The Tenth Gift

Publisher: Anchor Canada

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 Tregenna, 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.


There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they have never happened before, like larks that have been singing the same five notes for thousands of years."

I had scribbled this down in a notebook after reading it in a novel the night before I...
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1. Separated by nearly four centuries, Julia and Cat are tied together by a book of patterns and a passion for embroidery. "You have to be an optimist to be a good embroiderer," Julia says. "A large piece (like the shawl) can take six months to a year of inspired and dedicated work. Determination, too; a...

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"A remarkable view of Barbary pirates and their times, and an engrossing romance of clashing cultures and wonderful characters." Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"This is such a lush book! It transported me to another time and other places, enticing me into an exotic, turbulent world in which past and present are seamlessly woven into a mesmerizing story." India Edghill, author of Wisdom’ s Daughter

"What a tangled web Jane Johnson weaves with the opening of a book of old embroidery patterns! Two heroines cross paths across centuries. Unworthy lovers, treachery, ghosts, and pirates march through the streets and seas of modern day England, 17th century Cornwall, and Morocco as each woman tries to find what is most important to her. Discovering one’s authenticity is a story in which time doesn’t matter, and Johnson stitches the threads of both stories into a lovely, enticing whole." Karleen Koen, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Angels

“An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse and Philippa Gregory.” Daily Mail (UK)

“Wildly yet convincingly romantic...Johnson weaves together the two women’s lives, exploring issues—love, desire, ambition, and guilt—that transcend time. Beautifully narrated...and a delectable adventure of the heart.” USA Today

“This is beautifully written, first class escapism.” Mail on Sunday (UK)