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The Fortune Teller's Daughter Hardcover – July 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (July 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074344230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743442305
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A quiet, sentimental romance with a pace to match its smalltown setting finds its eponymous heroine looking for stability in Moose River Junction after a lifetime of traveling from place to place in her mother's wake. Sabine Heartwood is happy in her newly settled life until her flighty mother, Madame Ruby, starts proclaiming visions of a coming upheaval. Meanwhile, Danford Smith has returned from New York City to nurse his ailing grandmother through her final days and set his family's affairs in order before returning to a promising career as a filmmaker. Of course life has other plans, and Dan finds himself mired in the quicksand of family loyalties and new obligations. As his long-distance relationship with rising starlet Karen Whitcomb unravels, Dan is increasingly drawn to the lovely and forthright Sabine, who seems to understand something about him that he himself does not. As for Sabine, the psychic gift she has long rejected awakens, intimating dark secrets in Dan's past and that of Moose River. While the protagonists' developing romance is hardly a surprise, it is handled with a light touch. There are many other threads explored and the result is a beguiling bit of storytelling with a bustling, likable cast an enjoyable if not exactly thrilling read. Wilson (Hawke's Cove) is making a career out of chamomile tea novels, and those who have enjoyed her past efforts will not be disappointed.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Drawn back to Moose River Junction by the illness and subsequent death of his grandmother, up-and-coming film director Danforth Smith is torn between resuming his high-profile career complete with starlet girlfriend and staying in town to rescue the family theatre, care for his developmentally challenged uncle, and explore his growing feelings for reluctant psychic Sabine Heartwood. A vagabond heroine who has finally found a home, a responsible hero plagued by long-standing guilt, and a colorful cast of characters (including a flamboyant, fortune-telling mother and a pair of restless spirits with a tragic story to tell) blend beautifully in this well-written, multilayered contemporary romance, which gently and insightfully explores the many levels of love. It will appeal to readers of both romance (especially those with a paranormal twist) and women's romantic fiction. Wilson (Cameo Lake) lives on Martha's Vineyard, MA.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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It took me forever to get through this book.
ilene hannon
I was sad the book was done, so I will have to start reading another, I really hope the next book will not disappoint!
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Superb language and characters, intrigue, suspense and the supernatural all in a winning combination.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Mullally VINE VOICE on February 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Superb language and characters, intrigue, suspense and the supernatural all in a winning combination. A successful melding of romance and women's fiction which is sure to please.
I adored all of the characters, particularly Danforth and Sabine. At last, a strong romantic hero who does not have to be an alpha male and a multilayered heroine. Sensually delightful and well as intellectually.
No wonder it was selected as one of the top books of 2002 by Library Journal--it is well worth reading. Sorcha MacMurrough
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By skisno on March 5, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I've read by this author. If you enjoy Patricia Gaffney or Penelope Williamson, you will enjoy this author. It's an excellent beach or by-the-fire read.
The main characters: Ruby, Sabine, and Dan are nicely drawn and you root for them through their trials and tribulations. As the book cover describes, Sabine is a woman without a history looking for a home of her own and Dan is a man with too much history looking to escape his home. Ruby, the "fortune teller" with no history has dragged Sabine from town to town, never never explaining why they cannot settle in one place for longer than six months. It's no wonder that Sabine wants to put down roots in a small town like Moose River Junction, a town rich with colonial history and not much current history. She meets Dan who is tied to the town as an ancestor of the founding fathers and by a deathbed promise. The eventual happy ending is reached after Sabine, Dan, and Ruby face up to past secrets and Sabine learns a secret of the town's history.
Anyone familiar with New England, the Berkshires in particular, will delight in the descriptions of the town and the spectacular views. This book is also enhanced by lively supporting characters that are realistically drawn. Dan's uncle Nagy is a sweetie and the yuppie couple who build the *perfect* colonial home and get more "colonial" than they bargain for are hilarious.
The story touches on interesting topics such as: psychic powers, fate and what makes a home. Sabine's powers of perception are delicately and realistically drawn, not bogus-sounding. The tidy ending makes sense of the fateful decisions that caused the lives of Sabine, Ruby, and Dan to intersect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled across this book accidentally in the paperback aisle of the grocery store and thought it would be a nice break from some of my recent literary endeavors! I didn't realize how engrossed I would become in this entertaining and well-written tale!
This is the story of Sabine Heartwood, whose feelings mirrored Dorothy Gale's in the Wizard of Oz in the belief that "there's no place to home". The tricky part for Sabine, however, was that her only home growing up was on the road with her gypsy-esque, fortune-teller mother, Ruby Heartwood. It is also the story of Danford ("Dan") Smith, who was reluctantly brought back home to take care of the affairs of his dying grandmother and mentally-handicapped uncle. The story unfolds as Sabine and Dan's lives are intricately woven together in an intriguingly romantic fashion!
This book was the definition of a mystical, suspenseful and, above-all, romantic search for the true meaning of "home". A revelation of pure and destined love! I am looking forward to reading more of Susan Wilson!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After years of traveling from town to town accompanying her mother Madame Ruby the fortuneteller, Sabine Heartwood is contented to remain in one place. She wants a home in which she knows her neighbors and attends the same church every week. Thus, she feels rather thankful for her new life in Moose River Junction.

