots of plot twists too. Well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-22

Fantastic read

Loved the use of the vine metaphor, Tressa’s enduring love for the father was amazing despite the challenge she remained focused on his goodness💕💕

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  • Carita Karlsson
  • 10-04-22

bland det bästa jag hört!

I can not use enough strong words to tell how much I love this book. It is thrilling and so clever you can not guess the ending. It is a puzzel all the time. It is all the way nice but not to sweet. It has salt and romance and it tells you about God's restoring ability in a most fantastic way. I also love the voice of the person who reads this book. I has a warm quiet glow that makes the listening a warm joy in the soul. I love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-22

Painting a master piece

I loved this book. Everything was full of colour and texture.
It was asif the author took words instead of paint to create a beautiful Turner painting.
Magic

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  • Rebecca Foster
  • 05-28-22

very good mystery

really enjoyed this story. lots of twists and turns. beautiful images of God being the true vine and how he works in our lives to make a true connection.

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  • Digitalconvert
  • 03-21-22

Plot with potential that fails to deliver

The only reason I listened to the end, is to find out where or what the treasure was. However, the heroine in this book is so weak, she flip flops in her opinion based on what others say. The story is about moral values, yet constantly comes back to saving all with money. It's a shame; the plot has potential, and the mirroring of physical and spiritual discovery could be so powerful (even to those of us who are not religious). And then there's the narrator... when she read a man's voice, it was as though she had a sore throat, and apart from the butler, every 'man' sounded the same.

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  • Carôle
  • 01-09-22

A Religious Romance

I think if potential readers had been advised of this very obvious Christian tale - an ailing vineyard and an experienced vintner - there would not have been so many poor reviews.

As it is, it’s a very gentle, rambling tale. It’s very worthy and would appeal to Christian Cozy Mystery readers. I’m a Christian and enjoy both historical romance and cozy mysteries, yet this particular tale did not appeal to me. I did enjoy how the relevant characters relationship with God was portrayed (very realistic), but I must confess that I didn’t find ANY character particularly endearing.

The biggest stumbling block for me was, a combination of beginning each chapter with horticultural notes (I know that it had a deeper meaning, but to me it’s the same as those cozy mystery’s that start each chapter with a cake recipe - ugh!) and how wordy it was! Just a bit too descriptive for me. It was read well, but I had to speed up the narration.

There’s more vintner related prose than spiritual prose. So those who bemoaned the spiritual inclusion are more likely to be European than from elsewhere in the world (just my opinion), as I wouldn’t think that any other region of the world would be so offended by the inclusion of God in people’s everyday lives.

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  • Emerkar
  • 12-21-21

DNF at Ch7

The rambling about god and art is repetitive and rather tedious. The book has an interesting premise, but the characters and writing style do not live up to it. The author tries to “build” the characters, especially the heroine, but telling instead of showing, which would never do.
The narrator has done a decent job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-22

Must listen!

I absolutely adored this book. The main character Miss Harlow was a truely fascinating woman.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-22

An interesting easy read

It has a good plot with interesting characters. It might be wise when advertising this book that it has a distinct religious content. Didn't worry me but might annoy others.

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  • Fiona
  • 05-20-22

Absolutely brilliant!

Do yourself a favour and listen to this wonderful book. The word of God is woven all through it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-19-22

spiritual

I enjoyed the references to God and his inclusion in the story.
good plot as well.

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  • Maryanne
  • 02-22-22

Enjoyable

Old fashioned lovely clean story. Engaging characters and themes. Narrative a little grinding especially with males at times but easily overlooked.

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  • Jennifer Robinson
  • 02-16-22

saccharine and stupid romanticism

over-good hansome hero on black stallion (named Gypsy) saves misunderstood artistic rich girl (who prays a lot) and her misunderstood father...on vineyard estate (complete with castle) in England (too cold for successful viticulture). Lost treasure found at the end.
Having been a vintner, I found the tidbits of supposed vintner's wisdom that began each chapter laughable, but tedious. The pretence of loving the beauty of nature and vines is rendered shallow by failure to name any variety of grape or rootstock, and only occasional reference to natural or ornamental species (just bushes, trees, flowers).