Review: The Ancestor


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.

Rating: 4-stars


The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni is an intriguing mystery. One moment Bert aka Alberta Montebianco finds out that she is a descendant from a powerful family in Italy. She is one of the last. So many secrets, truths, and mysteries come out across the pages. There is so much to explore. Bert is separated from her husband yet she still trusts him and his opinion. They have gone through miscarriages after miscarriages. Those have finally taken a hit on Bert. Now, she gets a letter informing her of who she is and of her family in Italy. Yet there is so much she doesn’t know. Bert takes the chance to go explore this opportunity. There is fear but also acceptance. I found curious they way she readily took chance on everything and accepted it as fate. Overall, it is a great tale full of adventure.

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