The Tenth Gift

By Jane Johnson
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307405234, 392pp.)

Publication Date: May 26, 2009

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In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. At first glance it is a book of exquisite 17th-century embroidery patterns belonging to a woman named Catherine Ann Tregenna. Yet in its margins Julia discovers faintly written diary entries that date back to 1625. They reveal that Catherine and others were stolen from their Cornish church by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves. Captivated by this dramatic discovery, Julia sets off to North Africa to determine the authenticity of the book and to uncover more of Catherine's mesmerizing story. There, in the company of a charismatic Moroccan guide, amid the sultry heat, the spice markets, and exotic ruins, Julia will discover buried secrets. And in Morocco, she will lose her heart just as Catherine did before her.
Though they live almost 400 years apart, the stories of these two women converge in an extraordinary and haunting manner that will make readers wonder--is history fated to repeat itself?
""The Tenth Gift" is wildly yet convincingly romantic--a rare combo...both a sensitive portrayal of Muslim culture and a delectable adventure of the heart."--"USA Today.



About the Author
Jane Johnson is Publishing Director at HarperCollins UK. While researching the story of an ancestor stolen by pirates, remarkable events changed her life. She now works remotely for part of the year from a Berber village in the mountains of Morocco.
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