|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
From the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Angelology series comes a bewitching gothic novel of suspense that plunges readers into a world of dark family secrets, the mysteries of human genetics, and the burden of family inheritance.
It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta ”Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta Montebianco” at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she’s inherited a noble title, money, and a castle in Italy. While Bert is more than a little skeptical, the mystery of her aristocratic family’s past, and the chance to escape her stressful life for a luxury holiday in Italy, is too good to pass up.
At first, her inheritance seems like a dream come true: a champagne-drenched trip on a private jet to Turin, Italy; lawyers with lists of artwork and jewels bequeathed to Bert; a helicopter ride to an ancestral castle nestled in the Italian Alps below Mont Blanc; a portrait gallery of ancestors Bert never knew existed; and a cellar of expensive vintage wine for Bert to drink.
But her ancestry has a dark side, and Bert soon learns that her family history is particularly complicated. As Bert begins to unravel the Montebianco secrets, she begins to realize her true inheritance lies not in a legacy of ancestral treasures, but in her very genes.
I just love books with a gothic feel to them - they are simply the best to get lost in on a rainy day. They have that creepy, fantastical feel to them that makes your spine tingle and makes you jump at any sound you hear. They are seriously so much fun to read. So, I was thrilled to find myself settling down with a copy of Trussoni's latest book, The Ancestor. I just knew I was in for a treat. I'd read her Angelology books and absolutely LOVED them. They were a bit dark, a bit historical, and a bit supernatural - they had all the elements for a terrific story. How could I not fall in love with The Ancestor? A story about a woman who finds out she just inherited a title, money, and a castle in Italy. How fun does that sound? Especially, when the woman finds out that her family history is a lot more complicated than she had originally thought and that her inheritance has more to do with her genes than anything else. Folklore, mythology, history, and Italy - what more could I want in a story?! I LOVED The Ancestor!! It was such an eerie and fascinating tale, I couldn't help but stay up late reading it. It was so gooood!!
I would happily recommend The Ancestor to fans of Trussoni and anyone looking for their next great read - you won't want to miss this one!
Here's the link to the TLC Book tour schedule for: The Ancestor