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The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack []



Sent to Switzerland to catalog a manuscript collection for her auction house employer, Semele Padnow nearly overlooks its greatest treasure, a volume written by Ionna, the daughter of a librarian at the Library of Alexandria. Womack (The Memory Painter) weaves the stories of these two women together as Semele translates the ancient text. Upon her return to Manhattan, Semele’s employer inexplicably removes her from the project, but by then she’s already become attached and continues to work from her unauthorized digital copy. What began as memoir becomes prophecy, and Semele is amazed to realize that Ionna accurately foresaw events occurring generations after her death. When the original client reaches out, Semele begins to piece together the events that connect past to present.

Beginning as a clever mystery based on an ancient manuscript and evolving into a family epic spanning centuries, international thrills, and predestined romance, The Fortune Teller has something for everyone, particularly fans of A.S.Byatt’s Possession and Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series.

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