A strange destiny brings together four lives. Joanna Wingate looks just like the mother of two young twin girls, a resemblance that sends Michael Ashton, the girls' father, reeling. As the girls ask for advice from Mariah, a mystical fortune-teller in a crystal ball, Joanna and Michael confront their wounded pasts to make way for a loving future. Original.Shocked when he meets Joanna Wingate, who exactly resembles the late mother of his twin daughters, Michael Ashton confronts his unhappy past, while his daughters seek the advice of a mystical fortune-teller.
A warm romance about love, family and magic.
A love story about a young school teacher that happens to look a lot like the recently deceased mother of twins in her school. She get involved in the family and (including the twins father) and a love story with mystery evolves.
From Library Journal
When Mariah, the magical fortune-teller in the crystal ball, tells them to go to school to find their mother, who has died in a boating accident, six-year-old twins Lily and Rose do just that?and find a teacher whose uncanny resemblance to their mother elates them and unnerves Michael Ashton, their unsuspecting architect father. But there is more to Johanna Wingate's resemblance to the late Angela Ashton than just coincidence; and as Johanna and Michael begin to look for answers, old sins and long-kept secrets rock the happiness of everyone involved. Compelling and well written, this multilayered romance promises appealing characters, a dash of humor, and a bit of unexplained magic to a story with a serious theme. Freethy's Daniel's Gift (Avon, 1996) is a 1997 Rita finalist; she lives in the San Francisco area.