The Tenth Gift

The Tenth Gift : A Secret Book. Two Entwined Lives. One Love Story

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Jane Johnson's The Tenth Gift is an wonderfully escapist page-turner set in seventeenth century Cornwall and Morocco,based on spine-tinglingly shocking historical fact, with a romantic hidden love story at its heart.

His parting gift to her was a new beginning . . .

Julia Lovat walks away from her seven-year affair with Michael with a broken heart and a book of secrets. Her book tells the true story of Cat Treganna, kidnapped by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in Morocco four hundred years ago. When Julia travels to Morocco to discover Cat's fate, she is quickly lost in an exotic and vibrant land.

Yet her guide is Idriss, a man so charismatic and beguiling that their meeting feels like destiny. And so, in the heat and dust, two love stories, separated by four centuries, entwine and blossom. . .

The Tenth Gift is an enthralling story of secrets and discovering love where you least expect it.

'I really couldn't put it down. Exciting and romantic (oh so romantic!) and there is so much suspense. The descriptions are fabulous' Barbara Erskine

'Wildly yet convincingly romantic . . . a sensitive portrayal of Muslim culture and a delectable adventure of the heart' USA Today

'An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse and Philippa Gregory' Daily Mail

'An atmospheric and hugely romantic adventure story' Marie Claire

Jane Johnson was raised in Cornwall but now lives for half the year in a remote mountain village in Morocco. She is the author of The Tenth Gift, The Salt Road and The Sultan's Wife. She has been involved in the book industry for many years and combines her work as a publisher with writing for both adults and children.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 22mm | 267g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 014103341X
  • 9780141033419
  • 89,260

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'An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse and Philippa Gregory' Daily Mail 'Fast-paced and exciting, Crossed Bones is the ultimate escapism' Sainsbury's Magazine 'An atmospheric and hugely romantic adventure story' Marie Claire 'A meticulously researched, epic story of Cat, a Cornish serving wench taken slave by Barbary pirates ... This is beautifully written, first-class escapism' - Louise Bagshawe, Mail on Sunday
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About Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson is a writer and publisher who for part of each year lives in a village in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and part of the year in her native Cornwall. She met and married her Berber husband while researching The Tenth Gift.
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Rating details

4,506 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,069)
4 41% (1,829)
3 27% (1,232)
2 7% (299)
1 2% (77)
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