The Ancestor – Danielle Trussoni


Every family has its secrets but nothing reveals the truth like DNA.

Alberta “Bert” Monte has lived her entire life in the States. She’s never truly been poor but at the same time, life is often a struggle for her.

When she gets a notification of a mysterious inheritance…she’s understandably confused, and intrigued.

Turns out, she’s the only living heir of a noble title, vast fortune and a castle in Italy. A castle!!

At first it seems too good to be true, but the more she researches, the more she realizes that it’s the truth.

And so, she packs up her belongings and heads out to find (quite literally) her fortune.

But when she gets there…she realizes that there’s something amiss.

There’s something strange, otherworldy about this isolated castle. And there’s someone in the castle with all the secrets…


This one started around 4-stars for me but the story only went downhill.

It definitely had a lot of intrigue set up but at the same time, it just took soooooooo long to get there.

I wanted the story to MOVE and instead, it innnnnnched.

I did quite like the setting and I feel like the author did a great job bringing us into the cold, isolated castle.

I love the aesthetic of it, even thought I would NEVER be able to survive that alone…then again…maybe I could. All this COVID practice and all (ha!).

(Non-spoilery here but…0I also felt like the ending was the deciding factor in my rating.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that there were SO many different directions that could have been taken…and the one that was chosen by the author was just so far down on the list.

It frustrated me.

With thanks to Danielle Trussoni and William Morrow books for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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