Movie director Danforth Smith returns home to Moose River Junction when he learns his beloved grandma is dying. Her fondest wishes are for Danforth to take charge of the family theatre in town and care for his uncle. When Sabine meets Dan, her psychic gifts inform her he is her significant other. However, he wants to go back to his work on location and she needs to remain in a small town.

Fans of contemporary character studies that dig deep into the souls of the lead characters will feel fortunate to read THE FORTUNE TELLER'S DAUGHTER. The story line focuses on the needs of the key players as they struggle between love and self-actualization mindful of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Sabine especially makes the tale as any thoughts of even accompanying her beloved while he films on locale battles with the scars of her treks as a child. Using psychic abilities, this reviewer forecasts that not only will readers enjoy this tale, but that Susan Wilson has a best seller on her palms.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A lovely book exploring the meaning of home.

Sabine a woman looking to settle into a place after a life time of traveling falls in love with Dan a man bent on leaving the place she now calls home. Throw in some mystic experiences, a mother who 'knows things' and you have an excellent book. The book was well written with sensitivity. It is a true enjoyment to read.

Enjoy. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie McCants on March 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This novel tells the story of Sabine, who at the age of 30 is tired of the nomadic life her fortune teller mother created, and 33 year old Dan, a member of Moose River Junction's leading family who harbors a secret guilt. Thrown into the mix is a haunted house that Sabine is hired to investigate.

The novel begins with the promise of suspense and thrills, but morphs into a genre romance. It's romantic with a little magical realism thrown in. There is too little suspense for this novel to be called a thriller and there's not enough sex to call it a genre romance. The plot moves very slowly with a mad dash coming at the very end. The writing was good enough (3 stars) to make me turn the first few pages. However, I was let down by the slow pace and the lack of suspense. It promised more than it delivered. Finishing this book was torture as I had to force myself to continue reading. A good plot would have had some minor revelations sprinkled along the way to advance the story. Not this book. Almost all the reveals came at the end long after they'd already been guessed.

I was disappointed when I read the first sex scene, too. The level of detail in the sex scene seemed out of place based on what had been written up to that point. It reminded me of a paperback romance that I once tried to read because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. But the melodramatic writing made me almost lose my lunch and I never again tried reading that genre. So when I read the first sex scene, frightening memories of bad writing came back.

SUMMARY: The author starts out as if she's writing a suspense/thriller, but ends up confusing the reader when it turns out to be a pseudo-romance-genre novel. The plot moves too slowly and the characters are one-dimensional.
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