As a toddler, Jessica was found miraculously unhurt in the midst of a car accident, unlike her parents. Gene Zajak took the child home where his son and daughter-in-law adopted her and raised her as their own.

Now 27 years later, Jessica learns that the couple who died in the crash may not have been her parents at all, and a puzzling journey into her past begins. Reluctantly accepting her ex-husband's help, Jessica searches to find out who she really is.

Meanwhile, Dr. Edgar Foster is the new director-in-chief of Merton House Residential Care Facility, and he is intrigued by the case of a woman who has been there for many years, and who he feels might not be as sick as is reported.

Ms. Cresswell masterfully blends past and present in this terrific tale that involves political intrigue and family history and is destined to stay on your mind long after you finish the last page. (Feb., 408 pp. $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson