Heartwood, also called duramen, dead, central wood of trees. Its cells usually contain tannins or other substances that make it dark in colour and sometimes aromatic. Heartwood is mechanically strong, resistant to decay, and less easily penetrated by wood-preservative chemicals than other types of wood.

Rosalia ‘Lia’ Cavalcante has left a life of wealth and privilege for one of hard work. She’s eager to prove herself as a journalist and when she gets the chance to write about Teo Como, the son of her favourite author, she believes she finally has the chance to prove she’s not just a pretty face. But Teo isn’t easy to work with – he has secrets and regrets that made him run away from the world, and Lia will need all of her skillset and wits to draw him out of his shell.

Heartwood is a side story to Monte Vista Stories – Artful, detailing the story of my heir’s husband’s sister. I’m going to recap the events of Artful before this, so you should be able to follow along, even if you haven’t read Artful.

The story begins on the 1st of March 2020

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