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.
Bert receives a strange letter. This letter is informing her she is a countess and has a huge inheritance coming her way. She is hesitant, as most people would be, but it is intriguing. So intriguing that she gets onto a private jet with a lawyer she just met. This opens up a life she never dreamed of…then it all starts to unravel.
Wow…what a creepy, unusual read. This story takes you to a secluded area in Turin, Italy. And the secrets just keep unfolding. From Bert’s ancestors to the large, menacing castle, this novel is a wild ride indeed!
Now this story did take a weird turn toward the end of the book. But, that just melded the story together.
I loved this author’s first book Angelology. This story did not have quite the historical background as her first novel did. But, it is right up there as far as a fantastic read goes.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.